Archive for July 2011

Jeff Garlin (Steppenwolf Theatre): Curb Your Hesitation, Buy A Ticket!

Jeff Garlin (Steppenwolf Theatre):  Curb Your Hesitation, Buy A Ticket!
“After 29 years, I’m the most comfortable stand-up comedian in the business,” Jeff Garlin confesses between belches.  A self-deprecating Garlin admits maybe he should have strived to be the best comic instead.   Steppenwolf Theatre presents Jeff Garlin in NO SUGAR TONIGHT. Garlan shuffles on stage in jeans and a t-shirt.  He almost seems shy grabbing... Read more »

"Radio Goggles"(Oracle Theatre): Nostalgic Triple-Play!

Back in the day, families huddled around the radio to tune in to their favorite serials.  They concentrated on voices and sounds to decipher the story. The visual was left to the imagination of each listener.  Everyone was listening to the same thing but seeing something different.  Until now!  Oracle Productions presents The Original Radio Goggles. Through... Read more »

"SALOME" (National Pastime Theater) A Cover-up at the Naked Art Festival

The phrase “Naked Art Festival” intrigued me.  Although I have seen nudity on stage, I’ve never experienced a theatrical spectacle committed to complete nakedness.  I still haven’t!  National Pastime Theater presents 2011 NAKED JULY:  ART STRIPPED DOWN, SALOME (more info).  The tagline is ‘purity: the unadulterated nature of nakedness.’  My expectation was a show where... Read more »
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"The Women" (Circle Theatre): OBSCENE...Obscenely Funny!

"The Women" (Circle Theatre): OBSCENE...Obscenely Funny!
It’s hard to gossip via text.  Not impossible but not as satisfying as an in-person gabfest.  For that face to face encounter, salons are the ideal locale for *sharing* the latest news.  It’s all foot to mouth.  The pedicurist pumicing off a layer of ick directly loosens lips.   Once unleashed, a tongue can spill the... Read more »

EXTENDED THRU July 31st "Stations Lost" (Firecat): A Multi-Media Journey to Enlightenment in Review

      “You can hang on the cross or you can pound in the nails!’ A recovering Catholic, Tony Fitzpatrick ponders over politics and people.  Firecat presents Stations Lost.  Fitzpatrick is an artist.  A poet.  A painter.  A storyteller.  A stand-up comedian.  His show embodies the term ‘performing art.’  On the right, a musician... Read more »

Cirque Shanghai: CHEAP THRILLS...AMAZING!

  Gliding through the air, plummeting from the ceiling, parading through the audience… and that’s just within the first few minutes!  Navy Pier, in conjunction with International Special Attractions, Ltd., presents the world premiere production of Cirque Shangai Extreme. About two dozen performers join forces to create a vibrant spectacle.  They begin and end the show with a... Read more »
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These "Blues Brothers" are British... Chicago, you got a problem with that?

These "Blues Brothers" are British... Chicago, you got a problem with that?
‘We’re getting the band back together!’  One of my favorite quotes from the “Blues Brothers” movie is the key to understanding this show’s premise.  It’s all about the band not the movie!   Charles Aerts Theatre Productions and EJB Entertainment present the United States premiere of “THE ALL NEW ORIGINAL TRIBUTE TO THE BLUES BROTHERS.”  Jake... Read more »

Better than a 3-D Movie! Review: "Disney's Beauty and the Beast"

Better than a 3-D Movie! Review: "Disney's Beauty and the Beast"
“Is it like seeing a movie in 3-D?” Christopher asked me as the orchestra tuned up.   I  quickly tried to explain stage theatre to an eight year old.  “It’s better.  It’s live.  It’s real people.”    Network Presentations, LLC presents DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. The literary classic immortalized in cartoon comes to life... Read more »

Review: THAT FACE (Redtwist Theatre)

Review: THAT FACE (Redtwist Theatre)
Drugged, blindfolded, tortured, a victim slips into unconsciousness.  No, it’s not a prisoner of war.  It’s a twelve year old at a London boarding school. Redtwist Theatrepresents the Chicago premiere of That Face.  Mia teams up with Izzy to bully a young girl.  When the hazing ritual gets brutally out-of-control, the girls are sent home.  Mia’s mum... Read more »
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Engaging Comeback! Review: "A GIRL WITH SUN IN HER EYES" (Pine Box Theatre)

Engaging Comeback! Review: "A GIRL WITH SUN IN HER EYES" (Pine Box Theatre)
I like to believe that people are good.  That in the end, they do the right thing.  ‘Yes, I tweeted dick pics.’ ‘Yes, I screwed the housekeeper.’ ‘Yes, I auctioned off a Senate seat.’ They own a mistake!  They admit to a lapse in judgment.  So, if this is what they confess because of coercion,... Read more »