The actresses and playwright of Dry Land at Rivendell are among our picks from the past year in Chicago theater.
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
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.