Archive for September 2011

"In The Next Room or the vibrator play" (Victory Gardens): Charmingly Orgasmic!

"In The Next Room or the vibrator play" (Victory Gardens):  Charmingly Orgasmic!
  My friend Taya is provocative.  She typically mentions masturbation in the first ten minutes of any discourse.  Her voluptuous presence fills the room with a Mae West meets Samantha Jones prowess.  Her explicit flirtations can’t be mistaken.  Introducing her to your boyfriend is like waving a steak in front of a cougar.  Although I’ve... Read more »

"Love, Loss and What I Wore" (Broadway in Chicago): Glamour DO!

"Love, Loss and What I Wore" (Broadway in Chicago):  Glamour DO!
After wearing dark blue gabardine pants and a button-down blouse daily in high school, I found freedom of expression in college.  That 80’s wardrobe could be described with “Flashdance” meets “Breakin” with a side of Goodwill.  No, I didn’t go the preppy route.  One of my unforgettable outfits had to be a tux with red... Read more »

"Summer and Smoke" (The Den Theatre): Lust Story that Shows Growth!

"Summer and Smoke" (The Den Theatre):  Lust Story that Shows Growth!
Years ago, an admirer gave me roses and a CD of romantic arias.  He pledged his love to me.  It was probably the most romantic moment of my life.  What did I do about it?  Nothing!  The adoration surprised and overwhelmed me.  So, I thanked him and went out of my way to avoid him…... Read more »
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EXTENDED thru November 13th "Clybourne Park" (Steppenwolf Theatre): A Subtle Norris Takes THE Prize!

EXTENDED thru November 13th "Clybourne Park" (Steppenwolf Theatre):  A Subtle Norris Takes THE Prize!
Teresa Blakely transferred to my seventh grade class in 1976.  She was my first black friend.  Probably, the first black person I had ever really met.  I grew up on the other side of the river in Elkhart.  Our neighborhood was white. As was the next neighborhood over and the neighborhood next to that one…... Read more »

"Yellowman" (GreeneTree Productions): Profound Reflection on the Lingering Effects of Childhood

"Yellowman" (GreeneTree Productions):  Profound Reflection on the Lingering Effects of Childhood
“Black people are better than white people!”  My six year old nephew insisted to his five year old white cousin. Definitely, it was a mean exchange between kids. But, it’s completely disheartening knowing that Noah is not black and not white.  He’s somewhere in-between, a yellowboy. Greenetree Productions presents YELLOWMAN.  Within a tight-knit Southern community,... Read more »

"Urinetown the Musical" (Circle Theatre): Funniest Potty Talk Ever!

"Urinetown the Musical" (Circle Theatre):  Funniest Potty Talk Ever!
People start revolutions because they want something that authorities are controlling. Jefferson wanted to declare independence.  Norma Rae wanted to improve factories.  Katniss wanted to feed masses.  Bobby Strong wants to pee free.  Circle Theatre presents URINETOWN THE MUSICAL. After the drought created ‘stink years’, the big UGC conglomerate steps in to regulate urination.  People are forced... Read more »
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"Be A Good Little Widow" (Collaboraction Theatre): Grieves for Lost Potential

Many twenty-somethings struggle with the reality of post college life.  As student loans become due, these alumni sit stunted.  “What do I really want to be?”  Is the big question looking for resolution.  Never is the answer “a widow.”  Collaboraction Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of Be A Good Little Widow.  Melody is a new... Read more »

Early Xmas Present "The Pitmen Painters" (TimeLine Theatre) Extends thru Dec 18th

‘Art is a place you can understand your whole life from.’ TimeLine Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of The Pitmen Painters.  In a northern mining town in England, a group of men strive for self-improvement.  They hire a professor to teach them art appreciation.  As the teacher showcases famous paintings, the guys lose themselves in the art.... Read more »

"The Kid Thing" (About Face Theatre): Smart Script more than Baby Talk!

  Tick tock!  A thirty-something woman hears the escalating sounds of a stopwatch counting down her reproductive days.  Multiply this by four women in committed relationships, the deafening noise is a real cluster-clock!  About Face Theatre andChicago Dramatists present The Kid Thing.  Good friends gather for a casual dinner party.  They debate Michael Jackson’s merits as a parent.  What... Read more »
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"Putting It Together" (Porchlight Music Theatre): It = Brilliant!

Me: Look, Alex Weisman.  Theatre Bob: Yep, he’s in the show.  Me: Which show?  Theatre Bob: This one. Me: What? Having never seen Stephen Sondheim’s Putting It Together, I thought Alex Weismanwas Porchlight’s special guest making the obligatory cell phone announcement. He unassumingly meanders on stage and hilariously kicks off the show with a sequence from The Frogs. During... Read more »