Archive for June 2011

Review Cirque du Soleil "OVO": Whimsical Infestation

Review Cirque du Soleil "OVO":  Whimsical Infestation
It’s dark.  The music blares. Strobe lights flash.  Bright pink, yellow and green bugs swarm the stage.  “I feel like I’m 4 years old right now,” Josh whispered to me after the first minute.  And so it begins, Cirque du Soleil presents OVO under The Big Top in The United Center parking lot.  The Quebec-based... Read more »

Review "LET X": Big Old Story Problem!

If the train leaves the station with 3 men and 3 women, and 3 of those people wear glasses, and 2 of the people are the same person, what is the probability that 1 of the couples had sex on the platform.  Back in the day, these type of arithmetic scenarios  multiplied my anxiety to... Read more »


 Recently, I ordered a Manhattan in Chinatown.  My server had limited language skills to handle an off-the-menu beverage request.  I thought I did pretty well describing the drink until it arrived at the table with an olive in it.  Goodman Theatre presents CHINGLISH. An Ohio businessman struggles to negotiate a deal with the Chinese minister.... Read more »

Review "MIDDLETOWN": City of Angles Doesn't Make a Block...buster!

I like e-vites.  They save the environment and give you access to the guest list.  My commitment rests on the *YES* of others.  If the confirmed guests look entertaining, the party has a guarantee to rock.  BUT sometimes, no matter how promising the attendee list is, the party isn’t quite the anticipated soiree.  Steppenwolf Theatre... Read more »

EXTENDED Thru Aug 13th "5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche"(The New Colony): Gut-busting Perfection!

EXTENDED Thru Aug 13th "5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche"(The New Colony): Gut-busting Perfection!
With sexual orientation sensitivity, in a politically-correct era, and during Pride month, I laughed at lesbians!  Not a nervous chuckle.  Not a side snicker.  I laughed my ass off at lesbians.  The New Colony presents the world premiere of the full-length production of 5 LESBIANS EATNG A QUICHE.  In 1956, The Susan B. Anthony Society for... Read more »

Review "EDUCATING RITA": Pygmalion Tale Retitled 'Dressing Rita'

The only reason I passed calculus in college was a tutor.  A very, very, very good looking tutor named Mike.  He had extreme patience and a transfixing beard with a patch of hairs that swirled in a circle.  In between, the blah, blah, blah, x+y= something, something, I heard in his voice genuine kindness and... Read more »

Review "MARISOL": Apocalyptic with a Sense of Humor

Audio Podcast at ITUNES  Chicago Theatre Reviews for Week of June 23rd  Narrated by Joshua Volkers   The Artistic Home presents MARISOL Reviewed by Katy Walsh Credit card users are tortured for maxing out.  Commuters are beaten with golf clubs.  And perhaps worst of all, coffee is extinct.  Welcome to the Bronx in the Millennium!... Read more »

EXTENDED AGAIN Thru August 21st "THE HOMOSEXUALS" Are Unstoppable!

  Audio Podcast at ITUNES  Chicago Theatre Reviews for Week of June 23rd Narrated by Joshua Volkers  About Face Theatre presents THE HOMOSEXUALS Reviewed by Katy Walsh There is an accepted belief that six degrees separates one person from any other person.  In the gay community, the linkage is considerably tighter and more intimate.  That... Read more »

Review "ONLY KIDDING": A Bit Already Bitten

    Emergent Theatre presents       Only Kidding     Written by Jim Geoghan Directed by Frank Nall at Chicago Center for the Performing Arts, 777 N. Green (map) through July 10  |  tickets: $10-$30  |  more info Reviewed by Katy Walsh  ‘Writers don’t know what it’s like under battle conditions.’ A  seasoned comedian struggles to stay relevant in the ever-changing world of showbiz. A newbie writer... Read more »

EXTENDED THRU July 31st"YELLOW FACE": Masking Reality with Colorful Lunacy

Audio Podcast at ITUNES Chicago Theatre Reviews for Week of June 23rd Narrated by Joshua Volkers   Silk Road Theatre, in association with Goodman Theatre, presentsYELLOW FACEReviewed by Katy WalshAn actor becomes an ambassador for the Asian community.  He uses his celebrity status to draw attention to the government’s unethical scrutiny of Chinese-Americans.  Speaking as an actor of... Read more »