Posts tagged "Next Theatre"

"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 »

“Everything is Illuminated” (Next Theatre): Monumental 2nd Act

“Everything is Illuminated” (Next Theatre):  Monumental 2nd Act
Reviewed by Sara Eisenbaum In the closing scene of the play the character of Jonathan Safron Foer, in the semblance of a book talk/reading, mentions something akin to ,”atrocities of violence are like a semi colon…or even a comma.” This very grandiose idea was paired with the illumination of many light bulbs on stage that... Read more »

"Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter" (Next Theatre): Quirky Journey to Forgiveness

"Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter" (Next Theatre):  Quirky Journey to Forgiveness
#229. Next Theatre Company presents the Midwest premiere of WELCOME HOME, JENNY SUTTER.  An amputee is discharged from the marines.  She is going home or at least that’s the plan. She missed the bus… all of the busses.   Jenny is struggling to return to her family.  She has changed.  She has lost her leg and... Read more »
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"Iphigenia 2.0" (Next Theatre): Sacrifices Story for Spectacle

War?!  I don’t get it.  Video games?!  I don’t get those either.  Men focus for hours, days, years on intentional quests for bloodshed.  How can this possibly give any lasting satisfaction? The need to be victorious and superior over others is primarily a guy thing. And it’s been a *thing* throughout history.      Next Theatre presents... Read more »

Off Book chats with Rae Gray, Grey Ghost and Much More!

Off Book chats with Rae Gray, Grey Ghost and Much More!
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing exciting offerings from local theatre companies:   “The Reception” by Steep Theatre , “After the Revolution” by Next Theatre , “Chesapeake” by Remy Bumppo Theatre and “Johnny Theatre” by Chemically Imbalanced Theatre.  We also chat with Rae Gray, Chicago actress and Evan Chung and Amber Robinson, co-founders Grey Ghost Theatre.   And of course, we have 2 new Got A Minute? segments from local playwrights . This April 27, 2012 episode... 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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Off Book Chats with Next Theatre, Strawdog Theatre and much more!

Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing exciting offerings from local theatre companies.  In addition, we chat with Mary Ann Thebus, actress starring in Next Theatre’s “After the Revolution” and Brandon Bruce, Artistic Director at Strawdog Theatre .  And of course, we have two new Got A Minute? segments from local playwrights. This April 6, 2012 episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially underwritten by UPTOWN FAN. Shot word of the day:  “actor(s)”... Read more »

Off Book chats with Victory Gardens' Chay Yew, Chicago Dramatists'Jon Steinhagen and Much More!

  Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing exciting offerings at Next, Court, Chicago Shakes, and Lyric.  In addition, we chat about world premieres with Jon Steinhagen, playwright for Chicago Dramatists and Raven Theatre  and new Artistic Director Chad Yew at Victory Gardens.  And of course, we have two new Got A Minute? segments from local playwrights.  Have a listen!  Plus, don’t forget to pick... Read more »

"The Girl in the Yellow Dress" (Next Theatre): Simplistically, Complex Stunner!

"The Girl in the Yellow Dress" (Next Theatre):  Simplistically, Complex Stunner!
#16.  So this guy approached me in the dairy section of the grocery store.  Initially, he asked me my favorite yogurt brand.  I brushed it off with ‘whatever I have a coupon for’ and kept moving down the aisle.  He started following me.  He said that he had been noticing me in the neighborhood.  He... Read more »
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Chicago Theatre Off Book chats up Doyle and Debbie, Caffeine Theatre, Teatro Vista and Next Theatre

It’s another round of Chicago Theatre Off Book on Chicago Independent Radio Project, CHIRP. This week, we review local theatre offerings looking at life in 1670′s England, 2011′s Inner City, 1950′s Americana.  Special guests, country singing sensations Doyle and Debbie are in the studio sharing their backstories and songs from The Doyle & Debbie Show.  I’ll tell you... Read more »