It may be a bit strange, but the feeling of shaving cream always reminds me of when I was little. As a toddler, I was a lot to handle. I would draw on the walls, run around the house like a crazed lunatic, and when it came time for dinner, more food ended up on […]
Archives for July 2018
I think there are few earthly pleasures quite like sitting in a restaurant with a fantastic cup of coffee, discussing theatre with intelligent and driven professionals. Jordan Friend, Artistic Director of 4615 Theatre, and Stevie Zimmerman are deep in the process of directing the company’s repertory of MacBeth and Moira Buffini’s Dinner. The two plays, […]
Perfecting the Kiss is a backstage comedy that’s a worthy successor to Noises Off. What Noises Off accomplishes in two acts, Perfecting the Kiss pulls off in an hilarious 80 minutes, with no need for a two story set or turntable.
Perhaps more than any other show at this Fringe, 52:15 challenges its audience to reconsider one of its core beliefs. The 100th Monkey Theatre Ensemble’s mix of traditional, surreal, and psychical performance is impressive, but the show falls miles short of justifying an empathetic take on a pedophile.
Musicals based on movies are all the rage these days with titles like Mean Girls, Pretty Woman, Bronx Tale and King Kong dominating Broadway marquees and the ads in Times Square. Arena Stage is adding another ’90s favorite to the mix, presenting the world premiere of Dave, a musical based on the 1993 light-hearted political […]
Theater programming usually doesn’t get any more conservative than Gilbert & Sullivan, late 19th century purveyors of light opera and bad puns. But Chicago’s avant-garde company The Hypocrites’ Theatre’s returning smash production of The Pirates of Penzance shows a new spin on an old G & S to be one of the more exciting musicals of […]
Unscripted is an apt name for an improvisational performance. The show is performed by two members of the improv company VI Lenin. While Unscripted demonstrates their skill and offers some laughs, this Capital Fringe offering suffers from the high degree of difficulty of the long form of improv.
Straight White Men, a thought-provoking play by Young Jean Lee with a terrifically entertaining cast of Broadway newcomers including Armie Hammer, Josh Charles and Paul Schneider as rowdy brothers, might to some theatergoers seem designed initially to mislead, and ultimately to befuddle. By its title alone, one could assume – incorrectly – that the play […]
In this last week of Capital Fringe 2018, the festival is still going strong. There’s still time to catch something brand new – five shows are having their first performances – while nearly all the productions have closing shows. To encourage everyone to see at least two shows this week, Capital Fringe just announced a […]
Back in my dating days, I kept company with a certain young woman who quite impressed me. I met her at her apartment preparatory to going to dinner. Just as we were about to leave, she got a phone call, which she took in another room. When she came back she was shaking her head.
When I saw the oversized, rectangular dominos interspersed among the chairs lining up your aesthetic.‘s circular stage, I knew that this was surely an omen for an up-close and personal performance! Featuring Jess Cummings, Constance Des Marais, Katherine Paterson and Cheyanne Williams, up your aesthetic. is a dynamic and striking retelling of the Greek Myth […]
Almost Full: A Young Girl’s Guide to Growing Up is an exploration and examination of teenage lives through a variety of artistic methods. The girls use poetry, soliloquy, movement, music, and dance to express their personal truths.