Archive for March 2013

"Priscilla Queen of the Desert" (Broadway in Chicago): Ahhh-mazing!

"Priscilla Queen of the Desert" (Broadway in Chicago):  Ahhh-mazing!
Broadway in Chicago presents the Tony Award-winning musical PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT.  Tick is a husband and a father.  He is also a drag queen and gay.  When his wife convinces him to come and meet his 6 year old son, Tick recruits his favorite lady-boys to join him on a road trip.  Their... Read more »

"Julius Caesar" (Babes with Blades): Female Force Attacks

"Julius Caesar" (Babes with Blades):  Female Force Attacks
Babes with Blades Theatre Company presents Julius Caesar. Rome welcomes back its hometown hero, Julius Caesar. The city’s vocal and visible adoration add to JC’s healthy self-esteem. They want him to be their King. JC’s growing popularity and arrogance gives the Senate pause. A group of rebels fear Caesar will turn the democracy to dictatorship. They... Read more »

“Everything is Illuminated” (Next Theatre): Monumental 2nd Act

“Everything is Illuminated” (Next Theatre):  Monumental 2nd Act
Reviewed by Sara Eisenbaum In the closing scene of the play the character of Jonathan Safron Foer, in the semblance of a book talk/reading, mentions something akin to ,”atrocities of violence are like a semi colon…or even a comma.” This very grandiose idea was paired with the illumination of many light bulbs on stage that... Read more »
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"Richard III" (Wayward Productions): Thought-provoking imagery stays true to classic

"Richard III" (Wayward Productions): Thought-provoking imagery stays true to classic
Wayward Productions presents Richard III.  Duplicity and murder are Richard’s tactics in his quest for power.  Yet, instead of 1480’s in the royal court of England, it’s 1970’s in a bikers‘ dive bar.  Richard’s quest is not to be King of the country.  This Richard wants to be the monarch of the Warlock Motorcycle Gang. And he... Read more »

"Measure for Measure" (Goodman Theatre): Extreme and Sensational!

"Measure for Measure" (Goodman Theatre):  Extreme and Sensational!
This show grabbed me from its shocking opening and held me until its startling conclusion. Goodman Theatre presents MEASURE FOR MEASURE.  The Duke departs his city in a flourish only to return in disguise as an Irish priest.  The Duke is doing a personal internal investigation of his staff.  He fears corruption.  And he finds... Read more »

EXTENDED AGAIN Thru July 27th "Othello: The Remix" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Rapped Perfectly!

EXTENDED AGAIN Thru July 27th "Othello:  The Remix" (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Rapped Perfectly!
Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents OTHELLO:  THE REMIX.  Othello is a big time rapper.  He meets and marries an aspiring singer, Desdemona.  She becomes his muse and he becomes in even bigger celebrity.  His homeboy Iago gets jealous.  Then, when Othello promotes the up-and-comer Cassio as his new opening act. Iago gets ruthless.  Iago decides to... Read more »
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"Fight Club: A Project Mayhem Burlesque" (The Mental Notion Society): Fisticuffs and Pasties

"Fight Club:  A Project Mayhem Burlesque" (The Mental Notion Society):  Fisticuffs and Pasties
The Mental Notion Society and Plan 9 Burlesque present Fight Club: A Project Mayhem Burlesque.  A woman in a bathrobe has a pistol in her mouth.  The gun is being held by a gal in a backless top.  And so, the show begins…and ends.  In between, a narrator recounts the moments that led to the gun trouble.  Through a... Read more »

Off Book Chats Up Lyric Opera, Writers Theatre with Jack Zimmerman and Oliver Sava

Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book reviews Lyric Opera’s  La Boheme and Writers’ Theatre’s Sweet Charity  Our special guest is Jack Zimmerman from Lyric Opera and Oliver Sava stops by the studio.    This March 15th episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially underwritten by The Alliance                                                                                                  Shot word of the day:  writer Join us on March 24th, 2pm-5pm, at Marty’s... Read more »

EXTENDED Thru May 19th "Aspects of Love" (Theo Ubique): *THE* Aspect to Love- The SINGING!

EXTENDED Thru May 19th "Aspects of Love" (Theo Ubique):  *THE* Aspect to Love- The SINGING!
Theo Ubique presents ASPECTS OF LOVE.  Alex is in love with Rose.  The problem is Alex is 17 and Rose is an actress. Still, he manages to woo her away to ‘his’ villa.  It turns out the villa is his Uncle George’s.  And turns out Rose prefers George.  After a tumultuous affair with Alex, Rose... Read more »
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"Coriolanus" (The Hypocrites): WARNING: Show Attacks with Brutal Force

"Coriolanus" (The Hypocrites):  WARNING:  Show Attacks with Brutal Force
The Hypocrites presents Coriolanus.  The world is at war.  Territories are gained and lost by the sword.  Men are fighting for power and honor.  Coriolanus returns home the conquering hero.  His battles were epic. His missions were practically suicidal.  His wounds are fresh.  He did it all for love!  His love of country made him... Read more »