Tag: DCA Storefront Theater

Review: The Life of Death (WildClaw Theatre)

Casey Cunningham and Steve Herson star in WildClaw Theatre's "The Life of Death," adapted by Charley Sherman, directed by Carolyn Klein. (photo credit: Kevin Mullaney)        
       
The Life of Death  

Adapted by Charley Sherman  
Directed by Carolyn Klein
DCA Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph (map)
thru Nov 4  |  tickets: $15-$25   |  more info
       
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October 13, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: Idomeneus (Sideshow Theatre)

The ensemble of Sideshow Theatre Company’s production of "Idomeneus" by Roland Schimmelpfennig, translated by David Tushingham and directed by Artistic Director Jonathan L. Green.  (photo credit: Jonathan L. Green.)       
      
Idomeneus 

Written by Roland Schimmelpfennig
Translated by David Tushingham
Directed by Jonathan L. Green 
DCA Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph (map)
thru Sept 23  |  tickets: $25   |  more info
       
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August 24, 2012 | 1 Comment More

Review: Gotham City (Chicago Dance Crash)

Julian Devine, Chantelle Mrowka - Chicago Dance Crash, Gotham City       
      
Gotham City 

Written by Mark Hackman  
Choreographed by Jessica Deahr
DCA Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph (map)
thru July 15  |  tickets: $25   |  more info
       
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June 9, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: The Improv Play (Infusion Theatre)

Kevin Crispin and Lea Pascal - Infusion Theatre Improv Play       
      
The Improv Play 

Written by Randall Colburn  
Directed by Mitch Golob
DCA Storefront Thtr, 66 E. Washington (map)
thru May 20  |  tickets: $15-$25   |  more info
       
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April 16, 2012 | 1 Comment More

Review: The Ghost Is Here (Vitalist Theatre)

Hank Hilbert, Dwight Sora, Eliza Shin and John B. Leen in Vitalist Theatre’s “The Ghost is Here”. Photo by John W. Sisson, Jr.       
      
The Ghost Is Here 

Written by Kōbō Abe 
Translation by Donald Keene 
Directed by Jaclynn Jutting  
DCA Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph (map)
thru Feb 19  |  tickets: $15-$25   |  more info
       
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January 15, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: Peer Gynt (Polarity Ensemble Theatre)

Meg Elliott and Bryson Engelen in Polarity Ensemble Theatre's "Peer Gynt," by Henrik Ibsen. (photo credit: John W. Sisson, Jr.)       
      
Peer Gynt 

Written by Henrik Ibsen  
Directed by Jeremy Wechsler 
DCA Storefront Theater, 66 E. Washington (map)
thru Dec 18  |  tickets: $15-$20   |  more info

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November 26, 2011 | 1 Comment More

Review: The Spirit Play (Strange Tree Group)

     
Kate Nawrocki as Jane Foust - The Spirit Play     
      
The Spirit Play  

Written and Emily Schwartz
Directed by Jimmy McDermott  
DCA Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph (map)
thru Nov 6  |  tickets: $15-$25   |  more info

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October 13, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Review: There Is a Happiness that Morning Is (Theatre Oobleck)

  
  

A witty, cerebral look at love in all the wrong places

  
  

Diana Slickman, Colm O’Reilly and Kirk Anderson in Theater Oobleck’s “There Is a Happiness That Morning Is”. Photo by John W. Sisson, Jr.

  
Theatre Oobleck presents
  
There Is a Happiness that Morning Is
   
Written by Mickle Maher
at DCA Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph (map)
through May 22  |  tickets: pay what you can  more info

Reviewed by Katy Walsh 

The college watches two people have sex on the quad.  Shocking… especially because the public intercourse is between teachers who will enter courses the morning after.  Theatre Oobleck presents There Is a Happiness that Morning Is. Two poetry professors consummate decades of collaboration. The next day, they acknowledge the super-sized P.D.A. in very different ways.  A barefoot Bernard is in full bloom with twigs and leaves sticking out of his hair and pants.  He poetically states ‘I happy am‘ but wants to apologize for the visual spectacle.  A pulled together Ellen owns the intimacy to her class but not necessarily to Bernard.  And she absolutely refuses to ask for pardon from the college. They teach unrelated but related lessons on William Blake’s poetry.  Discourses of ‘Infant Joy‘ versus ‘The Sick Rose‘ probe happiness and dark secret love.  The Colm O’Reilly and Diana Slickman in Theater Oobleck’s “There Is a Happiness That Morning Is”. Photo by John W. Sisson, Jr.separate verses are interrupted by the college president’s twisted reveal. There Is a Happiness that Morning Is is a witty, cerebral look at love in all the wrong places.

Playwright Mickle Maher pays homage to 18th-century poet William Blake with this show.  Maher builds the action from two characters’ interpretations of two different poems.  It’s living verse as the professors reflect on their intellectual and physical connection to the words.  As an Oobleck practice, the story unfolds without a director.  The devised piece works with the cast’s obvious synergy in storytelling.   Looking like Timeout’s Kris Vire’s brother, Colm O’Reilly (Bernard) is hilarious using his fornication as education.  A starry-eyed O’Reilly teaches a lesson in ‘at last I am this poem.’  Diana Slickman (Ellen) counters O’Reilly’s flowery romanticism with no-nonsense practicality.  Slickman’s drollery entertains with a he-said/she-said discourse.  Overlapping lectures set in different times are particularly amusing as he pours his heart out and she takes attendance. In an opposites attract way, O’Reilly and Slickman’s mismatch heightens the humor.  Kirk Anderson (James) surprises with his arrival and adds another kink(y) to the lovemaking.  Anderson deadpans his buffoonery with lighthearted results.

‘Love makes all the difference. With love, all things are better.  Love makes a magic zone.‘  Poets write about love.  Poetry professors interpret the meaning of love… from their own personal experience. There Is a Happiness that Morning Is is a clever, intellectual love lesson.  Although avid readers of poetry will sustain a higher level of pleasure, this course is a stimulating perusal for anyone! 

  
  
Rating: ★★★
  
  

Diana Slickman, Kirk Anderson and Colm O’Reilly in Theater Oobleck’s “There Is a Happiness That Morning Is”. Photo by John W. Sisson, Jr.

There Is a Happiness that Morning Is continues through May 22nd at the DCA Storefront Theater, with performances Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 3pm.  Tickets are pay-what-you can ($15 donation suggested), and can be reserved online or by calling the box-office at 312-742-TIXS.  Show running time: Ninety minutes with no intermission.  More info here.

        
April 16, 2011 | 0 Comments More