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Watch Your Tail: Creatures From The Blue Lagoon in Seascape

Seascape at Remy BumppoYou almost expect to hear squeals of "Look! Dinosaurs!" the moment they appear. Indeed, so fascinating are the pair of reptiles who constitute half the onstage personnel in Remy Bumppo's production of Seascape that at one performance, an ostensibly adult theatergoer, finding herself in close proximity to one of the scaly beasts, couldn't resist trying to pull.... Read More

 

What's For Supper? Edible Props in Steep Theatre's Moment

Moment Steep TheatreMoment opens on the Lynch family preparing a dinner to celebrate the homecoming of the clan's prodigal son. Frozen microwavable quiches have been purchased, celery and carrots are chopped on the counter, a carton of eggs is dropped on the floor. One sibling munches a sandwich, visitors sip chilled beer and the hostesses maintain their serenity with.... Read More

 

Turning On The Waterworks: Rain Effects in Fall of The House of Usher

The Fall of the House of UsherEdgar Allen Poe's tale of the doomed twin siblings in The Fall of the House of Usher is a classic in American literature. In the original telling, the fate of the doomed mansion is to sink into the marshy New England soil. In the film version, it's destroyed by fire. Sean Graney's adaptation, however, has the family.... Read More

 

Straight Up, No Chaser: Directors In the Spotlight for ETA's 2012-2013 Season

ETA Creative Arts FoundationThe ETA Creative Arts Foundation was conceived as a self-contained organization, developing original scripts through its education and training programs, and then performing them under the supervision of artists affiliated with its teaching staff. The slate for their upcoming 2012-13 season, however, reads like a history of African-American Theater, with plays ranging from 1954 to 2007, each selected.... Read More

 

Jeff Awards 2012 Equity Nominations Announced

Jeff AwardsThe Jeff Awards Committee today announced 197 nominations in 34 categories for Chicago Equity theatrical productions, which opened between August 1, 2011, and July 31, 2012. The Jeff Awards judges attended opening nights of 118 Equity productions offered by 55 producing organizations. From these openings, 96 productions were "Jeff Recommended," which made them eligible for award nominations. .... Read More

 

When The Ground Hits Back: Rubber Floors in The Monument

The MonumentAt first, it appears to be simply a painted floor, part of the decor in the Side Project's storefront black-box auditorium, but playgoers entering Idle Muse Theatre's production of The Monument may suddenly find themselves walking on a springy surface, not unlike that of a mattress. Closer inspection reveals it to be a thick layer of shredded.... Read More

 

The Bare Facts: No-Clothes Acting at the Naked July Festival

National Pastime TheatreOnstage nudity—the artistic variety, not the Gentlemen's Club kind—is nothing new. Experimental theatre groups in New York's Greenwich Village like the Living Theatre took it all off back in the 1950s, as did the casts of Hair and Oh, Calcutta in the 1960s. Steppenwolf actor Jim True skinny-dipped in full view of playgoers for the 1989 premiere of.... Read More

 

Here's What In Your Eye: Slinging Mud in Mary-Arrchie Theatre's Electra

ElectraEven to urban dwellers many generations removed from the soil, mud is a profoundly disturbing image—representing, as it does, both the source of all life on our planet and the ultimate fate lying at the end of its existence. So when Sonya Moser, in adapting Euripedes' tragedy of Electra for modern audiences, searched for a Central Visual.... Read More

 

Stage Directing: Nick Bowling changed his tune about theater

Nick BowlingNick Bowling doesn't beat around the bush about directing: "I'm all about finding the conflict in a play, that's what I'm all about. It's conflict that generates dramatic energy and drives a play toward its climax."

You're thinking this is one serious theater guy, and he is. But what Bowling's terse self-analysis doesn't reveal is the heart of a.... Read More

 

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert and Catch Me If You Can coming to Chicago

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert and Catch Me If You CanBroadway In Chicago announced two Chicago premieres in their 2013 Spring season: Tony Award-winning Priscilla Queen Of The Desert and Catch Me If You Can. Priscilla Queen Of The Desert will play the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (50 East Congress Parkway) for two weeks only, March 19 - 31, 2013. Catch Me If You.... Read More

 

Hangin' The The Baze! with Eric and Andy!

Mark BazerIf you know anything about Eric and Andy, then you know that we love The Vampire Diaries on television! Through a generous donation from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, we were recently invited to tour the set and meet some of these L.A. stars! Well, while we were there, who did we run into? None other than the host of.... Read More

 

Hell On Wheels: Rolling with The Jammer

The JammerWe think of America in the 1950s as a sedentary age, when the upheaval of two world wars and the Great Depression gave way to an atmosphere of placid security. This impression, it must be noted, is chiefly based in commercial images spawned by the boom economy and promoted by an advertising industry coming into its own as.... Read More

 

Filament Finds Its Rhythm Traveling Hank Williams' Lost Highway

Hank Williams Lost HighwayA little over a stone's throw down Lincoln Avenue from where the Apollo Theatre's evergreen production of Million Dollar Quartet is running, another musical will begin playing for Chicago audiences who can't get enough of that show's mix of familiar vintage songs and music star biographies. That's when the Filament Theatre Ensemble's production of Hank Williams: Lost.... Read More

 

Highlights from Eric & Andy Live at the Jeff Awards

Live From The Jeff AwardsEric and Andy were LIVE From the 39th Anniversary Non-Equity Jeff Awards Ceremony that took place at the Park West in Chicago on Monday, June 4. If you missed the show don't worry, you can watch the full show below.                                    .... Read More

 

2012 Non-Equity Jeff Award Recipients

Jeff AwardsAt the Non-Equity Jeff Awards held at Park West on Monday, June 4, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre took most awards with 6 honors for their jewel box production of A Light in the Piazza" including Production-Musical, Director-Musical for Fred Anzevino and Brenda Didier, Principal Actress for Kelli Harrington, Supporting Actor for Justin Adair, Music Director for Jeremy Ramey.... Read More

 

Eric and Andy Live From The Jeff Awards

Eric And Andy Live From The JeffsEric Roach and Anderson Lawfer, interviewers for TheatreInChicago and curators and founders of the insider Chicago Theatre blog Reviews You Can Iews!, will be holding a "Red Carpet" style event from the Park West Theater at the 39th annual Joseph Jefferson Awards on June 4th, 2012 that will be streamed live and can be seen right here at.... Read More

 

Seven Years Of What? Breaking Mirrors in Timon of Athens

Timon of AthensIn Shakespeare's play, our hero, Timon of Athens, has been abandoned by those he thought were his friends, so what he does is to throw one last party, where he tells them all to go to hell, trashes the table in a clatter of silver plates and cutlery, and finishes his tirade by snatching up a piece.... Read More

 

Harris Banks On Beverly! With Eric and Andy!

Ricky HarrisRicky Harris is new to the scene. He is hard to miss because he is about 6'3" and the laugh of someone twice his size. This bodes well for his career choice as a musician and actor, because once you hear this guy's voice, you will never forget it. We ran into the generally jovial Ricky Harris on.... Read More

 

Stage Directing: Kimberly Senior listens, and success follows

Kimberly SeniorIt was an illness that led Kimberly Senior to the first principle of successful stage directing: Be a good listener. Senior has carved a prominent place on Chicago's theater scene since arriving here straight out of Connecticut College in 1995. But her revelation came just two seasons ago while she was directing Martin McDonagh's "The Pillowman" at Redtwist.... Read More

 

Racial Politics With A Beat: Silk Road Rising's Re-Spiced Cabaret

Re-Spiced CabaretMusical revues usually strive for easy-on-the-ears melodies, warbled by attractive vocalists, often with an emphasis on romantic ballads—but when your theme's satirical edge centers on the oft-distorted portrayal of ethnic minorities by chauvinistic host countries, the score runs the risk of incensing audiences, even when performed by representatives of the very cultures described therein.

Some selections in Silk Road.... Read More

 

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