Posts tagged "Rivendell Theatre"

"Good Thing" (Poor Theatre): Evocative Story Needs Tightening

"Good Thing" (Poor Theatre):  Evocative Story Needs Tightening
Poor Theatre presents GOOD THING. Playwright Jessica Goldberg tackles an evocative subject: drug addicts having babies. Goldberg approaches the topic with true grit. She never reduces it to Jerry Springer sensational. She keeps it real, focusing on the post high school life of four students and two teachers. Goldberg develops complex relationships between brothers, spouses, and unrequited... Read more »

"Enchanted April" (Idle Muse Theatre): Step in to a little Enchantment, See this Show

"Enchanted April" (Idle Muse Theatre):  Step in to a little Enchantment, See this Show
“To those who appreciate wisteria and sunshine…and who have ever hoped, on occasion, that a little Enchantment might step in…” Enchantment is the word to describe this old-fashioned girls getaway.  Playwright Matthew Barber captures the essences of Elizabeth von Arnim’s novel about four women in post WWI England.  The unacquainted ladies are all drawn to the same advertisement.  They... Read more »

"The Electric Baby" (Rivendell Theatre): Illuminating!

"The Electric Baby" (Rivendell Theatre):  Illuminating!
Potatoes under the arms absorb odor. Whiskey soaked socks cure a cough. A banana peel on the head makes a headache go away. Stefanie Zadravec’s play immediately charms as Kathy Logelin (Natalia) shares homespun remedies for ailments. The no-nonsense, sage-like Logelin captivates with her old world knowledge. Perched on one side of the theatre, Logelin... Read more »
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CCX (Modofac Productions): Cop Corruption Expose

CCX (Modofac Productions):  Cop Corruption Expose
Modofac Productions presents the world premiere of CCX.  Two Chicago police officers are working on a murder investigation.   They have the suspect in custody.  They have the witness in the next room.  What could possibly go wrong?  Everything!  In just 90 minutes, everything and everybody unravels.  This is no longer an open and shut case. ... Read more »

Off Book Chats UP Rivendell, Chicago Children's Theatre and more!

Off Book Chats UP Rivendell, Chicago Children's Theatre and more!
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book reviews “American Wee Pie” at Rivendell Theatre and “Bud, Not Buddy” at Chicago Children’s Theatre.  Our special guests are Kamal Angelo Bolden and Travis Turner performing in “Bud, Not Buddy” at Chicago Children’s Theatre. This February 8, 2013 episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially underwritten by The Alliance                                                      ... Read more »

"American Wee-Pie" (Rivendell Theatre): Scrumptious!

"American Wee-Pie" (Rivendell Theatre):  Scrumptious!
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble presents the world premiere of AMERICAN WEE-PIE.  Zed’s mom died.  He returns to his childhood home to bury her.  He runs into Linz, a former classmate.  She happily rattles on about the comings and goings of others from their youth.  He doesn’t remember any of the people.  He is not connected to... Read more »
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Off Book Chats Up the Fall Season, Abraham Werewolf, Rivendell, TimeLine and More

Off Book Chats Up the Fall Season, Abraham Werewolf, Rivendell, TimeLine and More
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing exciting offerings from local theatre companies: “Spirits to Enforce” by Abraham Werewolf Theatre, “33 Variations” by TimeLine Theatre  and “Wrens” by Rivendell Theatre.  And Off Book talks with special guestTony Adler, Culture Editor at The Reader about the 2012 Fall season. And of course, we have a new Got A Minute? segment from a local playwright. MARTY’S MARTINI BAR September 30th, 2pm – 5pm 1511 W. Balmoral... Read more »

"Wrens" (Rivendell Theatre): Loved These Birds!

"Wrens" (Rivendell Theatre):  Loved These Birds!
#179.  When I applied to college, we had to fill out an extensive questionnaire to be used for our dorm assignment.  It was a personality analysis.  It asked specific questions about life philosophies and sleeping habits.  The screening was thoroughly intimate.  When we arrived at school, we realized the matching was a little less scientific: ... Read more »

Off Book Chats Up Lookingglass, Mortar, The Hypocrites, Teatro Luna, Rivendell and more!

Chicago Theatre Off Book chats about three new theatre openings during the review round-up:  “Romeo Juliet” by The Hypocrites, “Living Large in a Mini Way” byTeatro Luna, and “Crooked” by Rivendell Theatre.  Next, we chat with Rachel Edwards Harvith, Ensemble member at Mortar Theatre  and Andrew White, Artistic Director at Lookingglass Theatre. And of course, we have two new “Got A Minute?” episodes. Plus, coming soon… Chicago Theatre... Read more »
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"Crooked" (Rivendell Theatre): Straight-up Superb!

"Crooked" (Rivendell Theatre):  Straight-up Superb!
#117.  High school!?  A four year quest for peer acceptance.  Egads!  As I get older, the torture, the embarrassment, the awkwardness is muddled.  The experience becomes less “Breakfast Club” poignant original and more “Facts of Life” silly reruns. Now, deformities and all, I go to all my class reunions. I banter with everyone.  There are... Read more »