Tag: Angie Shriner

Review: The Tall Girls (Shattered Globe Theatre)

Angie Shriner, Abbey Smith, Tina Muñoz Pandya, Christina Gorman, Tracey Green and Joseph Wiens in Tall Girls           
      
  

The Tall Girls 

Written by Meg Miroshnik
at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont (map)
thru Feb 25  |  tix: $15-$35  |  more info
       
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January 29, 2017 | 0 Comments More

Review: In the Heat of the Night (Shattered Globe Theatre)

Manny Buckley and Joseph Wiens in In the Heat of the Night, Shattered Globe Theatre          
 

          
In the Heat
   of the Night

Adapted by Matt Pelfrey
From novel by John Ball
at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont (map)
thru June 5  |  tix: $33  |  more info
       
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May 11, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Review: The Whaleship Essex (Shattered Globe Theatre)

Shattered Globe Theatre presents "The Whaleship Essex" by Joe Forbrich, directed by Lou Contey. (photo credit: Emily Schwartz)        
      
The Whaleship Essex

Written by Joe Forbrich  
Directed by Lou Contey
at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont (map)
thru Oct 11  |  tickets: $15-$30   |  more info
       
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September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Review: Mill Fire (Shattered Globe Theatre)

Drew Schad and Kate LoConti star in Shattered Globe Theatre's "Mill Fire" by Sally Nemeth, directed by Sandy Shinner. (photo credit: Michael Brosilow)        
      
Mill Fire

Written by Sally Nemeth  
Directed by Sandy Shinner
at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont (map)
thru June 7  |  tickets: $18-$30   |  more info
       
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May 1, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Review: Her Naked Skin (Shattered Globe Theatre)

Sheila O'Connor as Eve and Linda Reiter as Celia in Shattered Globe's "Her Naked Skin" by Rebecca Lenkiewicz. (photo credit: Kevin Viol)       
      
Her Naked Skin 

Written by Rebecca Lenkiewicz  
Directed by Roger Smart
at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont (map)
thru June 3  |  tickets: $18-$34   |  more info
       
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May 12, 2012 | 3 Comments More

Review: Orpheus Descending (Shattered Globe Theatre)

Eileen Niccolai as Lady Torrance and Joe Wiens as Val in a scene from Shattered Globe's "Orpheus Descending" by Tennessee Williams. (photo credit: Ashley Kamin)       
      
Orpheus Descending 

Written by Tennessee Williams 
Directed by Julieanne Ehre
at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont (map)
thru March 11  |  tickets: $28-$34   |  more info
       
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February 14, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: Down & Dirty Romeo & Juliet (Shattered Globe)

  
  

Who will play your Romeo? Who will be your Juliet?

  
  

Dion Rice (Romeo) and Alice Pacyga (the Nurse) star in Shattered Globe Theatre’s interactive and ever-changing production of DOWN & DIRTY ROMEO & JULIET playing at various Chicago venues.  (Photo: Kevin Viol)

   
Shattered Globe Theatre presents
  
  
Down & Dirty Romeo & Juliet
   
   
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Roger Smart
at various Chicago locations (see below)
through July 17  |  tickets: $18   |  more info

Reviewed by Katy Walsh

‘Where art thou Romeo?’  Well, Juliet, last time I saw him, he was on the 94th floor of the Hancock….

Shattered Globe Theatre presents Down & Dirty Romeo & Juliet.  Shakespeare’s greatest love story ever told is being told in various locales around the city.  The Montagues and Capulets hate each other.  Their family feud is the town’s gang problem.  For fun, the Montagues crash the Capulets’ house party. It’s just a silly prank until Romeo falls hard for the host’s daughter.  But he’s not alone in enemy territory, Juliet is equally smitten.  Their forbidden love unites them in fatal ecstasy.  Christina Gorman (Lady Capulet) and Angie Shriner (Juliet) star in Shattered Globe Theatre’s interactive and ever-changing production of DOWN & DIRTY ROMEO & JULIET playing at various Chicago venues.  (Photo: Kevin Viol)The story is familiar.  The surroundings may not be.  Shattered Globe takes Shakespeare’s ‘all the world’s a stage’ to heart and hits the road.  Down & Dirty Romeo & Juliet is a classic to go!

The unique experience starts upon arrival.  At check-in, the audience must pick a side.  Each guest is literally labeled Montague or Capulet.  A cheat sheet of Shakespearian insults is issued to help the discord mood.  Guests are encouraged to concoct personalized abuse from piecing together four columns of choices.  My favorite is ‘grow unsightly warts thou puking maggot-pie.’  It’s all a part of a build-your-own-adventure theme.  Before the show starts, actors are introduced with their potential parts.  By applause and cheers, the audience decides on the starting line-up.  Roles are assigned and the action starts immediately.  There’s no curtain, stage or fourth wall separating the drama from reality.  The story unfolds in between tables.  Because they are wearing street clothes, it’s impossible to tell the actors from the audience. At the Capulet’s dance party, it’s a blur of family enemies and non-acting revelry.  The interactive experience is a surreal engagement. 

Under the direction of Roger Smart, the show is tightly paced professionalism. It’s an impressive surprise. The informality around the show, before it starts and during intermission, seems to indicate a more loose affair.  The charades-in-the-living-room comfy vibe is sidelined as the first line cues up the polished acting.  The Shakespearean prose is delivered with conversational passion. On the night I attended, the doomed lovers were Behzad Dabu (Romeo) and Melissa Nedell (Juliet). Dabu and Nedell have all the youthful innocence of love at first sight: charming, lusty, slightly clumsy flirtation. Their sweet synergy produces a hopeful optimism for a possible different story outcome. The entire cast fights, dances, dies with zesty commitment. Despite the obvious rehearsed mastery, there is still an improv twist.  An actor will interface with an audience member as in conversation or just by stealing a sip of beer.  During my performance, a young girl was coughing during Lord Capulet’s (Brad Woodward) monologue.  With a perfectly uttered ‘we are all dying’ line, Woodward cracks the house up.  Alice Pacyga (Nurse) is hilarious delivering some sass while chomping down at the refreshment table.

Dion Rice (Romeo) interacts with audience member (Balthasar) in Shattered Globe Theatre’s interactive and ever-changing production of DOWN & DIRTY ROMEO & JULIET playing at various Chicago venues. (Photo: Kevin Viol)The Hancock provided incomparable scenery to the Shakespearean tragedy. The sunset magnificently filled the room with a vibrant glow. Although missing its earlier line cue, the moon did finally rise beautifully over the lake. In the background, the city shimmered into its evening wear adding an urban enchantment. It looks stunning but it sounds not so attractive. The only issue with the Hancock locale is the noise level. The show utilizes the Observatory’s café for the production. It’s not closed to the non-theatre public. Unfortunately, the chatter is most distracting at very tender moments when the actors use softer voices. Because the tale is legendary, the issue doesn’t poison the overall effect. It just annoyingly stabs it… several times. Down & Dirty Romeo & Juliet is an entertaining one-of-a-kind theatrical experience…every show!

  
  
Rating: ★★★
    
   

Performance Times and Locations (more to come)

        
Monday, May 16th, 7:30pm
Hancock Observatory, 875 N. Michigan
Tickets only $3 
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  Thursday, May 19th, 7:00 PM
The Spot, 4437 N. Broadway
Tickets: $18 
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Sunday, May 22nd, 7:30pm 
Hancock Observatory, 875 N. Michigan  
Tickets: $18
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  Tuesday, May 24th, 7:00pm
Schubas, 3159 N. Southport
Tickets $18
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Sunday, May 29th, 7:00pm
Justins, 3358 N. Southport  
Tickets: $18
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   July 17th, 24th and 31st
Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph
Times and Tickets: TBA

Angie Shriner (Juliet) and Dion Rice (Romeo) star in Shattered Globe Theatre’s interactive and ever-changing production of DOWN & DIRTY ROMEO & JULIET playing at various Chicago venues. (Photo: Kevin Viol)Running Time:  Two hours and fifteen minutes includes an intermission

  
  
May 18, 2011 | 0 Comments More