Review “Frankenstein” (Lifeline Theatre): More Poetic, Than Horror

Sunday, September 23, 2018 Permalink

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, four Chicago theaters will be debuting their version of the infamous tale; Lifeline, Remy Bumppo, Lookingglass and Court.  Lifeline Theatre presents the world premiere of Robert Kauzlaric’s adaptation of FRANKENSTEIN. Kauzlaric spins his tale of resurrection around Victoria -not Victor- Frankenstein (played by Anne Sonneville). Kauzlaric makes ...

Review “Vietgone” (Writers Theatre): A Love Story?

Thursday, September 20, 2018 Permalink

By Jay Worthington We should treat refugees much better than we do.  This was the thought that kept running through my mind while watching the Chicago premiere of Qui Nguyen’s “Vietgone” at Writers Theatre.   The story begins with the chaos of the Vietnam War where we meet Quang, energetically portrayed by Matthew C. Yee, a Vietnamese ...

EXTENDED Thru 12/2 “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 ...