ChiPuppetFest (Chicago Shakes): Plastic Covered Whimsy!

Thursday, January 24, 2019 Permalink

In partnership with the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents COMPAGNIE NON NOVA’S L’APRE’S-MIDI D’UN FOEHN VERSION 1. The Yard at Chicago Shakes has been converted into an onstage theatre in the round. The limited seating encircles mechanical fans positioned along a circle. The audience enters the theatre together. Jean-Louis Ouvard is inside ...

Review “Ajijaak on Turtle Island” (ChiPuppetfest): Captivating!!

Friday, January 18, 2019 Permalink

Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival*, in partnership with America Indian Center, presents IBEX Puppetry’s AJIJAAK ON TURTLE ISLAND. ChiPuppetFest kicks off with a first-ever First Nations puppet tale. AJIJAAK ON TURTLE ISLAND is the story of a baby crane. After Ajijaak is separated from her parents, she is forced to migrate on her own. During her ...

Review “The Lightning Thief” (Broadway in Chicago): A Fun, Family-friendly Quest!

Thursday, January 10, 2019 Permalink

Broadway in Chicago presents, by special arrangement with Rick Riordan and the Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency, THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL. A kid mad at a parent for not being around sounds familiar. The absence attributed to being a god isn’t that common. Author Rick Riordan cleverly blended Greek mythology with contemporary teenage angst. Riordan’s ...

December Check-In

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 Permalink

December Report Card: I spent the last afternoon of the last month of the year burning. I attended a yoga session called Burn Away 2018 and Breathe into the New Year. The focus was to release the regrets, negative energy and unexpected scenarios that became life lessons. I wanted to meet the new year cleansed ...

Review “La Ruta” (Steppenwolf Theatre): Gentler Version of Reality

Monday, December 31, 2018 Permalink

Steppenwolf Theatre presents the World Premiere of LA RUTA. Mexican women are being hunted in their own home country. Over the last few decades, it’s been reported 1,400 have been killed and thousands more are still missing. Women disappear. If they reappear, they have been raped, mutilated, dismembered, killed. Thousands remain missing. These ‘lost’ women are ...

EXTENDED Thru Feb 3 “Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Truly a Fairy Tale!

Sunday, December 16, 2018 Permalink

Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents a vibrantly reimagined A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Director Joe Dowling puts a fanciful spin on this classic Shakespearean comedy. Dowling skillfully directs the primary comedy-drama of the lovers’ quadrangle. Helena (played by Cristina Panfilio) loves Demetrius (played by Eric Schabla). Demetrius loves Hermia (played by Melisa Soledad Pereyra). Hermia loves Lysander (played by Tyrone Phillips). ...

Review “Cirque Dreams Holidaze” (Chicago Theatre): Shiny, Bright Treat!

Friday, December 14, 2018 Permalink

Chase presents CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE. Chicago can celebrate the HOLIDAZE inside. Chicago Theatre has been transformed into a kids' vision of Christmas delights. Scenic Designer Jon Craine, along with costume designs by Cirque Productions, stuff the stage with candy-cane-coated delights. Dancing elves, prancing reindeers, and flipping gingerbread provide a festive spectacle. The HOLIDAZE is a shiny, ...

Review “Algorithm Nation or Static Quo” (The Second City): Aggressive, Dark Comedy

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Permalink

The Second City presents its 107th Mainstage Revue, ALGORITHM NATION Or STATIC QUO. The new mainstage show goes aggressive and dark. The opening bit has Jeffrey Murdoch in a hostage situation. He’s in his underwear with his nipples taped. He’s being threatened and tortured. The vibe isn’t playful. It’s tense. Then, the entire troupe is onstage ...