Tag: Amber Robinson

Review: Hitler on the Roof (Akvavit Theatre)

Amy Gorelow stars as Dr. Joseph Goebbels in Hitler on the Roof by Rhea Leman at Akvavit Theatre           


Hitler on the Roof
Written by Rhea Leman   
at Strawdog Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice (map)
thru July 9  |  tix: $25  |  more info
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Review: Robin Hood and Maid Marian (Strawdog Theatre)

Caleb Probst stars as Robin Hood in "Robin Hood and Maid Marian," adapted by Forks & Hope, directed by Matt Pierce. (photo credit: Tom McGrath)         
Robin Hood
   and Maid Marian

Adapted by Forks & Hope 
at Hugen Hall, 3829 N. Broadway (map)
thru Dec 23  |  tix: $15  | more info 
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Review: The Book of Spectres (Grey Ghost Theatre)

Tim Parker stars as Percy Bysshe Shelley in Grey Ghost Theatre's "The Book of Spectres", adapted by Evan Chung, directed by Amber Robinson. (photo credit: Alan Callaghan)        
The Book of Spectres

Translated and Adapted by Evan Chung
From the tales of Johann August Apel  
Directed by Amber Robinson
at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago (map)
thru Oct 20  |  tickets: $20   |  more info
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October 5, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Review: Funeral Wedding: The Alvin Play (Strange Tree Group)

Strange Tree Group's "Funeral Wedding: The Alvin Play" by Emily Schwartz, directed by Jess McLeod. (photo credit: Tyler Core)        
Funeral Wedding:
             The Alvin Play

Written by Emily Schwartz
Directed by Jess McLeod
at Signal Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice (map)
thru Nov 7  |  tickets: $25   |  more info 
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October 21, 2012 | 1 Comment More

Review: Melancholy Play (Grey Ghost Theatre)

Mouzam Makkar as Tilly, and Andy Junk as Frank - Melancholy Play       
Melancholy Play 

Written by Sarah Ruhl 
Directed by Amber Robinson
at Viaduct Theatre, 3111 N. Western (map)
thru May 13  |  tickets: $15   |  more info
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Review: Junie B. Jones (Emerald City Theatre)

A scene from Emerald City Theatre's "Junie B. Jones," adapted by Allison Gregory and Directed by Jacqueline Stone.       
Junie B. Jones

Adapted by Allison Gregory
From book series by Barbara Park
Directed by Jacqueline Stone  
Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln (map)
thru Jan 8  |  tickets: $13-$16   |  more info

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November 21, 2011 | 1 Comment More

Review: Collaboraction’s “G.I.F.T.”

You Can Have Your G.I.F.T. Back


Collaboraction presents:


Reviewed by Timothy McGuire

G.I.F.T. by Collaboraction is a different form of theatrical performance compared to the traditional plays around the city. It is an unconventional multimedia event that makes an effort to appeal to all of your senses. Unfortunately, this innovative an artistically funky production fell short of entertaining me.

G.I.F.T._2 G.I.F.T. is more of an event than a traditional play. Walking into the large warehouse in a single file line, swerving around a gravel path into a “fantasy” room filling up with a hazy, glowing fog; strangely dressed people in an over-stimulated euphoric state greet me beaming with smiles and warmly welcomed me as if we have been best friends for years. I paused, turned to my guest and jokingly said “I think I have been to this party before.” I smell the incense, looked around at all the crazy characters moving about as if in their own pleasant world and said, “…and I might have been on the same drugs before too.”

Needless to say, G.I.F.T. opens with a trippy, unorthodox experience of mingling-with-the-cast-and-audience in the fictional world that Collaboraction has created. The shock-effect wears off quickly; soon you might find yourself standing there holding weird objects I never knew the meaning of as well as talking to friends about other plays they have seen throughout the week. The audience is left standing around too long to maintain the initial feeling of entering into another dimension and soon one loses interest in what is going on around them.

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Eventually we are led out of the foggy realm and through another door for the main show. I felt a little like “Alice” who has just climbed through one rabbit hole into a crazy utopian circus and being led into another with no idea what to expect. Through the door you get a sense of intimate space, created by the white glowing floor that curves up into the walls, leaving no corners on the stage. The set design and lighting creates a mystic atmosphere that allows one’s imagination to determine the exact location (I imagined the north pole.)

The main performance consists of a series of reenactments signifying what a gift means, none of which are very enlightening. The acting feels rehearsed and the interactions in each skit feels more like an actor’s exercise. Collaboraction may have been trying to reach out to a more artsy audience – one that is looking for something new and innovative – but G.I.F.T. is just weird and boring.



G.I.F.T. is playing at Firehouse Square, 459 N. Wolcott through Nov. 29th

Featuring: Saverio Truglia, Aurelia Clunie, Carla Kessler, Hannah Phelps, Catherine Glynn, Antonio Brunetti, Gregory Hardigan, Scott Cupper, Jeremy Harris, Andy Junk, Emma Stanton, and Amber Robinson.

November 22, 2009 | 0 Comments More