Posts tagged "Victory Gardens"

EXTENDED Thru Dec 14 "Appropriate" (Victory Gardens): Marvelously Inappropriate

EXTENDED Thru Dec 14 "Appropriate" (Victory Gardens):  Marvelously Inappropriate
182 Victory Gardens Theatre, in association with Actors Theatre of Louisville, presents the co-World Premiere of APPROPRIATE.  I’ve never really liked the word ‘appropriate.’  The label is thrown around with confident ease to judge improper behavior.  The wrinkle is the verdict is purely subjective.  In this new work, Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins makes that point numerous times... Read more »

"White Tie Ball" (Teatro Vista): A Familiar Dance

"White Tie Ball" (Teatro Vista):  A Familiar Dance
Teatro Vista presents the world premiere of WHITE TIE BALL. The first 60 seconds of this show captivated me.  Director Edward Torres introduces the two main characters with a sequence of blackouts.  A business man is in the forefront.  A convict is in the background and behind a cage-like wall.  As the lights go up... Read more »

EXTENDED Thru July 28th "The Pride" (About Face Theatre): A lot to be proud of

EXTENDED Thru July 28th "The Pride" (About Face Theatre):  A lot to be proud of
About Face Theatre presents the Chicago Premiere of THE PRIDE. What a difference a day makes…. times 365 x 50.  Playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell explores the emotional entanglements of homosexuality in 1958 vs 2008.  Campbell imagines the same three people living out their lives at different points in history.  He skillfully intertwines the stories using... Read more »
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"What's The T?" (About Face Theatre): Truly Pressing

"What's The T?" (About Face Theatre):  Truly Pressing
Reviewed By Sara Eisenbaum  “What’s the T” begs the question What’s the Problem? Classism, racism, ageism, and homophobia/transphobia are still running rampant although people, especially in the seemingly gay city of Chicago, try to pat themselves on the back for the pseudo progress that has been made.  How refreshing to see a youth theater production as... Read more »

Off Book Chats Up Victory Gardens, Remy Bumppo and Alex Weisman

Off Book Chats Up Victory Gardens, Remy Bumppo and Alex Weisman
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is trying out a shorter format for our listeners’ quick theatre fix.  First, the Show Pick of the Week is reviewed:  “Failure:  A Love Story” at Victory Gardens.  And then, our special guest is Chicago Actor Alex Weisman.  In addition, Alex performs an excerpt from “You Never Can Tell” at Remy Bumppo for our Got A Minute?segment. This December 7, 2012 episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially... Read more »

"Failure: A Love Story" (Victory Gardens): Enchanting Keepsake Timepiece

"Failure: A Love Story" (Victory Gardens):  Enchanting Keepsake Timepiece
This show is all about clock watching.  And it only took me five minutes to be completely smitten with the Fail family. Victory Gardens presents the World premiere of FAILURE:  A LOVE STORY.  Gertie, Jenny June and Nellie are the Fail sisters.  They live above the family clock shop on the Chicago River.  They each... Read more »
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"Oedipus EL Rey" (Victory Gardens): Spanglish Translation Steered by Undeniable Powerful Force!

"Oedipus EL Rey" (Victory Gardens):  Spanglish Translation Steered by Undeniable Powerful Force!
#145. I believe in the sequential order of life.  That not only does ‘everything happen for a reason’ but it happens in a weird chronological order that only makes sense in hindsight.  This life philosophy is anchored in a Divine Intervention that guides me toward a life purpose.  Is it my optimistic or naïve nature... Read more »

Off Book Chats Up Theatre 7, Theatre on the Lake, Walkabout, Right Brain Project, and More

Off Book Chats Up Theatre 7, Theatre on the Lake, Walkabout, Right Brain Project, and More
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing exciting offerings from local theatre companies:  “Cirque Shanghai: Year of the Dragon,” “Crow,”and “Marat/Sade.”  And our special guests are Brian Golden, Managing Artistic Director at Theatre Seven of Chicago, Meghan Beals McCarthy, Associate Artistic Director at Chicago Dramatist and co-Curator at Theatre on the Lake and Samantha Chavis, Managing Director at Theatre on the... Read more »

"Crow" (Walkabout Theatre): Sher Rocks This Boat!

"Crow" (Walkabout Theatre): Sher Rocks This Boat!
#123.  My great aunt Meme use to talk to our dog.  And maybe more disturbing, she seemed to  hear a response.  These conversations always struck me as a little crazy.  I vowed never to grow up and have imaginary banter with nonhumans. But living alone changes everything. Sometimes, silence needs to be interrupted. Sometimes, hearing... Read more »
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Treasured Stories By Eric Carle: Something to Squeal about!

Treasured Stories By Eric Carle: Something to Squeal about!
#100. “Shut off your cell phone” is a familiar announcement.  But what happened next was a complete surprise.  The nice lady told the audience if they wanted to tell the story along with the narrator to go ahead.  “This is a no shushing show.” Chicago Children’s Theatre hosts Mermaid Theater of Nova Scotia presenting an... Read more »