Tag: Chopin Theatre

"Jamaica, Farewell" (Meadowbrook Entertainment): Jamaica to Miami -the hard way!

#106.  I’ve only been to Jamaica once.  It was for a wedding.  The beaches were beautiful.  The people were friendly.  The locale was postcard perfect. Jamaica IS an enchanting place to visit.  But getting out of there?!  It was a nightmare, man!  Our Apple vacation was overbooked.  The airport shut down by 9.  We were... Read more »

Off Book Chats Up The Factory, Lifeline, Chicago Shakes, Theater Wit, Goodman and More!

Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing exciting offerings from local theatre companies: “The Iceman Cometh” at Goodman Theatre,“Pride and Prejudice” at Lifeline Theatre, “Tigers Sit Still” at Theatre Wit, and “Timon of Athens” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.  Then, we chat with Scott Oken, Artistic Director at The Factory, director of “White Trash Wedding and a Funeral”, Mike Beyer, Ensemble member at The Factory, writer of “White Trash Wedding and a Funeral”, and Debra Ehrhardt, “Jamaica, Farewell” one woman show at Chopin Theatre.  And... Read more »

"Girl You Know It's True" (Pavement Group): Ooh, ooh, ooh I Love You!

"Girl You Know It's True" (Pavement Group):  Ooh, ooh, ooh I Love You!
ME:  I’d like to make reservations for Steve Martin. Restaurant:  THE Steve Martin ME:  Yes, Steve Martin, party of four for 7:30. I knew what the restaurant was asking.  And I wasn’t lying.  Steve Martin was coming to dinner. It wasn’t my problem that they weren’t anticipating a black man…  blame it on the rain.... Read more »
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"Six Characters In Search Of An Author" (The Hypocrites): CLEVER!

"Six Characters In Search Of An Author" (The Hypocrites):  CLEVER!
#31.  As a writer, I have many unfinished stories.  I get an intriguing idea for a book or play.  I start to create.  My characters get names, personalities, and objectives.  As they become real to me, I hear their voices in my head and I work to record it.  I strive to put it in... Read more »

"Nutcracker" (House Theatre of Chicago): Holiday Thriller Rated PG!

Chicago’s new holiday tradition is NUTCRACKER at The House Theatre of Chicago.  The modern spin on the Christmas classic is an imaginative and energetic  spectacle.  When I saw it for the first time last year, I was enchanted by the innovation.  I repeated the experience this past Sunday night.  Although I enjoyed the new cast in... Read more »

"Cyrano" (The House Theatre of Chicago): Nose You'll Love It!

  ‘My enemies are coward, compromise and vanity.’  Why wouldn’t a guy reveal his romantic feelings to his gal pal? Could it be as plain as the nose on his face?  The House Theatre of Chicago presents an original adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s “Cyrano de Bergerac.” Cyrano is the classic tale of a poet-swordsman and his big old schnoz.  Cyrano... Read more »
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"The Rose From Stambul" (Chicago Folks Operetta) Sweet Romance Ready for Picking!

"The Rose From Stambul" (Chicago Folks Operetta) Sweet Romance Ready for Picking!
When I first moved to Chicago, I interviewed to be a bartender at the Lyric Opera. During the process, I was asked about my favorite opera.  I admitted that I had never been to the opera but I enjoyed the music in movies like “Philadelphia.”  Well, despite my lack of musical panache, I got the... Read more »

Review The Hypocrite's "Pirates of Penzance": Playful Promenade for Buried Pleasure.

The Hypocrites present PIRATES OF PENZANCEAt Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division StreetMusic by Arthur SullivanLibretto by W.S. GilbertNew musical arrangements by Kevin O’DonnellDirected by Sean GraneyThursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pmSundays at 3pmNo performances December 23rd – January 4th Thru January 30th Buy TicketsRunning Time:  80 minutes with no intermission Reviewed by Katy Walsh Turning 21... Read more »

Review "Nutcracker": Best Gift This Season!

The House Theatre of Chicago presents NUTCRACKER At Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division Street Based on the classic story by E.T.A. Hoffman Written by Phillip C. Klapperich and Jake Minton Music composed and conducted by Kevin O’Donnell Directed by Tommy Rapley Thursdays to Saturdays at 8pm Sundays at 7pm Thru December 26th Buy Tickets Running... Read more »
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Review "K.": Klunky Kontrasts (dis)Konnects Klever Kaos!

The-Hypocrites present K.At Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. DivisionAdapted from Franz Kafka’s “The Trial”Written and directed by Greg AllenThursdays thru Saturdays at 7:30pmSundays at 3pmThru November 28th Buy TicketsRunning Time:  Two hours includes a fifteen minute intermission Reviewed by Katy Walsh Doors slam.  Matches light.  Clocks tick.  ‘Always eggs!’  The-Hyprocrites present K., an adaptation on Franz... Read more »