Category: Redtwist Theatre

Clybourne Park (Redtwist Theatre): Provocative and Uproarious

Clybourne Park (Redtwist Theatre): Provocative and Uproarious
Reviewed by Tom Lawler Is Chicago a suitable place to live, prosper and raise your family?  This is a good question, and it depends where you live. It is this “separate but unequal” universe of segregated Chicago neighborhoods that Lorraine Hansberry explored in her 1959 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, A Raisin in the Sun, and in... Read more »

Reverb (Red Twist Theater): A rocker and his chick are both pretty sick

Reverb (Red Twist Theater): A rocker and his chick are both pretty sick
Reviewed by Tom Lawler Redtwist Theatre presents REVERB. A few years ago, on a weekend budget cruise to Mexico, I ran into someone who looked familiar in the free sushi line. He was a character actor I had enjoyed in numerous indie films and the dearly departed HBO drama, Six Feet Under. I decided to... Read more »

"Purple Heart" (Redtwist Theatre): Beats Irregularly

"Purple Heart" (Redtwist Theatre):  Beats Irregularly
Redtwist Theatre presents PURPLE HEART.  Carla is a drunken mess.  Her husband is dead.  Her son is weird.  And her mother-in-law is overbearing.  She feels trapped in her own home.  When a military guy comes to visit, she expects a casserole.  What she gets is a surprise.  Is this mystery man Carla’s escape from her... Read more »

"Broken Glass" (Redwist Theatre): Fragments of Drama

"Broken Glass" (Redwist Theatre):  Fragments of Drama
Redtwist Theatre presents BROKEN GLASS.  It’s 1938.  In Poland, Nazis are destroying Jewish homes and storefronts in the historic Kristallnacht.  In Brooklyn, a woman mysteriously collapses.  Sylvia is paralyzed from the waist down.  The doctors can’t find anything medically wrong with her.  Her husband is distraught.  Her physician is intrigued.  And she is obsessed… with... Read more »

EXTENDED "The Glass Menagerie" (Redtwist Theatre): A Classic Handled with Care

EXTENDED "The Glass Menagerie" (Redtwist Theatre):  A Classic Handled with Care
me·nag·er·ie [muh-naj-uh-ree, -nazh-] noun 1.  a collection of wild or unusual animals, especially for exhibition. 2.  a place where they are kept or exhibited. 3.  an unusual and varied group of people. #154.  Redtwist Theatre presents THE GLASS MENAGERIE.  Tom and Laura live with their mother.  Tom works in a warehouse but longs to travel... Read more »

"The Cripple of Inishmaan" (Redtwist Theatre): Masterful Storytelling by OUR Locals

#107. The thing about the Irish is we enjoy a good story.  The bigger the yarn, the bigger the appeal.  We amuse ourselves and each other with vivid tales of things that actually happened, could have happened or we wanted to happen. And we find stories are best told with a pint of humor and... Read more »

"The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later" (Redtwist Theatre): Poignant Documentary in 3D!

"The Laramie Project:  Ten Years Later" (Redtwist Theatre):  Poignant Documentary in 3D!
#49.   Where were you when Matthew Shepard was bludgeoned to death for being gay?  Shocking tragedies remain in our long term memory by associating them to a personal moment.  911: I heard on a radio at a coffee shop.  Princess Diane:  I opened my front door and read the headline.  Whitney Houston:  I was on... Read more »

EXTENDED Thru Jan 29th "Opus" (Redtwist Theatre): Magnum OPUS...Bravo!

I played the clarinet in grade school.  I loved music and wanted to be part of creating it.  When a bass clarinet was discovered in the school basement, I was asked to play it.  Since it was old, I was told if I didn’t think I’d get the note to not try for it.  This... Read more »

Review: THAT FACE (Redtwist Theatre)

Review: THAT FACE (Redtwist Theatre)
Drugged, blindfolded, tortured, a victim slips into unconsciousness.  No, it’s not a prisoner of war.  It’s a twelve year old at a London boarding school. Redtwist Theatrepresents the Chicago premiere of That Face.  Mia teams up with Izzy to bully a young girl.  When the hazing ritual gets brutally out-of-control, the girls are sent home.  Mia’s mum... Read more »

EXTENDED THRU JULY 31st "BUG": Bites Deep, Leaves Mark!

Audio Podcast at ITUNES  Chicago Theatre Reviews for Week of June 2nd  Narrated by Joshua Volkers Redtwist Theatre presents BUG At 1044 W. Bryn Mawr Written by Tracy Letts Directed by Kimberly Senior Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 Sundays at 3pm EXTENDED Thru July 31st  Buy Tickets Running Time:  Two hours includes an intermission Reviewed... Read more »