Posts tagged "Scott OKen"

Namosaur! (The Factory Theatre): Warped, Wack-a-do, Wild, Jungle Lovin'

Namosaur! (The Factory Theatre): Warped, Wack-a-do, Wild, Jungle Lovin'
It’s war time.  And the Viet Cong isn’t the only thing to fear.  There is a mad scientist, CIA psycho, Big Foot and un-fossilized creatures. A special military unit is deployed to uncover the covert operation. Their mission is a little bit dangerous and whole lot zany. Playwright Scott Oken mashes together a “Platoon” meets “Jurassic Park”... Read more »

Toast of the Town (Factory Theater): Chicago theater a-gag-gag

Toast of the Town (Factory Theater): Chicago theater a-gag-gag
Reviewed by Tom Lawler In celebration of its 20-year anniversary – a grand achievement for any storefront theater company, let alone one as singularly proletarian, industrious and uncompromising as the Factory Theater – the ensemble has revived its 2005 Chicago satire, Toast of the Town.  As with any Factory production, the more context you bring... Read more »

"Ren Faire! A Fistful of Ducats" (The Factory Theatre): Big-Time Bawdy Buffoonery!

"Ren Faire! A Fistful of Ducats" (The Factory Theatre): Big-Time Bawdy Buffoonery!
Work sucks. CTA sucks. Cubs suck.  The only thing you are looking forward to in August is the end of it.  What do you do until Labor Day weekend?  All you want is an escape from the heated drama that is your life.  You need to laugh… hard!  Well, I’ve got just the ticket… The... Read more »
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Off Book Chats Up The Factory, Lifeline, Chicago Shakes, Theater Wit, Goodman and More!

Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing exciting offerings from local theatre companies: “The Iceman Cometh” at Goodman Theatre,“Pride and Prejudice” at Lifeline Theatre, “Tigers Sit Still” at Theatre Wit, and “Timon of Athens” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.  Then, we chat with Scott Oken, Artistic Director at The Factory, director of “White Trash Wedding and a Funeral”, Mike Beyer, Ensemble member at The Factory, writer of “White Trash Wedding and a Funeral”, and Debra Ehrhardt, “Jamaica, Farewell” one woman show at Chopin Theatre.  And... Read more »

“White Trash Wedding and a Funeral” (Factory Theater): Kicking Off a 20th Anniversary Season with a Shot to the Face

“White Trash Wedding and a Funeral” (Factory Theater): Kicking Off a 20th Anniversary Season with a Shot to the Face
Reviewed by Jasleen Jaswal Vines Big name theaters in Chicago garner a lot of attention (and deservedly so) for the quality of their productions and the stars that grace their stage (for a current example, check out the media frenzy over “The Iceman Cometh”). Often overlooked are smaller Chicago theater companies that fly under the... Read more »