Tag: Katherine Greenleaf

Review: Lula del Ray (Manual Cinema)

Manual Cinema's "Lula del Rey, based Brenden Hill text, and directed by Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace and Julia Miller. (photo credit: Katherine Greenleaf)         
       
Lula del Ray 

Based on original text by Brenden Hill  
Directed by Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace 
    and Julia Miller 
at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee (map)
thru Dec 16  |  tickets: $10-$20   |  more info
       
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December 12, 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: 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: Rent (About Face Theatre and American Theater Company)

Aileen May, Alan Schmuckler, Karla Beard - Rent, Jonathan Larson, David Cromer, American Theater Company, About Face Theater       
      
Rent

Written by Jonathan Larson  
Directed by David Cromer 
American Theater Co., 1909 W. Byron (map)
thru Jun17 July 1  tickets: $45-$50  |  more info
       
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May 8, 2012 | 3 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 13 Clocks (Lifeline Theatre)

       
Joey deBettencourt as Zorn and David Guiden as Golux in Lifeline Theatre's "The 13 Clocks," adapted by Robert Kauzlaric, directed by Amanda Delheimer. (photo credit: Suzanne Plunkett)       
      
The 13 Clocks 

Adapted by Robert Kauzlaric
Directed by Amanda Delheimer
at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood (map)
thru Dec 4  |  tickets: $15   |  more info

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October 24, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Review: The Kid Thing (Chicago Dramatists, About Face)

     
Rebekah Ward-Hayes, Kelli Simpkins, Park Krausen, Halena Kays
The Kid Thing
 

Written by Sarah Gubbins
Directed by Joanie Schultz  
at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago (map)
thru Oct 16  |   tickets: $32   |   more info

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September 11, 2011 | 0 Comments More

REVIEW: Cherrywood (Mary-Arrchie Theatre)

Party on, Dude!

 

cherrywood

  
Mary-Arrchie Theatre presents
  
Cherrywood: The Modern Day Comparable
   
Written by Kirk Lynn
Directed by
David Cromer
at
Angel Island Theatre, 735 W. Sheridan (map)
through August 8th  |  tickets:  $13-$22  |  more info

reviewed by Katy Walsh

Fliers announce ‘Party Tonite for anyone who wants a change.’ Mary-Arrchie Theatre presents the Midwest premiere of Cherrywood: The Modern Day Comparable.  A foursome decides to host a party. They have three kinds of chips, an array of music, bottles of booze and a shots of… milk? In response to their fliers, the guests arrive and fill up the house. The usual party suspects are all present. Free loading crashers. Whiny girl. Depressed divorced guy. Unwanted neighbor. Gaggle of gals in bathroom line. P.D.A. couple on the dance floor. Hot shirtless guy. Person continually announcing ‘I’m wasted.’ Sporadic drunken wrestling. It feels, looks and sounds familiar except with a couple of twists: Somebody brought a gun. Everybody has been drinking wild wolves’ milk. People are opening boxes of their secret desires. Cherrywood: The Modern Day Comparable is a virtual reality party experience without the pressure to mingle or the aid of a cocktail.

In a large living-room-like space, the audience seats encircle the action. Closely matched in numbers, the 50+ wallflowers watch the 49 performers party. It’s such a tight fit that I needed to move my purse before a guy sat on it. Director David Cromer has gone fire-code-capacity to create an authentic party.

The proximity blurs the fourth wall completely in deciphering between the party gawkers versus goers. I consciously refrain from shouting out an answer to ‘name a good band that starts with the letter ‘A’.’ It seems like a jumbling of improv mixed in with scripted lines. Crediting playwright Kirk Lynn with some of the best lines, it’s existentialism goes rave with the ongoing philosophy ‘if you want something different, ask for it.’ Lynn writes dialogue describing cocktail banter as ‘question-answer-it-doesn’t-always-happen-like-that’ mockery. One character describes herself with ‘everything I do is a form of nodding. I want to break my neck to stop nodding.’ In a heated exchange, the neighbor jabs, ‘you remember the world? It’s the room outside the door.’ It’s genuine party chatter. Some conversations are playful. Some are deep. Some just don’t make any sense. Clusters of people are sharing philosophical drunken babble throughout the room. A gunshot brings the house of strangers together in a communal bonding alliance.

For the theatre goer looking for a break from classic plot driven shows, Cherrywood: The Modern Day Comparable is performance art. It is a ‘Party Tonite for anyone who wants a change.’ For those who wonder what Chicago actors and designers do off-season, this is an opportunity to fly-on-the-wall it. If you’ve anticipated they hang out together and party, this would be your imagined drunken haze. The who’s who of storefront theater is boozing it up. It’s a Steep, Lifeline, Dog & Pony, House, Griffin, etc. reunion bash, and man do they know how to party!

  
   
Rating: ★★★
       
    

Running Time: Ninety minutes with no intermission

June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments More