Tag: David H. Bell

Review: Pericles (Chicago Shakespeare)

Lisa Berry and Ross Lehman star in Chicago Shakespeare's "Pericles" by William Shakespeare, directed by David H. Bell. (photo credit: Liz Lauren)     
       
      
Pericles

Written by William Shakespeare  
Directed by David H. Bell 
at Chicago Shakespeare, Navy Pier (map)
thru Jan 18  |  tickets: $48-$78   |  more info
       
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Review: On the Town (Marriott Theatre)

Max Clayton stars as Gabey in Marriott Theatre's exhuberant "On the Town" by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, directed by David H. Bell. (photo credit: Jeff Campbell)        
       
On the Town 

By Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden
    and Adolph Green
Directed by David H. Bell 
at Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive (map)
thru Oct 12  |  tickets: $40-$48   |  more info
       
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August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chicago Shakespeare Theater)

Nathan M. Hosner and Lanise Antoine Shelley star in Chicago Shakespeare Theater's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare, directed by David H. Bell. (photo credit: Chuck Osgood)        
      
   
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Written by William Shakespeare  
Directed by David H. Bell 
at various Chicago parks (map and schedule)
thru Aug 17  |  tickets: FREE   |  more info 
     
         
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August 6, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Review: Cabaret (Marriott Theatre)

Stephen Schellhardt, Chadae Nichol and Alexandra Palkovic perform "Two Ladies" from Marriott Theatre's "Cabaret" by Kander and Ebb, directed by David H. Bell. (photo credit: Peter Coombs)        
       
Cabaret 

Written by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Book by Joe Masteroff  
Directed by David H. Bell
at Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire (map)
thru March 16  |  tickets: $40-$48   |  more info
       
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February 16, 2014 | 1 Comment More

Review: 9 to 5 (Marriott Theatre)

James Moye and Alexandra Palakovic star as Franklin Hart and Doralee Rhodes in Marriott Theatre's "9 to 5" by Dolly Parton and Patricia Resnick, directed by David H. Bell. (photo credit: Peter Coombs)        
       
9 to 5 

Written by Dolly Parton (music & lyrics) 
       and Patricia Resnick (book) 
Directed by David H. Bell  
at Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire, IL (map)
thru Oct 13  |  tickets: $35-$48   |  more info
       
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August 29, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Review: South Pacific (Marriott Theatre)

Emily Morales and Ben Jacoby star in Marriott Theatre's "South Pacific" by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, directed by David H. Bell. (photo credit: Peter Coombs)        
       
South Pacific 

Music/Lyrics by Rodgers and Hammerstein
Book by Joshua Logan 
Directed by David H. Bell
at Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire (map)
thru June 2  |  tickets: $40-$48   |  more info
       
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April 11, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Review: Hero the Musical (Marriott Theatre)

Erich Bergen as Hero in Marriott Theatre's world premiere "Hero the Musical" by Aaron Thielen and Michael Mahler.

      
      
Hero the Musical 

Conceived and Written by Aaron Thielen  
Music and Lyrics by Michael Mahler 
Directed/Choreographed by David H. Bell 
at Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire (map)
thru Aug 19  |  tickets: $40-$48   |  more info
       
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June 30, 2012 | 1 Comment More

REVIEW: Short Shakespeare! Macbeth (Chicago Shakes)

  
  

An exciting introduction to Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’

  
  

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Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents
  
Short Shakespeare! Macbeth
  
Written by William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by
David H. Bell
at
Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand (map)
through March 5  |  tickets: $16-$20  |  more info

Reviewed by Katy Walsh

Ambition. Paranoia. Revenge. Political desires lead to a spiral of destruction and death. Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents Short Shakespeare! Macbeth, a 75-minute adaptation of the Shakespearean classic. A witch predicts Macbeth will be Thane then King. She also predicts Banquo’s sons will be King. Macbeth shares the Short Shakespeare! Macbeth, playing at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre at Navy Pier.  Photo by Liz Lauren.prophesies with his wife. Lady Macbeth concocts a plan to expedite the process by murdering the current King and framing his staff. The Macbeths murder for the crown. A killing spree ensues to ensure retention of the throne. Although the power-hungry Macbeths are never satiated, their evil acts begin to gnaw at their sanity. Victim apparitions and bloody hallucinations plague their grip on reality. Short Shakespeare! Macbeth is a riveting adaptation with killer visual effects.

Under the adaptation and direction of David Bell, Short Shakespeare! Macbeth detonates from lights up. The talented and ever-moving 14-member cast enters and exits with a frantic urgency. This enthralling pace is enhanced by drumming and flashing lights. The fight scenes are dangerously authentic. The physicality is a choreographed murderous masterpiece. The majority of the cast is clad in black fatigue-like uniforms with boots. Their look, by costume designer Ana Kuzmanic, contrasts with the beautiful, oversized red silk tarp used effectively as a versatile utilitarian prop. The spectacle is a dark, bloody stunner. The entire ensemble delivers the action and verse with passionate perfection. Without leaving the stage, several performers morph into other roles with a minor clothing and major personality adjustment. Dorcas Sowunmi (Witch/Lady MacDuff) hexes with a supernatural presence and then transforms into haunting mortal fatality. Some other standouts, Lesley Bevan (Lady Macbeth) is insanely poignant. Mark L. Montgomery (Macbeth) slaughters with masculine intensity. Bernard Balbot (Porter) drinks up the comedy relief.

Short Shakespeare! Macbeth, playing at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre at Navy Pier.  Photo by Liz Lauren.The ‘Shorts’ series purpose is to introduce adults and young people to classics. Having seen a three hour version of Macbeth a few months ago, Short Shakespeare! Macbeth is definitely an abbreviated, concentrated alternative. Before the show begins, one of the actors introduces the style of the Shakespearean prose. His shared analogy is imagining the verse like ‘listening to a new song.’ The newness requires time to begin to understand the words. Following the opening show, a fifteen minute Q&A was held with the entire cast and audience. It was another way to break down the mystique of Shakespeare’s works. For Short Shakespeare! Macbeth, I was joined by two young people. The fast-paced action kept their interest. Except for few points of clarity, the ten year old understood the basic storyline. In fact, she was intrigued to ‘see the movie’ or ‘read the book.’ The eight year old was confused but enjoyed the live theatrical experience. In their own words…

Dominque (10 years old): ‘good, non-fiction, real life,’ Kaleb (8 years old): ‘fantastic, realistic, cast is great’ and Lashawnda: ‘visual, choreography, understandable.’

  
  
Rating: ★★★
  
  

Running Time: 75 minutes with no intermission

Short Shakespeare! Macbeth, playing at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre at Navy Pier.  Photo by Liz Lauren. Short Shakespeare! Macbeth, playing at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre at Navy Pier.  Photo by Liz Lauren.
      
         
January 26, 2011 | 2 Comments More