Posts tagged "Michael Salinas"

EXTENDED Thru June 23rd The Knowledge (Steep Theatre): Unerring authenticity and can’t-blink intensity – and watch out for Mickey

EXTENDED Thru June 23rd The Knowledge (Steep Theatre): Unerring authenticity and can’t-blink intensity – and watch out for Mickey
Reviewed by Tom Lawler Steep Theatre presents THE KNOWLEDGE. A newbie teacher in a working class town outside of London is given the dog assignment of teaching a class of the underprivileged and underperforming – the kids no one else wants. When we see plucky, wide-eyed Zoe (Caroline Neff, on all cylinders) stumble in on... Read more »

"Luther" (Steep Theatre): Who is that guy?

"Luther" (Steep Theatre):  Who is that guy?
Steep Theatre presents the Midwest premiere of LUTHER.  The Foremans adopted Luther.  He is a volatile son with public displays of rage.  He is also a grown man.    Marjorie and Walter have brought into their home an emotionally disturbed war veteran.  They love him.  And he loves them.  It’s a sexless menage a trois. ... Read more »

"Failure: A Love Story" (Victory Gardens): Enchanting Keepsake Timepiece

"Failure: A Love Story" (Victory Gardens):  Enchanting Keepsake Timepiece
This show is all about clock watching.  And it only took me five minutes to be completely smitten with the Fail family. Victory Gardens presents the World premiere of FAILURE:  A LOVE STORY.  Gertie, Jenny June and Nellie are the Fail sisters.  They live above the family clock shop on the Chicago River.  They each... Read more »
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"Night Over Erzinga" (Silk Road Rising): Compelling Storytelling Flounders

"Night Over Erzinga" (Silk Road Rising):  Compelling Storytelling Flounders
Silk Road Rising presents Night Over Erzinga.  Alice and Jimmy are a young married couple. They are raising a daughter in post-depression USA.  What make them different from any other couple?  They survived the genocide of their Armenian homeland.   Alice is haunted by the real nightmares of her past.  Jimmy lives with the unknown fate of his... Read more »

"Girl You Know It's True" (Pavement Group): Ooh, ooh, ooh I Love You!

"Girl You Know It's True" (Pavement Group):  Ooh, ooh, ooh I Love You!
ME:  I’d like to make reservations for Steve Martin. Restaurant:  THE Steve Martin ME:  Yes, Steve Martin, party of four for 7:30. I knew what the restaurant was asking.  And I wasn’t lying.  Steve Martin was coming to dinner. It wasn’t my problem that they weren’t anticipating a black man…  blame it on the rain.... Read more »

THE GOG/MAGOG PROJECT (Steep Theatre): Salinas IS The Man!

#23.  Reality shows?!  I don’t get the appeal.  Why would someone want their life to be on display?  Especially knowing viewers are rooting for their demise?  They are *constantly on*. Every little gesture or uttering has the potential to be observed, scrutinized, and misperceived.  Why do it?  Is it for the money, the fame or... Read more »
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"Under The Blue Sky" (Steep Theatre): 2 x 3= sex (+/- love)

High school is in an education in drama.  With so many raging hormones under one roof, it’s an ongoing lesson in Love 101. Does he like like me?  Will she go all the way?  Is he a virgin?  But this time it’s not the kids in the hall.  These questions are a test for the... Read more »

Chicago Theatre Off Book Chats with Steep and Goodman plus recent theatre reviews

It’s another round of Chicago Theatre Off Book  on CHIRP.  This week, we review local theatre offerings focused on different cultures: the Amish, the French, and the Opera-goer. Later, we’ll chat with Steep and Goodman about the excitement around their 2011/2012 Season. And of course, we’re featuring two local playwrights in our one-minute audio play segment, Got A... Read more »

EXTEND THRU July 10th "Festen": Authentic Voice to Unspeakable Acts

Audio Podcast at ITUNES  Chicago Theatre Reviews for Week of May 6th   Narrated by Joshua Volkers     Steep Theatre Company, in association with Marla Rubin Productions Limited, presentsFESTEN At 1115 W. BerwynDramatization by David EldridgeBased on the Dogme film and play by Thomas Vinterberg, Mogens Rukov, and Bo hr. HansenDirected by Jonathan BerryThursdays, Fridays, Saturdays... Read more »
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Review "A Brief History of Helen of Troy": Not So Pretty Dark Comedy

Steep Theatre presentsA BRIEF HISTORY OF HELEN OF TROY Written by Mark SchultzDirected by Joanie SchultzThru  October 30th Buy TicketsRunning time:  One hour and forty minutes with no intermission   Reviewed by Katy Walsh   ‘Porn and I are a good match.’  A teenage girl tries to get her guidance counselor on board with her... Read more »