Review – GayCo Production’s “iHole”

iHoleProduction: iHole
Producers: GayCo Productions
Synopsis: iHole finds the uproarious hilarity of a nation and a queer community taking separate but equal journeys as they are sucked into the powerful force of the iHole.  Through it all, GayCo learns what politicians have known for years: it’s hard to resist being pulled into The Center.
Pros: Energetic, funny skits about gay life in Chicago, great location, low ticket price of $15
Cons: Uneven, a few segments fall flat
Overall: iHole is a great compliment to a fun evening out in Lakeview. Take in the revue, and then go out for dinner and drinks.
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October 6, 2007 | 1 Comment More

GayCo video – “DaVinci Code” – the movie

Unfortunately, GayCo has not posted a video from their current production, iHole, but here’s a fun video from a past production.  Gives you a general idea of their style.

October 6, 2007 | 0 Comments More

“Curtains” CD – Really Like It!

Curtains - Original Broadway Cast

I just bought the recently-released Broadway recording of “Curtains“, starring David Hyde Pierce (check out at interesting interview Pierce gave regarding the show and his career in general).  It echoes back to earlier Broadway from the 50’s.  The lyrics are clever, and there’s a *biting* song about theatre critics, or – more accurately – whether theatre critics deserve to live.  (ouch!).  I suggest you listen to track excerpts from the CD!

October 6, 2007 | 0 Comments More

Praise for Chicago’s Entertainment Project

Since 1993, The Entertainment Project of Chicago has been hosting one of the nation’s top arts camp, as well as producing dozens of first-rate plays and performances.  I found some fun clips on YouTube featuring some of these productions.  Special thanks and admiration goes to the entire staff of the Project, especially executive director, and founder, Timothy Kiernan.

September 28, 2007 | 0 Comments More

American Theatre Company to debut updated “I Do! I Do!”

I definitely will be going to this – the premiere of an updated version of “I Do! I Do!” at the American Theatre Company.  They did a great job last year with “Oklahoma” and I’m sure will not disappoint with this production.

September 27, 2007 | 0 Comments More

“The Crucible” – Pics and Media

              

Pictures from “The Crucible”

September 24, 2007 | 0 Comments More

Steppenwolf’s “The Crucible” – Rave reviews!!

Steppenwolf’s first production of the season, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, opened last night, and the rave reviews are in:

Chris Jones at the Chicago Tribune

Anna D. Shapiro’s arresting, impassioned, full-throttle Steppenwolf Theatre Company revival of The Crucible is not so much a revisionist take on Arthur Miller’s familiar 1953 allegory as an expansion and intensification of an iconic drama dulled over time by its constant classroom presence. Forget the schoolroom stupor. You’ll be snapped immediately awake by these highly theatrical manifestations of hysteria.    (Read entire review)

And Hedy Weiss over at the Sun-Times, pitches in her words of praise:

…in the hands of director Anna D. Shapiro (already Broadway-bound with Steppenwolf’s new hit, “August: Osage County”) and her fiery cast of 20, “The Crucible” takes on a whole new clarity, depth and contemporaneity, and becomes compulsively watchable. Not only has Shapiro illuminated the complex weave of causes behind the witchcraft hysteria, she and her actors have found a way to punch through the distancing formality of the Puritan locutions so that the emotional content dominates, and the play radiates an intensely modern energy. This energy is further enhanced by the presence of two superb black actors in crucial roles historically played by white actors.     (read entire review)

September 24, 2007 | 6 Comments More

Blagojovich Cuts Arts Budgets!!

An article in PerformInk, by Jonathan Abarbanel, explains the bad (but hopefully temporary) news:

Blagojovich Cuts Arts Budgets

In a high-risk game of political brinksmanship, Governor Rod Blagojevich in mid-August used his line-item veto to slash hundreds of millions of dollars out of the state budget passed by both houses of the Illinois General Assembly. Playing partisan power politics pure and simple, Blagojovich cut 100 percent—every last penny—of the usual Member’s Initiatives, many of which were intended for performing arts organizations.

But the governor only eliminated the earmarks of Democratic legislators—his own party—letting the initiatives of Republican members stand. His action was intended as a direct slap at Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, one of only two or three Democrats statewide who has as much power as the Guv, and perhaps more. In what can only be described as a game of “my clout is bigger than your clout,” the two servants of the people have measured each other for months, pushing the state to the edge of economic shut-down several times.

To read the rest of the article, go here.

September 22, 2007 | 0 Comments More