Tag: Ann Filmer

Review: Yasmina’s Necklace (Goodman Theatre)

Susaan Jamshidi stars as Yasmina in Yasmina's Necklace at Goodman Theatre            


Yasmina’s Necklace

Written by Rohina Malik 
Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn (map)
thru Nov 19  |  tix: $10-$40  |  more info
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November 3, 2017 | 0 Comments More

Review: A Charlie Brown Christmas (Broadway Playhouse, 2016)

Jason Goff, Charlie Brown Christmas, Emerald City Theatre, Broadway in Chciago           

A Charlie Brown Christmas 

Written by Charles M. Schulz
Adapted for stage by Eric Schaeffer
Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut (map)
thru Jan 8  |  tix: $16-$32  |  more info
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Review: Do-Gooder (16th Street Theater)

Meghan Reardon and Kyle Haden star in 16th Street Theater's "Do-Gooder" by Laura Jacqmin, directed by Ann Filmer. (photo credit: Anthony Aicardi)        

Written by Laura Jacqmin  
Directed by Ann Filmer 
at 16th Street Theater, Berwyn (map)
thru March 1  |  tickets: $18   |  more info
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February 3, 2014 | 1 Comment More

Review: Broken Fences (16th Street Theater)

Scott Allen Luke and Kirsten D'Aurelio in "Broken Fences" by Steven Simoncic, directed by Ann Filmer and Ilesa Duncan. (photo credit: Anthony Aicardi)        
Broken Fences 

Written by Steven Simoncic  
Co-Directed by Ann Filmer and Ilesa Duncan
at 16th Street Theater, Berwyn (map)
thru Date  |  tickets: $18   |  more info
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September 28, 2013 | 1 Comment More

Review: Disconnect (Victory Gardens Theater)

Debargo Sanyal and Kamal J Hans star in Victory Gardens Theater's "Disconnect" by Anapuma Chandrasekhar, directed by Anna Filmer. (photo credit: Michael Brosilow)        

Written by Anapuma Chandrasekhar
Directed by Ann Filmer
VG Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln (map)
thru Feb 24  |  tickets: $35-$50   |  more info
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Review: Nickel History – The Nation of Heat (16th Street Theater and Firecat Projects)

Tony Fitzpatrick, the co-creator of "Nickel History: The Nation of Heat", presented by 16th Street Theatre and Firecat Project, adapted and directed by Ann Filmer.        
Nickel History:
     The Nation of Heat

Written by Tony Fitzpatrick (with Stan Klein)
Adapted and directed by Ann Filmer
Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Halsted (map)
thru Aug 5   |  tickets: $27   |  more info 
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Review: Stations Lost (Firecat Projects)

Tony Fitzpatrick in "Stations Lost" at Steppenwolf's Garage Theatre, directed by Ann Filmer. Stations Lost 

Written by Tony Fitzpatrick 
Adapted and Directed by Ann Filmer
Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Halsted (map)
thru July 24  |  tickets: $22  |  more info

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July 11, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Review: THIS TRAIN (16th Street Theater at Steppenwolf)

An expressive train ride full of colorful humanity



16th Street Theater presents
Written and performed by Tony Fitzpatrick
Directed by
Ann Filmer
at Steppenwolf’s
Merle Reskin Garage Theatre (map)
through August 1st  |  tickets: $22  |  more info

reviewed by Katy Walsh

Imagine riding the Red Line with Michael Moore, John Goodman and Mother Theresa to the Morse Stop to decipher the graffiti, enjoy the art and give money to the poor while a street musician serenaded. 16th Street Theater presents THIS TRAIN at Steppenwolf’s Merle Reskin Garage Theatre. It’s a multi-media experience written and performed by artist, poet, actor Tony Fitzpatrick. The show is a collection of this-train3 expression; projected images of art accompanied by sung verse intermingled with real life tales of vagabonds through history and on Damen Avenue. This decoupage of the plight of the hobo uses political rants and amusing side stories to get at the core illustration: ‘the greatest crime in this country is to be poor.’ With the current economic climate, THIS TRAIN is a timely ride connecting beyond people’s stations in life.

THIS TRAIN is Tony Fitzpatrick’s one hobo show. A musician trio and a Paul Shaffer-look-a-like sidekick are present but they are more props in ‘Tony’s World.’ Fitzpatrick shares personal stories of his journey as an artistic drifter. Channeling a new age hobo confidence, he likes to be paid first and in cash. Mimicking his Ukraine neighbor, Studs Terkel, or a plethora of homeless visitors to his studio, Fitzpatrick is a masterful storyteller creating visuals from his word choices. What keeps the show from being a vanity showcase is Fitzpatrick’s vulnerability, compassion and genuine fondness for the poor. He knows the impoverished by name. ‘I’m two paychecks away from being Tony and one drink away from being Wayne.’ Along with his stories, the audience gets glimpses of his art. Pictures of his art are projected with music accompaniment and Fitzpatrick’s recorded poetry. The art is folksy abstract with the fusion graphics of skeletons, words and the hobo alphabet. Fitzpatrick’s proclamations of ‘language comes from art’ and ‘art is a labor of desire’ are represented in this auto-biographical ‘wonder’ choice where he fully loves and participates.


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Under the direction of Ann Filmer, ‘voiceover Tony’ and ‘real life Tony’ segments transition without a hitch. The show has an unrehearsed, authentic, stopover in ‘Tony’s World’ feel. The style seems gritty and spontaneous to match the content. For the projection segments, Kristin Reeves has created a video that uses movement, people, paintings and the written word as a vehicle synced perfectly with a pre-recorded Fitzpatrick narration or Kat Eggleston’s soulful singing. The effect is breaking up the commute watching YouTube videos on an I-pod.

Public transportation is not for everyone. But for those who appreciate the colorful humanity that makes any transit ride more entertaining, Fitzpatrick drives THIS TRAIN up close and personal. Catch THIS TRAIN off the Red Line Clybourn stop or hop the Blue Line to Big Cat Press, 2124 N. Damen, for daily encore presentations.

Rating: ★★★

Running Time: 100 minutes included a fifteen minute intermission

3 WORDS: Getting on the Brown Line, James describes the show with “Next Stop: Chicago.”

July 17, 2010 | 0 Comments More