Tag: Bries Vannon

Review: Endgame (The Right Brain Project)

Vincent Lonergan and Bries Vannon star as Hamm and Clov in The Right Brain Project's "Endgame" by Samuel Beckett, directed by Aaron Snook. (photo credit: Tom McGrath)        
      
Endgame

Written by Samuel Beckett
Directed by Aaron Snook 
at RBP Rorschach, 4001 N. Ravenswood (map)
thru Oct 4  |  tickets: $15-$20   |  more info
       
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Review: Plainsong (Signal Ensemble Theatre)

Vincent P. Mahler and Jon Steinhagen star in Signal Ensemble Theatre's "Plainsong" by Eric Schmiedl, directed by Bries Vannon. (photo credit: Johnny Knight)        
      
Plainsong

Written by Eric Schmiedl  
Adapted from novel by Kent Haruf
Directed by Bries Vannon  
Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice (map)
thru March 8  |  tickets: $15-$20   |  more info
       
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February 9, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Review: Successors (Signal Ensemble Theatre)

 Jon Steinhagen (Lou), Vincent Lonergan (Kenton) and Bries Vannon (Scott) star in Signal Ensemble Theatre's "Successors" by Jon Steinhagen, directed by Ronan Marra.        
       
Successors 

Written by Jon Steinhagen  
Directed by Ronan Marra
at Signal Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice (map)
thru March 2  |  tickets: $15-$20   |  more info
       
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February 9, 2013 | 1 Comment More

Review: Princes of Waco (Signal Ensemble Theatre)

Rob Fenton (Jim) and Carolyn Braver (Esme) in Signal Ensemble Theatre's "Princes of Waco" by Robert Askins, directed by Bries Vannon. (photo credit: Johnny Knight)        
       
Princes of Waco 

Written by Robert Askins
Directed by Bries Vannon
Signal Ensemble Thtr, 1802 W. Berenice (map)
thru Sept 22  |  tickets: $15-$20   |  more info
       
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August 24, 2012 | 1 Comment More

Review: Hostage Song (Signal Ensemble Theatre)

Simone Roos as Jennifer in Signal Ensemble Theatre's "Hostage Song", by Kyle Jarrow and Clay McLeod Chapman, directed by Ronan Marra. (photo credit: Johnny Knight)       
      
Hostage Song 

Written by Kyle Jarrow (music, lyrics)
    and  Clay McLeod Chapman (book)
Directed by Ronan Marra 
Signal Ensemble Thtr, 1802 W. Berenice (map)
thru June 9  |  tickets: $15-$20   |  more info
       
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May 8, 2012 | 1 Comment More

Review: Motion (Signal Ensemble Theatre)

(f to b) Meredith Alvarez as Diane and Philip Winston as Michael - Signal Ensemble Theatre, Motion       
      
Motion

Written by Ronan Marra 
Directed by Aaron Snook  
Signal Ensemble Thtr, 1802 W. Bernice (map)
thru March 3  |  tickets: $15-$20   |  more info
       
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January 31, 2012 | 1 Comment More

Review: We Are Not These Hands (Right Brain Project)

Bries Vannon directs Sheila Callaghan's WE ARE NOT THESE HANDS — with Philip Winston, Bries Vannon and Cassidy Shea Stirtz.       
      
We Are Not These Hands 

Written by Sheila Callaghan
Directed by Bries Vannon
RBP Rorschach, 4001 N. Ravenswood (map)
thru Dec 17  |  tickets: $18   |  more info

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November 24, 2011 | 1 Comment More

Review: My Filthy Hunt (The Right Brain Project)

     
     

‘My Filthy Hunt’ sells itself on grit, but offers better

     
     

Elizabeth Orr, Bries Vannon, The Right Brain Project, My Filthy Hunt

   
Right Brain Project, i/a/w Horizon Arts and Richard Jordan Productions presents
   
My Filthy Hunt
      
Written by Philip Stokes
Directed by
Nathan Robbel
at
The RBP Rorschach, 4001 N. Ravenswood (map)
thru March 19  | 
tickets: $15  |  more info

Reviewed by Dan Jakes

In the first minute of Philip Stokes’ curiously-titled My Filthy Hunt, four brooding actors stare down the audience, strip to their skivvies, then bounce around while manically accompanying some blaring rock.

From this unpromising start comes a thoughtful, engaging, sensitive play about devastation and recovery.

Though it doesn’t “spit in the face of theatrical convention” as the show’s press release–and indirectly, the grim, tawdry posters– suggest, it’s probably Erin Elizabeth Orr, Greg Wenz, Right Brain Project, My Filthy Huntbest that it doesn’t. “In-yer-face theatre” is challenging in the era of anything-goes art, and dependence on shock to elicit attention usually comes at the sacrifice of actual substance. These artists have something to say, and though the source-material may allow it to in lesser directorial hands, the message doesn’t get muddied with an initiative to offend.

Even when delivered by players in their underpants.

Four strong, detached monologues follow the opening, each centering on sexual or emotional insecurities. The cast (comprised of Erin Elizabeth Orr, Emma Peterson, Bries Vannon, and Greg Wenz) is animated and earnest, finding the anguish and humor in each speech.

When those concepts overlap, such as when a young man relays his attempt to commit suicide with a bottle of fish oil supplements, the ensemble is at its best. Likewise, a woman’s lament about the more sinister side of growing up attractive is touching and thought-provoking.

The latter-half of this one-act is where director Nathan Robbel’s focus on specificity really shines. The quartet responds to a tragedy with a tightly-woven, almost Pinter-like scene of short-fused call-and-response dialogue. It’s almost musical. The details of the event are left mostly in the background, but they’re unimportant. Elements of loss are universal, and these actors convey them with empathy and authenticity. One shouts out for donuts, and we see the nonsense that can overtake us in moments where reality becomes incomprehensible.

Stokes’ text is composed with a careful hand, exploring dark issues with a sense of maturity and restraint. His otherwise talky play is made visually fascinating by Robbel’s movement work–always enough to heighten the stories without distracting from them.

Robbel makes playful, decisively physical use of The Right Brain Project’s tiny (it’s a stretch to call the space a black box) Ravenswood theater. Though sight-lines are at times an issue, the production team embraces the opportunity for smart minimalism. There are no props save for some cell phones and one well-used coat rack, and many of the emotional and thematic shifts are indicated through Michael C. Smith’s resourceful lighting design.

Good theatre doesn’t require much to be compelling. My Filthy Hunt is an argument for how.

  
  
Rating: ★★★
   
  

Bries Vannon, Elizabeth Orr, Right Brain Project, My Filthy Hunt

My Filthy Hunt continues through March 19th (8:00pm Thursdays – Saturdays, 7:00pm Sundays), with an additional industry performance scheduled Monday, March 7th. Admission is a suggested donation of $15. Reservations are highly recommended, and can be made by calling the RBP box office at 773.750.2033, or by emailing requests to tickets@therbp.org. For more information, please visit www.therbp.org.   All photos by Nathan Robbel.

     
     
February 18, 2011 | 1 Comment More