Posts tagged "Mike Tutaj"

"Still Alice" (Lookingglass Theatre): Exceptionally Moving from Inside Out

"Still Alice" (Lookingglass Theatre):  Exceptionally Moving from Inside Out
Lookingglass Theatre presents the world premiere adaption of the award-winning novel STILL ALICE. I can’t imagine having Alzheimer’s… or maybe now I can.  Using the novel by Lisa Genova as her foundation, Adapter and Director Christine Mary Dunford skillfully puts us in the room and in the head of a professor battling the disease.  Dunford... Read more »

"Let Them Eat Chaos" (The Second City): LOL... LOL...LOL!!!

"Let Them Eat Chaos" (The Second City): LOL... LOL...LOL!!!
The Second City presents their 101st Revue, Let Them Eat Chaos.  It’s a little improv. It’s a little sketch. It’s a little singing. It’s a little rapping. It’s a whole lot of comedy. Second City launched the careers of Tina Fey, Bill Murray, John Candy and many more megastars. Part of TSC’s appeal is a natural curiosity for... Read more »

"Concerning Strange Devices From The Distant West" (TimeLine Theatre): Provocative Montage

"Concerning Strange Devices From The Distant West" (TimeLine Theatre): Provocative Montage
TimeLine Theatre presents the Midwest premiere of CONCERNING STRANGE DEVICES FROM THE DISTANT WEST.  A Victorian woman stumbles on a photograph. She travels to Japan to grasp the subject matter.  A modern-day art collector goes to Japan in search of vintage photographs.  These pictures are clues to the past and present. Through interpretation, the woman... Read more »
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"Sunday in the Park with George" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): *ANOTHER* Blockbuster Musical Follies!

"Sunday in the Park with George" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater):  *ANOTHER* Blockbuster Musical Follies!
Look at what you want, Not at where you are,  Not at what you’ll be.  -”Move On” As a writer, I can become fixated on words.  I focus on how they connect together to make sentences, stories, songs.  The right combination elicits a response: to act, to feel, to inspire. The artistry is in putting... Read more »

"33 Variations" (Timeline Theatre): Evocative Sonata with Upbeat Tempo and Lingering Finish

"33 Variations" (Timeline Theatre):  Evocative Sonata with Upbeat Tempo and Lingering Finish
Back in the eighties, I worked at Bressler’s 33 Flavors Ice Cream store.  The more obscure Bressler’s proudly pushed being two up from the leading competitor Baskin Robins 31 Flavors. Butter pecan to rainbow sherbet, we had what anyone craved.  So, I always thought it was funny when someone, without even looking at the menu... Read more »

"A Steady Rain" (Chicago Commercial Collective): Chicago Masterpiece Comes Home

"A Steady Rain" (Chicago Commercial Collective):  Chicago Masterpiece Comes Home
When I was a kid, I believed things were black and white.  Actions were right or wrong.  People were good or bad.  Growing up I’ve learned nothing is that simple.  Friendships have blended the colors.  Humans are complicated; loving them requires compromise.  And every time a friend starts down a path of destruction, I have... Read more »
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"I Am Going To Change The World" (Chicago Dramatists): Powerful Deconstruction of a Dream

"I Am Going To Change The World" (Chicago Dramatists):  Powerful Deconstruction of a Dream
#122.  Once upon a time, I had a my whole life planned.  At age six, I was going to marry Chris Scalise and become a ballerina.  At age fourteen, I was going to marry Steve Dibley and become a teacher.  At age twenty-two, I was going to marry Bill Hodges and become a public defender. ... Read more »

Timon of Athens (Chicago Shakes): McDiarmid Hosts High-Powered Stag Party

Timon of Athens (Chicago Shakes):  McDiarmid Hosts High-Powered Stag Party
#98. Francis Ford Coppola (1990), Burt Reynolds (1993), Debbie Reynolds (1997), Donald Trump (1991, 1992, 2004, 2009):  what happens when a celebrity declares bankruptcy?  Do they face it alone?  Or do the hanger-on-ers that enjoyed the lavish good times, help a celeb through the bad times.      Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents TIMON OF ATHENS.  Timon is... Read more »

ANGELS IN AMERICA Part 2 (Court Theatre): Inspirational Conclusion

ANGELS IN AMERICA Part 2 (Court Theatre):  Inspirational Conclusion
PART 2 #94.  Court Theatre presents ANGELS IN AMERICA PART TWO:  PERESTROIKA.  My work began last Saturday afternoon with Part One:  Millennium Approaches.  It concluded yesterday with another visit to Court. Led by Rob Lindley and Larry Yando, the cast are celestial beings.  Under Charles Newell’s expert direction, every character showcases a poignant transformational moment. ... Read more »
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"A Midsummer's Night Dream"(Chicago Shakes): Pucking Hilarious!

#35. And, most dear actors, eat no onions nor garlic, for we are to utter sweet breath; and I do not doubt but to hear them say, it is a sweet comedy. No more words: away! go, away!    – Nick Bottom Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents A Midsummer’s Night Dream.  Three worlds collide over love.  In the actor world, Peter Quince gathers the local... Read more »