HuffPo Review: A Brutally Honest ‘The Whale’ at Victory Gardens

Brutal honesty. That’s playwright Samuel D. Hunter’s razor-sharp focus in his deeply significant play, The Whale. And through Charlie, a 600-pound gentle giant played by the superbly understated Dale Calandra in Victory Gardens’ uncompromising production, we see brutal honesty: in the flesh. At Monday’s press opening, there were audible “tsks” and sighs of disapproval from… Read More HuffPo Review: A Brutally Honest ‘The Whale’ at Victory Gardens

HuffPo review: ‘Failure: A Love Story’ Finds Heartwarming Hope in the Unavoidable

Ah, the impending threat of death. What a warm and cozy feeling it is to know that each day presents new opportunities to face our own uncertain demise. Happy Holidays! In the fantastically macabre Failure: A Love Story, playwright Philip Dawkins manages to find the quirky, heartwarming delight in the unavoidable. The three Failure sisters,… Read More HuffPo review: ‘Failure: A Love Story’ Finds Heartwarming Hope in the Unavoidable

Victory Gardens’ ‘In the Next Room or the vibrator play’ hits the spot

Mark Montgomery and Kate Fry in Victory Garden’s “In the Next Room or the vibrator play” One simple moment in Sarah Ruhl’s In The Next Room or the vibrator play particularly struck me. It’s a scene where Catherine Givings (the outstanding Kate Fry), in preparation for a procedure by her stoically scientific husband (Mark Montgomery),… Read More Victory Gardens’ ‘In the Next Room or the vibrator play’ hits the spot

Thoughts on ‘The Gospel According to James’ at Victory Gardens

Last night I tagged along as the lovely Katy Walsh’s plus one as she reviewed Victory Gardens’ The Gospel According to James for her blog, The Fourth Walsh. Now, because I wasn’t invited as press (which is typical for Victory Gardens), I’ve no obligation to write anything about this production. But I will because this is… Read More Thoughts on ‘The Gospel According to James’ at Victory Gardens

Chicago Muse’s ‘The Story of My Life’: a broken bromance in song

Two best buds take a look back: Davis Duffield (left) and Jack Noseworthy (right) In grad school, I learned a deceptively straightforward theory that has proven quite useful over the years. Essentially, it states that in a relationship between two people, the person who’s least invested in the relationship holds the power. This theory seemed… Read More Chicago Muse’s ‘The Story of My Life’: a broken bromance in song

Exploring the femicide crisis in Juárez, Mexico: an interview with playwright Dana Lynn Formby

Up-and-coming playwright Dana Lynn Formby is never not writing. In fact, following this interview (which traveled from an Argo Tea in the loop to a local bar in our Edgewater neighborhood) she had to rush home to put the final touches on a screenplay draft due the next day. Her brain is like a story-generating… Read More Exploring the femicide crisis in Juárez, Mexico: an interview with playwright Dana Lynn Formby