Tag: Ronan Marra

"This Is War" (Signal Ensemble Theatre): Startling Insider's Perspective

"This Is War" (Signal Ensemble Theatre):  Startling Insider's Perspective
The title says it all.  Playwright Hannah Moscovitch transports us to Afghanistan in 2008 and continually points at different scenarios and figuratively says, “this is war.”  The military examination is done as flashbacks from four different soldiers’ perspectives.  Moscovitch adds reflective narrations to connect the pieces as each person is interviewed by the media throughout the play. ... Read more »

"Lascivious Something" (Signal Ensemble Theatre): Full-bodied with a Strong Finish

"Lascivious Something" (Signal Ensemble Theatre):  Full-bodied with a Strong Finish
Signal Ensemble Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of LASCIVIOUS SOMETHING. What would you do if your past arrived on the doorstep of your present?  Playwright Shelia Callaghan answers that question with multiple choices.  Callaghan’s builds the intrigue on this love triangle. August disappeared 14 years ago.  Liza finally hunts him down.  She finds him married... Read more »

"Successors" (Signal Ensemble): 'August, Osage County' Starring the Daleys

"Successors" (Signal Ensemble):  'August, Osage County' Starring the Daleys
Signal Ensemble presents the world premiere of Successors.  Mayor DeKoven has announced his sudden retirement.  He is the third generation of DeKoven mayors.  The city is surprised.  His kids are shocked.  They wonder which of them will get his endorsement for mayor:  greedy partier Marty, the smart but uptight Patricia or adult delinquent Scott.    At a family... Read more »

"Hostage Song" (Signal Ensemble): Hostage + Song = Masterpiece

"Hostage Song" (Signal Ensemble):  Hostage + Song = Masterpiece
#101.  How does it feel to be a hostage?  Our viewpoint is contrived from media manipulation.  Initially, CNN showcases an emotional message from the hostage’s parent on the hour.  FOX News broadcasts a well-coiffed politico addressing the nation’s response. The terrorists release threatening public service announcements on the Internet.  As the captivity is prolonged, American... Read more »

Off Book Chats with Hypocrites, Signals and Much More!

Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing exciting offerings at Profiles, Writers and Victory Gardens.  In addition, we chat with The Hypocrites’ new Artistic Director Halena Kays and Signal Ensemble’s co-Founder and co-Artistic Director Ronan Marra.  And of course, we have two new Got A Minute? segments from local playwrights.  Plus, don’t forget to mark your calendar for the 2011 Honor Awards PARTY, February 28th, 8pm-10pm at The Oracle Theatre, 3809 N. Broadway.  Come... Read more »

"Motion" (Signal Ensemble): A Winner!

#21.  Next Sunday’s Super Bowl officially ends the football season.   The last tailgate party will be pulling out of the lot.  Suddenly, fans will find time on their clock as they get benched.  Where can diehards go for a post-season football fix? Signal Ensemble Theatre presents the world premiere of Motion.  Diane is the new GM for... Read more »

Review "ACES": Deals Powerful Cards, Game Doesn't Always Follow Suit!

Signal Ensemble Theatre presents ACES 1802 W. Berenice Written by Jon Steinhagen Directed by Ronan Marra Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm Sundays at 3pm Thru June 18th Buy Tickets Running Time:  One hour and fifty minutes includes an intermission Reviewed by Katy Walsh At this casino, dealer’s choice is a scam.  Coworkers shuffle together to... Read more »

Review "Aftermath": Internal Implosion Results in a Super Nova!

EXTENDS THRU JANUARY 23rd Signal Ensemble Theatre presents AFTERMATHAt 1802 W. Berenice Written and directed by Ronan MarraThursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pmSundays at 3pmThru December 12th Buy TicketsRunning Time:  One hour and forty-five minutes includes a delayed start and no intermission Reviewed by Katy Walsh How many musicians does it take to make Rolling Stones? ... Read more »

Review "The Real Inspector Hound": Death-to-Theatre-Critics Satire

Signal Ensemble Theatre presents         THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND At 1802 W. Bernice Written by Tom Stoppard Directed by Ronan Marra Thru September 18th Buy Tickets Running Time:  75 minutes no intermission   Reviewed by Katy Walsh   ‘Where’s Chris Jones?’  Chicago Tribune’s Nina Metz is undoubtedly asked that question a lot. ... Read more »