How I spent my summer…

Friday, September 8, 2017 Permalink

My insensitive use of a word changed my summer plans. When people reacted to my horrible mistake by denouncing me publicly as a racist, I felt shocked, hurt, angry and defensive. My first impulse was to fight back. I wanted to prove I wasn’t a racist. I wanted to rattle off all the aspects in ...

Chicago Pride!

Sunday, June 25, 2017 Permalink

Dear President Trump, Since today is the Chicago Pride Parade, I am going to use this opportunity to draw your attention to: the Chicago community and LGBTQ community. Chicago is my hometown for twenty-three years now. It is the best city in the world! People associate us with the 2016 World Series Chicago Cubs, stuffed pizza and ...

A letter of contrition…

Monday, June 19, 2017 Permalink

It’s been 6 days since my horrible mistake regarding the use of an offensive word in a theatre review. If you aren’t aware of my blunder, this letter isn’t for you.  If you know exactly what I’m talking about, please take a moment to read this. I’ve spent a lot of time in contemplation of my ...

Review “Her Majesty’s Will” (Lifeline Theatre): Not Quite a Comedy or a Thriller

Lifeline Theatre presents the world premiere of HER MAJESTY'S WILL. The imaginative concept of this play intrigued me. Author David Blixt wrote a novel about the origin story of two Elizabethan playwrights: William Shakespeare (played by Javier Ferreira) and Christopher Marlowe (played by Bryan Bosque). Shakespeare is teaching school under the name Falstaff. He's hiding from ...

Review “The Night Season” (Strawdog Theatre): Loud, Boozy, Loving Family!!

Strawdog Theatre presents THE NIGHT SEASON. An actor chooses to stay with a family of locals during his film shoot in Ireland. Although he prefers a quiet homey setting to a noisy hotel, he finds himself center of attention in a loud, boozy, loving family. Playwright Rebecca Lenkiewicz pens a a different kind of love story. ...

Review “Johnny 10 Beers’ Daughter” (Something Marvelous): Must See!!

Something Marvelous and Randy Steinmeyer, in association with Chicago Dramatists’ Grafting Project, present JOHNNY 10 BEERS' DAUGHTER. Playwright Dana Lynn Formby gives us an intimate peek into two casualties of war. Formby tells the tale of a father and daughter struggling to overcome the geographic and emotional distance of military service. Her story revolves around post-traumatic stress disorder, first ...

Review “We’re Gonna Die” (Haven Theatre): Beautifully Dark and Darkly Beautiful

Thursday, May 25, 2017 Permalink

Haven Theatre Company presents WE'RE GONNA DIE. This show is beautifully dark and darkly beautiful. Playwright Young Jean Lee combines two art forms; spoken word and a music concert. Lee has taken people's real stories and weaved them together with rock and roll interludes. The series of personal reflections are matched with songs.  A daughter chronicling the ...

Review “American Hero” (First Floor Theater): A Day In The Life Of The Working Poor

First Floor Theater presents the Chicago premiere of AMERICAN HERO. Walking into this theatre space is like walking into a fast food joint. Designer Jeffery D. Kmiec's set is authentically legit. He even has a splash station. Before the show started, I found myself musing about my sandwich order. Playwright Bess Wohl's story takes place in ...