Posts tagged "Stage 773"

Musical of the Living Dead (Cowardly Scarecrow Theater Company): Ballsy, salty musical becomes a new Halloween tradition

Musical of the Living Dead (Cowardly Scarecrow Theater Company): Ballsy, salty musical becomes a new Halloween tradition
Reviewed by Tom Lawler The Zombie Apocalypse is nothing to fear. In fact, we’re rapidly approaching the era of peak zombie production as our TVs (The Walking Dead), movie theaters (World War Z) and even in-boxes(“Re: Tix still left for this wknd’s zombie wine stroll!!”)are lousy with sightings of the undead with no major harm... Read more »

Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead (Pride Films and Plays): Code Blue

Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead (Pride Films and Plays):  Code Blue
Playwright Martin Casella won the Pride Films and Plays 2013 Great Gay Play Contest, and now his winning play is holding its world premiere at Stage 773.  Directions is about two childhood chums that reunite as adults for a vacation.  Griff (played by Patrick Rybarczyk) is married with two children.  Jinx (played by Patrick Gannon) is a recent widower – Richard, his partner of... Read more »

"Double Trouble" (Porchlight Music Theatre): Octuple Mayhem

"Double Trouble" (Porchlight Music Theatre):  Octuple Mayhem
Porchlight Music Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of DOUBLE TROUBLE. The Waltons meet the Aguilars in this zany musical about brotherly love.  Brothers Bob Walton and Jim Walton wrote the book, lyrics, and music for this lampoon about two brothers breaking into 1941 Hollywoodland.  The fictional brothers are a lyricist and a composer.  They are... Read more »
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"Mahal" (Bailiwick Chicago): Genuine Family Affair

"Mahal" (Bailiwick Chicago):  Genuine Family Affair
Bailiwick Chicago presents the World Premiere of MAHAL. “Family can be a lot!”  This sentiment is stated and reinforced in Playwright Danny Bernardo’s engaging story of the Reyes.  Mom has just lost her battle to cancer.  Her kids and husband are dealing with it… each in their own way.  Dad is redecorating.  Jun is skyping.... Read more »

"Pal Joey" (Porchlight Music Theatre): McMonagle Bewitches!

"Pal Joey" (Porchlight Music Theatre):  McMonagle Bewitches!
Porchlight Music Theatre presents PAL JOEY.  Porchlight secured the rights to the 1940 original version of this Broadway musical play.  So, Chicago has the opportunity for the first-time ever to hear the full compilation of songs, including the restored number “I’m Talking to My Pal” that was cut before the premiere opening night.  Of course,... Read more »

"Red Hamlet" (Red Theater): Poetic Content Riddled with Comedy Bits

"Red Hamlet" (Red Theater):  Poetic Content Riddled with Comedy Bits
Red Theater presents the Chicago premiere of RED HAMLET.  His dad is dead.  His mom is his aunt.  His girlfriend is pregnant.  Life is making Hamlet crazy.  It doesn’t help when his dad’s ghost guilts him in to a murder investigation.  Meanwhile, Fortinbras keeps popping up to avenge his own father’s death.  And Rosencrantz and... Read more »
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"Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" (Porchlight Music Theatre): Rogers is The Lady!

"Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" (Porchlight Music Theatre):  Rogers is The Lady!
Porchlight Music Theatre presents Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.  The legendary Billie Holiday is in concert!  No, it’s not a return to Carnegie Hall.  It’s 1959 at a hole-in-the-wall joint in Philadelphia.  Unknown to her or her fans, the unique-sounding vocalist is making one of her final appearances.  The diva, known for her emotional, soulful... Read more »

"It's a Wonderful Santa Land..." (Street Tempo): Entertaining Hodge Podge of Merriment

"It's a Wonderful Santa Land..." (Street Tempo):  Entertaining Hodge Podge of Merriment
Street Tempo presents IT’S A WONDERFUL SANTA LAND MIRACLE NUT CRACKING CHRISTMAS STORY… JEWS WELCOME.  What’s in a name?  For this show, the title is the synopsis.  Nothing says Christmas like cookies, egg nog, puppets, snow ball fights, and getting leis. IT’S A WONDERFUL SANTA LAND MIRACLE NUT CRACKING CHRISTMAS STORY… JEWS WELCOME is a... Read more »

"The Gifts of the Magi" (Porchlight Music Theatre): Light-hearted Holiday Romp

"The Gifts of the Magi" (Porchlight Music Theatre):  Light-hearted Holiday Romp
Porchlight Music Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of the musical THE GIFTS OF THE MAGI.  A young married couple financially struggle in 1905 New York.  To ensure their spouse has a wonderful Christmas, they each make a sacrifice.  She sells her hair to buy a watch chain.  He sells his watch to buy barrettes. Meanwhile,... Read more »
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"Schweyk in the Second World War" (Red Theatre): Ambitious Spectacle

"Schweyk in the Second World War" (Red Theatre):  Ambitious Spectacle
In its inaugural production, Red Theater presents Schweyk in the Second World War. Schweyk is a regular at the local tavern.  He’s an opinionated, big talker.  Among his barfly peers, when he shoots off his mouth, it isn’t a problem.  They’re use to it.  But the visiting German Gestapo take issue to his loose tongue.  His aversion to... Read more »