Archive for July 2012

"The Return of Radio Goggles" (Oracle Theatre): Something to See!

"The Return of Radio Goggles" (Oracle Theatre):  Something to See!
#144. Back in the olden days… Before we could watch movies on our cellphones, Ipads, and televisions, people huddled around their radios to listen to weekly serials.  With only auditory, they had to imagine how the story unfolded visually.  Last summer, Oracle invented a way to look back at past radio shows and really see... Read more »

"Death and Harry Houdini" (The House Theatre): A Marvel!

"Death and Harry Houdini" (The House Theatre): A Marvel!
#143.  In 2002, I was a barista at Seattle’s Best.  It was my *creative writing years.* The coffee shop was ideal because I got insurance and free coffee.  I did the morning shift with my fave coworker, Dr. Krohl.  We became acquainted with this guy named Nathan and his trolley driving friends.  They were trying... Read more »

Off Book Chats Up Remy Bumppo, Idle Muse, Magic Parlour, Sideshow, Soul and More!

Off Book Chats Up Remy Bumppo, Idle Muse, Magic Parlour, Sideshow, Soul and More!
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing exciting offerings from local theatre companies:  “Magic Parlour” at The Palmer House, “The Gacy Play” by Sideshow Theatre and “The Lover” by Soul TheatreOur special guests are Evan Jackson, Artistic Director at Idle Muse Theatre and Nick Sandys, Artistic Director at Remy Bumppo. And of course, we have 2 new Got A Minute? segments from local playwrights. This July 13, 2012 episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially underwritten by The Alliance. Shot word... Read more »
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“TJ & Dave” (Theater on the Lake): Taking the Long Way To A Good Thing

“TJ & Dave” (Theater on the Lake): Taking the Long Way To A Good Thing
Reviewed by Jasleen Jaswal Vines No matter how long you live in the same city, you’re going to have that moment when you realize you haven’t done that one thing everyone else seems to have checked out. Eventually, a friend comes to town, or you’re flipping through the Reader/Time Out Chicago/Metromix trying to find something... Read more »

"A Steady Rain" (Chicago Commercial Collective): Chicago Masterpiece Comes Home

"A Steady Rain" (Chicago Commercial Collective):  Chicago Masterpiece Comes Home
When I was a kid, I believed things were black and white.  Actions were right or wrong.  People were good or bad.  Growing up I’ve learned nothing is that simple.  Friendships have blended the colors.  Humans are complicated; loving them requires compromise.  And every time a friend starts down a path of destruction, I have... Read more »

"Crowns" (Goodman Theatre): Handpicked Hallelujah Chorus of Biblical Proportions

#141.  I love hats!  They serve as a fashion statement and cover up flawed hair.  Until the late sixties, the Catholic Church required them at mass.  So every Easter, my sisters and I would get to pick out a new outfit:  dress + hat. I focused on the hat part because there were only ever... Read more »
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"Electra" (Mary Arrchie Theatre): Brilliant AND Annoying

"Electra" (Mary Arrchie Theatre):  Brilliant AND Annoying
“I do hate Greek drama where everything happens off stage.” -Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey Well, Mags, there is a whole lot of stuff going on stage in this Greek drama. #140.  Mary Arrchie Theatre, in association with Illinois State University, presents ELECTRA. Family dysfunction never goes out of style.  Plays written as early as 410 BC put... Read more »

"The Lover" (Soul Theatre): Sultry Deconstruction of a Marriage

"The Lover" (Soul Theatre): Sultry Deconstruction of a Marriage
#139.  In old movies, the phrase “hello lover!” makes me giggle.  It doesn’t even matter if the couple has had sex. Its just meant to be a term of endearment. It is the hotter version of “sweets,” “babe” or “honey.”  I tried to bring the casualness of the sexy phrase back at my ex’s wedding... Read more »

We’re All In This Room Together (Second City e.t.c.): Feisty, Fast and Loose Sketch

We’re All In This Room Together (Second City e.t.c.): Feisty, Fast and Loose Sketch
Reviewed by Tom Lawler The Second City e.t.c.’s 36threvue states its mission at the top: Let’s dock our iPhones, close up our Facebooks and stop feeding our Twitters. For two hours, anyway. Although this latest production from Second City’s feisty e.t.c. cast opens with this somewhat militant message for today’s always-connected generation, don’t worry. The... Read more »
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