Archive for October 2012

“Human Landscapes” (Joffrey Ballet) : A Thought-Provoking Expression of Human Spirit

“Human Landscapes” (Joffrey Ballet) : A Thought-Provoking Expression of Human Spirit
Reviewed by Jennie Siering The Joffrey Ballet presents  Human Landscapes Human Landscapes is a program featuring the work of of three choreographers who each explore aspects of human spirit through dance in their own way. The first performance, Forgotten Land, was inspired by a painting by Edvard Munch of women looking at the ocean.  It... Read more »

"Schweyk in the Second World War" (Red Theatre): Ambitious Spectacle

"Schweyk in the Second World War" (Red Theatre):  Ambitious Spectacle
In its inaugural production, Red Theater presents Schweyk in the Second World War. Schweyk is a regular at the local tavern.  He’s an opinionated, big talker.  Among his barfly peers, when he shoots off his mouth, it isn’t a problem.  They’re use to it.  But the visiting German Gestapo take issue to his loose tongue.  His aversion to... Read more »

Off Book Chats Up Lookingglass, Lyric, Strawdog, Remy Bumppo, Shattered Globe, Goodman and More!

Off Book Chats Up Lookingglass, Lyric, Strawdog, Remy Bumppo, Shattered Globe, Goodman and More!
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing exciting offerings from local theatre companies: “Metamorphoses” by Lookingglass Theatre ,“Elektra” at Lyric Opera, and “Neighborhood 3: Requistition of Doom” at Strawdog Theatre.  Our special guests are Linda Gillum, Artistic Associate at Remy Bumppo and director of Shattered Globe’s “Burn This” and Maggie Corbett, Chicago actor starring in Goodman Theatre’s“Sweet Bird of Youth.”  Plus, we have two new “Got A Minute” segments from two local playwrights. This October 19, 2012... Read more »
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"In Pigeon House" (Seanachai Theatre Company): Dark, Zany, Showbiz Hodge Podge

"In Pigeon House" (Seanachai Theatre Company):  Dark, Zany, Showbiz Hodge Podge
Seanachai Theatre presents IN PIGEON HOUSE.  “Fit-ups” were traveling shows in early twentieth century Ireland.  The rural countryside was the theatrical landscape for vaudeville touring companies.  Basher, Masher, Rasher and Dolly are actors.  They live for the stage.  And stage where they live.  In this tribute to grassroots plays and cinema, the foursome interacts.  It’s... Read more »

"Trainspotting USA" (Theatre Wit): Disconcertingly Real and Unforgettable

"Trainspotting USA" (Theatre Wit): Disconcertingly Real and Unforgettable
Irvine Welsh wrote a prolific novel about heroin addiction called “Trainspotting.”  It became a successful stageplay and a cult movie starring Ewan McGregor.  And now, the story has come to Chicago by way of Missouri. Jeffrey Brunstein, Laura St. James, Tom Mullen and Tom Chiola, in association with Keaton Wooden and Books & Lyrics Theatricals... Read more »

"Simon Boccanegra" (Lyric Opera): Exceeds ALL Expectations...SUPER!

"Simon Boccanegra" (Lyric Opera):  Exceeds ALL Expectations...SUPER!
The Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Simon Boccanegra. Simon loves Maria.  But he’s poor and she’s rich.  Her dad Jacopo hates Simon.  People encourage him to run for Doge (chief magistrate). Simon’s not interested in power until they convince him that the job will help him get the girl.  He goes for it.  Meanwhile, Maria... Read more »
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Iceman, Follies Rake in the 2012 Jeff Equity Awards! Me? I Picked 9 out of 34 Winners!

Iceman, Follies Rake in the 2012 Jeff Equity Awards!  Me?  I Picked 9 out of 34 Winners!
2012 EQUITY JEFF AWARD WINNERS Last night, Chicago theatre was honored Jeff-style.  Here’s my Equity predictions back in August along with the winners… PRODUCTION – PLAY – LARGE “Angels in America, Parts One and Two” – Court Theatre “Clybourne Park” – Steppenwolf Theatre Company “The Convert” – Goodman Theatre in association with Center Theatre Group... Read more »

"Pontypool" (Strawdog Theatre): Scared the Crap Out of Me!

"Pontypool" (Strawdog Theatre):  Scared the Crap Out of Me!
I’m not a huge fan of Halloween.  Sure, there is candy and the pageantry of dressed-up kids.  I can dig that.  I’m talking about dark, stormy fall nights where bad things can happen.  I don’t like walking in a desolate neighborhood with the leaves blowing giving off a “To Kill A Mockingbird” vibe. And I... Read more »

"Don't Give That Beast A Name" (The Chicago Mammals): A Plunge into the Unknown

"Don't Give That Beast A Name" (The Chicago Mammals):  A Plunge into the Unknown
When my sisters and I were kids, this woman approached us at the Elkhart 4-H Fair and asked, “If you died tonight, would you go to heaven?”  We said that we didn’t know and followed her into a tent where we became victims of a Jesus-saves revival.  Looking back I laugh, but that day, we... Read more »
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"Night Over Erzinga" (Silk Road Rising): Compelling Storytelling Flounders

"Night Over Erzinga" (Silk Road Rising):  Compelling Storytelling Flounders
Silk Road Rising presents Night Over Erzinga.  Alice and Jimmy are a young married couple. They are raising a daughter in post-depression USA.  What make them different from any other couple?  They survived the genocide of their Armenian homeland.   Alice is haunted by the real nightmares of her past.  Jimmy lives with the unknown fate of his... Read more »