Posts tagged "Theatre Wit"

"Burning Bluebeard" (The Ruffians): Fantastical and Believable

Reviewed by Samantha Owens This holiday season the Ruffians return with their unlikely holiday hit, BURNING BLUEBEARD. I qualify its popularity around the holidays as ‘unlikely’ because it does not have any of the typical components of a holiday story; no magical and unexpected Christmas Eve snowstorm, no wide-eyed child wise beyond his/her years, no touching... Read more »

"The Wedding Singer" (Haven Theatre): Rocking, Sweet Frolic

"The Wedding Singer" (Haven Theatre):  Rocking, Sweet Frolic
Haven Theatre Chicago presents THE WEDDING SINGER. The 1998 movie THE WEDDING SINGER starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore was a rom-com hit.  The romantic tale was set in the 1980s.  Half the popularity of the movie was the nostalgia around the music and fashion.  The 80s was the dawn of the music video.  More than... Read more »

"The Burnt Part Boys" (Griffin Theatre): Manly Musical

"The Burnt Part Boys" (Griffin Theatre):  Manly Musical
Griffin Theatre presents the Midwest premiere of THE BURNT PART BOYS.  It’s 1962. A coal mine is about to be reopened.  The rural Virginia town is divided about the news.  People need the work but ten years ago, a cave-in killed a bunch of residents.  Now, their sons and daughter react to the ‘burnt part‘... Read more »
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"Burn This" (Shattered Globe): Crackles with Humanity and Volatility!

"Burn This" (Shattered Globe): Crackles with Humanity and Volatility!
Shattered Globe Theatre presents BURN THIS.  It’s NYC in the 80s.  Anna, Burton, Larry and Pale are stuck.  Anna is choreographing lackluster productions.  The work sustains her but doesn’t necessarily fulfill her.  Her indifference seeps into her personal life as she continues to reject marital proposals from her long-term boyfriend Burton.  He is a successful... Read more »

"Trainspotting USA" (Theatre Wit): Disconcertingly Real and Unforgettable

"Trainspotting USA" (Theatre Wit): Disconcertingly Real and Unforgettable
Irvine Welsh wrote a prolific novel about heroin addiction called “Trainspotting.”  It became a successful stageplay and a cult movie starring Ewan McGregor.  And now, the story has come to Chicago by way of Missouri. Jeffrey Brunstein, Laura St. James, Tom Mullen and Tom Chiola, in association with Keaton Wooden and Books & Lyrics Theatricals... Read more »

"Sound of Silence" (Salomee Speelt): Poignant One-Sided Argument!

"Sound of Silence" (Salomee Speelt):  Poignant One-Sided Argument!
I don’t mind an argument.  I’m an Irish woman.  I feel quite comfortable in a heated discussion or text frenzy. I want to know what a person is thinking and I want him to understand what I’m saying.  So, I’m willing to go there and talk it out to resolution.  But what if he isn’t... Read more »
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A Walk in the Woods (Timeline Theatre): Powerless Politicos, Powerful Cast

A Walk in the Woods (Timeline Theatre):  Powerless Politicos, Powerful Cast
Even when I know there is no possible future outcome, I’ll hold a meeting anyway.  Maybe it’s out of courtesy or curiosity.  But I’ll schedule it.  I just run it differently! In an interview, I ask personal questions.  On a date, I ask impersonal questions.  It might be confusing but if the other person thought... Read more »

Review "Freedom, NY": Captivating Destination

Teatro Vista presents FREEDOM, NY  At Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Written by Jennifer Barclay Directed by Joe Minoso Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm Sundays at 3pm Thru June 12th Buy Tickets  Running Time:  One hour and fifteen minutes with no intermission Audio Podcast at ITUNES  Chicago Theatre Reviews for Week of May 13th  ... Read more »

Review "THIS": A Witty Intermission During the Stages of Life!

Theater Wit presents THISAt 1229 W. BelmontWritten by Melissa James GibsonDirected by Jeremy WechslerThursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pmSundays at 2pmThru March 27th Buy TicketsRunning Time:  One hour and forty-five minutes with no intermission. Reviewed by Katy Walsh I loved THIS! ‘What kind of unhappy are you?  Personal, marriage, career, existentialist, or inter-disciplinary?’ Theater Wit presents... Read more »
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Review "The Four of Us": Bro-mance Satisfies with Fourplay!

Theater Wit presentsTHE FOUR OF US At 1229 W. BelmontWritten by Itamar MosesDirected by Jeremy WechslerFridays and Saturdays at 8pmSundays at 2:30pmEXTENDS THRU DECEMBER 18th Buy TicketsRunning Time:  Ninety minutes without an intermission Reviewed by Katy Walsh Two people meet, connect and plan for a future together.  Distance and time shift the relationship.  They drift... Read more »