Tag: Katy Walsh

"Elegy" (The Elegy Project): More Mechanical Than Emotional

"Elegy" (The Elegy Project):  More Mechanical Than Emotional
The Elegy Project presents the Chicago premiere of ELEGY. The Holocaust was horrific.  Jews were hunted, persecuted, and killed.  Despite my strong belief in the context of ELEGY, the emotional engagement was missing from the content.  Playwright Ron Hirsen’s story is about a poet survivor of Auschwitz.  Hirsen sets the bulk of the story in... Read more »

"They Died Where They Lied" (Akvavit Theatre): Cautionary Tale about Marrying Booze, Camping and Anger Together

"They Died Where They Lied" (Akvavit Theatre): Cautionary Tale about Marrying Booze, Camping and Anger Together
Akvavit Theatre presents THEY DIED WHERE THEY LIED. The Akvavit Theatre is a newer company focusing on ‘what “Nordic” means and how it is perceived through translated theatre performance.’  THEY DIED WHERE THEY LIED was my first opportunity to be exposed to their artistic mission.  On the surface, it seemed very Americana.  An estranged couple... Read more »

2013 Equity Jeff Winners: T4W predicted 12 of 31

2013 Equity Jeff Winners:  T4W predicted 12 of 31
2013 EQUITY JEFF AWARD WINNERS  (productions August 1, 2012 through July 30, 2013)  PRODUCTION – PLAY – LARGE WINNER & T4W –>“Good People” – Steppenwolf Theatre Company “Jitney” – Court Theatre “The Liar” – Writers’ Theatre “Metamorphoses” – Lookingglass Theatre Company “The School for Lies” – Chicago Shakespeare Theater PRODUCTION – PLAY – MIDSIZE “33... Read more »
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Extended Thru Dec 14th"All Girl Frankenstein" (The Chicago Mammals): Gender-bender Monster Tale

Extended Thru Dec 14th"All Girl Frankenstein" (The Chicago Mammals): Gender-bender Monster Tale
Halloween is always a spookfest.  Neighborhoods, bars and theaters channel their inner ghoul. The Chicago Mammals have gotten into the holiday spirit presenting their own twist on a classic.  Adapter and director Bob Fisher follows up last year’s successful All Girl Moby Dick (our review) with an all female driven Frankenstein. Read the rest of my review at Chicago Theater Beat.

"Good Thing" (Poor Theatre): Evocative Story Needs Tightening

"Good Thing" (Poor Theatre):  Evocative Story Needs Tightening
Poor Theatre presents GOOD THING. Playwright Jessica Goldberg tackles an evocative subject: drug addicts having babies. Goldberg approaches the topic with true grit. She never reduces it to Jerry Springer sensational. She keeps it real, focusing on the post high school life of four students and two teachers. Goldberg develops complex relationships between brothers, spouses, and unrequited... Read more »

"The Goddess" (The Artistic Home): Honest, True-Hollywood Revelations

"The Goddess" (The Artistic Home):  Honest, True-Hollywood Revelations
The Artistic Home presents THE GODDESS. Screen-playwright Paddy Chayefsky penned a Hollywood exposé.  He wrote about small town, unloved Emily Ann blossoming into Tinsel Town siren Rita.  Although Chayefsky denies that she is based on Marilyn Monroe, his Rita also became entangled with a sports celebrity and drugs on her climb to fame. The glamour of her... Read more »
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Review "Pygmalion" (ShawChicago): Bloody Brilliant Depiction

Review "Pygmalion" (ShawChicago):  Bloody Brilliant Depiction
The short description of Pygmalion might be ‘My Fair Lady without the music.’ That explanation would truly be a disservice to George Bernard Shaw. Although I love the musical, especially the movie version with Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, for its pageantry and catchy tunes, it does not fully capture the radical aspects of Shaw’s play. He intricately and... Read more »

"The Wedding Singer" (Haven Theatre): Rocking, Sweet Frolic

"The Wedding Singer" (Haven Theatre):  Rocking, Sweet Frolic
Haven Theatre Chicago presents THE WEDDING SINGER. The 1998 movie THE WEDDING SINGER starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore was a rom-com hit.  The romantic tale was set in the 1980s.  Half the popularity of the movie was the nostalgia around the music and fashion.  The 80s was the dawn of the music video.  More than... Read more »

"Lord of the Flies" (Steppenwolf Theatre): Boys will be b--- SAVAGES!

"Lord of the Flies" (Steppenwolf Theatre):  Boys will be b--- SAVAGES!
Steppenwolf for Young Adults presents LORD OF THE FLIES. With his first published novel, LORD OF THE FLIES, William Goldring became an iconic writer.  His book about teenage boys forced to establish a civilization continues to be a shocker for new generations of readers.  He examines human nature challenged by puberty in a chaperone-free zone.... Read more »
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"Madame Butterfly" (Lyric Opera): Exquisite Echalaz Entrances

"Madame Butterfly" (Lyric Opera):  Exquisite Echalaz Entrances
Based on the short story by John Luther Long and the play by David Belasco, Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is an opera warhouse.  Since its world premiere in 1905, it has become a favorite of opera goers for its searing emotion.  This current production actualizes the bittersweet passion led by the fierce Amanda Echalaz (Cio-Cio-San).  Playing a naïve 15 year, Echalaz enchants in... Read more »