A modern and timeless ‘Julius Caesar’ at Chicago Shakes

As you enter Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Court Theater to see English director Jonathan Munby’s take on Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, you know you’re in for something electric, bold and in-your-face. A crowd of Caesar supporters rally on the stage and in the aisles, selling Caesar swag. Country music blares as the cast breaks into an impromptu… Read More A modern and timeless ‘Julius Caesar’ at Chicago Shakes

Huffington Post: ‘Being Shakespeare’ at Broadway Playhouse

Simon Callow’s one-man show, Being Shakespeare, took the U.K. by storm and is now making a short stop at Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse, courtesy of Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s World’s Stage Series. The multi-talented Callow is a deeply compelling performer, who clearly revels in the Bard of Avon’s prose and poems. At various points Callow, who’s 62,… Read More Huffington Post: ‘Being Shakespeare’ at Broadway Playhouse

Brikenbrak Theatre Project announces next season and playwright development program

As I recently Twittered, Brikenbrak Theatre Project has announced their second season, and it’s a doozy. The season kicks off with an intimate staging of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and artistic director Paul Cosca promises it will feature live music played by the actors and a real bonfire — in his backyard. Yes, as its website notes, Brikenbrak… Read More Brikenbrak Theatre Project announces next season and playwright development program

DreamLogic’s intimate ‘Hamlet’ takes you deep inside a haunted prince’s struggle

Hamlet (Jack Sharkey) grieves over a fallen Gertrude (Meg Elliott). That deeply vengeful (yet slow-to-act) Hamlet has taken residence at Gunder Mansion on the corner of Sheridan and Granville. There, DreamLogic Theatreworks, under the direction of Scott McKinsey, is presenting a powerfully intimate promenade staging of Shakespeare’s classic revenge tragedy. Well, actually only the first floor of… Read More DreamLogic’s intimate ‘Hamlet’ takes you deep inside a haunted prince’s struggle