April Check-In

Friday, May 1, 2020 Permalink 0

Happy May! Ah, April with its showers, fog, snow and stay-at-home order. It was like no April I’ve ever experienced. What a surreal time?! Coronavirus? COVID-19? Shelter-in-Place? These are all words I didn’t know 3 months ago. The present is like a futuristic movie. When I toasted 2020, I welcomed a new decade of adventure. I ...

March Check-In

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 Permalink 0

My monthly check-in!? It’s only been a month? It feels more like a year since February 28th. In this moment, on this day, I’m grateful to report: *I’m healthy. *My family is healthy. *My friends are healthy. In this moment, on this day, that is amazing! And I am truly grateful!! This pandemic is kicking the world’s ...

Review “Teddy Roosevelt, The Man in the Arena”: Convincing TR Impersonator

Saturday, March 14, 2020 Permalink 1

Derek Evans presents his one man show, TEDDY ROOSEVELT: THE MAN IN THE ARENA. Much like the 26th President of the United States, Derek Evans’ personality fills the theatre. With a big booming voice and jovial presence, he greets the audience while gluing on a mustache and donning the familiar spectacles. The physical transformation is almost ...

Review “In the Next Room Or the Vibrator Play” (Idle Muse Theatre): Deliberate Sexual Contemplation

Idle Muse Theatre presents IN THE NEXT ROOM (OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY). Playwright Sarah Ruhl explores the sexual repression of 19th century women. She sets her story in the home of Dr. and Mrs. Givings. While the Mrs. (Kristen Alesia)struggles with postpartum depression, her hubby (Joel Thompson) is treating women for hysteria in his operating theatre ...

January and February Check-In

Sunday, March 1, 2020 Permalink 0

March 1st Winter might be the best season to acclimate to a new job. I’m figuring out multiple moving parts. I’m navigating the schedule, the commute, and the ton of information. It’s exhausting. Since the weather is cold, dark and wet, going home to relax is even more appealing. In the last two months, I’ve put ...

Review “Last Night in Karaoke Town” (Factory Theater): Fun Evening Cleveland-Style!

Saturday, February 29, 2020 Permalink 0

The Factory Theater presents the World Premiere of LAST NIGHT IN KARAOKE TOWN. Upon arrival, stepping into the theatre is like stepping into a dive bar. The look is legit! The paneled walls covered with signs. The rows and rows of beer cans on display. The bar littered with bottles of liquor and framed by two ...

EXTENDED thru May 15th “The Boys in the Band” (Windy City Playhouse): Cool Aesthetics and Thought-provoking Turmoil

Sunday, February 16, 2020 Permalink 0

Windy City Playhouse presents THE BOYS IN THE BAND. On the heels of its Southern Gothic immersion success, WCP gives us another cultural virtual reality. This experience is set in a high-rise in the Upper East Side of Manhattan in 1968 for a birthday party.    Audience members, in groups of 5-6, are directed by the house ...

Review “Emma” (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Winsome!

Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents EMMA a new musical. Jane Austen’s beloved tale of a young woman of privilege and her questionable matchmaking skills gets a musical makeover. Paul Gordon (book, music, lyrics) deftly adapts the classic. Gordon serving as playwright and composer aids the ongoing seamless transitions. Characters’ musings go from spoken to sung with a breath ...

EXTENDED THRU March 15 “Sheepdog” (Shattered Globe Theatre): Powerful Storytelling!

Shattered Globe Theatre presents the Chicago Premiere of SHEEPDOG. Playwright Kevin Artigue dissects an interracial relationship of cops turned lovers. Artigue's story starts with Leslie Ann Sheppard (Amina) coming home to confront Drew Schad (Ryan). Schad playfully announces the dinner he cooked isn't the greatest. A somber Sheppard utters the wince-worthy words, 'we need to talk.' This pivotal moment is supported by a ...