Review “A Shayna Maidel” (TimeLine Theatre): A Family Divided Unites

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 Permalink

TimeLine Theatre presents A SHAYNA MAIDEL. The translation for ‘shayna maidel’ is ‘pretty girl.’ The phrase has a sweet simplicity not traditionally associated with something as horrific as the holocaust. Well, that’s Playwright Barbara Lebow’s point. Her story doesn’t focus on the atrocities of the attempt to exterminate the Jewish people. Instead, Lebow narrows in on ...

August Check-In

Monday, September 3, 2018 Permalink

August Report Card: SWF ISO J-O-B!  I completed my second full month of underemployment. This month was a little harder. I had moments of angst over the future and sadness about the past. My gratitude door came in handy to help me thru all that emotional chaos. Since my resignation, I’ve written at least three things ...

Review “The Lady Demands Satisfaction” (Babes with Blades): A Jolly Farce

Babes With Blades Theatre Company starts its 21st Season with the world premiere of THE LADY DEMANDS SATISFACTION. Playwright Arthur M. Jolly pens a fun farce. His story follows Trothe's (played by the delightfully obtuse Deanalis Resto) quest to secure her inheritance. Jolly uses forbidden love, mistaken identities and witty dialogue to captivate the audience. Under ...

July Check-In

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 Permalink

  July was my first full month of independence from NRS . Although I'm proud to announce I hit Level 1136 on Candy Crush, I'm still in search of my next great career adventure. I went into the month a little concerned. What would I do with my days? What do people do when they aren't working? I've ...

Review “The Color of Purple” (Broadway in Chicago): BUY A TICKET!

Thursday, July 19, 2018 Permalink

Broadway In Chicago and the producers of the Tony Award-winning revival of THE COLOR PURPLE present a limited engagement of THE COLOR PURPLE. My review in three words: BUY A TICKET! THE COLOR PURPLE is absolutely beautiful! Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, the creative team of Marsha Norman (book) and Brenda Russell, Allee ...

Review “Waitress” (Broadway in Chicago): Flavorful Morsel of True Americana

Waitress the Musical Broadway In Chicago presents WAITRESS. Big slices of hometown charm are being served at Joe's Pie Diner. The musical is inspired by Adrienne Shelly's film, Waitress. The creative team of Sara Bareilles (music and lyrics) and Jessie Nelson (book) tell the story of a master baker stuck in both a bad marriage and a humdrum diner. The ...

June Check-In

Saturday, June 30, 2018 Permalink

I have GREAT news! I reached Level 1115 on Candy Crush. I haven’t however found a new job. If you missed last month’s check-in, I resigned my NRS position on May 25th. The first half of June was tough. I prepared my work team for my departure. I organized projects. I prioritized future activities. I updated ...

Review “Mies Julie” (Victory Gardens): Miesed Connection

Friday, June 22, 2018 Permalink

Reviewed by Jay Worthington Victory Gardens Theater concludes its 43rd season with Mies Julie. On a remote farm in the South African desert, we meet John, a farm laborer, and Julie, the landowner’s daughter.  John and Julie grew up together under the tender care of John’s mother and Julie’s nanny, Christine.  The night we meet them is the celebration of ...