Posts tagged "Tom Lawler"

A Klingon Christmas Carol (Commedia Beauregard): Beam in for this new holiday classic

A Klingon Christmas Carol (Commedia Beauregard): Beam in for this new holiday classic
Reviewed by Tom Lawler Commedia Beauregard presents A KLINGON CHRISTMAS CAROL. Not being much of a Star Trek fan, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with A Klingon Christmas Carol, but I have to admit I was gobsmacked by a bait-and-switch in the early moments of these intergalactic proceedings. While Commedia Beauregard’s press materials... Read more »

Sandra Bernhard: Sandyland (MCA Stage): Still fighting the good fight

Sandra Bernhard: Sandyland (MCA Stage):  Still fighting the good fight
Reviewed by Tom Lawler MCA Stage presents SANDRA BERNHARD: SANDYLAND. In her latest production, Sandyland, Sandra Bernhard took the stage in a black cocktail dress and opened the evening not with a humorous story or two, but instead a cover of the Gordon Lightfoot classic, “If You Could Read My Mind.” Fronting her backing band,... Read more »

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 »
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Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show (pH Productions): Don’t dream it…go see it!

Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show (pH Productions): Don’t dream it…go see it!
Reviewed by Tom Lawler Before 1975’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show became a collegiate coming-of-age ritual and the longest-running midnight movie of all time (and still counting), it was a stage production that originated in London. While it’s impossible to recreate how fresh, exciting and dangerous Dr. Frank-N-Furter and company appeared to those British audiences... Read more »

Clybourne Park (Redtwist Theatre): Provocative and Uproarious

Clybourne Park (Redtwist Theatre): Provocative and Uproarious
Reviewed by Tom Lawler Is Chicago a suitable place to live, prosper and raise your family?  This is a good question, and it depends where you live. It is this “separate but unequal” universe of segregated Chicago neighborhoods that Lorraine Hansberry explored in her 1959 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, A Raisin in the Sun, and in... Read more »

Joan of Arc (Chicago Opera Theater): Flashy, shocking reworking of the legend

Joan of Arc (Chicago Opera Theater): Flashy, shocking reworking of the legend
Reviewed by Tom Lawler Saint. Heretic. Brilliant warrior who saved a monarchy. Illiterate peasant who claimed divine guidance. Martyr. Joan of Arc (AKA the Maid of Orleans) answers to all of these charges and since her real life exploits in the 1400s, she has been transformed into a Che Guevara-like revolutionary icon inspiring countless plays,... Read more »
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A Clown Car Named Desire (Second City e.t.c.): Firing on all cylinders

A Clown Car Named Desire (Second City e.t.c.): Firing on all cylinders
Reviewed by Tom Lawler Second City e.t.c. presents A Clown Car Named Desire. With the recent passing of Bernie Sahlins, the last surviving member of the trio that opened The Second City in 1959, it’s a worthy time as any to reflect on how this venerable comedy institution is holding up in its middle age.... Read more »

Ain’t No Crying the Blues (Black Ensemble Theater): The Real Deal

Ain’t No Crying the Blues (Black Ensemble Theater):  The Real Deal
Reviewed by Tom Lawler Black Ensemble Theater presents AIN’T NO CRYING THE BLUES (IN THE MEMORY OF HOWLIN’ WOLF).  If there was a Mount Rushmore of the all-time blues greats, Chester Arthur Burnett, AKA “Howlin’ Wolf,” would certainly be carved on it, joined by a select group  including Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, Willie Dixon and... Read more »

Mindreader (Public House Theater): A white-knuckle rollercoaster ride of nerves and wits

Mindreader (Public House Theater): A white-knuckle rollercoaster ride of nerves and wits
Reviewed by Tom Lawler Public House Theatre presents MINDREADER.   As its press materials suggest, is the Mindreader a live-action video game or something closer to an interactive haunted house?Neither of these descriptions quite do this production justice for this critic, but hear me now: Mindreader is easily the most intense, thrilling theatrical experience I’ve... Read more »
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Reverb (Red Twist Theater): A rocker and his chick are both pretty sick

Reverb (Red Twist Theater): A rocker and his chick are both pretty sick
Reviewed by Tom Lawler Redtwist Theatre presents REVERB. A few years ago, on a weekend budget cruise to Mexico, I ran into someone who looked familiar in the free sushi line. He was a character actor I had enjoyed in numerous indie films and the dearly departed HBO drama, Six Feet Under. I decided to... Read more »