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Filled with anger, love, confusion, despair, and what makes you happy, Spring Awakening goes through all that. With music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater, this rock musical is an adaptation of the controversial 1891 German play by Frank Wedekind. The play deals with teenagers in…
Xanax, Prozac, depression chatrooms, and electroshock therapy aren’t topics traditionally associated with musical theater; but “Next to Normal,” a new musical from Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, addresses these ignored psychiatric struggles that hide behind upper-middle class’ suburban addresses. Diana, a middle-aged mother of two, gets ready for “Just Another…
Tuesday, 10 May 2011 17:46

Peter Pan: A Show to Remember!

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  If there's one thing that I can say about J M Barrie's Peter Pan at the Chicago Tribune Freedom Center North, is WOW!  Having grown up with this all too familiar story, I was quite pleased to see that the threesixty theater company was able to bring this timeless classic out…
Friday, 06 May 2011 14:05

"The Original Grease" Comes Home with A Bang

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In 1971 the original production of "Grease" was performed right here in Chicago at what was the Kingston Mines Theatre, located in an old trolley barn in a Lincoln Park neighborhood. We all know what happened from there. Broadway made it a sensation and Hollywood made it one of the…
If it’s one thing to appreciate in this world, it would be Sondheim. Stephen Sondheim has written some of the best scores in musical theatre. From his countless melodies to the beautiful lyrics, A Little Night Music has grown to be one of my favorites of his that he’s written.…
Hairstyles are a quick way to get a read for the age of an audience. “The Zoo Story” at Victory Gardens late last year boasted mostly grayed combovers; “God of Carnage” at the Goodman had shoulder-length cuts and shaved necklines; even “Sex with Strangers” was mostly a salt-and-pepper type of…
Saturday, 30 April 2011 17:43

Cirque Eloize iD Stuns Crowd

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Dangerous stunts and rubber-like contortionists are only part of the fun when it comes to the most recent version of Cirque Eloize, but as the phrase goes, "there’s so much more". And there is. Directed by Jeannot Painchaud, Cirque Eloize iD grabs artists from all over the world to bring…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 13:29

Point Break Live! A Most Atypical Experience

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 Fans of Point Break(the movie) and oddball irreverence are being given a rare treat at New Rock Theater. I use the term 'fans' loosely, in the way that arts and entertainment can be enjoyed and respected in ways not always intended. Among other things, Point Break Live is just what…
The first thing that strikes one as they enter the theatre is the massive set. With a spacious hotel lobby taking up the entire main stage, check-in counter and switchboard on one end, a stairway takes us to the second floor where several rooms stand side by side, each framed…

 

 

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