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’

Crafting with friends!

My friend Jamie has an awesome book blog. Recently, she got me the most perfectest birthday gift: Amy Sedaris’ latest how-to book, “Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People.” And, because it’s Jamie and me, we tried out some of the crafts, jumping feet first. Read about our efforts on Jamie’s blog.

My very gay weekend: ‘Valley of the Dolls’ at Music Box Theatre (with special guest Patty Duke) and Miranda Sings

Can we say gayest weekend ever? First up: a viewing of that classic 1967 film, “Valley of the Dolls,” at the Music Box Theatre. If you know anything about me, or if you want to know anything about me, I take my VOTD quite seriously. I’ve thrown VOTD viewing parties. I’ve read Jacqueline Susann’s book.… Read More My very gay weekend: ‘Valley of the Dolls’ at Music Box Theatre (with special guest Patty Duke) and Miranda Sings

Wedding recap, or ‘Dear Tide: Contact me for your next marketing campaign!’

My MOHly duties are over. The wedding went smashingly. Eric and Jamie planned a ceremony and reception that was perfectly them — fun, funny, creative, original, charming, classy. The only snafu was three minutes before the ceremony, Jamie dropped chocolate on her dress (!), which smeared when I picked it off (!!). However, she had… Read More Wedding recap, or ‘Dear Tide: Contact me for your next marketing campaign!’

Guest Review: ‘Hephaestus: A Greek Mythology Circus Tale’ @ The Goodman’s Owen Theatre

My dear friend (and bride-to-be!) Jamie caught this show last night, and was so blown away by it, I told her she should write a review — which she gladly did and sent to me. As I trust her opinion completely, I’m sharing it with you all. EDIT (5/6/10): I also saw the show and… Read More Guest Review: ‘Hephaestus: A Greek Mythology Circus Tale’ @ The Goodman’s Owen Theatre

Love never dies

…and neither does the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. The title song from his new musical, Love Never Dies, recently received its debut performance on some awards show in the U.K. This new show is the sequel to ALW’s massive, record-shattering hit, The Phantom of the Opera. Some background: While a theatre snob, I’ve always had a soft spot… Read More Love never dies

The Chicago Bridal Expo! (Or, how I succeeded in not killing myself, or a VIB, today.)

“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.)

Run! Zombies!

Or, running zombies, rather. The Trick or Treat Trot has become a Halloween tradition for Jamie, Lindsey and me. As it’s so much fun, Eric (Jamie’s fiancé) and Kris (Lindsey’s fiancé) decided to join us this year. And this year we stepped it up and went in costume. Because we’re awesome? Crazy photos, of course,… Read More Run! Zombies!