February: Check In

Saturday, March 3, 2018 Permalink

It's February. I don't go out in February.   I tried this month to make that a thing. It seemed the perfect response to an invitation to go out. Blame my tired, non-social self on the time of year. #hibernationFebruary! All month at the end of the work day, I wanted to go home. Even though it's ...

Review “Anna Karenina” (Lifeline Theatre): To Russia with Love

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Permalink

Lifeline Theatre presents the world premiere of ANNA KARENINA.  Leo Tolstoy's classic could be dubbed "War and Love."  Tolstoy's lengthy Russian novel focuses on the tortures of all-consuming love. Anna (played by an outstanding Ilse Zacharias) desperately loves her son (played by skillful puppeteer Michele Stine) and her lover (played by the sensual Eric Gerard). Her ...

Review “Pillars of the Community” (Strawdog Theatre): Relevant and Timeless

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Permalink

Strawdog Theatre presents PILLARS OF THE COMMUNITY. His cover-up of a past affair and financial crime threatens to demolish a politician's established world.  Although it sounds like our present day reality, PILLARS OF THE COMMUNITY is set in the 1800s. Samuel Adamson adapted Henrik Ibsen's 1877 play about a leader whose enamored base feel that he ...

EXTENDED THRU March 17 “Merrily We Roll Along” (Porchlight Music Theatre): A Blast Backwards

Porchlight Music Theatre presents MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG. The creative team of Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and George Furth (book) cleverly start at the end and work backwards in this musical. We meet Franklin Shephard (played by Jim DeSelm) in present day. Although the perky ensemble is singing the title song Merrily we roll along, ...

2018: January Check-In

Friday, February 2, 2018 Permalink

I had a list of January goals to accomplish for optimizing my health, social, home and financial sectors. As is often the case, my results were a series of victories, defeats and meh. I hit all my training work outs but fell short on the yoga classes. I cut way back on the wine drinking ...

Review “The Humans” (Broadway in Chicago): I miss ATC!

Thursday, February 1, 2018 Permalink

The HumansSeattle Repertory TheatreSeattle, WashingtonNovember 28, 2017Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes Broadway in Chicago, along with Producers Scott Rudin and Barry Diller, present THE HUMANS, Best Play - 2016 Tony Award. I was fortunate to see the world premiere of THE HUMANS at American Theatre Company in 2015. I absolutely loved Stephen Karam's family portrait of love ...

Review “Hatfield and McCoy” (The House Theatre of Chicago): Epic Booze-Soaked, Blood-Bath

The House Theatre of Chicago presents an all-new production of Hatfield & McCoy. The Hatfields and McCoys was the infamous family feud from the 1800s. These families hated each other. Their bitter battle was fueled by moonshine and revenge. The House again brings the epic families' drama to the stage. When Rose Anna McCoy (played by Haley ...

Review “Traitor” (A Red Orchid Theatre): Small Town Showdown

Monday, January 29, 2018 Permalink

A Red Orchid Theatre presents the world premiere adaptation of Heinrich's Ibsen's An Enemy of the People, TRAITOR. The intimacy of their space. Their choices in scripts. The look and feel of their performances. A Red Orchid has a long history of putting the theatre goer 'in the room.' And their current offering of TRAITOR not only ...

Review “Five Mile Lake” (Shattered Globe): Dreaming Big, Living Wistfully

Shattered Globe presents FIVE MILE LAKE. Playwright Rachel Bonds puts her own spin on the familiar question 'Can you go home again?' Drew Schad (Danny) and Joseph Wiens(Rufus) have returned to their hometown. Each is retreating from complications of the real world. Their siblings, Daniela Colucci (Mary) and Steve Peebles (Jamie), never left home. They provide their siblings with the ...