The little lesbian show that could, or the power of the almighty quiche lives on

One of the most pee-your-pants funny nights I’ve spent in a theatre occurred last summer in a dusty space at the Chicago Dankhaus. The New Colony’s Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche, which stole the show the prior year as part of Sketchbook X, was the pant-wetting culprit. This year, The New Colony took the play… Read More The little lesbian show that could, or the power of the almighty quiche lives on

HuffPo review: Get Your Repressed Rage on With ‘Rise of the Numberless’

There’s a rock revolution going on, and should you choose to attend, you’ve automatically become an unwitting member of The Numberless. Who are The Numberless, you ask? Why, they’re the forgotten children who’ve been living underground out of sight from the government for the past five decades, and now they’re gearing up to tell their… Read More HuffPo review: Get Your Repressed Rage on With ‘Rise of the Numberless’

The New Colony’s funny, if unfocused, ‘Frat’ returns in commercial remount

The cast of New Colony’s “Frat,” from the 2009 production. Photo by Anne Petersen. I was in a fraternity in college. Ok, so it was a music fraternity. Still, there were rituals and secret knocks and creeds and things we had to memorize — and even a small degree of hazing for the pledges. And… Read More The New Colony’s funny, if unfocused, ‘Frat’ returns in commercial remount

The New Colony’s ‘5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche’ hits the spot

Since when did theatre become so serious? It’s been weeks — maybe months — since I’ve really laughed at a play. I mean, belly-achin’, nearly-wet-myself laughed. And this includes my recent visit to Second City where I saw the smart but somewhat dour South Side of Heaven. Well, The New Colony offers that much-needed release… Read More The New Colony’s ‘5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche’ hits the spot

A mouth-watering preview: The New Colony’s ‘Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche’ opens tonight.

I like lesbians. I like quiche. I like The New Colony. And I really liked The New Colony’s Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche when it premiered as a 15-minute sketch as part of Sketchbook X last year. Well, The New Colony has expanded that sketch — which won Sketchbook X‘s Best Devised Play and Best… Read More A mouth-watering preview: The New Colony’s ‘Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche’ opens tonight.

The New Colony’s deeply inspiring ‘The Warriors’ brings a painful past front and center

Mary Hollis Inboden reveals some personal truths from a painful past in “The Warriors.” “I Googled you,” says Jeff (Wes Needham) to Mary Hollis (Mary Hollis Inboden, playing herself) on their third date. Flattered that she’s being cyberstalked by this cute guy with loads of potential, she urges him to reveal what he’s found. “You’re… Read More The New Colony’s deeply inspiring ‘The Warriors’ brings a painful past front and center

The New Colony’s ‘Pancake Breakfast’ is a little undercooked

A simple pancake breakfast dissolves into bickering in The New Colony’s “Pancake Breakfast” There’s one thing you can say about a New Colony show: characters in this energetic group’s plays are always full of surprises. This is due to the uniquely collaborative way they create their original works — using only a basic outline for… Read More The New Colony’s ‘Pancake Breakfast’ is a little undercooked

The New Colony’s ‘That Sordid Little Story’: a long (long) journey to self discovery

Pat Coakley (center) as Billy tries to find himself, while the band plays on from behind. You know how some people take a really long time to tell a fairly straightforward story? They load so much ancillary information and long-winded exposition that by the time they finally get to the point, you’ve lost interest? The… Read More The New Colony’s ‘That Sordid Little Story’: a long (long) journey to self discovery

Review: ‘11:11’ @ The New Colony

The cast of The New Colony’s “11:11” reaches for a deeper meaning, with a little chemical help. “Come and get your Jesus swag!,” chirps a New Colony ensemble member as you enter the Victory Garden’s Studio Theatre for their new comedy, 11:11. Bracelets asking, “Got God?,” Jesus stickers, plastic crucifix necklaces, temporary tattoos – it’s all… Read More Review: ‘11:11’ @ The New Colony