Archive for January 2012

"AIDA" (Lyric Opera): Epic Love Story Stuns!

"AIDA" (Lyric Opera):  Epic Love Story Stuns!
#14.  Boy meets girl is a classic basic plot.  In modern day movies, a missed text, bad job, or family ties leads to a ninety minute contemplation if love can survive.  Often cute, sometimes trite!  Opera takes that same simplistic storyline and slaps it into a frenzy of dramatic passion.  Never cute, always powerful! The... Read more »

"Black Pearl Sings!" (Northlight Theatre): E. Faye Butler IS a Precious Gem!

"Black Pearl Sings!" (Northlight Theatre):  E. Faye Butler IS a Precious Gem!
#13.  Music influences.  It tells a story of the time period.  Ancestors preserved family-lore by putting it to a tune.  Generations of folks grew up singing what their mother sang to them.  Which was what her mother sang to her…. and on back.  The personal oral history connects the present to the past. My mother... Read more »

"Love and Money" (Steep Theatre): Steep Does Masterpiece Theatre!

#11.  ‘What I did for love, what I did for love.‘  Romantics versus capitalists?  There’s no contest.  Public support favors people’s idiotic antics in pursuit of love.  It’s easy to get behind some fool whipped into a frenzy over a guy or gal.  What wouldn’t you do for someone you loved?  How much of yourself... Read more »
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Off Book Chats with Collaboraction, A Red Orchid and Much More!

Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing fairytales and sexual revolution shows at Lifeline Theatre and The Oracle Theare.  In addition, we chat about upcoming shows at Collaboraction Theatre and A Red Orchid Theatre with Anthony Mosley and Brett Neveu.  And of course, we have two new Got A Minute? segments from local playwrights.  Have a listen! This episode of Chicago... Read more »

EXTENDED Thru 3/11 "Dark Plays Or Stories for Boys" (Collaboraction Theatre): Dark Comedy Amazes and Dazes!

EXTENDED Thru  3/11 "Dark Plays Or Stories for Boys" (Collaboraction Theatre):  Dark Comedy Amazes and Dazes!
#10. At the dawn of the Internet, my friend Jay fell virtually in love… multiple times.  All of his e-relationships ended abruptly usually around the first physical meeting… whether it actually happened or not.  I remember one guy claimed to be a US Olympic gymnast alternate.  Jay was especially intrigued by this chat room turned... Read more »

EXTENDED Thru March 11th "Megacosm" (A Red Orchid Theatre): Sci-Fi, Corporate Corruption, Comedy!

#9.  When I got the collateral press material on Megacosm, there wasn’t a lot of description.  When I chatted with Playwright Brett Neveu a couple days before the premiere, there wasn’t a lot of description.  When I saw Megacosm, there was a surprise with ‘stunning implications!’ A Red Orchid Theatre presents the world premiere of Megacosm.  Chris has a new invention. ... Read more »
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"Blizzard 67" (Chicago Dramatists): Snow Spins Lives Out Of Control!

#8.  With a 20th floor view of Lake Shore Drive, my most avid memory of the 2011 Blizzard is stupid people walking ON the Drive.  I’m not talking about abandoning cars for survival.  I’m speaking of the idiots on the day after.  In between white-out conditions, curious ignorants wandered onto the major highway.  It drove... Read more »

"Mr. Rickey Calls A Meeting" (Lookingglass Theatre): Take This Meeting!

"Mr. Rickey Calls A Meeting" (Lookingglass Theatre):  Take This Meeting!
#7. When I decide to take a job, I assess the basics.  Does the job description interest me?  Will the pay sustain my lifestyle?  Is the work environment conducive for my personal growth?  It’s all about me and what I need.  It’s a big decision in the moment.  But frankly, if it doesn’t work out,... Read more »

"The Ghost is Here" (Vitalist Theatre): Sanchez is a powerful ghost whisperer!

"The Ghost is Here" (Vitalist Theatre):  Sanchez is a powerful ghost whisperer!
#6.  “American Horror Story,” “Sixth Sense,” “Ghosterbusters 1 & 2”… I do believe in ghosts.  I can get behind all the occult hocus-pocus.  In fact, I have promised to haunt certain people from the afterlife.  Why not?  If I enjoy hanging with someone now, death shouldn’t separate us. Vitalist Theatre, in conjunction with DCA Storefront... Read more »
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Off Book Chats with Court Theatre, Chicago Children's Theatre and MORE!

Chicago Theatre Off Book is kicking off 2012 chatting about upcoming shows at Court Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre and Theatre Oobleck.  With Chicago theatre just coming back from a holiday break, there is no review round-up.  But Charles Newell and Mark Messing intrigue with glimpses of 2012 theatre.  And of course, we have two new Got A Minute? segments... Read more »