Tag: Douglas Carter Beane

Review: The Nance (Pride Films and Plays)

Vince Kracht and Patrick Rybarczyk star in The Nance, Pride Films and Plays            
      

  

The Nance

Written by Douglas Carter Beane
Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway (map)
thru Aug 13  |  tix: $30-$40  |  more info
       
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July 9, 2017 | 0 Comments More

Review: Xanadu (American Theater Company)

Jim DeSelm and Landree Fleming in Xanadu, American Theater Company (Michael Brosilow)          
      

   
Xanadu 

Music/Lyrics by Jeff Lynne, John Farrar
Book by Douglas Carter Beane
American Theater Co, 1909 W. Byron (map)
thru July 17  |  tix: $45-$58   |  more info
       
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June 9, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Review: Sister Act (Marriott Theatre)

Marriott Theatre's "Sister Act" by Alan Menken and Glen Slater, directed by Don Stephenson. (photo credit: Liz Lauren)          
      
   

Sister Act

By Alan Menken (music), Glenn Slater (lyrics)
Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire (map)
thru April 3 |  tix: $50-$55  | more info 
        
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February 22, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Review: The Little Dog Laughed (Kid Brooklyn Productions)

Michael Manocchio and Julia Daubert star in Kid Brooklyn Productions' "The Little Dog Laughed" by Douglas Carter Beane, directed by Evan F. Caccioppoli. (photo credit: William Moran)        
       
The Little Dog Laughed 

Written by Douglas Carter Beane  
Directed by Evan F. Caccioppoli
The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee (map)
thru July 13  |  tickets: $15-$20   |  more info
       
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June 24, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Review: Music from a Sparkling Planet (Eclectic Theatre)

Lisa Savegnago as Tamara Tomorrow in Eclectic Theatre's "Music from a Sparkling Planet" by Douglas Carter Beane, directed by David Belew.       
      
Music from a Sparkling Planet 

Written by Douglas Carter Beane
Directed by David Belew
at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport (map)
thru Nov 18  |  tickets: $22-$27   |  more info
       
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November 14, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: Xanadu (Drury Lane Theatre)

Chris Critelli (Sonny) and Gina Milo (Clio/Kira) star in "Xanadu", directed by Rachel Rockwell. (photo credit: Brett Beiner)        
       
Xanadu 

Book by Douglas Carter Beane
Book/Lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar 
Directed/Choreographed by Rachel Rockwell 
Drury Lane Theatre, Oak Brook Terrace (map)
thru Oct 28  |  tickets: $35-$46   |  more info
       
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September 17, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Chicago Theater: "Xanadu" Reviews

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The hit Broadway-musical Xanadu joyously roller-skated its way onto Michigan Avenue last night at Drury Lane Water Tower

Here’s a collection of Xanadu theater reviews:

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Christopher Piatt  (TimeOut Chicago)

You don’t have to be gay to dig Xanadu; you need to be gay enough.  …(Book writer Douglas Carter) Beane‘s challenge was to stitch the virile, throbbing unapologetically awesome space-pop of Electric Light Orchestra into a credible evening.  The resulting airheaded, upbeat rock follies…has a deliriously screwball quality that channels the lush, berserk American entertainment of the 1930s.

Of the cast, haunted slumlord Larry Marshall adds an appealing noir quality.  Meanwhile, Elizabeth Stanley, the pop-princess chorine who skates and tells jokes, is the star of the goddamn universe. (Entire review here)

Rating: ««««« out of 6

 

Chris Jones (Tribune)

…A shrewdly good time, if you have a few pre-show drinks…

Yes, “Xanadu” knows it’s based on one of the worst movies ever made. It makes fun of jukebox musicals even as it takes its place among them. And with a comparable chutzpah to that which once catapulted Olivia Newton-John to incomprehensible global stardom, “Xanadu” manages to poke fun at the creative bankruptcy of the endless recycling of movies and nostalgia while doing precisely that itself. No armor is more protective than self-awareness.

Rating: ★★★                                                            Read entire review.

Hedy Weiss (Sun-Times)

Talent and fluff clash, but goofy grins prevail.

Let it never be said that playwright Douglas Carter Beane doesn’t possess a gleefully self-mocking sense of his own work. During the course of “Xanadu,” which received its high-energy, high-volume, post-Broadway debut here Wednesday at the winningly intimate Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place, he offers a fine assessment of the show. As one character exclaims: “This is like children’s theater for 40-year-old gay people.”    

Rating: Somewhat Recommended                         Read entire review.

Tom Williams (ChicagoCritic.com)

Let me start my stating that I hate disco music from the 1980’s and I think the Xanadu film may be the worst film of all-time or high on that list. Those biases have colored my take on Xanadu, the musical now at Drury Lane Water Tower Place produced by Broadway in Chicago. To me, there was nothing very cute or funny in this show. It tries too hard to be campy and satirical with dated 80’s referenced jokes. Filled with ELO tunes, leg warmers, roller skating, and a fake Australian accent, Xanadu came off as crass exploitive fluff that I found derivative.

As a consumer advocate, however, let me state that the audience at the opening night performance found the show to be a hilarious romp filed with bouncy, had-clapping songs filled with 80’s nostalgia. It is a feel-good show long on escapist entertainment and short on plot.

Rating: Somewhat Recommended                         Read entire review.

Fabrizio Almeida (NewCity)

I don’t know that the stage show offers any experience, let alone anything that might even qualify this as a fun and fabulous guilty pleasure. Clearly, the biggest problem is with Christopher Ashley’s direction. You can’t force camp, and yet every half-assed joke and lame visual pun has been overly telegraphed and repeated to the point of ineffectiveness. I did laugh a few times: Elizabeth Stanley’s breathy delivery of some stupid lines; the thick Australian accent. But overall I found the ninety-minute intermission-less stage experience tedious, dull and uninspired…………

…….clearly, this is a big misstep for Broadway in Chicago, and I don’t see ”Xanadu” running long or appealing to many theatergoers. Because if this camp-loving, ELO-listening, gay roller-skating lover of “Starlight Express” thought it was crap, what hope is there for you to like it?

Rating: Not Recommended                                        Read entire review.

Xanadu is fun for 5-year kids to 95-year old disco queens!

February 6, 2009 | 1 Comment More