Posts tagged "Mary O'Dowd"

"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 »

Neighborhood 3 Requisition of Doom (Strawdog Theatre): Run-for-your-life Terrifyingly Surreal

Neighborhood 3 Requisition of Doom (Strawdog Theatre):  Run-for-your-life Terrifyingly Surreal
Risk is a board game of world domination.  My family used to play it until my mom banned it.  It always started out good natured but then alliances formed and dissolved. War broke out on the board and in the room.  At some point, we lost sight of reality as we killed to win. Strawdog Theatre opens... 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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EXTENDED "Bang the Drum Slowly" (Raven Theatre): Male Bonding at Its Finest!

#114.  Men have always mystified me.  Having grown up with three sisters, I totally get every possible emotion for death, break-ups, or coupon expiration emitted by gals.  I don’t always understand what a man is thinking or feeling.  Their level of communication often is a grunt, a shrug, or a ‘whatever’.  My ‘How do you... Read more »

"Motion" (Signal Ensemble): A Winner!

#21.  Next Sunday’s Super Bowl officially ends the football season.   The last tailgate party will be pulling out of the lot.  Suddenly, fans will find time on their clock as they get benched.  Where can diehards go for a post-season football fix? Signal Ensemble Theatre presents the world premiere of Motion.  Diane is the new GM for... Read more »

"Clutter" (MadKap Productions): Visual Filthy Ick and Sweet Brotherly Shtick!

#12.  I’m an obsessive compulsive minimalist.  I don’t like clutter!  I have no collections.  I discard junk with a garbage sensibility.  My friends and family don’t strive for the same un-adornment.  Usually, their daily life choices don’t effect me. But, their true hoarding nature becomes troublesome when I’m helping them move.  I threw out seven... Read more »
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EXTENDS THRU January 14th "Bus Stop" (Raven Theatre): This Bus Keeps On Trucking!

Chicago knows from recent firsthand experience that a blizzard puts people in unexpected situations.  Being snowed in together makes friends… strangers, and strangers…friends. Unable to move on from unpleasant conditions, people become physically stuck.  Digging a way out doesn’t always mean a clean exit.  Raven Theatrepresents Bus Stop.  A blizzard strands a busload at the local diner. ... Read more »

Review "The Real Inspector Hound": Death-to-Theatre-Critics Satire

Signal Ensemble Theatre presents         THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND At 1802 W. Bernice Written by Tom Stoppard Directed by Ronan Marra Thru September 18th Buy Tickets Running Time:  75 minutes no intermission   Reviewed by Katy Walsh   ‘Where’s Chris Jones?’  Chicago Tribune’s Nina Metz is undoubtedly asked that question a lot. ... Read more »

Review "Odd Couple": Filthy Fun... the G-rated Kind!

Raven Theatre presents THE ODD COUPLEAt 6157 N. ClarkWritten by Neil SimonDirected by Michael MenendianThru August 7thBuy TicketsRunning Time:  Two hours includes a fifteen minute intermission Reviewed by Katy Walsh ‘We’re out of cornflakes.  FU’:  a loving note from a roommate?  Raven Theatre presentsTHE ODD COUPLE, a play by Neil Simon.  The Tony Award winning... Read more »
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