The House Theatre of Chicago roles out a slightly-gothic world premiere by Kara Davidson, directed by Shade Murray and with fascinating puppets by Jesse Mooney-Bullock. If you thought P&J stood for peanut butter and jelly, you’d better think again. Davidson’s historical research is impeccable, with every character in the play–human and puppet–rooted in the actual history of Punch and Judy shows in England. Kelly and Jonathan are fascinated!
Plus, Jonathan recommends Rose at the Greenhouse Theatre Center and shares his memories of meeting title character Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
ATC’s Inaugural CORE Series
Lie With Me
Monday, September 12 at 7:00 PM
We are kicking off CORE with Michael Patrick Thornton’s Lie With Me, a three act play about an older man who mentors, psychologically manipulates, and sexually molests his friends’ high school son. The play is highly interested in the shame surrounding male bisexuality, the effects, coping mechanisms, and cyclical nature of abuse, and the efficacy of forgiveness. http://www.atcweb.org/core
Strawdog Theatre has a new show in a new home; how are they doing? Plus the Jeff Committee has a new set of Equity nominations; how are they doing? Inquiring minds want to know and the Dueling Critics want to tell you.
We talk about Oracle Theatre’s new production Good Friday.
Plus, Jonathan recommends Endgame and King Lear at American Players Theater in Spring Green, Wisconsin.
CORRECTION: Learning Curve is NOT a free performance, as we mistakenly said in the review. Tickets are $40, $18 for Chicago Public School students, faculty and staff. The Dueling Critics regret the error.
We duel over Stephen Adly Guirgis’s Our Lady of 121st Street at Eclipse, and then J. recommends Bite: A Pucking Queer Cabaret (a deconstructed Midsummer Night’s Dream) at Mary’s Attic while K. chooses an actual Midsummer Night’s Dream, the one at First Folio.
Jazz lovers reminisce, scheme and try to recapture their old friendship; can they? Chops examines. A world-premiere entrant in the Mamet-Scorcese milieu.