House Theatre’s ‘The Nutcracker’ cracks a classic tale wide open

The cast from the 2010 production of The House Theatre of Chicago’s “The Nutcracker” About 10 minutes into The House Theatre of Chicago’s surprising production of The Nutcracker, things take an unexpected (and very much welcomed) turn. The show opens with jovial charm and spirited energy, accompanied by singing, dancing and general merriment. Always a… Read More House Theatre’s ‘The Nutcracker’ cracks a classic tale wide open

House Theatre’s ‘Odradek’: something vague lurks beneath…

A boy (Joey Steakley) makes a special, dusty friend. Odradek is one creepy, sad play. A pensive boy (Joey Steakly) is slowly falling into an emotional and physical downward spiral. His recently-divorced father (David Parkes) brings him to a doctor (Carolyn Defrin), who tries to determine what’s wrong with the boy, and the father and… Read More House Theatre’s ‘Odradek’: something vague lurks beneath…

House Theatre’s ‘Thieves Like Us’ is fully loaded fun

Drawing straws before drawing guns: John Byrnes, Tom Hickey and Shawn Pfautsch in House Theatre of Chicago’s “Thieves Like Us.” [Photo credit: John Taflan] “What’s your magic number?” That’s what one character says to an amateur bank robber in Damon Kiely’s new play based on the novel by Edward Anderson, Thieves Like Us. What amount… Read More House Theatre’s ‘Thieves Like Us’ is fully loaded fun