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 ...

Review “Burnham’s Dream: The White City” (Lost and Found Productions): Less Dreamy, More Reality

Lost and Found Productions Presents the World Premiere of BURNHAM’S DREAM: THE WHITE CITY.  I was very excited about this show. I'm a huge fan of Chicago past, present and future. The World's Columbian Exposition was an amazing historical event. Chicago captivated the world in 1893. The creative team of June Finfer (book and lyrics) and Elizabeth ...

Review “Neverwhere” (Lifeline Theatre): A Fine Trip to London’s Underworld

Lifeline Theatre presents Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. Robert Kauzlaric’s adaptation of Neverwhere premiered at Lifeline in 2010. I saw it and loved it....hard!  The 2018 revisit to Neverwhere was a trip I highly anticipated taking since I heard mention of the reboot last year. Although Kauzlaric's impressing storytelling still has heaps of intrigue, humor and heart, Director Ilesa Duncan goes more theatrical ...

May Check-In

Friday, June 1, 2018 Permalink

I have some bad news. I didn't hit 900 in Candy Crush this month. I'm stuck on Level 894. Oh and I resigned my job of fourteen years. On Friday, May 25th at 5:20pm, the NRS' board chair let me know I wasn't being invited to interview for the position of Executive Director. I had been ...

Review “Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies” (Athenaeum Theatre): Bette is Back… and Bad-ass!

Thursday, May 31, 2018 Permalink

Jessica Sherr performs her loving tribute to the iconic Bette Davis. Sherr, also the creator, has previously performed her one woman show in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The St. James in London and even Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre last year. Following her 4-week run, the Athenaeum commissioned her to expand her show. Sherr is back... and ...

Review “Damascus” (Strawdog Theatre): What a Trip!

Strawdog Theatre presents the world premiere of DAMASCUS. Playwright Bennett Fisher takes us on a thrilling journey of perception. Lloyd (played by Sam Hubbard) begs Hassan (played by Terence Sims) to take him to Chicago to make his connecting flight to California. Lloyd's mother is sick. Hassan reluctantly agrees with the promise of hefty compensation. Fisher's ...

Review “Girl Found” (Idle Muse Theatre): Real People Desperate for Love

Idle Muse Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Girl Found. Playwright Barbara Lhota skillfully pulls us into a family's emotional reunion.  Eleven year old Sophia disappeared from her Detroit home and reappears six years later in Toronto. Her mysterious homecoming raises all kinds of questions as the family reconciles the past with the present. What happened during ...

Review “Macbeth” (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Solid Yet Conventional

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) presents Macbeth, adapted and directed by Teller (of Penn & Teller) and Aaron Posner—the celebrated creative duo behind CST’s The Tempest, winner of the Jeff Award for Best Production in 2015. I'm spoiled! I saw Teller & Posner's "The Tempest" . It was my favorite play in 2015! It was my favorite Chicago Shakespeare Theater play... ...

Review “To Catch a Fish” (Timeline Theatre): Baited, Hooked and Reeled In!

Timeline Theatre presents the world premiere of TO CATCH A FISH. Playwright Brett Neveu knows how to filet a fish tale. He cuts and exposes guts immediately. Neveu drops us into a conversation between Geno Walker (Terry) and Jay Worthington (Ike). An aggressive Worthington is trying to impress and dominate over an enthralled Walker. The combination of Worthington's ...