Posts tagged "Mick Weber"

"Compulsion" (Next Theatre): Diary of a Mad Man

"Compulsion" (Next Theatre):  Diary of a Mad Man
Next Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere of COMPULSION. Playwright Rinne Groff blurs fiction and non-fiction in his play about a novelist’s obsession with a diary. Groff imagines the real life struggle of Meyer Levin in adapting the “Diary of Anne Frank” into a stage play. Levin is portrayed as Syd Silver and played with... Read more »

"The Lover" (Soul Theatre): Sultry Deconstruction of a Marriage

"The Lover" (Soul Theatre): Sultry Deconstruction of a Marriage
#139.  In old movies, the phrase “hello lover!” makes me giggle.  It doesn’t even matter if the couple has had sex. Its just meant to be a term of endearment. It is the hotter version of “sweets,” “babe” or “honey.”  I tried to bring the casualness of the sexy phrase back at my ex’s wedding... Read more »

EXTENDED THRU May 19th "After the Revolution" (Next Theatre): Secret Sparks War at Home

The writer must earn money in order to be able to live and to write, but he must by no means live and write for the purpose of making money. – Karl Marx #77.  Next Theatre presents the Midwest premiere of After the Revolution.  Emma is a  Marxist.  Her father is a Marxist.  Her grandfather was a Marxist. ... Read more »
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"Short Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew" (Chicago Shakes): Rockwell Crushes It!

#43. Ninety minutes with no intermission is a growing trend in the theatre industry.  Playwrights are adapting new plays for an attention-span-challenged world.  People want information in tweet size nuggets.   Everyone, at all times, is expecting a very important call or text.  They can’t be off the grid for any length of time. So, how... Read more »

WANT (Steppenwolf Theatre): First Look!

Time Out Theatre Editor Kris Vire told me once that he always inserts into his hectic review schedule new companies and new shows.  Despite being in demand on the established theatre season circuit, Kris likes to be in the audience for inaugural productions.  He wants to see the next big thing when it launches… new actor, new... Read more »

Review Porchlight's "Miracle on 34 Street": Classic Musical Christmas Card!

Porchlight Theatre presents MIRACLE ON 34th STREETAt Stage 773, 1225 W. BelmontBased on the novel by Valentine Davies Adapted by Patricia Di Benedetto Snyder, Will Severin, John VreekeHoliday music opening by Jon Steinhagen Musical direction by Eugene Dizon Directed by Christopher PazdernikFridays and Saturdays at 8p.m.Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30p.m.Thru January 2nd Buy TicketsRunning Time:  Ninety minutes... Read more »
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Review "The Invasion of Skokie": Nazis vs the Goy-Next-Door, Oy!

Kibitzing with Gentiles and Nazis in Suburbia       Chicago Dramatists presents     The Invasion of Skokie     Written by Steven Peterson Directed by Richard Perez at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago (map) through October 10th  |  tickets:  $32  |   more info Reviewed by Katy Walsh It’s 1978. The preservation of the Jewish heritage is... Read more »

Review "The Good Negro": Backstory of the Civil Rights Movement!

Goodman Theatre presents The Good Negro   Written by Tracey Scott Wilson Directed by Chuck Smith at Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn (map) through June 6th  |  tickets: $22-$71  |  more info Reviewed by Katy Walsh A despicable act by the police impassions a spontaneous response by the community. It’s really not that black and... Read more »