Just saw the movie “Sweeney Todd” – loved it!!

Hey all – I just saw “Sweeney Todd” at the theater in Evanston and really enjoyed it – even more than I thought I would (though didn’t expect all the TONS of blood).  What did you think about it?  I’ll no doubt say a few more things about it, but right now I need to go to bed.  In the meantime, here’s a trailer from the movie:

January 11, 2008 | 0 Comments More

Chris Jones’ Best-of-2007

Chris Jones, theatre-critic extraordinaire, announces his picks for the top plays and performances of 2007.  (fyi: I have no idea why this woman’s face is the picture of the video – she is not in any part of the actual video. Does anyone know who she is – and why she is?)

January 9, 2008 | 0 Comments More

Sunday Night Sondheim – “I Remember Sky”

Sunday Night Sondheim – “I Remember Sky”

January 6, 2008 | 0 Comments More

Theater Thursdays – “Altar Boyz”

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If you haven’t participated in the League of Chicago Theatre’s “Theater Thursdays” before, I suggest checking it out.  Every Thursday the League offers specially-priced tickets to one of Chicago’s popular plays, along with cocktails and appetizers before or after the show, PLUS the chance to hang out with the artists and/or take a tour of backstage, etc.  

This week’s choice pick is “Altar Boyz” – an across-the-board recommended play at Drury Lane Water Tower Place (see my review).  As the League’s website describes it:

Armed with catchy melodies, heavenly voices, divine moves and gobs of hair product, the Altar Boyz are five small-town guys trying to save the world – one screaming fan at a time. Presented as a concert in real-time, this hilarious musical comedy sweetly satirizes the phenomenon of boy bands, the popularity of Christian-themed music, and excessive product placement in contemporary American culture. Before the performance, Theater Thursdays ticket holders can mingle with members of the creative team and enjoy a pre-show reception in the lobby courtesy of Connie’s Pizza. The evening will conclude with an exclusive post-show talk-back with “the boyz.”

For more information on how to get tickets (tickets go fast!) and make reservations, you’ll need to go to the League of Chicago Theatre’s website:   www.chicagoplays.com    Whie at their website, you might want to sign up for ChicagoplaysExtra, and receive periodic emails with information on shows, events and special offers tailored to your interests.

Here’s a video montage from the Altar Boyz’ Chicago production:

January 6, 2008 | 0 Comments More

TimeOut Chicago’s Ten Best Shows of 2007

It’s that time of the year again – when theater critics, websites and periodicals post their Best-of-the-Year lists.  So here’s the first, a “Year’s Best” list from TimeOut Chicago:

1.  The Adding Machine (Next Theatre – and soon Off-Broadway)

 2.  August: Osage County (Steppenwolf – and now currently receiving rave reviews on Broadway)

 3.  The Strangerer (Theater Oobleck)

 4.  Merchant on Venice (Silk Road Theatre Project)

 5.  Jerry Springer – The Opera (Bailiwick Repertory)

 6.  The Resistible Rise of Aruturo Ui (Steep Theatre)

 7.  Weapon of Mass Impact (A Red Orchid Theatre)

 8.  Mr. Spacky..The Man Who Was Continuously Followed byWolves (Strange Tree Group)

 9.  Another Day in the Empire (Black Sheep Productions)

 10. The Dining Room (New Leaf Theatre)

To see the complete list, along with TimeOut’s descriptions of each show, go to the article on TimeOutChicago’s website.

January 4, 2008 | 0 Comments More

Sharon McGhee to perform at Steppenwolf Theatre

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Steppenwolf’s 2008 Traffic Series Continues With

The PocketBook Monologues

Continuing in their Traffic Series, whose goal is to illuminate the art of storytelling, Steppenwolf will present the multi-talented Sharon McGhee (picture above) in her show “The Pocketbook Monologues“.

As described by Steppenwolf:

The PocketBook Monologues is an engaging collection of stories from women of color that reveals their heartfelt emotions about intimacy, performed in the style of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, but from the Black female perspective.  The women’s brutally honest, funny and poignant recollections engage the audience in never-told stories about women’s connections to their “pocketbooks.”  “We talk about everything and have a lot of fun, but the underlying message is about the health of women and girls with an emphasis on HIV and AIDS awareness,” says WVON Radio personality Sharon K. McGhee, author and star of The PocketBook Monologues.  The one-night engagement also features La Donna Tittle, Deborah Crable, Ramsey Carey and Steppenwolf ensemble member Ora Jones, plus some surprise “celebrity” guests.

Tickets are $35, and the one performance will take place on Monday, January 14th at 8pm.  More information following the fold.

December 30, 2007 | 0 Comments More

“Little Women” gets Big Praises

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Marriott Theatre’s new productions of Little Women has received stunning reviews. 

As Sun-Times’ Hedy Weiss relays:

The depth of the acting, the clarity of the singing and above all, the complete trust placed in the human scale of the story are crucial here. Veteran director Joe Leonardo has cast the production ideally, and he and his performers have injected the show — the work of Allan Knee (book), Mindi Dickstein (whose lyrics are particularly lovely) and Jason Howland (music) — with a zestful energy, humor and clarity sorely missing before. And in Heidi Kettenring, his superb leading lady — who plays the role of Jo March, Alcott’s protofeminist alter ego — he has tapped genuine star power.

December 14, 2007 | 0 Comments More

Speaking of “Mary Poppins”…..

While doing some surfing on YouTube, I found this hilarious trailer for “Scary Mary”.  Very funny!

December 5, 2007 | 0 Comments More