Archive for February 2013

"Die Meistersinger" (Lyric Opera): The softer side of Wagner

"Die Meistersinger" (Lyric Opera):  The softer side of Wagner
Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.  Walther loves Eva.  And she love him.  The problem is Walther is a poor nobleman.  And Eva is the daughter of a wealthy goldsmith.  Plus, Eva is promised in marriage to the winner of the Mastersinger contest.  In Nuremberg, the town takes their singing very seriously.  The Mastersinger... Read more »

"Successors" (Signal Ensemble): 'August, Osage County' Starring the Daleys

"Successors" (Signal Ensemble):  'August, Osage County' Starring the Daleys
Signal Ensemble presents the world premiere of Successors.  Mayor DeKoven has announced his sudden retirement.  He is the third generation of DeKoven mayors.  The city is surprised.  His kids are shocked.  They wonder which of them will get his endorsement for mayor:  greedy partier Marty, the smart but uptight Patricia or adult delinquent Scott.    At a family... Read more »

Off Book Chats UP Rivendell, Chicago Children's Theatre and more!

Off Book Chats UP Rivendell, Chicago Children's Theatre and more!
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book reviews “American Wee Pie” at Rivendell Theatre and “Bud, Not Buddy” at Chicago Children’s Theatre.  Our special guests are Kamal Angelo Bolden and Travis Turner performing in “Bud, Not Buddy” at Chicago Children’s Theatre. This February 8, 2013 episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially underwritten by The Alliance                                                      ... Read more »
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"Widowers' Houses" (ShawChicago): It's a Shaw First!

"Widowers' Houses" (ShawChicago):  It's a Shaw First!
ShawChicago presents Widowers’ Houses.  Harry and Blanche are in love.  They met on vacation.  He comes from old money with a modest allowance.  She is nouveau rich with a materialistic appetite.  When their families agree to the match, what could stop their wedded bliss?  Money!  Financial woes become a barrier to young love.  Harry finds out Blanche’s... Read more »

"Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" (Porchlight Music Theatre): Rogers is The Lady!

"Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill" (Porchlight Music Theatre):  Rogers is The Lady!
Porchlight Music Theatre presents Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.  The legendary Billie Holiday is in concert!  No, it’s not a return to Carnegie Hall.  It’s 1959 at a hole-in-the-wall joint in Philadelphia.  Unknown to her or her fans, the unique-sounding vocalist is making one of her final appearances.  The diva, known for her emotional, soulful... Read more »

"The Baker's Wife" in Concert (The Music Theatre Company): Homebaked Goodness

"The Baker's Wife" in Concert (The Music Theatre Company):  Homebaked Goodness
The Music Theatre Company presents The Baker’s Wife (in Concert).  In 1935, in a small village in France, the baker has died.  The villagers have been deprived of their carbs for weeks.  When the new baker arrives in town, they believe their problems are solved.  Then, they get a look at his wife.  Genevieve is a beauty and... Read more »
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"Birthday Party" (Steppenwolf Theatre): Perverse Party of the Year

"Birthday Party" (Steppenwolf Theatre):  Perverse Party of the Year
Steppenwolf Theatre presents BIRTHDAY PARTY.  Stanley is a recluse hiding out in a vacant boarding house.  His married landlady is a lunatic.  She smothers him with maternal and flirtatious affection.  And she has decided to throw him a surprise birthday party. The guest list is short.  His landlord isn’t even attending because of a weekly... Read more »

EXTENDED THRU April 14th "Sweet Charity" (Writers Theatre): Scrappy, Upbeat Charmer

EXTENDED THRU April 14th "Sweet Charity" (Writers Theatre):  Scrappy, Upbeat Charmer
Writers’ Theatre presents SWEET CHARITY.  For eight years, Charity has been a hostess at a dance hall.  She has had a string of user boyfriends.  Her latest one stole her savings and pushed her in the lake.  Despite the sour notes in her life, Charity keeps on dancing hoping the melody changes.  When a movie... Read more »

Off Book Chats Up "The Book of Mormon", Raven Theatre and More!

Off Book Chats Up "The Book of Mormon", Raven Theatre and More!
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book reviews “The Book of Mormon“ by  Broadway in Chicago and “Boy Gets Girl” at Raven Theatre.  Our special guest is Kristin Collins, Managing Director at The Artistic Home and starring in “Boy Gets Girl” at Raven Theatre.  This February 1, 2013 episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially underwritten by The Alliance                                                                                                   Shot word of the day: friendsJoin us on March 24th, 2pm-5pm, at Marty’s Martini Bar for our fundraiser. No admission costs!  Come and drink martinis (or any beverage) and... Read more »
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