Tag: Bill Gordon

Review: Yippee Ki-Yay Merry Christmas! A Die Hard Musical Parody (Yippee Productions)

Terrance Lamonte Rogers Jr. stars as Carl Winslow in Yippee Ki-Yay Christmas Die Hard Musical Parody      

   

Yippee Ki-Yay Christmas!
 
By
Stephanie McCullough (music/lyrics),
Michael Shepherd Jordan, Alex Garday (book/lyrics)
The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee (map)
thru Jan 12  |  tix: $45  |  more info
       
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December 12, 2018 | 2 Comments More

Review: Messina 3004 (Otherworld Theatre)

Drew Mierzejewski as Benedick in Messina 3004, Other World Theatre         
      
   

Messina 3004

Adapted by Mary-Kate Arnold
at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark (map)
thru Feb 28  |  tix: $20  |  more info
       
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February 26, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Review: Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra – UNDONE (Skyline Stageworks)

Shawna Tucker (Cleopatra) and Drew Mierzejewski (Octavius) in Skyline Stageworks' "Antony and Cleopatra: UNDONE", adapted by Patricia Henritze and Shawna Tucker, directed by John Arthur Lewis. (photo credit: Claire Monson)        
      
Shakespeare’s Antony
     and Cleopatra: UNDONE

Adapted by Patricia Henritze and Shawna Tucker
Directed by John Arthur Lewis
at The Side Project, 1439 W. Jarvis (map)
thru Oct 5  |  tickets: $15   |  more info
       
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September 15, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Review: The Binding (Theatre Y)

Arch Harmon, Margaret Kustermann and Andrew Schoen star in Theatre Y's "The Binding" by Evan Hill, directed by Melissa Lorraine. (photo by Devron Enarson)        
      
The Binding

Written by Evan Hill
Directed by Melissa Lorraine
at Saint Luke’s, 2649 N. Francisco (map)
thru Nov 3  |  tickets: $15-$20   |  more info
       
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October 14, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Review: Caligula (Organic Theater Company)

A scene from Organic Theater's "Caligula"by Albert Camus, directed by Alexander Gelman.        
       
Caligula 

Written by Albert Camus
Directed by Alexander Gelman
Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln (map)
thru July 7  |  tickets: $19   |  more info
       
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June 10, 2013 | 1 Comment More

Review: Henry V (Oak Park Festival Theatre)

     
Dennis Grimes as Henry and cast of Henry V - Oak Park Festival


Henry V

Written by William Shakespeare 
Directed by Kevin Theis
at Austin Gardens, Oak Park (map)
thru Aug 20  |  tickets: $20-$25   | more info

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July 16, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Review: King Henry the Fourth (Oak Park Festival Theatre)

        
        

Shakespeare adaptation tightens drama of embattled king’s reign

  
  

Michael Sherwin as King Henry and Dennis Grimes as Prince Hal in Oak Park Festival Theatre's summer 2011 production of "The History of King Henry the Fourth." Photo by Johnny Knight.

  
Oak Park Festival Theatre presents
      
      
The History of King Henry the Fourth
    
Written by William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Stanton Davis
at Austin Gardens, 157 Forest Ave., Oak Park (map)
through July 9  | 
tickets: $20-$25  |  more info

Reviewed by Dan Jakes

Some of Shakespeare’s stories make better picnic-plays than others. I’m not sure if Henry IV’s encyclopedic grandeur pairs ideally with noodle salad and summer breeze–parks provide a more suitable venue for lighter fare–but as far as the Bard’s histories go, you can do worse than Oak Park Festival Theatre’s competent, sound, no-frills adaptation of Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, performed outdoors in Oak Park’s Austin Gardens.

Dennis Grimes as Prince Hal and Michael Sherwin as King Henry in Oak Park Festival Theatre's summer 2011 production of "The History of King Henry the Fourth." Photo by Johnny Knight.Theatre buffs will get the most out of director and adaptor Stanton Davis’ three hour production, which precedes Kevin Theis’ Henry V, opening this July. In order to tighten the drama of the embattled king’s reign, Davis does away with some tangential relationship studies and sub-plots. His cuts clarify and streamline the political history that would otherwise be less accessible to a mainstream audience–here, the play’s war and usurping-paranoia are brought to the forefront. Arguably, though, the most interesting contribution of the slow part 1 is the exposition and slow-simmer buildup it provides for the more action-heavy part 2; stripping away those asides adds narrative to an already exposition-loaded drama. Those with the patience to sort out the family hierarchies, crusades, grudges, and ennui of the first half will find themselves rewarded with a satisfying drama once part 2 rolls around.

As Falstaff, company artistic director Jack Hickey helps build a bridge over some of the plot’s tedium.  King Henry (Michael Sherwin) possesses the show’s namesake; it’s Falstaff that provides its heart. Hickey brings the necessary charm to the plus-sized, oversexed and under-labored drinking buddy to Henry IV’s son, Hal (Dennis Grimes). Hickey’s loveable portrayal makes both Falstaff’s no-consequence outlook and the future king’s wasted tavern hours believable–even sympathetic. His act II speech justifying cowardice amidst the carnage of war is especially well-delivered; Hickey brings out both the monologues’ humor and truth. Likewise, the rest of the ensemble is strongly cast. Maggie Kettering (Lady Percy) finds immediacy in Shakespeare’s poetry, and both Adam Meredith (Hotspur) and Grimes speak with conviction and clarity.

  
  
Rating: ★★★
  
  

Aaron Christensen as Pistol, Logan Black as Poins in Oak Park Festival Theatre's summer 2011 production of "The History of King Henry the Fourth." Photo by Johnny Knight.

Michael Moran as Prince John in Oak Park Festival Theatre's summer 2011 production of "The History of King Henry the Fourth." Photo by Johnny Knight. Jack Hickey as Falstaff in Oak Park Festival Theatre's summer 2011 production of "The History of King Henry the Fourth." Photo by Johnny Knight. Aaron Christensen as Pistol in Oak Park Festival Theatre's summer 2011 production of "The History of King Henry the Fourth." Photo by Johnny Knight.
        
June 18, 2011 | 0 Comments More