Archive for May 2012

Off Book Chats Up Red Tape, Rivendell, Timeline, Redtwist, New Leaf and more!

Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing exciting offerings from local theatre companies: “Elephant Graveyard” at RedTape Theatre, “The Cripple of Inishmaan” atRedtwist Theatre, “My Kind of Town” at TimeLine Theatre, and “Arcadia”at New Leaf Theatre. And we chat with special guests, James Palmer, Artistic Director at RedTape Theatre, Carrie Drapac, Ensemble Member at RedTape Theatre, Tara Mallen, Founder and Artistic Director of Rivendell Theatre.... Read more »

JAPAN: Day 4-Day 4 - when we realize how idiot-proof the bullet train is, cross paths with geishas* and experience a ryokan

JAPAN:  Day 4-Day 4 - when we realize how idiot-proof the bullet train is, cross paths with geishas* and experience a ryokan
Because all the world is a stage… Tokyo to Kyoto Reviewed by Jennifer Herlein When we booked our trip, we decided to get out of Tokyo for a couple of nights to experience a different part of Japan.  Kyoto looked like the type of change we were going for – more traditional architecture and loads... Read more »

JAPAN: Day 3 - when we get rained out, learn about gift melons and feel too disheveled for the Park Hyatt

JAPAN:  Day 3 - when we get rained out, learn about gift melons and feel too disheveled for the Park Hyatt
Tokyo By Jennifer Herlein Day 3 is one of those days that you look at with dread regardless of where you are – it was grey with a steady rain and light wind from the moment we woke up until we went to bed that night.  While I dislike rain and humidity, I loved seeing... Read more »
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JAPAN: Day 2 - in which we arrive too late for tuna, see a solar eclipse and sit in a cat bus

JAPAN:  Day 2 - in which we arrive too late for tuna, see a solar eclipse and sit in a cat bus
Because all the world is a stage…. Tokyo Reviewed by Jennifer Herlein Tokyo is 14 hours ahead of Chicago so on our second day here, our bodies are a bit out of whack.  I woke up at 3:30am and Scott was up slightly thereafter.  The general consensus is that given the jetlag, the first day... Read more »

"Butcher of Baraboo" (A Red Orchid Theatre): Prime Cut of Comedy Marinated in Intrigue

"Butcher of Baraboo" (A Red Orchid Theatre):  Prime Cut of Comedy Marinated in Intrigue
#111. Secrets were fun when I was young.  Knowing who cheated on a test, who liked liked someone, who pissed his pants was important.  As I’ve gotten older, ‘it’s a secret‘ becomes a burdensome request.  Knowing who cheated on his tax return, who liked liked someone’s husband, who pissed off her boss has lost it’s... Read more »

Japan: Day 1 -in which we arrived, got lost and played charades

Japan: Day 1 -in which we arrived, got lost and played charades
Because all the world is a stage… Tokyo Reviewed by Jennifer Herlein I think you can tell a lot about what kind of experience awaits you in a new city from the way the inaugural journey from the airport to your hotel goes.  In recent years I’ve had chaotic and in-your-face (Marrakech) and frightening yet... Read more »
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EXTENDED "Bang the Drum Slowly" (Raven Theatre): Male Bonding at Its Finest!

#114.  Men have always mystified me.  Having grown up with three sisters, I totally get every possible emotion for death, break-ups, or coupon expiration emitted by gals.  I don’t always understand what a man is thinking or feeling.  Their level of communication often is a grunt, a shrug, or a ‘whatever’.  My ‘How do you... Read more »

[title of show] (Northlight Theatre): Clever Behind-The-Scenes Look

[title of show] (Northlight Theatre):  Clever Behind-The-Scenes Look
GEORGE: See, this should be a show. This is the show. JERRY: What? GEORGE: This. Just talking. JERRY: (dismissing) Yeah, right. GEORGE: I’m really serious. I think that’s a good idea. JERRY: Just talking? Well what’s the show about? GEORGE: It’s about nothing. -Seinfeld, Season 4, Episode 3 #112.  Northlight Theatre presents [title of show]. ... Read more »

"Sexy Baby" (Hell in a Handbag): Crowning A Sleazement

"Sexy Baby" (Hell in a Handbag):  Crowning A Sleazement
#113.  I’m from a three generation tiara family.  I have one. My mom has one.  My niece has one.  Sparkly accessory perched on a head?!  We totally get it.  Who doesn’t want to be crowned the winner?  It doesn’t really matter if it’s awarded or self-appointed.  Nothing dazzles like jeweled headgear. Hell in a Handbag... Read more »
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"Arcadia" (New Leaf Theatre): New Leaf's Grand Finale!

“The aesthetic model that I was thinking of when we were talking about the decision to close was the last frame of Calvin and Hobbes. That way of ending a mission and completing a body of work…so the work will always have integrity and it won’t seep away or we won’t try and change it into... Read more »