Posts tagged "Joseph Stearns"

"This Is War" (Signal Ensemble Theatre): Startling Insider's Perspective

"This Is War" (Signal Ensemble Theatre):  Startling Insider's Perspective
The title says it all.  Playwright Hannah Moscovitch transports us to Afghanistan in 2008 and continually points at different scenarios and figuratively says, “this is war.”  The military examination is done as flashbacks from four different soldiers’ perspectives.  Moscovitch adds reflective narrations to connect the pieces as each person is interviewed by the media throughout the play. ... Read more »

"Successors" (Signal Ensemble): 'August, Osage County' Starring the Daleys

"Successors" (Signal Ensemble):  'August, Osage County' Starring the Daleys
Signal Ensemble presents the world premiere of Successors.  Mayor DeKoven has announced his sudden retirement.  He is the third generation of DeKoven mayors.  The city is surprised.  His kids are shocked.  They wonder which of them will get his endorsement for mayor:  greedy partier Marty, the smart but uptight Patricia or adult delinquent Scott.    At a family... Read more »

"Princes of Waco" (Signal Ensemble Theatre): Compelling Performances, Convoluted Script

"Princes of Waco" (Signal Ensemble Theatre):  Compelling Performances, Convoluted Script
I remember Author Flannery O’Connor from my high school English assignments.  She had a propensity to write about characters that had a dark side.  Unsettlingly but subtlety cruel.  I think it stays with me 30+ years later because before that I believed a good man wasn’t hard to find. Signal Ensemble Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of Princes of... Read more »
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"Goodbye Cruel World" (Strange Tree Group): Pure Vaudevillian!

"Goodbye Cruel World" (Strange Tree Group):  Pure Vaudevillian!
#132.  My first introduction to literature with a Russian influence was ”Rocky and Bullwinkle”.  As a kid, I believed Boris and Natasha were typical Russian folks, spies without a sense of humor.  I thought Russians were a serious, cold lot that hated squirrels. Since then, I’ve decided the Soviet Union’s abilities to endure tumultuous eras... Read more »

"Hostage Song" (Signal Ensemble): Hostage + Song = Masterpiece

"Hostage Song" (Signal Ensemble):  Hostage + Song = Masterpiece
#101.  How does it feel to be a hostage?  Our viewpoint is contrived from media manipulation.  Initially, CNN showcases an emotional message from the hostage’s parent on the hour.  FOX News broadcasts a well-coiffed politico addressing the nation’s response. The terrorists release threatening public service announcements on the Internet.  As the captivity is prolonged, American... Read more »

Review "ACES": Deals Powerful Cards, Game Doesn't Always Follow Suit!

Signal Ensemble Theatre presents ACES 1802 W. Berenice Written by Jon Steinhagen Directed by Ronan Marra Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm Sundays at 3pm Thru June 18th Buy Tickets Running Time:  One hour and fifty minutes includes an intermission Reviewed by Katy Walsh At this casino, dealer’s choice is a scam.  Coworkers shuffle together to... Read more »
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Review "Aftermath": Internal Implosion Results in a Super Nova!

EXTENDS THRU JANUARY 23rd Signal Ensemble Theatre presents AFTERMATHAt 1802 W. Berenice Written and directed by Ronan MarraThursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pmSundays at 3pmThru December 12th Buy TicketsRunning Time:  One hour and forty-five minutes includes a delayed start and no intermission Reviewed by Katy Walsh How many musicians does it take to make Rolling Stones? ... Read more »