Last 2 weeks of “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom”

Easy Street Players’ “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom”, at the Athenauem, is now entering its final 2 weeks.

One of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history, “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom” tells the saga of two fatally seductive vampiresses whose paths first collide in ancient Sodom. Their bitter rivalry as bloodsuckers but more importantly, as actresses, endures for two thousand years with stops along the way in 1920’s silent movie Hollywood and contemporary Las Vegas.

For their production, Easy Street Players has created a fun retro YouTube video.  Enjoy.

November 9, 2007 | 0 Comments More

Great interview with Drury Lane managing director

I always love listening to the always-informative (and entertaining) interviews over at Talk Theatre In Chicago.  And their recent interview with Kyle DeSantis, the business-savvy managing director of both Drury Lane Oakbrook and Drury Lane Water Tower, does not disappoint. 

Check it out!   And if you like it (which I’m sure you will), don’t forget to subscribe to the theatre podcast over at iTunes.

November 8, 2007 | 0 Comments More

The Uptown Theatre – a wondrous but heartbreaking slideshow

I would give anything to be able to have witnessed the 4,300-seat Uptown Theatre back in its glory days.  It really must have been amazing.  This slideshow is heartbreaking in the sense that it really brings to light the total neglect of this movie-palace treasure. 

A deep thank you to you could just include it was made by Ian Sklarsky, that for creating this beautiful video, and for keeping the memory of this beautiful building alive.  

November 7, 2007 | 0 Comments More

Chicago Theater sold to Madison Square Gardens

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The Chicago Theatre is being sold to New York’s Madison Square Garden Entertainment, according to a published report.

“Madison Square Garden has agreed in principle to purchase the Chicago Theatre,” according to a statement from a spokesman for Madison Square Garden Entertainment. “However, there remain several additional details that must be worked out before the purchase can be finalized. We look forward to completing the transaction as quickly as possible and will comment further at the appropriate time.”

The 3,600-seat theater is located on State Street in the Loop business district.  It opened in 1921, originally as a lavish movie palace, and features a landmark marquee.

November 7, 2007 | 0 Comments More

“Rocky Horror Picture Show” unexpectantly closes

rockyhorror.jpgLooks like The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Mercury Theater will be unexpectantly closing tomorrow (Sunday)!  The show had recently been listed as running into December, and when it opened there were hopes that it would run indefinitely.  Although Rocky… received generally passable reviews (recommended by the Trib and TimeOut, and highly-recommended New City), this wasn’t enough to keep it chugging along.  Chris Jones offers some comments and advice

Even though there’s no time left to see it live, you can see 3 video clips here.

November 3, 2007 | 0 Comments More

“Dirty Diamonds” – a gem for Factory Theater’s 15th Season!

Dirty Diamonds, by Mike Beyer and directed by Manny Tamayo, tells the story of a Las Vegas man who quickly gets tangled up with a femme fatale, who entices him into a plan to recover some buried diamonds. Together, along with the woman’s ex-boyfriend, they work to recover the diamonds in time to hand them over to a murderous drug kingpin. Little do they know the kingpin has other plans for them. This “dark, comic thriller” appears to be the perfect production to mark Factory Theater’s 15th season.  For example:

Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune concludes:

Dirty Diamonds may be populated by archetypes, but they are believable within the framework of Beyer’s script. The production is expertly directed by Manny Tamayo.) The play is pure genre — a square gets mixed up with a criminal element — but a genre done well can be blissfully entertaining.”
Read entire review.

Kudos to the folks at Factory Theater for this “dirty” gem!

November 2, 2007 | 0 Comments More

“August: Osage County” racks up 6 Jeff Awards!

Osage County set

While director Anna Shapiro was busy in New York, in the middle of previews for Steppenwolf Theatre’s August: Osage CountyBroadway run, the original Chicago production handedly took home 6 Jeff Awards for the Tracy Letts’ play, including:

* Best Production
* Best Ensemble
* Best New Work: Tracy Letts
* Best Director: Anna D. Shapiro
* Best Actress in a Principal Role: Deanna Dunagan
* Best Scenic Design: Todd Rosenthal

Congratulations to Steppenwolf for these much-deserved awards!

Speaking of “August….”, Steppenwolf has posted a new video on YouTube – a rough interview with some of the ensemble members (Jeff Perry, Francis Guinan, Amy Morton and Mariann Mayberry) regarding the process of bringing the play to New York.  Check it out…

November 1, 2007 | 0 Comments More

Rave reviews for Theo Ubique’s “Cabaret”!!

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Looks like Theo Ubique Theatre has a big hit on their hands up in Roger Parks’ No Exit Cafe.  Across the board, the reviews have been stellar, including:

Beverly Friend from the Pioneer Press:

The magic begins as the audience enters the No Exit Cafe, now reincarnated as Berlin’s 1930’s decadent Kit Kat Klub complete with cast members waiting tables and — for those who include dinner in the evening’s festivities — bringing out brimming plates of knockwurst, sauerkraut and spaetzel or vegetable pot pie. The hot, tasty food provides as much nourishment for the body as the story line nourishes the heart and soul…

If you haven’t seen any version of “Cabaret,” what are you waiting for? Get going. It doesn’t get any better than this!   
Read the entire review here.

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And Tom Williams over at ChicagoCritic.com opines:

Director Fred Anzevino sure knows how to stage a musical on his tiny No Exit Cafe stage. His skillful blocking and smart use of the tight knocks and crannies gave his production of Cabaret an emotional edge that catapulted us back to the 1930 Kit Kat Club of Weimar Berlin. Featuring the rich John Kander score on Fred Ebb’s biting lyrics, Cabaret is a multi-layered musical of decadence and desperation. Based on Christopher Isherwood’s novel, Berlin Stories, Cabaret from its 1966 Broadway opening (winner of 8 Tony’s) and the 1972 film (winner of 8 Oscars) has been mounted often to varying levels of success. Theo Ubique’s production is superb in every aspect. It sings well, dances expertly and is acted richly. In short, this production deserves packed houses-it is that good!

Read the entire review here.

October 31, 2007 | 0 Comments More