Monthly Archives: November 2010

Cash opening @ Stage 773

Cash Every generation has its storytellers… but it’s rare when one artist’s voice moves through so many years making such a personal connection with so many audiences. Johnny Cash remained at the front of our American culture for a career that spanned more than fifty years. He managed to do this because at the core of his music lived the… (more…)

Lobby Hero opening @ Redtwist Theatre

Lobby Hero A clever and witty drama about right and wrong and the blurry line that separates the two. Lobby Hero is the hopeful tale of Jeff, a bright and charming young man with big dreams who works as a security guard in the lobby of a Manhattan high-rise. Feeling firmly stuck, Jeff is suddenly thrust into the middle of… (more…)

Pancake Breakfast opening @ The Viaduct Theater

Pancake Breakfast “Pancake Breakfast” is based on author Sissom’s actual long-time family tradition of attending the 4H Club’s annual breakfast. Names have been changed to keep peace at home and The New Colony has put its distinctive creative process to these personalities and real experiences to create the new family comedy “Pancake Breakfast.” Taking place during the annual 4th of… (more…)

Boojum! Nonsense, Truth and Lewis Carroll – REVIEW

By Lori Dana Caffeine Theatre and Chicago Opera Vanguard’s latest endeavor is the American premiere of Boojum! Nonsense, Truth and Lewis Carroll, an ambitious piece of Australian musical theater that made its debut on the Sydney stage in 1986. Penned by twin brothers Martin and Peter Wesley-Smith, Boojum! takes its name from Lewis Carroll’s epic nonsense poem “The Hunting of… (more…)

Travels With My Aunt opening @ Writers’ Theatre

Travels With My Aunt Henry Pulling, a mild-mannered retired banker, leads a quiet life tending his beloved dahlias and never straying too far from his Southwood, England home. But when his eccentric and outrageous Aunt Augusta suddenly appears in his life with mysterious information about his past, Henry is drawn from the safety of his flower beds into a series… (more…)

Second City’s Dysfunctional Holiday Revue opening @ Second City

Second City’s Dysfunctional Holiday Revue Second City’s Dysfunctional Holiday Revue features a seasonal blend of hilarious scenes, songs and our trademark improvisation with a sprig of holiday mischief for a night of spirited fun. Funny, bright and completely original, Second City’s Dysfunctional Holiday Revue is the perfect alternative to the same old holiday shows. From uneven gift exchanges with your… (more…)

It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play opening @ American Theatre Comapny

It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play Bedford Falls. 1948. ATC transforms its intimate space into an actual 1940’s radio studio to tell Capra’s classic story of one man’s affect on his community. Complete with audiograms and commercial breaks, audiences may be recorded live for broadcast on WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. Free milk and cookies are served after every performance.… (more…)

Under Construction opening @ The Artistic Home

Under Construction The piece looks at memory and the American family through the lenses of Norman Rockwell and modern assemblage art and asks- how do we know the truth about our lives if our memories are affected by our feelings toward them? Director AJ Ware helms this newest piece that notes that we are collages of our family, our education,… (more…)

A Christmas Carol opening @ Goodman Theatre

A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol is the tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who is opposed to holiday cheer and indifferent to the sufferings of the poor in Victorian London. Scrooge is visited by four ghosts who offer him the opportunity to sympathize with his fellow man. Dickens’ famous characters include Scrooge’s kind-hearted clerk, Bob Cratchit, and his family,… (more…)

The Santaland Diaries opening @ Theater Wit

The Santaland Diaries The ideal holiday tradition for people who don’t believe in holiday traditions, The Santaland Diaries is the unconventional, uproariously funny story of David, a struggling young writer who reluctantly takes a seasonal job as an elf at Macy’s and struggles to maintain his dignity. As Christmas Day draws nearer, David grows increasingly weary and bitter as he… (more…)