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Review: The Three Little Pigs (Emerald City Theatre)

Mary Margaret Roberts stars as Siu in Emerald City Theatre's "The Three Little Pigs" by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, directed by Ernie Nolan. (photo credit: Tom McGrath)        
      
The Three Little Pigs

Music by George Stiles 
Book and Lyrics by Anthony Drewe 
Directed by Ernie Nolan
at Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln (map)
thru May 17  |  tickets: $10-$16   |  more info
       
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Review: Cinderella (Emerald City Theatre and Broadway in Chicago)

Kyle Michael Kuhlman as Ratford, Missy Karle as Cinderella, and Jennifer T. Grubb as Godmother, in Emerald City Theatre and Broadway in Chicago's "Cinderella", directed by Ernie Nolan. (photo credit: Tom McGrath)        
      
Cinderella 

Adaptation/Lyrics by Alyn Cardarelli
Music by Steve Goers
Directed by Ernie Nolan 
Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut (map)
thru Jan 6  |  tickets: $16-$22   |  more info
       
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November 28, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: Superior Donuts (Mary-Arrchie Theatre at Royal George Cabaret)

Preston Tate, Jr. and Richard Cotovsky in Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co.’s production of SUPERIOR DONUTS by Tracy Letts, directed by Matt Miller. Photo by Greg Rothman.        
      
Superior Donuts 

Written by Tracy Letts 
Directed by Matt Miller 
Royal George Cabaret, 1641 N. Halsted (map)
thru Nov 25  |  tickets: $40-$50   |  more info
       
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November 4, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: East of the Sun, West of the Moon (Coriolis Theater)

Rochelle Therrien as Freja and Travis Austin Wright as Asjborn, in Coriolis Theater's "East of the Sun, West of the Moon," directed by K. Hannah Friedman. (photo credit: Rachel Elizabeth)       
      
East of the Sun
    West of the Moon
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By Lydia Gordon and Christopher Dunn-Rankin
Directed by K. Hannah Friedman
at Heartland Studio, 7016 N. Glenwood (map)
thru Sept 9  |  tickets: $15-$25   |  more info
       
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August 21, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: Superior Donuts (Metropolis Performing Arts Centre)

Superior Donuts by Tracy Letts - Mary-Arrchie Theatre postcard        
       
Superior Donuts 

Written by Tracy Letts  
Directed by Matt Miller 
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre (map)
thru July 26  |  tickets: $25   |  more info
       
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July 19, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: The Jammer (Pine Box Theater)

Miguel Nunez and Josh Odor - The Jammer, Pine Box Theater Chicago       
      
The Jammer 

Written by Rolin Jones  
Directed by Vincent Teninty
Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport (map)
thru July 1  |  tickets: $28   |  more info
       
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May 26, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: Superior Donuts (Mary-Arrchie Theatre)

Richard Cotovsky as Arthur and Preston Tate, Jr. as Franco in Mary-Arrchie Theatre's "Superior Donuts" by Tracy Letts.       
      
Superior Donuts 

Written by Tracy Letts 
Directed by Matt Miller 
Angel Island, 735 W. Sheridan (map)
thru May 6 |  tickets: $18-$22  | more info
       
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February 18, 2012 | 0 Comments More

REVIEW: The Invasion of Skokie (Chicago Dramatists)

Kibitzing with Gentiles and Nazis in Suburbia

 

(L-R) Bradford Lund, Mick Weber, and Michael Joseph Mitchell star in Steven Peterson’s world premiere production of The Invasion of Skokie, at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., running 09/2-10/10/10, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. Information about the show at www.chicagodramatists.org and 312-633-0630.  Photo by Jeff Pines.

   
Chicago Dramatists presents
   
The Invasion of Skokie
   
Written by Steven Peterson
Directed by
Richard Perez
at
Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago (map)
through October 10th  |  tickets:  $32  |   more info

Reviewed by Katy Walsh

It’s 1978. The preservation of the Jewish heritage is threatened by neo-Nazis and a Gentile boy. Chicago Dramatists presents the world premiere of The Invasion of Skokie by playwright Steven Peterson. The Nazis have won their U.S. Supreme Court case and plan to hold a march in Skokie, a Chicago suburb. Skokie has a large Jewish community that includes Holocaust survivors. On the eve of the supremacy parade, a Jewish family gathers for a typical Shabbat dinner. Or is it typical? Shabbat has been shifted to Saturday. The goy-next-door wants to marry into the Chosen People. Dad is negotiating an arms deal with terrorists. Mom made sun tea! An ordinary family debates traditional and liberal forces infiltrating the homogeneous community. The Invasion of Skokie is Fiddler on the Roof meets “Schlinder’s List” without the music or killing. For a religious culture surviving slavery, persecution and genocide, the Jewish people must now face their toughest opponent, love!

(L-R) Tracey Kaplan and Bradford Lund star in Steven Peterson’s world premiere production of The Invasion of Skokie, at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., running 09/2-10/10/10, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. Information about the show at www.chicagodramatists.org and 312-633-0630.  Photo by Jeff Pines.Playwright Steven Peterson and Director Richard Perez create a relatable homeland security threat. Dinner is overlapping conversations with generous helpings of tension and a side of ranch dressing diversion. In the lead, Mick Weber (Morry) drives the action with loud declarations and Nazi hate crime hate. Weber delivers a memorable patriarch performance from bull-headed fearless to vulnerable fearful. Weber’s anguish, in an final scene, is a haunting visual.  His match is Cindy Gold (Sylvia). As a Jewish stereotypical mother, Gold is funny pushing food for whatever the ailment or disagreement. Below the surface, Gold reaches gold with poignant musings over day lilies and marrying for life. Tracey Kaplan (Debbie) is the liberal, vegetarian, lawyer daughter. Kaplan and Weber spar with perfect father-daughter opposition. Although the issues are contemporary, the angst is deep rooted in their personal histories. Representing the ‘superior race’ notion, the blond and blue-eyed Bradford R. Lund (Charlie) is charming as a goy-in-love. Despite multiple reasons to flee, Lund is earnest in his willingness to stay. With Nazis in town and family feuding, comedy relief is a necessity. Arriving a week late for dinner, Michael Joseph Mitchell (Howie) is hilarious as the clueless dinner guest.

The Invasion of Skokie is a glimpse at a not-so-familiar but important moment in history. From the picturesque backyard patio (designer Grant Sabin) of suburbia, a Jewish family deals with menacing Nazis and Gentiles rallying against the tranquility.

An important moment in history – but is it still relevant? Today, when same sex marriages are at the forefront of controversy, is inter-religious marriages that big of a deal? This seems like a simplistic question that has an easy answer. The Invasion of Skokie magnificently represents multiple sides to the attacks on the Jewish heritage in 1978. Even now, I’m certain the debate continues. How to preserve 2010+ years of customs and history? Tradition, Tradition, tradition. Even as a shiksa, I get it!

   
   
Rating: ★★★½
   
   

(L-R) Mick Weber and Cindy Gold star in Steven Peterson’s world premiere production of The Invasion of Skokie, at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave.,  running 09/2-10/10/10, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. Information about the show at www.chicagodramatists.org and 312-633-0630.  Photo by Jeff Pines.

Running Time: Two hours includes a ten minute intermission

Steven Peterson’s world premiere production of The Invasion of Skokie, at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., runs through October 10th – Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. Information about the show at www.chicagodramatists.org and 312-633-0630.  For information on parking, go to www.chicagodramatists.org/parking

September 11, 2010 | 1 Comment More