Archive for November 2011

"The Caretaker" (Writers Theatre): Sublime Cast Fills The Room

"The Caretaker" (Writers Theatre):  Sublime Cast Fills The Room
In my old apartment in Chicago, Carlos was The Man.  He took care of people.  When my neighbors’ fight ended with the husband’s clothes down the garbage chute, Carlos retrieved them.  When someone ransacked the laundry room, Carlos cleaned it.  When I locked myself out, clogged the drain up, or needed the Christmas tree out,... Read more »

"Sound of Silence" (Salomee Speelt): Poignant One-Sided Argument!

"Sound of Silence" (Salomee Speelt):  Poignant One-Sided Argument!
I don’t mind an argument.  I’m an Irish woman.  I feel quite comfortable in a heated discussion or text frenzy. I want to know what a person is thinking and I want him to understand what I’m saying.  So, I’m willing to go there and talk it out to resolution.  But what if he isn’t... Read more »

Chicago Theatre Off Book chats it up with Molly Brennan and Roni Geva and so much more!

It’s another round of Chicago Theatre Off Book on Chicago Independent Radio Project, CHIRP. This week, we review local theatre offerings featuring forbidden lovers, naughty bunnies and murderous dictators.  Later, we chat with Molly Brennan from Barrel of Monkeys and 500 Clown and Roni Geva with “Love, Loss and What I Wore.”  This episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially... Read more »
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"Five Flights" (Immediate Theatre): Grounded in Bittersweet Truths

‘I want to live a paler life.  One that is too bright attracts too much attention.‘  Life is all about choices.  We get to choose. What to believe. How to worship. Who not to love.     Immediate Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of Five Flights.  Once upon a time, a husband built a bird sanctuary for... Read more »

"ANN" (Broadway in Chicago): Ann Richards IS Resurrected in Holland Taylor!

"ANN" (Broadway in Chicago):  Ann Richards IS Resurrected in Holland Taylor!
Back in the day, I respected government officials.  I believed their objective was altruistic. That-being-a-public-servant was about service to the nation.  It was in these Camelot years that I would watch the entire Democratic convention for inspiration.  In 1988, I found it in soon-to-be Governor of Texas, Ann Richards.  Ms. Richards was a memorable convention-stopper. ... Read more »

"Let My People Come" (Street Tempo Theatre): Bright, Bawdy Burlesque!

The most sexually satisfied U.S. city is Philadelphia.  Least sexually satisfied?  San Francisco.  Greeks have the most sex.  Culture having the least sex? Japanese.  On either side of the stage, sex-toids are projected. The show hasn’t even started and I’m riveted with the writing on the wall! Street Tempo Theatre presents its inaugural production, Let My People... Read more »
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"Ask Aunt Susan" (Goodman Theatre): Bockley's Internet Indentity Crisis

To transition from Thanksgiving to December, my family’s tradition is to follow the turkey with a little “Christmas in Connecticut.”  The 1940’s Barbara Stanwyck movie has a successful writer tantalizing the country with her gourmet recipes and picture perfect homelife.  When a war hero needs a holiday treat, the publisher invites him to his staffer’s... Read more »

"Cities of Light" (Piven Theatre Workshop): Cabaret or Vaudeville?

I have a healthy sense of humor.  I find much to laugh about in life.  The funny angle of any moment is always bubbling into my giggle zone…even at funerals or other sober events. In those moments, I’ve taught myself to suppress my natural urge to make a joke.  The selective censorship has come after... Read more »

Chicago Theatre Off Book chats up Doyle and Debbie, Caffeine Theatre, Teatro Vista and Next Theatre

It’s another round of Chicago Theatre Off Book on Chicago Independent Radio Project, CHIRP. This week, we review local theatre offerings looking at life in 1670’s England, 2011’s Inner City, 1950’s Americana.  Special guests, country singing sensations Doyle and Debbie are in the studio sharing their backstories and songs from The Doyle & Debbie Show.  I’ll tell you... Read more »
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EXTEND THRU February 19th: "Assisted Living" (Profiles Theatre)

My mom used to have a bright yellow Volkswagon.  She loved her Bug with the daisy in the flowerholder.  The car was the Herbie’s cheerful grandma version.  Driving it was like being in a 1950’s sitcom.  Strangers would wave.  In parking lots, kids would come up and talk to it.  So, when mom traded it... Read more »