Theatre

          The 2000 teen comedy "Bring It On" is a cult classic.  The 2012 musical of the same name likely won't be.  Borrowing the title and not much else, "Bring It On"  relies on a formulaic, fairly conventional plot peppered with high-flying acrobatic cheerleading routines. It's…
  Wouldn't you know it? The opening of South Pacific at the Cadillac Palace here in Chicago fell on the day after Valentines' Day and I was really looking forward to enjoying the truly romantic, Pulitzer prize winning' play which features several of my favorite Rodgers' and Hammerstein songs of…
What price would you put on family? On every single object your family owned? What price would you put on memories? On jealousy, envy, bitterness? These are only some of the questions an audience will reflect on about after they see The Price at Raven Theater. The Price, a play…
Monday, 27 February 2012 13:57

A War of Worldviews in "Time Stands Still"

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In a hip, New York City loft (the kind where a bike hangs from the ceiling, a French press sits in the kitchen, and Mac laptops are scattered everywhere), Sarah hobbles in.  Her left leg is wrapped in a brace, she uses a crutch to get around, and when the…
Sunday, 26 February 2012 16:17

"Hit the Wall" shakes its fists and ass

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    Maybe I'm just a faggot, but "Hit the Wall" is damn good.   In the intimate Steppenwolf Garage with an ensemble of only 8, the chaos and havoc of the Stonewall Inn riots is powerfully recreated by Chicago storefront The Inconvenience.  At its climax, high-energy and expertly choreographed…
  A thin, pale boy sits in his boxers at the foot of a small, twin bed when you enter the third floor of the Flat Irons Building.  He’ll be the narrator and key figure in the 90-minute story of technology, morality, and obsession.  It’s a frightening tale of internet…
On April 9th, 1947, a meeting took place that would change sports and society forever. Branch Rickey, the General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, is about to break the color barrier by calling up Jackie Robinson, who would be the Major League’s first black player and he is looking for…
I was completely under the spell of this dazzling, tribute to romance and the magical vocal stylings of Frank Sinatra by Twyla Tharp in “Come Fly Away”, performed at the Bank of America Theatre. Twyla Tharp’s 15 amazing dancers bring to life the stories of four couples falling in and…
Monday, 16 January 2012 15:29

A Poppy, Rappy Slice of Life "In the Heights"

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In the Heights, winner of the 2008 Tony for Best Musical, follows three generations in the primarily Puerto Rican neighborhood of Washington Heights as they deal with issues of class, race, and assimilation. It’s also really good. Penned by musician and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda (who played the bodega-owner/narrator in the…

 

 

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