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!
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
We talk about Oracle Theatre’s new production Good Friday.
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.
Jazz lovers reminisce, scheme and try to recapture their old friendship; can they? Chops examines. A world-premiere entrant in the Mamet-Scorcese milieu.
Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole grace the stage at the Goodman; Kelly and Jonathan grace the airwaves on Sunday mornings on WDCB!
Plus, we preview summer theater at Theater on the Lake, First Folio, Oak Park Festival, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks, etc., etc. and highlight some free music, dance and film available