Bailiwick Chicago’s ‘Carrie’ Hits the Heart But Not the Horror

There are essentially two reactions I get when telling people I’m going to see Carrie: The Musical: – Reaction 1: People who know the musical’s sacred lore as one of the biggest flops in musical theatre history and are incredibly pumped to find out how truly bad the show was/is. – Reaction 2: People who… Read More Bailiwick Chicago’s ‘Carrie’ Hits the Heart But Not the Horror

It’s still a tasty good time at ‘5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche’

Rachel Farmer, Megan Johns and Thea Lux in The New Colony’s “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche” Long live the egg! I remember when I first encountered The New Colony’s wacky, wild creation that is 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche. It was June 2010, and “The Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein”… Read More It’s still a tasty good time at ‘5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche’

Making Chemistry: A Chat with the Stars of Goodman’s ‘Venus in Fur’

In Goodman Theatre’s intense production of David Ives’ hit play, Venus in Fur, palpable onstage chemistry is critical (read my review here). It’s what elevates this two-person dark comedy from a tawdry romp into a thrilling exploration of dominance and power. In Goodman’s production, Rufus Collins and Amanda Drinkall embody Thomas and Vanda, the writer/director… Read More Making Chemistry: A Chat with the Stars of Goodman’s ‘Venus in Fur’

A high-stakes ‘Road Show’ still struggles to find its way

Andrew Rothenberg, McKinley Carter, Michael Aaron Lindner and Anne Gunn in ChiShakes’ “Road Show.” Photo by Liz Lauren “Art isn’t easy,” sings the frustrated artist George in Stephen Sondheim’s Pulitzer prize-winning Sunday in the Park with George. While a completely different show in both tone and substance, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Road Show puts… Read More A high-stakes ‘Road Show’ still struggles to find its way

ChiShakes’ ‘Gypsy’: This Rose isn’t quite ready for her turn

This has been a month of revisiting beloved musicals. First it was Porchlight’s Ain’t Misbehavin’, which offered a smoldering take on the beloved Fats Waller revue. I followed this with The Hypocrites Into the Woods, a brave production that frustrated as much as it fascinated. And now: Gypsy — a show I’ve seen probably more than any… Read More ChiShakes’ ‘Gypsy’: This Rose isn’t quite ready for her turn

Porchlight’s ‘Ain’t Misbehavin” Delivers Smoldering Sass

The joint is certainly jumpin’ at Stage 773. Porchlight’s rollicking production of the “Fats” Waller revue, Ain’t Misbehavin’, playing through March 9, is the kind of show that offers enough heat and harmony to melt through the layers of ice that have crystallized Chicago. This isn’t the shiny, slick production of this oft-produced musical revue… Read More Porchlight’s ‘Ain’t Misbehavin” Delivers Smoldering Sass

A tale of two snow witches: House Theatre’s ‘Rose and the Rime’ and Filament’s ‘The Snow Queen’

“The Snow Queen” I grew up in northern Michigan, so I have a healthy affinity for that white flakey stuff. Not so much the polar vortex, but when it’s hovering above 15 degrees, I’m good. So, in combining my love of snow and theatre, over the past three days I checked out two highly inventive… Read More A tale of two snow witches: House Theatre’s ‘Rose and the Rime’ and Filament’s ‘The Snow Queen’