Archive for June 2013

"The Second City Guide to Opera" (Lyric Opera): Distinctly Chicago

"The Second City Guide to Opera" (Lyric Opera): Distinctly Chicago
Lyric Opera of Chicago and The Second City combine forces to present The Second City Guide to the Opera. Upon arrival, it’s obvious that something is different. The usual bustling in the majestic Lyric foyer is missing.  Hints of pop music are trickling through the Aisle 5 entryway.  We follow the music into the vast, beautiful and unoccupied Ardis Krainik... Read more »

CIRQUE SHANGHAI: DRAGON’S THUNDER

CIRQUE SHANGHAI: DRAGON’S THUNDER
Reviewed by Sara Eisenbaum From the first rhythmic drum to the last bow, Cirque Shanghai was an exhilarating roller coaster, threatening to never slow down. The audience was rather abysmal which caused the performers to add a bit of ham to the performance. How they managed to be humorous while balancing all their weight on... Read more »

"The Three Musketeers" (Lifeline Theatre): Not Quite What I Had Imagined

"The Three Musketeers" (Lifeline Theatre):  Not Quite What I Had Imagined
When Lifeline announced their 2012/2013 season last year, I was immediately excited.  Having seen the talented ensemble in multiple productions, I immediately pre-cast Chris Hainsworth (Athos) and Christopher M. Walsh – no relation (Porthos).  And I eagerly awaited to see the spectacular adventure created by Lifeline.  And even though I was right about casting Hainsworth... Read more »
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Mindreader (Public House Theater): A white-knuckle rollercoaster ride of nerves and wits

Mindreader (Public House Theater): A white-knuckle rollercoaster ride of nerves and wits
Reviewed by Tom Lawler Public House Theatre presents MINDREADER.   As its press materials suggest, is the Mindreader a live-action video game or something closer to an interactive haunted house?Neither of these descriptions quite do this production justice for this critic, but hear me now: Mindreader is easily the most intense, thrilling theatrical experience I’ve... Read more »

EXTEND Thru Sept 1st "A Cole Porter Songbook" (Theo Ubique): De-Lovely!

EXTEND Thru Sept 1st "A Cole Porter Songbook" (Theo Ubique):  De-Lovely!
The evening starts with the low smoldering of the bass.   After a few moments, finger snapping adds a little mystery and rhythm to the sound.  Then, the company arrives one by one to drawl out “Too Darn Hot.”  The song goes from sexy complaint to tap-dancing, girl-twirling, big-bold spectacle.  Cole Porter is in the house.  Theo Ubique Cabaret... Read more »

2013 Non-Equity Jeff Award Predictions & Winners

2013 Non-Equity Jeff Award Predictions & Winners
Last night, the 2013 Non-Equity Jeff Award winners were revealed.  Last week, Chicago Theatre Off Book had its annual prediction show on CHIRP.  Here’s our tally of predictions vs winners:  Katy – 10, Josh- 8, Oliver – 8, Dan – 8, Anderson – 5. Production – Play City of Dreadful Night – The Den Theatre... Read more »
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"Fat Pig" (Steppenwolf Theatre): Refreshingly and Devastatingly Sincere

"Fat Pig" (Steppenwolf Theatre):  Refreshingly and Devastatingly Sincere
Steppenwolf Theatre, in partnership with Northwestern University, presents the Third Annual NEXT UP.  The NEXT UP series showcases graduate students from NU’s MFA programs in Direction and Design. This year the three shows running in repertory are FAT PIG, THE DRUNKEN CITY, and THE INTERNATIONALIST.   As a plus size woman, I was hesitant to... Read more »