Tag: Max Truax

"The Balcony" (Trap Door Theatre): Surreal Eroticism

"The Balcony" (Trap Door Theatre): Surreal Eroticism
Outside there is a political revolution.  Inside there is the sexual revolution.  What happens when the two collide?  Playwright Jean Genet tells the tale of a brothel known for its fantasy roleplaying.  Guests act out desires and fetishes to escape. As the war rages outside, the clientele get their freak on at Madame Irma’s. It’s bawdy make-believe... Read more »

"The Mother" (Oracle Productions): Truax's Heart-pounding Triumph

"The Mother" (Oracle Productions):  Truax's Heart-pounding Triumph
This MOTHER blew me away! Oracle Productions presents a musical by Bertolt Brecht, THE MOTHER. First, it’s a spectacle from entry.  The theatre has been converted to a workhouse.  The intimate space is filled with long, high tables.  The audience sits around the tables on stools.  On the front and back walls, black and white... Read more »

"Accidental Death of an Anarchist" (Oracle Theatre): :(

"Accidental Death of an Anarchist" (Oracle Theatre):  :(
Oracle Theatre presents Accidental Death of an Anarchist.  A man was killed falling or being pushed out of a fourth floor window.  The situation is even more dramatic knowing that it was the fourth floor of a police station in Milan.  And the window was in the interrogation room. Down below, The Maniac has been arrested for... Read more »

"The Sandman" (Oracle Theatre): Thoroughly Engrossing Oddity!

"The Sandman" (Oracle Theatre):  Thoroughly Engrossing Oddity!
#129.  When I was a kid, my mom use to tell me, “Be good!  Santa’s birds are watching.”  Mom had this year-round imaginary surveillance set up on my sisters and me.  It had all the right scare tactics and limitless capabilities.  It used the Christmas incentive reward.  And birds are everywhere.  I look at birds... Read more »

Review "Ironmistress" (Oracle Theatre): A MACHINE!

#1.        I’m just a love machine              So give me motivation            I’m just a love machine  -Arctic Monkeys Love machine.  Sex machine.  These are today’s positive terms to describe optimal performance.  The *machine* is a person who goes beyond human levels to exceed... Read more »

"Brand" (Red Tape Theatre Company): Labeling it *UNIQUE*!

Josh:  How was the show? Me:  I don’t know. Red Tape Theatre presents BRAND.  Temptation.  Damnation.  Redemption.  These are the essences of this Henrik Ibsen play.  In a nutshell, a priest struggles with his life.  For me, the story became secondary to the experience.  Red Tape has created a virtual reality of this classic.  I’m... Read more »

Review "WOYZECK": Bi-Level Imagery Amazingly Gripping

The Oracle Theatre presents WOYZECK At 3809 N. Broadway Written by Georg Buchner Translated by David Steiger Directed by Max Truax Fridays, Saturdays, Mondays at 8pm Sundays at 3pm EXTENDED thru May 21st Reserve Tickets  Running Time:  Eighty minutes with no intermission   Audio Podcast at ITUNES  Chicago Theatre Reviews for Week of May 1st  ... Read more »

EXTENDED "HAMLETMACHINE": Well-Oiled Deadly Sexy Fantasy

Trap Door Theatre presents HAMLETMACHINEWritten by Heiner MullerTranslated by Carl WeberMusic composed by Jonathan GuillenDirected by Max TruaxThursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pmThru February 26th Buy TicketsRunning Time:  Seventy minutes with no intermission Reviewed by Katy Walsh ‘I am Hamlet.’ I AM Hamlet.’ ‘I am HAMLET!’  To-be-or-not-to-be gets skewed when three guys claim they are the... Read more »

Review "Ghost Sonata": The Original 'LOST'

The Oracle Theatre presents GHOST SONATAAt 3809 N. BroadwayWritten by August StrindbergDirected by Max TruaxThru June 19th Buy TicketsRunning Time:  80 minutes with no intermission Reviewed by Katy Walsh ‘When a house grows older, it molders.  When people are together for a longtime in a house, they go mad.’  The Oracle Theatre presents GHOST SONATA,... Read more »