Tag: Jacqueline Stone

Review: Fantastic Mr. Fox (Emerald City Theatre)

Fantastic Mr. Fox at Emerald City Theatre, Austin D. Oie 3    

  

  

Fantastic Mr. Fox
 
Adapted by David Wood 
      from book by Roald Dahl 
at Victory Gardens, 2433 N. Lincoln (map)
thru Jan 12  |  tix: $20  |  more info
       
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December 17, 2018 | 0 Comments More

Review: Schoolhouse Rock Live! (Broadway Playhouse)

Jed Feder, Emily Goldberg and Eliza-Jane Morris in Schoolhouse Rock Live, Broadway Chicago          
  

       
Schoolhouse Rock Live! 

Directed by Morgan Ashley Madison
Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut (map)
thru Aug 28  |  tix: $16-$24  | more info
       
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July 12, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Review: The Edge of Our Bodies (TUTA Theatre Chicago)

Carolyn Molloy in The Edge of Our Bodies, TUTA Theatre 3          
   

       
The Edge of
       Our Bodies

Written by Adam Rapp
TUTA Theatre, 4670 N. Manor (map)
thru May 22  |  tix: $25-$30  |  more info 
       
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April 8, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Review: The Silent Language (TUTA Theatre Chicago)

Carolyn Molloy stars as Snake in TUTA Theatre Chicago's "The Silent Language" by Miodrag Stanisavljevic, directed by Jacqueline Stone. (photo credit: Anthony Robert La Penna)        
       
The Silent Language 

Written by Miodrag Stanisaviljevic  
Directed by Jacqueline Stone
TUTA Studio Theatre, 2010 W. Fulton (map)
thru June 9   |   tickets: $25   |  more info
       
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April 26, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Review: Devour (20% Theatre Company)

Kristen Johnson as Anais - Devour, Twenty Percent Theatre       
      
Devour

Written by Chelsea Marcantel 
Directed by Jacqueline Stone 
at Charnel House, 3421 W. Fullerton (map)
thru May 20  |  tickets: $15-$20   |  more info
       
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May 10, 2012 | 2 Comments More

Review: Fulton Street Sessions (TUTA Theatre Chicago)

Stacie Beth Green plays the big drum in TUTA Theatre Chicago's "Fulton Street Sessions", directed by Zeljko Djukic. (photo credit: Anthony Lapenna)       
      
Fulton Street Sessions 

Conceived by TUTA Theatre Chicago 
Directed by Zeljko Djukic  
at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago (map)
thru March 25  |  tickets: $30   |  more info
       
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February 26, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: Junie B. Jones (Emerald City Theatre)

A scene from Emerald City Theatre's "Junie B. Jones," adapted by Allison Gregory and Directed by Jacqueline Stone.       
      
Junie B. Jones

Adapted by Allison Gregory
From book series by Barbara Park
Directed by Jacqueline Stone  
Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln (map)
thru Jan 8  |  tickets: $13-$16   |  more info

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November 21, 2011 | 1 Comment More

Review: The Wedding (TUTA Theatre)

     
     

TUTA’s garishly manic wedding holds more potential

     
     

A scene from 'The Wedding' by Bertolt Brecht, re-mounted by TUTA Theatre of Chicago

  
TUTA Theatre presents
  
The Wedding
  
Written by Bertolt Brecht 
Directed by
Zeljko Djukic 
at
Chopin Studio Theatre, 1543 W. Division (map)
through March 6  |  tickets: $25-$30   |  more info

Reviewed by Paige Listerud

The wedding party is back! Under the direction of Zeljko Djukic, TUTA Theatre remounts its wildly successful production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Wedding, an early comedy about a wedding dinner filled with obnoxious and unpredictable guests. Having triumphed with last year’s production (see our review), TUTA is having another go.

TUTA Wedding #3Andy Hager is back at his panty-sniffing best as the Bridegroom’s Friend. As the Bride’s Father, Kirk Anderson holds court once again with the unbearably tangential and grotesque stories. As Bride and Bridegroom, Jennifer Byers and Trey Maclin regale once more as the newlywed couple that strives too hard to impress people they don’t like. Meanwhile, Jacqueline Stone (The Wife) and Jaimelyn Gray (The Bride’s Sister) again take lusty feminine mischief to fabulous extremes.

Ariel Brenner, Sean Ewert and Jake Lindquist join the cast to take on the roles vacated by Laurie Larson, Christopher Popio and Ben Harris. TUTA’s rehearsal process for its remount was terribly short and it shows. Hardly enough time has been allowed to let the new cast members jell with the old. Gone is the near seamlessness by which TUTA conveyed these Weimar Era characters’ jaded frustrations, cynicism and anxiety over class. Another weekend of performances will probably warm up the whole cast to the old Wedding magic, but it shouldn’t be left for too long. Part of the genius of the earlier production was the way madness fluidly sprouted in one corner while a guest struggled to win the center of attention in another.

That said, there’s potential for fresh manic humor from the incorporation of new blood. Brenner plays the Bridegroom’s Andy Hager as Bridegroom's Friend in the remount of TUTA Theatre's 'The Wedding' by Bertolt Brecht.Mother with a little more mischief and flirtatiousness than Larson did—Larson had a mother’s scowl that could sour milk and make mares give birth to deformed foals. Ewert’s Husband sympathetically depicts a man who may actually love his Wife, whatever his demons may be—or hers. Finally, Lindquist sings with a little more vaudeville bravado than did Harris in the role of The Young Man. There is much new here for the cast to work and play with, hopefully with exciting results.

Audiences will still find much to enjoy at The Wedding. The bones of Djukic’s direction are still strong. Jesse Terrill’s original compositions hold up very well, and the incorporation of pop tunes sets the right distancing tone for commentary upon the selfish, self-absorbed action of the guests. And then there’s the Jello—from a jiggling entrée of cod to jiggling desserts, nothing portends wedding disaster like garishly colored food that just won’t stay still.

  
  
Rating: ★★★
  
  

Scene from TUTA's production of 'The Wedding' by Bertolt Brecht

   
  
February 13, 2011 | 0 Comments More