So, I woke up from a restless sleep early this morning, checked my phone and noticed that the 2012 Equity Jeff Awards had been announced. And my first impression was: wow. No Nathan Lane. Yes, the Jeff committee overlooked Lane’s unconventional but widely praised performance as Hickey the hardware salesman in Goodman’s The Iceman Cometh,… Read More 2012 Equity Jeff nominations: A Chicago Theatre Addict’s reactions
We’ve made our predictions, and tonight I’ll be on hand with some other fellow bloggers and such to see who snags a Jeff. I’ll be twittering the highlights, so follow along. As an added bonus, check out the red carpet interview action, live at Park West, starting 6pm tonight here. Yours truly, along with some… Read More Tonight: The Non-Equity Jeff Awards!
Jeff Award winner Harry Groener in ChiShakes’ “The Madness of George III.” First off: congrats to all the Equity Jeff winners! Some thoughts: The shockers: Steppenwolf’s rabidly praised Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? gets a remarkable ZERO awards (with Steppenwolf, as a whole, getting no Jeff love as well). Even Tracy Letts’ mold-breaking performance as George… Read More My reactions to the Equity Jeff Awards
Get ready for some random theatre-y thoughts: Sondheim gets his ChiShakes on: After receiving the Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for lifetime achievement on Sunday morning, the man himself visited Sunday’s matinée of Follies at Chicago Shakespeare Theater (along with playwright David Henry Hwang and the great Sir Peter Hall). He then went backstage following the… Read More Sondheim gets his Shakes on, the most overrated play of 2011 and more …
Happy fall, kittens! As you can see from my “CTA Tracker” (as Beyoncé would say, “to the left, to the left”), this Chicago Theatre Addict is going to be quite busy very soon. On top of this, nominations for 2010-2011 Equity Jeff Awards were announced, and there are a lot of them. And I’ve some… Read More Equity Jeff Award nominations: huzzah, harrumph and huh?
Time Out Chicago has a list of non-Equity Jeff Award winners introed with a short recap of the ceremony — which seems like it was a bit of a disaster. I mean it’s one thing to be underrehearsed, but quite another thing to read the wrong name of the winner and not notice it until after the… Read More Short thoughts on the non-Equity Jeffs, and a thank you
The cast of the Jeff-nominated drama/thriller “Killer Joe,” playing at the Royal George Theatre The Non-Equity Jeff nominations, recognizing Chicago-area non-Equity productions that opened between April 1, 2009 and March 31, 2010, were announced this week. Time Out Chicago’s Kris Vire makes some interesting points about omissions and such. When compared to the average joe,… Read More Reflections on the Non-Equity Jeff nominations