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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Listen to a Story About a Man Named Jed

July 20, 2014 Comments Off on Listen to a Story About a Man Named Jed

The Beverly Hillbillies, The Musical

 

It’s been a long time since this rollicking TV sitcom reigned supreme on CBS. The comedy featured over 200 episodes during its seven years

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Oracle’s ‘The Jungle’ a First-Rate Adaptation

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Oracle Theatre – “The Jungle”

Literary adaptations are a tricky business, and that’s why they so rarely succeed.  The adapter must simultaneously honor the central tenets

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A Play About a Handkerchief

July 18, 2014 Comments Off on A Play About a Handkerchief

Othello – The Gift Theatre

 

Jealousy, revenge, ambition and bigotry all play a big part in Shakespeare’s early 17th century tragedy subtitled, “The Moor of Venice.” This

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To Play or Not to Play

July 18, 2014 Comments Off on To Play or Not to Play

The Qualms – Steppenwolf Theatre

 

Invited by Gary and Teri, newcomers Chris and Kristy are the first to arrive for the party at their hosts’ luxurious, high tech apartment within

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‘Men Should Weep’ Kitchen Sink Drama of Highest Order

July 16, 2014 Comments Off on ‘Men Should Weep’ Kitchen Sink Drama of Highest Order

Men Should Weep – Griffin Theatre

There comes a moment in the second act of “Men Should Weep,” the excellent new production from Griffin Theatre Company currently

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Spinning a Humble Classic into Magic

July 16, 2014 Comments Off on Spinning a Humble Classic into Magic

 

Charlotte’s WebEmerald City Theatre

 

Long before Harry Potter took over kids’ bookshelves as one of their favorite novels, E. B. White penned this charming story about what it

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Re-imagining Joan of Arc

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The Shepherd’s Daughter Paradeigma Collective

 

Four women drift onto the tiny stage as a kind of Greek chorus, singing a mournful rendition of “Alouette,” the French children’s song about

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How Lucky You Are!

July 14, 2014 Comments Off on How Lucky You Are!

Seussical – Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

 

Hot town: summer in the city, and Chicagoans are so lucky. This exciting metropolis is certainly no Second City when it comes to first-rate

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Ravinia Then and Now: A personal journey

July 13, 2014 Comments Off on Ravinia Then and Now: A personal journey

I was born November 2, 1960. This year my friends and I turn 54. Along with the day to day trials and tribulations we lost 2 close friends that

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Sexual Cruelty on Naked Display in Spartan’s “Closer”

July 13, 2014 Comments Off on Sexual Cruelty on Naked Display in Spartan’s “Closer”

Spartan Theatre Company describes itself as “minimalist” theater, but its raging, stunning production of “Closer” at Den Theatre hardly qualifies as minimal.

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