Archive for June 2011

Review "Where We're Born": Comedy to Drama with Substance!

   Steppenwolf Theatre presents       Where We’re Born    Written by Lucy Thurber Directed by Brad Akin at Steppenwolf Garage Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted (map) through June 18  |  tickets: $20  |  more info Reviewed by Katy Walsh  A college student returns home on break.  Beers, shots, joints: life is exactly how she left it. The escape to the comfortably familiar lulls her into trying... Read more »

Review "Animals Out of Paper": Unique Comedy Folds into Recycled Drama

Audio Podcast at ITUNES  Chicago Theatre Reviews for Week of June 17th  Narrated by Joshua Volkers     Steppenwolf Theatre presents ANIMALS OUT OF PAPER Reviewed by Katy Walsh A teacher stumbles on a naturally gifted student.  When he tries to recruit an expert to mentor the whiz kid, he discovers his idol living in... Read more »

EXTENDED *AGAIN* THRU August 21st "The Last Act of Lilka Kadison": Magically Uplifting!

Audio Podcast at ITUNES Chicago Theatre Reviews for Week of June 17th Narrated by Joshua Volkers  Lookingglass Theatre, in association with Abbie Phillips, presentsTHE LAST ACT OF LILKA KADISONReviewed by Katy Walsh  A cantankerous old woman is bothered by a hovering caretaker, an absentee son and a demanding ghost.  She’s mad!  Is it her natural state or... Read more »
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Review "VENUS": FANNY-TASTIC!

Audio Podcast at ITUNES  Chicago Theatre Reviews for Week of June 17th  Narrated by Joshua Volkers   Steppenwolf Theatre presents VENUS Reviewed by Katy Walsh A flashlight beams in the darkness.  The wind whistles outside.  Odd characters chant in repetition: ‘I regret to inform you the Venus Hottentrot is dead.  There won’t be a show... Read more »

Review "The Sign of the Four": Sherlock Can't Solve This One!

  Audio Podcast at ITUNES  Chicago Theatre Reviews for Week of June 17th  Narrated by Joshua Volkers   City Lit Theater presents THE SIGN OF THE FOUR Reviewed by Katy Walsh It was a foggy night.  Streetlights eerily glowed through a wet mist.  A mystery beckoned from the second floor.  It was a perfect night... Read more »

Review "LIGHTHOUSEKEEPING": Sweeping Coming of Age Story

Audio Podcast at ITUNES  Chicago Theatre Reviews for Week of June 10th  Narrated by Joshua Volkers   New Leaf Theatre presents LIGHTHOUSEKEEPING Reviewed by Katy Walsh Life is a series of stories.  Each person is a composition of tales they’ve heard, lived and told.  There is no happy ending because there is no ending.  There... Read more »
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Review "CHICAGO": Electrifying Crosstown Classic!

Review "CHICAGO": Electrifying Crosstown Classic!
Audio Podcast at ITUNES  Chicago Theatre Reviews for Week of June 10th  Narrated by Joshua Volkers   Broadway in Chicago presents CHICAGO Reviewed by Katy Walsh Al Capone, John Dillinger, Drew Peterson, Rod Blagojevich, colorful Chicagoans have always captured the media’s attention.  The Windy City’s reputation for corruption and ‘getting away with murder’ is legendary. ... Read more »

Review "THE CHERRY ORCHARD": Terrific Pickings!

Audio Podcast at ITUNES  Chicago Theatre Reviews for Week of June 10th  Narrated by Joshua Volkers   Raven Theatre presents THE CHERRY ORCHARD Reviewed by Katy Walsh The house is in foreclosure.  The daughter’s boyfriend is unemployed.  The matriarch spends the grocery money on partying.  It’s definitely the recession! But it’s not  Americans floundering in... Read more »

Review MACBETH: Classic Meets Contemporary!

Review MACBETH: Classic Meets Contemporary!
  Roundhouse Productions presents Macbeth Written by William Shakespeare Directed by Mary Reynard Liss at New Rock Theater, 3933 N. Elston (map) thru June 25  |  tickets: $20  |  more info Reviewed by Katy Walsh In the 2010/2011 season, two top-tier Chicago theaters produced Macbeth. In the fall, the Lyric Opera featured a dazzling version of Verdi’s composition.  In the winter, Chicago Shakes introduced a condensed powerhouse... Read more »
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Review "BRIGADOON": Love It Before It Vanishes!

Audio Podcast at ITUNES  Chicago Theatre Reviews for Week of June 10th  Narrated by Joshua Volkers Light Opera Works presents BRIGADOON At Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson, Evanston Reviewed by Katy Walsh On vacation, an American falls for a Scottish lass.  Complications arise when he discovers she won’t be around the morning after.  What happens in... Read more »