The cast of Steppenwolf Theatre’s “Three Sisters,” now playing through August 26. What is it about Steppenwolf’s production of Anton Chekhov’s The Three Sisters (Here, simply called Three Sisters) that left me mostly cold? Was it Tracy Letts’ vaguely contemporary new adaptation of the 1901 play that required one of its key actors to utter… Read More HuffPo Review: Steppenwolf’s ‘Three Sisters’ Is Heavy-Handed Drama With Slight Emotional Weight
Every so often you encounter the perfect pairing of actor and role. Mary-Arrchie founding member and Artistic Director Richard Cotovsky has found one of those roles. From his shoulder-slumped shuffle to his cautious and weary gaze, Cotovsky fully embodies Arthur, an inert Uptown donut shop owner who’s the center of Tracy Lett’s 2008 play, Superior… Read More A truly superior ‘Superior Donuts’ at Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co.
Four middle-aged men stand in the bottom of a giant pool baring their souls (and their bodies) in a desperate attempt to win the affections of an etherial figure who watches from her plasma TV above, as if the sad display below were some sort of competitive reality TV show. If they fail in meeting… Read More Chicago Like a Local: Steppenwolf’s ‘Penelope’
I know someone who has an unequaled fear of bed bugs. Even mention the word “bed bugs” within earshot of this person, and they’ll start nervously looking around the room, as if, like Beetlejuice, the mere mention of the name will summon these blood-sucking nuisances out from the ether and onto their skin. I’m sure… Read More Raid resistant: Redtwist’s hit ‘Bug’ keeps nibbling away ’till July 31