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’
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.
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
It’s been crazy times here at Chicago Theatre Addict the past week and a half (including the exciting news that I’m an uncle now!), but things will pick up soon — as in this week. Hopefully. This weekend I finished the most remarkable book: “Room”, by Emma Donoghue. I learned of this book through my… Read More Read Emma Donoghue’s ‘Room’
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!’
(I promise this blog will return to its regularly scheduled Chicago theatre programming in the very near future — starting off with Porchlight Music Theatre’s Into the Woods tomorrow…but today is wedding day, so bear with me.) Who knew the role of Male of Honor (MOH) would be so crafty? Lucky for all of us,… Read More The makings of a MOH
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
Crashed a groom’s party. (i.e., where my role was to help the best man collect the awesome groom’s cake): Threw a bridal shower, complete with silly games. (i.e., where I got to live out my life-long dream of being Tim Gunn AND Nina Garcia all at once): Attended the opening night of Billy Elliot the… Read More My weekend in three pictures
Back in September, Jamie asked me to be her MOH: And I was completely touched and deeply honored. Now, seven months later, with the bridal shower only a few weeks away (yikes!) and the wedding only a little over a month away, what have I learned so far? 1) Oriental Trading Company is your friend.… Read More Male of honor update: ten things I’ve learned
…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
“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.)
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!
This weekend, I hosted a viewing party of one of my absolute favorite films, Valley of the Dolls. It was everything I hoped it would be. Only Jamie and I had seen the film before, and we loved living the camp and high drama through these VOTD virgins. We applauded Neely’s cross-your-heart necklace: …laughed uproariously… Read More “Dolls” and Apple Orchards
This weekend two very awesome people joined forces by declaring their intentions to unite in a socially acceptable manner. This past weekend, Eric proposed to Jamie as they watched the sun rise over the Gulf of Mexico with their feet in the water. Those actorly types sure know how to properly stage a scene, don’t… Read More In tribute to the unification of awesome
I’m capturing the weekend the only way I know how: grainy camera phone pictures and half-baked commentary. Patti and the CSO presented a very tasteful evening of Kurt Weill songs, featuring his rarely performed “Seven Deadly Sins.” Truthfully, “Sins” was a bit of a snore. Originally a ballet, it’s a terribly modern piece with two… Read More Patti LuPone and Debbie Reynolds