Archive for November 2012

"American Storm" (Theatre Seven): Whoa, Rein It!

"American Storm" (Theatre Seven):  Whoa, Rein It!
Theatre Seven of Chicago presents the professional world premiere of American Storm.  In 1962, a young horse surprises an entire town with his speed.  Sounds like the perfect holiday heart-warming story!?  Well, add in an autistic boy, a Kennedy-chasing socialite, an eating disorder jockey, a smart ass kid, a corporate guy, a government man, a vet, a... Read more »

"Potted Potter" (Broadway in Chicago): More Madcap than Magical!

"Potted Potter" (Broadway in Chicago): More Madcap than Magical!
#225.  Starvox Entertainment and Potted Productions presents Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff. Harry Potter is a kid wizard.  He goes to Hogwarts School.  He plays Quidditch. His destiny is to battle an evil sorcerer named Voldemort.  His schoolmaster, Dumbledore provides guidance.  His friends, Hermione and Ron help too. These are the... Read more »

EXTENDED AGAIN THRU February 24th "Hellcab" (Profiles Theatre): Slick Transitions and Memorable Characters

EXTENDED AGAIN THRU February 24th "Hellcab" (Profiles Theatre):  Slick Transitions and Memorable Characters
Profiles Theatre presents Hellcab in its 20th Anniversary production.  It’s Christmas Eve in Chicago. A taxi driver starts his holiday shift picking up church goers at 6:30am and ends it with a late night run to Melrose Diner. In between, it’s a mad parade of drunks and punks in and out of the backseat. The cabdriver is looking... Read more »
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EXTENDED Thru Dec 9 "The Quality of Life" (The Den Theatre): Unforgettable Life Examination

EXTENDED Thru Dec 9 "The Quality of Life" (The Den Theatre):  Unforgettable Life Examination
The Den Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of THE QUALITY OF LIFE.  Dinah and Bill’s daughter died.  The Christian Ohioans are trying to adapt to life without Cindy.  Jeanette’s husband, Neil has terminal cancer.  The free-spirited Californians are preparing for his journey’s end.  Dinah and Jeannette are cousins.  When Jeanette and Neil’s house burns down,... Read more »

"The Burnt Part Boys" (Griffin Theatre): Manly Musical

"The Burnt Part Boys" (Griffin Theatre):  Manly Musical
Griffin Theatre presents the Midwest premiere of THE BURNT PART BOYS.  It’s 1962. A coal mine is about to be reopened.  The rural Virginia town is divided about the news.  People need the work but ten years ago, a cave-in killed a bunch of residents.  Now, their sons and daughter react to the ‘burnt part‘... Read more »

"Sister Act" (Broadway in Chicago): Charming and Radiantly Entertaining!

"Sister Act" (Broadway in Chicago):  Charming and Radiantly Entertaining!
Reviewed by Jeanette Hamel It is hard to believe that the original Sister Act movie was released over TWENTY years ago!  Sister Act, the Musical, not only incorporates that original story line but interjects a fond and nostalgic feel of that long gone disco era.  With a comfortably familiar story line, Sister Act, the Musical... Read more »
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Off Book Chats Up Timeline, 500 Clown, Red Orchid, New Colony, and More

Off Book Chats Up Timeline, 500 Clown, Red Orchid, New Colony, and More
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing exciting offerings from local theatre companies: “The Opponent” at A Red Orchid Theatre, “Down and Derby” by The New Colony and “Porn” by Theatre-Y.  Special Guests:  Director William Brown, Actor Nate Burger and Actor Steve Haggard for “Wasteland” at Timeline Theatre and Producing Artistic Director Adrian Danzig with 500 Clown .  Plus, we have two new “Got A Minute” segments from our guests’ current shows. This November 16, 2012... Read more »

Gentleman’s Rule Sing A Capella and Act Accordingly

Gentleman’s Rule Sing A Capella and Act Accordingly
 Reviewed by Jennie Siering Going to see Gentleman’s Rule is not the experience that you typically associate with a night of traditional a capella.  The energetic group of 10 young men harmonizes well, using their voices as instruments and providing support for their own version of songs from all different genres and eras.  Music styles... Read more »

"Werther" (Lyric Opera): Werther Is Made For Loving!

"Werther" (Lyric Opera): Werther Is Made For Loving!
Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Werther.  An idealistic man falls hard for the baliff’s eldest daughter.  Werther loves Charlotte…completely, passionately, obsessively.  All he wants is to make her happy.  So, when Charlotte asks Werther to go away, he does.   Since Charlotte promised her dying mother that she would wed Albert, she can’t be distracted by... Read more »
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"Fuddy Meers" (Ka-Tet Theatre): "50 First Dates" goes "Overboard" on its way to "Fargo"

"Fuddy Meers" (Ka-Tet Theatre): "50 First Dates" goes "Overboard" on its way to "Fargo"
Ka-Tet Theatre presents FUDDY MEERS.  Claire wakes up daily to a new world. Every day for two years, she greets the unfamiliar.  She doesn’t know her husband, her son, her name.  She has post traumatic amnesia.   She relies on a memory book, detailing her life, to get her through the day.  Every night, she goes... Read more »