Posts tagged "Kevin O'Donnell"

"The Nutcracker" (House Theatre of Chicago): Quest for Holiday Bliss

"The Nutcracker" (House Theatre of Chicago):  Quest for Holiday Bliss
The House Theatre of Chicago presents their annual holiday tradition, THE NUTCRACKER. This was my third time enjoying the holidays with House Theatre.  The classic tale by E.T.A. Hoffman, that is best known as Tchaikovsky’s ballet, has been completely overhauled by The House.  Playwrights Phillip Klapperich and Jake Minton combine joy, sorrow and joy for... Read more »

"The Wheel" (Steppenwolf Theatre): WTF?

"The Wheel" (Steppenwolf Theatre):  WTF?
Steppenwolf Theatre presents the American premiere of THE WHEEL. My initial reaction to this show was ‘I don’t know what to think.’ Undoubtedly, this is the biggest spectacle I’ve ever seen on Steppenwolf’s stage.  Director Tina Landau doesn’t just contain the action to the stage.  Landau rips out the backdrop and uses the backstage bowels. ... Read more »

First Look (Steppenwolf Theatre): New Playwrights Debut Their Works

Steppenwolf Theatre presents 2013 First Look Repertory of New Work.  The mission of the annual initiative is to develop new plays for future production at Steppenwolf Theatre and theatres across the country.  All the shows are being performed at the Steppenwolf Garage Theatre running times between 80-90 minutes.     Buena Vista A new play by Edith Freni... Read more »
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"Ivywild" (The-Hypocrites): Amusement on Kays-Torrence Ride

"Ivywild" (The-Hypocrites):  Amusement on Kays-Torrence Ride
The Hypocrites present the world premiere of IVYWILD. Director Halena Kays and Playwright Jay Torrence team up together to make another historical spectacle.  Last year, they re-imagined the fire at Chicago’s Iroquois Theatre with the highly successful Neo-futurists’ run of “Burning Bluebeard.”  Now, the true tall tales of Bathhouse John is getting the Kays-Torrence treatment.... Read more »

"The Elephant and the Whale" (Chicago Children's Theatre): Big Time Adorable!

"The Elephant and the Whale" (Chicago Children's Theatre): Big Time Adorable!
Chicago Children’s Theatre, in conjunction with Redmoon Theatre, presents the world premiere of The Elephant and the Whale. The best indicator of an engaging children’s show is the stillness of the kids.  From lights up to blackout, this audience is transfixed.  Everyone is glued to their seat as the theatrics commence.  Of course, there are the frequent... Read more »

"Coriolanus" (The Hypocrites): WARNING: Show Attacks with Brutal Force

"Coriolanus" (The Hypocrites):  WARNING:  Show Attacks with Brutal Force
The Hypocrites presents Coriolanus.  The world is at war.  Territories are gained and lost by the sword.  Men are fighting for power and honor.  Coriolanus returns home the conquering hero.  His battles were epic. His missions were practically suicidal.  His wounds are fresh.  He did it all for love!  His love of country made him... Read more »
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EXTENDED Thru Jan 19th "The Mikado" (The Hypocrites): Doubles the Pleasure!

EXTENDED Thru Jan 19th "The Mikado" (The Hypocrites):  Doubles the Pleasure!
What would you do for love?  Send roses?  Sing serenades? Pledge vows? Die decapitated?  Or be  buried alive? The Hypocrites present THE MIKADO as part of its Gilbert & Sullivan rep. The Mikado (Emperor of Japan) has proclaimed that flirting is a crime punishable by death.  A traveling musician and a young lady perpetrate the... Read more »

"Iron Stag King -Part One (The House Theatre): Must See for Evolving Trilogy!

"Iron Stag King -Part One (The House Theatre): Must See for Evolving Trilogy!
I love a good quest!  Unexpected heroes trying to save the world from evil.  Harry Potter vs Lord Voldemort.  Luke Skywalker vs Darth Vader.  Frodo Baggins vs Lord Sauron. Indiana Jones vs Nazis. Katniss vs The Capitol. With all those dark forces in the universe, it’s reassuring to have a steadfast wizard, Jedi, hobbit, professor,... Read more »

"Moby Dick" (Theatre on the Lake): See Worthy!

"Moby Dick" (Theatre on the Lake):  See Worthy!
Reruns are summer’s perfect television.  It gives us the opportunity to see a show that we missed the first time around.  Theatre on the Lake bases its season on this concept.  Eight plays from eight different theatre companies are selected from the 2011-2012 season.  The best of the best is remounted for a five show... Read more »
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"Death and Harry Houdini" (The House Theatre): A Marvel!

"Death and Harry Houdini" (The House Theatre): A Marvel!
#143.  In 2002, I was a barista at Seattle’s Best.  It was my *creative writing years.* The coffee shop was ideal because I got insurance and free coffee.  I did the morning shift with my fave coworker, Dr. Krohl.  We became acquainted with this guy named Nathan and his trolley driving friends.  They were trying... Read more »