Archive for July 2013

"Beaten" (The Artistic Home): American Masterpiece Debut

"Beaten" (The Artistic Home):  American Masterpiece Debut
The Artistic Home presents the World Premiere of BEATEN. Playwright Scott Woldman debuts a compelling triple generational tale.  Woldman tells the story of the impact of domestic violence on three women in one household.  We see these women’s lives unravel into a pile of tangled knots.  Their relationships with men and to each other are... Read more »

"Thom Pain (based on nothing)" (Theater Wit): Transfixes with Pain

"Thom Pain (based on nothing)" (Theater Wit): Transfixes with Pain
Theater Wit remounts THOM PAIN (based on nothing). Lance Baker (Thom Pain) reprises the role that won him a 2007 Jeff Award for Best Solo Performance.  Fast forward six years and it seems like Baker has been frozen in time and recently thawed out.  He is this enlightened, yet ordinary, pessimist.  Baker starts the show speaking... Read more »

"Waiting for Lefty" (Oracle Theatre): Surreal!

"Waiting for Lefty" (Oracle Theatre): Surreal!
Oracle Theatre presents WAITING FOR LEFTY. Playwright Clifford Odets premiered and set this play in 1935.  It exposes the corruption of unions during the depression.  At the focal point, one man struggles to feed his family with honor.   External and internal forces push him to make hard decisions. Under Director Matt Foss’ vision, the... Read more »
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"The Burden of not having a Tail" (Sideshow Theatre): Miller is Crazy (Great)!

"The Burden of not having a Tail" (Sideshow Theatre): Miller is Crazy (Great)!
Sideshow Theatre presents the World Premiere of THE BURDEN OF NOT HAVING A TAIL. The curious title of Playwright Carrie Barrett’s new work sounds like a kid’s book.  It could easily be the name of the adventures of Curious George’s trainer.  It isn’t.  Walking into the cellophane-wrapped theatre, any thoughts of a children’s theme are eliminated. ... Read more »

EXTENDED Thru Aug 18th "The Jungle Book" (Goodman Theatre): A Dance on the Wild Side

EXTENDED Thru Aug 18th "The Jungle Book" (Goodman Theatre):  A Dance on the Wild Side
Goodman Theatre presents the World Premiere of THE JUNGLE BOOK. Costumes.  Costumes! Costumes!! From the first glimpse of the sophisticated, stilted peacock, I fell in love with Designer Mara Blumenfeld’s 2013 Jungle Collection.  Blumenfeld terrifically combines Indian style garb and animal magnetism.  The ensemble is dressed elegantly with wildlife influences. Wolves have fur trimmed collars. ... Read more »

EXTENDED Thru Aug 25 "Big Lake Big City" (Lookingglass Theatre): Big Fun Big Chicago

EXTENDED Thru Aug 25 "Big Lake Big City" (Lookingglass Theatre): Big Fun Big Chicago
Lookingglass Theatre presents the World Premiere of BIG LAKE BIG CITY. From the startling entrance of Philip R. Smith (Bass), the audience knows this isn’t a typical theatrical experience.  It’s like in the movies but on stage.  There’s even a car chase.  Playwright Keith Huff’s new modern noir is a smart, witty whodunit.  Huff infuses... Read more »
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