Enjoy (thanks, Jamie!) If you aren’t crying tears of laughter after watching this, you have no soul.
Oh, to have sixth row center seats for a glorious ballet every Friday. Can you believe this is my first visit to the Joffrey Ballet? And I don’t think I could have picked a better introduction. Before I go any further, I must urge you: if you can get tickets to Cinderella, do! But hurry… Read More ‘Cinderella’ @ The Joffrey Ballet
Or maybe you have? Carly Sakolove (whoever she is?) sings this classic tune from the musical Gypsy impersonating a whole number of the usual — and unexpected — divas. (Warning: the unexpected ones may make you pee a little.)
La LuPone. Loops. Actress. Singer. Mother. Patti. Diva. Bitch. Belter. Legend. Ah – Ms. Patti Ann LuPone. It was bound to happen. If you know anything about me (or have spent at least 30 seconds in my home), you know what a major LuPone fan I am. My respect for her work has led me… Read More Diva Friday: Patti LuPone
(Oh, the marvelously unoriginal headlines and bylines we can come up with pertaining to dogs!) Tonight, I’m off to see The 101 Dalmatians Musical — an entirely new adaptation of Dodie Smith’s novel “The Hundred and One Dalmatians,” and not in any way associated with the Disney cartoon or movie. This show apparently features kids as… Read More Tonight: it’s for the dogs!
I spend a lot of time in my home office — especially with a job that lets me work from home now and again. We have lots of shelves, and for some reason, we feel compelled to fill them with brick-a-brack, tchotchkies and momentos. Memorabilia, I guess you’d call it. (Quick — what’s that line… Read More The crap we keep
“Albion, dear Albion, we pledge our love to thee.” Yeah, that is until you unceremoniously crapped on the one area of campus I treasured most — the Gerstacker International House. The I-House, as we fondly called it, was my home away from home. As a language major, you were required to live in the I-House… Read More Albion College is dead to me.
Kittens! I’m offering my very first contest! So play along nicely. Chicago Shakespeare Theater has generously offered me the chance to raffle off two tickets to their fabulous production of Private Lives. The best part is: you can choose any Tuesday – Friday performance during the first two weeks of February. (I reviewed Private Lives… Read More Win a pair of FREE TICKETS to Chicago Shakes’ ‘Private Lives’
“Wear your pearls, Bullen!” That’s what my darling Jamie texted me a few days ago to inform me that the Bridal Expo 2010 had a recommended dress code. While I decided to leave the pearls at home, I did wear a blazer and button-down shirt — dressing to impress, as any good MOH should. (As… Read More The Chicago Bridal Expo! (Or, how I succeeded in not killing myself, or a VIB, today.)
Remember Diva Fridays? I know — I can be neglectful at times. However, some recent casting news made me realize now was a perfect time to revive this blog series: Additional casting for the Chicago production of Billy Elliot the Musical has been announced. Tony Award nominee, Emily Skinner, will play the role of Mrs.… Read More Diva Friday: Emily Skinner
Gary Griffin knows what he wants and how to get it. And what he wanted for Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s production of Noël Coward’s Private Lives was an in-the-round staging. So, they’ve completely transformed the Courtyard’s thrust stage to achieve this. I’m greatly looking forward to it.
Kids these days are terribly advanced. I remember when I was a teenager, I made stupid videos with my friend Jason, played the horn, and the biggest concern on my mind was that calculus test. Never would I have thought to write a brooding, impressionistic play about abuse and suicide. But that’s just what Kat… Read More 24th Annual Young Playwrights Festival
Let’s say you’re a young, aspiring playwright, and you feel you have something meaningful and unique to say. However, because your chosen craft requires various resources to represent your work, including a director, actors, lighting design, set, costumes, a venue — you name it — you might never have your talent nurtured, developed, or even… Read More Mommy, where do playwrights come from?
It seems I’ve been included in some special report on EDGE for the “Best of 2009.” Go here to read the story.
Yes. I’m taking steps to eat better, drink less, focus on weights at the gym and manage my finances more effectively this year. But what about this sad little blog and my theatre-going habits in the new year? What about it, indeed. May I present my ten theatre-related goals for this year: 1) See more… Read More Ten theatre-related resolutions for ’10