An Interview with Jamie Prahl, Director of Saint Sebastian Players’ ‘Lefties’

In Lefties, a play by Chicago-area playwright Leigh Johnson, a Russian-born father (who’s also, by the way, an avowed Communist who loves baseball), clashes with his son, a gifted semi-professional pitcher who has become entranced by capitalism and its prospects. Set in McCarthy-era America, this play covers some big ground, including themes regarding family pride,… Read More An Interview with Jamie Prahl, Director of Saint Sebastian Players’ ‘Lefties’

HuffPo Review: Rivendell’s ‘American Wee-Pie’ Finds Sweet Victory in Second Chances

I remember my quarter-life crisis. Here I was, working long hours in a job I didn’t have any real passion for, broke, gaining weight, listless. I was going through the motions and letting self doubt rule my world. Seven years later, I’m in a completely different place. I’m in a rewarding career, I’ve found a… Read More HuffPo Review: Rivendell’s ‘American Wee-Pie’ Finds Sweet Victory in Second Chances

Chatting With Tracy Michelle Arnold, Star of Goodman’s ‘Other Desert Cities’

When Jon Robin Baitz’s searing family drama Other Desert Cities premiered at Lincoln Center in January 2011, it took the town by storm. Not since August: Osage County can I recall an American play that’s had such buzz, with the New York Times calling it “the best new play on Broadway.” And, like most good… Read More Chatting With Tracy Michelle Arnold, Star of Goodman’s ‘Other Desert Cities’

HuffPo review: ‘Failure: A Love Story’ Finds Heartwarming Hope in the Unavoidable

Ah, the impending threat of death. What a warm and cozy feeling it is to know that each day presents new opportunities to face our own uncertain demise. Happy Holidays! In the fantastically macabre Failure: A Love Story, playwright Philip Dawkins manages to find the quirky, heartwarming delight in the unavoidable. The three Failure sisters,… Read More HuffPo review: ‘Failure: A Love Story’ Finds Heartwarming Hope in the Unavoidable

Drury Lane’s ‘Sunset Boulevard’ gets its Norma Desmond

After months of speculating and rumor, Drury Lane has finally cast its Norma Desmond for their upcoming production of Sunset Boulevard. (In fact, I heard from multiple sources that Tony winner Christine Ebersole had seriously been considered — could you imagine?) After some internet digging, I see that another Christine has been cast as the… Read More Drury Lane’s ‘Sunset Boulevard’ gets its Norma Desmond

Porchlight’s lilting, if lightweight, ‘The Gifts of the Magi’ reminds us to think before we give

Jason Richards and Kevin McKillip in Porchlight Music Theatre’s “The Gifts of the Magi” Shopping for the perfect holiday gift is a dying art. For many, myself included at times, it’s simply a matter of looking up someone’s online wishlist and clicking “one click purchase,” with $3.99 extra for wrapping. Done. But for Jim and… Read More Porchlight’s lilting, if lightweight, ‘The Gifts of the Magi’ reminds us to think before we give

HuffPo Reviews: Profiles’ ‘Hellcab’ and Bernstein revue at Davenport’s Piano Bar

Profile’s Ambitious Remount of Hit Hellcab Delivers Unexpected Holiday Hope Im sure we’ve all encountered a hellacious cab experience or three — the driver who used the drive from Andersonville to Boystown as an opportunity to issue a sermon about how all gays are going to hell and then proceeded to creepily hit on me;… Read More HuffPo Reviews: Profiles’ ‘Hellcab’ and Bernstein revue at Davenport’s Piano Bar

Chicago Theatre Addict taking mini hiatus, plus my short-term wishlist

The cast of Court Theatre’s “The Dead.” Photo by Michael Brosilow. Life is stepping in, so Chicago Theatre Addict will be taking a back seat for a short spell. I promise to get my act together soon and back to commenting on all the fantastic theatre goings on happening in this beautiful city, including all… Read More Chicago Theatre Addict taking mini hiatus, plus my short-term wishlist

A little Miller-lite goes a long way, or how ‘Broken Glass’ makes me question my ability to form valid opinions

Jacqueline Grandt and Neal Grofman in Redtwist’s “Broken Glass.” You know the timeless and classy phrase: “Opinions are like assholes. Everybody’s got one and everyone thinks everyone else’s stinks.” That life nugget came through to me loud and clear after seeing Redtwist‘s respectable production of Arther Miller’s Broken Glass (playing through Nov. 18). I enjoy… Read More A little Miller-lite goes a long way, or how ‘Broken Glass’ makes me question my ability to form valid opinions

HuffPo Review: Delightful ‘Kinky Boots’ Kicks Up Its Heels in Pre-Broadway Engagement

Stark Sands and Billy Porter next to some kinky boots Forget fancy names like Cyndi Lauper. If there’s a single compelling reason to see Kinky Boots, a lively new musical based on a 2005 British comedic film that’s currently making its pre-Broadway tryout at Chicago’s Bank of America Theater, it’s Billy Porter’s bravura turn as… Read More HuffPo Review: Delightful ‘Kinky Boots’ Kicks Up Its Heels in Pre-Broadway Engagement

HuffPo Review: World Premiere Stage Adaptation of ‘Trainspotting’ Finds Drama in Drug Culture

The cast of “Trainspotting USA,” now playing at Theater Wit It’s difficult for me to get behind art that glorifies the illegal drug culture. It just seems like exploitative, easy fodder. That’s not to say I haven’t been known to pour a nice, big glass of wine and settle in for an Intervention marathon. Because… Read More HuffPo Review: World Premiere Stage Adaptation of ‘Trainspotting’ Finds Drama in Drug Culture