Tag: Tom Lawler

Othello (The Joffrey Ballet): Haters gotta hate

Othello (The Joffrey Ballet): Haters gotta hate
Reviewed by Tom Lawler The Joffrey Ballet presents OTHELLO. You know the story: Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army, gets married to a local girl and sets off a chain reaction of jealously, prejudice and mistrust when one of his subordinate commanders, Iago, starts a whispering campaign that ends very badly for all... Read more »

EXTENDED Thru June 23rd The Knowledge (Steep Theatre): Unerring authenticity and can’t-blink intensity – and watch out for Mickey

EXTENDED Thru June 23rd The Knowledge (Steep Theatre): Unerring authenticity and can’t-blink intensity – and watch out for Mickey
Reviewed by Tom Lawler Steep Theatre presents THE KNOWLEDGE. A newbie teacher in a working class town outside of London is given the dog assignment of teaching a class of the underprivileged and underperforming – the kids no one else wants. When we see plucky, wide-eyed Zoe (Caroline Neff, on all cylinders) stumble in on... Read more »

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (The Auditorium Theatre): Technique Meets Passion

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (The Auditorium Theatre): Technique Meets Passion
Reviewed by Tom E. Lawler T4W readers can save $10 on tickets to #AileyinChicago by using code SOCIAL In his engaging pre-show remarks, Alvin Ailey’s young artistic director Robert Battle spoke of the “transformative energy” of this legendary dance company that inspired him to move to New York and be a dancer after seeing one... Read more »
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25 Saints (Pine Box Theater): Meth is a killer and beware of Ms. Duffy

25 Saints (Pine Box Theater): Meth is a killer and beware of Ms. Duffy
Reviewed by Tom Lawler The first thing to notice about Pine Box Theater’s world-premiere production of 25 Saints is its set.  As realized by scenic designer John Ross Wilson, it’s a fantastically seedy recreation of a West Virginia cabin outfitted with a dingy couch, a dusty throw that seems to be made of burlap and... Read more »

The Nutcracker (The Joffrey Ballet): Dazzling Christmas Tradition Loses No Luster

The Nutcracker (The Joffrey Ballet): Dazzling Christmas Tradition Loses No Luster
Reviewed by Tom Lawler Along with A Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker remains a pillar of theatrical entertainment every holiday season. While Dickens’ work imparts a moral lesson on the importance of family, love and generosity over material wealth, Nutcracker transports us to a Yuletide fantasia of battling mice and toy soldiers, a dancing sugar plum... Read more »

Toast of the Town (Factory Theater): Chicago theater a-gag-gag

Toast of the Town (Factory Theater): Chicago theater a-gag-gag
Reviewed by Tom Lawler In celebration of its 20-year anniversary – a grand achievement for any storefront theater company, let alone one as singularly proletarian, industrious and uncompromising as the Factory Theater – the ensemble has revived its 2005 Chicago satire, Toast of the Town.  As with any Factory production, the more context you bring... Read more »
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2012 ComedySportz World Championships: All-Star Improvisers Meet Fevered Flock

2012 ComedySportz World Championships: All-Star Improvisers Meet Fevered Flock
Reviewed by Tom Lawler Maybe you’re a virgin to the ComedySportz experience, but you’re probably quite aware of it. Those ads with the teams of improvisers in red and blue bowling shirts and that guy in the Foot Locker uniform presiding over it all are omnipresent – and seem to follow you from city to... Read more »

Off Book Chats Up Remy Bumppo, Idle Muse, Magic Parlour, Sideshow, Soul and More!

Off Book Chats Up Remy Bumppo, Idle Muse, Magic Parlour, Sideshow, Soul and More!
Today, Chicago Theatre Off Book is reviewing exciting offerings from local theatre companies:  “Magic Parlour” at The Palmer House, “The Gacy Play” by Sideshow Theatre and “The Lover” by Soul TheatreOur special guests are Evan Jackson, Artistic Director at Idle Muse Theatre and Nick Sandys, Artistic Director at Remy Bumppo. And of course, we have 2 new Got A Minute? segments from local playwrights. This July 13, 2012 episode of Chicago Theatre Off Book was partially underwritten by The Alliance. Shot word... Read more »

We’re All In This Room Together (Second City e.t.c.): Feisty, Fast and Loose Sketch

We’re All In This Room Together (Second City e.t.c.): Feisty, Fast and Loose Sketch
Reviewed by Tom Lawler The Second City e.t.c.’s 36threvue states its mission at the top: Let’s dock our iPhones, close up our Facebooks and stop feeding our Twitters. For two hours, anyway. Although this latest production from Second City’s feisty e.t.c. cast opens with this somewhat militant message for today’s always-connected generation, don’t worry. The... Read more »
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Off Book Chats Up Mary Arrchie, Sideshow, Lookingglass, Goodman, About Face, Strange Tree and More

Off Book Chats Up Mary Arrchie, Sideshow, Lookingglass, Goodman, About Face, Strange Tree and More
Chicago Theatre Off Book chats about three new theatre openings during the review round-up: “Immediate Family” at GoodmanTheatre and About Face Theatre, “Eastland:  A New Musical” at Lookingglass Theatre, and “Goodbye Cruel World” at Strange Tree Group Theatre.  And our special guests are Calamity West, Playwright “The Gacy Play” at Sideshow Theatre, Richard Cotovsky, Founding... Read more »