Posts tagged "Marti Lyons"

EXTENDED THRU Dec 14th "The Peacock" (Jackalope Theatre): Clever Writers' Story

EXTENDED THRU Dec 14th "The Peacock" (Jackalope Theatre):  Clever Writers' Story
Jackalope Theatre Company presents the World Premiere of THE PEACOCK. Playwright Calamity West pens an ode to writers.  Her story focuses on the construction of a story. Set in 1946, four guys and a gal compete for their professor’s favor.  West’s dialogue is an intriguing cerebral tickler.  From the start, curiosity is peaked.  A one-legged... Read more »

"9 Circles" (Sideshow Theatre): Must Be Seen

"9 Circles" (Sideshow Theatre):  Must Be Seen
Sideshow Theatre Company, in association with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, presents the Chicago premiere of 9 CIRCLES. Playwright Bill Cain’s story is set in 2006 Iraq but it could as easily be 2013 Syria.  The play’s underlying questions of ‘what is the USA doing? And why?’ are timely to today’s... Read more »

"Mine" (Gift Theatre): Gripping Content and Authentic Acting

"Mine" (Gift Theatre):  Gripping Content and Authentic Acting
A woman is grunting in the dark.  The lights come up to showcase Mari in labor.  She is surrounded by a man and two women coaxing her through the delivery process.  She is submerged in a rubber wading pool.  On the side of the oversized blown-up monstrosity, it says ‘birthpool in a box.‘  Already, this... Read more »
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"Maria/Stuart" (Sideshow Theatre): Quirky to Whacked Out!

"Maria/Stuart" (Sideshow Theatre):  Quirky to Whacked Out!
Sideshow Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of Maria/Stuart. Grandma Ruthie uses dementia to grow old hatefully. The crusty old hag torments her family with unapologetic meanness. Her bitchy daughters Lizzie and Marnie have inherited their mom’s maternal skills. They smother and berate their own kids and each other’s. The third daughter Sylvia is the nice but crazy... Read more »

"Cities of Light" (Piven Theatre Workshop): Cabaret or Vaudeville?

I have a healthy sense of humor.  I find much to laugh about in life.  The funny angle of any moment is always bubbling into my giggle zone…even at funerals or other sober events. In those moments, I’ve taught myself to suppress my natural urge to make a joke.  The selective censorship has come after... Read more »