Posts tagged "Theater Wit"

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" (Griffin Theatre): W-I-N-N-E-R!

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" (Griffin Theatre):  W-I-N-N-E-R!
Griffin Theatre Company opens its 25th Anniversary Season with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. C-l-e-v-e-r! Rebecca Feldman originated the improvisational play “C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E” to be performed by The Farm, an improv troupe in New York. The “Spelling Bee” was then workshopped and developed at the Barrington Stage Company in Massachusetts. With music and lyrics by William Finn, book... Read more »

"Mythical Proportions" (Theater Wit): The Real and Surreal of Nora Dunn

"Mythical Proportions" (Theater Wit):  The Real and Surreal of Nora Dunn
Theater Wit and Steve Ullman present Nora Dunn in MYTHICAL PROPORTIONS. There is something about Nora Dunn that makes you forget she’s a famous actor and comedienne. Maybe it’s her Chicago roots, her Irish Catholic upbringing or her way of dismissing a Meryl Streep encounter as everyday happenstance, Dunn is extraordinary at being ordinary.  Her... Read more »

"Hedwig and The Angry Inch" (Haven Theatre Chicago): Head-bopping, Side-splitting, Heart-tugging

"Hedwig and The Angry Inch" (Haven Theatre Chicago):  Head-bopping, Side-splitting, Heart-tugging
Haven Theatre Chicago presents their inaugural production, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH. Playwright John Cameron Mitchell turned an original story into a cult classic.  His heroine is an East German rock-n-roll singer.  She used to be Hansel and now she’s an “internationally ignored song stylist” named Hedwig.  Her show is part rock and roll concert,... Read more »
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"Thom Pain (based on nothing)" (Theater Wit): Transfixes with Pain

"Thom Pain (based on nothing)" (Theater Wit): Transfixes with Pain
Theater Wit remounts THOM PAIN (based on nothing). Lance Baker (Thom Pain) reprises the role that won him a 2007 Jeff Award for Best Solo Performance.  Fast forward six years and it seems like Baker has been frozen in time and recently thawed out.  He is this enlightened, yet ordinary, pessimist.  Baker starts the show speaking... Read more »

"Fight Girl Battle World" (Infusion Theatre): Sci-Fi Geek's Wet Dream

"Fight Girl Battle World" (Infusion Theatre): Sci-Fi Geek's Wet Dream
Worlds collide in this intergalactic match-up. Humans vs aliens.  E-V vs Adon-Ra.  Comedy vs action.  Puppets vs actors.  The sci-fi spoof is a tribute to humanity.  Playwright Qui Nguyen penned the futuristic story of the extinction of the human race.   His clever satire tries to hook-up the last two humans in the galaxy; the streetfighter E-V   and... Read more »

"Maria/Stuart" (Sideshow Theatre): Quirky to Whacked Out!

"Maria/Stuart" (Sideshow Theatre):  Quirky to Whacked Out!
Sideshow Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of Maria/Stuart. Grandma Ruthie uses dementia to grow old hatefully. The crusty old hag torments her family with unapologetic meanness. Her bitchy daughters Lizzie and Marnie have inherited their mom’s maternal skills. They smother and berate their own kids and each other’s. The third daughter Sylvia is the nice but crazy... Read more »
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"Flare Path" (Griffin Theatre): Romantic Casualties of War

"Flare Path" (Griffin Theatre):  Romantic Casualties of War
Griffin Theatre Company presents FLARE PATH.  It’s WWII. The Falcon Hotel is on the edge of the Royal Air Force (RAF) base.  It’s the ideal location for servicemen to have reunion visits with their wives.  Teddy’s wife Patricia just arrived from London.  She is an actress in-between plays.  Teddy’s romantic plans are thwarted when a... Read more »

"A Class Act" (Porchlight Music Theatre): Glorious Resurrection of Ed Kleban

"A Class Act" (Porchlight Music Theatre):  Glorious Resurrection of Ed Kleban
#174.  Writers have all these words swirling around in our heads.  Our ongoing quest is to get them on paper in the correct sequential order.  Doesn’t happen always this. And that makes us crazy.  Because we have this intention of a legacy of masterpieces, we are often tortured by the voices of the un-actualized stories... Read more »

"The Gacy Play" (Sideshow Theatre): Andy Luther is a Serial Killer! ...I'm just saying.

#138. As a single woman with skin that would make a nice dress, I’ve survived murder by putting people into two categories:  serial killers and the others. On the bus, at a restaurant, in the next door apartment: killers have to commute, eat, live… somewhere.   Being aware of this basic truth keeps me alive.  I... Read more »
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"Goodbye Cruel World" (Strange Tree Group): Pure Vaudevillian!

"Goodbye Cruel World" (Strange Tree Group):  Pure Vaudevillian!
#132.  My first introduction to literature with a Russian influence was ”Rocky and Bullwinkle”.  As a kid, I believed Boris and Natasha were typical Russian folks, spies without a sense of humor.  I thought Russians were a serious, cold lot that hated squirrels. Since then, I’ve decided the Soviet Union’s abilities to endure tumultuous eras... Read more »