Theatre

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…
Dunanana. Snap. Snap. Dunanana. Snap. Snap. Dunanana. Dunanana. Dunanana. Snap. Snap. The opening theme to the popular television series The Addams Family christens the overture of the new musical The Addams Family, playing this week at the Cadillac Palace in Broadway in Chicago. After a pre-Broadway tryout in chicago with…
Thursday, 29 December 2011 13:57

Waiting in a Pool for "Penelope"

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The Greeks, who gave us theatre and big, fat weddings, have always been a rich source of inspiration for contemporary culture makers.  From James Joyce’s Ulysses to Disney’s Hercules, the iconic gods and legends of ancient Greece have been re-imagined, rebutted, and redone by painters, philosophers, and playwrights.  Penelope, a…
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 18:00

The Nutcracker at the Auditorium Theater

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The Joffrey Ballet production of The Nutcracker ran for its 25th season this year in Chicago's Auditorium Theatre. Having once seen The Nutcracker ballet as a child, I was delighted to have the opportunity to see this performance once again as an adult; and it certainly was a treat. The…
Lisa Lampanelli really killed it from beginning to end during her sold out comedy concert at The Venue in Hammond, Indiana’s Horseshoe Casino. As she began her usual rant hitting on every race, sexual orientation, religion and minority group, she mentioned that the Hammond casino crowd of 3000 was “cute,…

 

 

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