Tag: Ed Rutherford

Review: The Baltimore Waltz (Brown Paper Box Co.)

Jenna Schoppe and Justin Harner star as Anna and Third Man in Baltimore Waltz, Brown Paper Box Co 2           
      
  

The Baltimore Waltz 

Written by Paula Vogel
at The Frontier, 1106 W. Thorndale (map)
thru Feb 19  |  tix: $20  |  more info
       
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January 28, 2017 | 0 Comments More

Review: Amour (Black Button Eyes Productions)

Emily Goldberg and Brian Fimoff as Isabel and Dusoleil in Amour, Black Button Eyes Productions           
  

Amour

By Michel Legrand (music)
  and Didier van Cauwelaert (libretto)
English adaptation by Jeremy Sams
Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport (map)
thru Oct 6  |  tix: $32  |  more info
       
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September 22, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Review: Coraline (Black Button Eyes Productions)

Kevin Bishop, Caitlin Jackson, Kevin Webb and Sheridan Singleton star in Black Button Eyes Productions' "Coraline" by Stephen Merritt and David Greenspan, directed by Ed Rutherford. (photo credit: Cole Simon)        
      
Coraline

By Stephen Merritt and David Greenspan  
Directed by Ed Rutherford
at City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr (map)
thru Sept 6  |  tickets: $25   |  more info
       
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August 16, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Review: The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Promethean Theatre Ensemble)

Promethean Theatre Ensemble's "Caucasian Chalk Circle" by Bertolt Brecht, directed by Ed Rutherford.        
       
The Caucasian Chalk Circle 

Written by Bertolt Brecht 
Original music by Matt Kahler
Directed by Ed Rutherford
at City Lit Theatre, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr (map)
thru Feb 9  |  tickets: $20   |  more info
       
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January 13, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Review: Assassins (Viaduct Theatre)

Edward Fraim as Charles Guiteau, in Billy Pacholski's "Assassins" by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman.  (photo credit: David Turner)        
       
Assassins 

Music/Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim 
Book by John Weidman
Directed by Billy Pacholski
at Viaduct Theatre, 3111 N. Western  (map)
thru Nov 10  |  tickets: $45   |  more info
       
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October 16, 2012 | 2 Comments More

Review: State Street (City Lit Theatre)

City Lit Theatre's "State Street", by Kingsley Day and Philip LaZebnik, directed by Sheldon Patinkin (photo credit: Timmy Samuel)       
      
State Street 

Written by Kingsley Day and Philip LaZebnik
Directed by Sheldon Patinkin  
at City Lit Theatre, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr (map)
thru June 24  |  tickets: $30   |  more info
       
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June 10, 2012 | 1 Comment More

REVIEW: The Wind in the Willows (City Lit Theater)

 
 

Another triumph in Toad Hall

 
 

Wind in the Willows - City Lit Theater

  
City Lit Theater presents
   
  
The Wind in the Willows
  
Written by Kenneth Grahame
Adapted and Composed by
Douglas Post
Directed by
Terry McCabe
at
City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr (map)
through Jan 9  |  tickets: $25  |  more info

Reviewed by Lawrence Bommer

You can never weary of a good old friend. This is the latest of many times that The Wind in the WillowsDouglas Post‘s delightful musical play based on Kenneth Grahame’s beloved animal fantasy – has trod the boards (its first, 1983 version was called “Toad of Toad Hall”). City Lit’s last revival was only last year.

With each mounting, it’s increasingly obvious how faithful Post’s supple score and rollicking "story theater" script remain to the strengths of Grahame’s beloved tale, particularly the author’s delight in the English countryside and its evergreen changes of season. The animals are perfect British stereotypes, especially Toad’s upper-class twit, as is the class consciousness that pits the underclass of the Wild Wood (weasels, stoats, and ferrets) against the more civilized creatures of the riverbank and underground.

The story, you might recall, concerns the much tested friendship of the plucky Water Rat, gentle Mole, and gruff Badger for Grahame’s most whimsical creation, the self-inflated Mr. Toad (a very spoiled animal who grew up scarcely changed). A creature of unbridled appetite and nettled by a boundless ego, Toad is always hot after some new obsession, particularly motorcars, which he loves to steal and wreck. His loyal if frustrated friends break their brains trying to save him from himself, even when it means an intervention right out of A&E. They must rescue his elegant Toad Hall from the weasels, stoats, and ferrets who infest it when Toadie is incarcerated. Only after his friends’ concerted effort does Mr. Toad learn some late humility. (But how long until the next obsession?)

Ranging from honest Sondheim ”homage” (the Wildwooders’ "Down with the Toad") to the tenderness of the "My Home" ballad sung by a homesick Rat and Mole, Post’s score (nicely sung against a recorded accompaniment) supports its story splendidly. Terry McCabe

 serves it equally well as director of a revival that spins its tale with inexhaustible grace and charm (though the scene containing the mystical "Song of the Piper," however rich with Grahame’s love of nature, doesn’t fit the story). But the lovely “Christmas Carol, sung by the field mice, hedgehogs, mole, rat and otter, is a perfect holiday touch.

Alan Donahue’s set is redolent of giant cattails sewn together with patches of an earth-colored quilt, and with the British accents accurately in place, Post’s recipe loses none of its flavor. Tom Weber delivers sturdy work as the water-loving Rat who’s plucky, resourceful and the ultimate friend in need. An enchanting portrayal, Catherine Gillespie‘s Mole is full of wonderment at the great world above ground. Though lacking the critter’s usual Scottish accent, Edward Kuffert‘s Badger well conveys the elder animal’s irascible dignity, tough love and no-nonsense common sense, and Sean Knight is a funny and spirited duffer as good old Otter.

But the ongoing pleasure remains Mr. Toad, and in this revival Ed Rutherford , his rubber face conveying all the devious intensity of this paragon of pomposity, has made the role all his own. Children love his hammy selfishness and adults will see in Toad no small amount of human

”déjà vu”. Mr. Toad is forever.

  
  
Rating: ★★★★
  
  

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Ensemble

Kate Andrulis, Sarah Bright, Jessica Lauren Fisher, Catherine Gillespie, Sean Knight, Edward Kuffert, Aaron Lawson, Brian LeTraunik, Lauren Noelle Morgan, Shawn Quinlan, Lauren Romano, Ed Rutherford, and Tom Weber

Wild In The Willows logoProduction Team

The musical arrangements are by Kevin O’Donnell with additional vocal arrangements by Andra Veils Simon, musical direction by Nick Sula, and choreography by Andrew Waters

The designers are Matthew Cummings (props), Alan Donahue (set), Sarah Hughey (lighting), and Ricky Lurie (costumes).

December 22, 2010 | 0 Comments More

Theater Thursday: “The Last Unicorn”

Thursday, November 5

The Last Unicorn 

by Peter S. Beagle
Adapted by Ed Rutherford

Promethean Theatre Ensemble
at City Lit Theater
1020 W. Bryn Mawr, Chicago

last unicorn photoHide from the coming chill with Promethean Theatre as you enjoy their magical tale of the last Unicorn in all the world, searching for her lost brothers and sisters. Enjoy tasty treats from local café Zanzibar before the show and then embark with us on the fantastical journey of The Last Unicorn. After the show, stay for a discussion with members of the cast and crew, including the director.

Event begins at 7 p.m.
Show begins at 8 p.m.

TICKETS ONLY $20 

For reservations call 773-305-2897 and mention "Theater Thursdays."

November 2, 2009 | 0 Comments More