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Review: Chicago the Musical (Drury Lane Theatre)

E. Faye Butler stars as Matron Mama Morton in Chicago, Drury Lane Theatre           

John Kander (music), Fred Ebb (lyrics, book)
   and Bob Fosse (book)
Drury Lane Theatre, Oakbrook Terrace (map)
thru June 18  |  tix: $40-$60  |  more info
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May 20, 2017 | 0 Comments More

Review: My Name Is Annie King (Underscore Theatre)

Amanda Giles and the cast of My Name Is Annie King, Underscore Theatre            

My Name Is Annie King
By Aaron Albert, Katy Rea (music, lyrics)
    and Krista Pioppi (book)
at Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway (map)
thru May 28  |  tix: $20-30  |  more info
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May 7, 2017 | 0 Comments More

Review: Taste (Red Theater Chicago)

Gage Wallace and Kevin V. Smith in Taste by Benjamin Brand at Red Theater          


Written by Benjamin Brand
at Redtwist Theatre
1044 W. Bryn Mawr (map)
thru May 22  |  tix: FREE  | more info

May 10, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Review: The Drawer Boy (Redtwist Theatre)

Brian Parry and Aaron Kirby in Drawer Boy, Redtwist Theatre          

The Drawer Boy

Written by Michael Healey
Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr (map)
thru Feb 28  |  tix: $30-$35  | more info
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February 12, 2016 | 1 Comment More

Review: Good People (Redtwist Theatre)

Jacqueline Grandt and Aaron Kirby star as Margie and Stevie in Redtwist Theatre's "Good People" by David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by Matt Hawkins. (photo credit: Jan Ellen Graves)                  


Good People

Written by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Matt Hawkins 
at Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr (map)
thru Aug 23   |  tickets: $30-$35   |  more info
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June 30, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Review: Another Bone (Redtwist Theatre)

Jan Ellen Graves and Jacqueline Grandt star as Rhonda and Marie in Redtwist Theatre's "Another Bone" by Cathy Earnest, directed by Ian Frank. (photo credit: Isabella Coelho)        
Another Bone

Written by Cathy Earnest
Directed by Ian Frank
at Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr (map)
thru Oct 19  |  tickets: $30-$35   |  more info
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October 8, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Review: Geezers (Redtwist Theatre)

Aaron Kirby and Donna Steele star as Jack and Kate in Redtwist Theatre's world-premiere "Geezers" by Tommy Lee Johnston, directed by Jan Ellen Graves. (photo credit: Nicole Johnston)       

Written by Tommy Lee Johnston 
Directed by Jan Ellen Graves
at Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr (map)
thru Sept 7  |  tickets: $30-$35   |  more info
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July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Review: Theories of the Sun (Sideshow Theatre)

Yep, it is possible to laugh at Death


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Sideshow Theatre presents
Theories of the Sun
Written by Kathleen Akerley
Directed by Jonathan L. Green and Megan A. Smith
at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont (map)
through October 3rd  |  tickets: $15- $20  |  more info

Reviewed by Katy Walsh

Where does Death take a holiday? Apparently, a remote hotel in France! Sideshow Theatre presents the Midwestern premiere of Theories of the Sun. A mother and daughter duo seek medical advice from a quirky doctor. The doctor is in residence at a boutique inn. Also vacationing at the locale are a couple of playwrights, a scotch- infused Tennessee Williams and a frothy-wine sipping Tom Stoppard. Another hotel guest, Mr. Asher, collects theories about the sun from different cultures. Looming invisibly to most of the guests, Death waits for someone. Theories of the Sun is a mysterious gathering of a hodge-podge of characters. Each confronts TheoriesoftheSun-02Death and puts in a special order for preferred exit timing. Despite the primary storyline being the unusual circumstances surrounding the mother and daughter, its boys’ night! Individually and collectively, the guys overshadow with eclipsing humor and vibrant movement. Sideshow Theatre’s Theories of the Sun proves the hypothesis that is possible to laugh at Death.

Directed by Jonathan L. Green and Megan A. Smith, with choreographer Katie Spelman, theories of the sun are illuminated with poetic, fluid motion. The synchronization is the bright spot to the story. A game of blindman’s bluff is an effervescent dance with Death. The ensemble, sporting a variety of accents, is dazzling. Matt Fletcher (Stoppard) delivers his British wit with a droll smugness. Uttering lines like ‘being not in tune,’ Fletcher is hilarious as an insipid playwright caught up in semantics. Andy Luther (Williams) plays it perfectly understated as the southern-speaking, unapologetic drunk. Luther’s face-off with Death is a deliciously defiant monologue of fearlessness that unexpectedly ends in tenderness. Jesse Young (Dr. Giraud) is hysterical as an eccentric doctor conducting a series of odd tests. Young deadpans ludicrous statements for riotous results. The storyteller of sun theories, Dylan Stuckey (Asher) is most engaging when he silently reacts to other characters. The entire cast revolves around Death in stunning visuals in a mime-type ballet and exquisite fifties finery (Costume Designer David Hyman).


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Playwright Kathleen Akerley has penned a life-and-death tale with eclectic characters. Although the mother-daughter storyline loses some of its luster from recently being Hollywood-ized, Akerley’s provides intrigue in her other character choices and surprising twists. Theories of the Sun is a thought-provoking, entertaining dance to the death. With the finale’s hindsight, you’ll want to relive it for Death’s subtle entrance.

Rating: ★★★

Running Time: Two hours and thirty minutes includes a thirty minute intermission

Nora Dunn and her buddy Jesse Young



SHOW SIDENOTE: “Saturday Night Live” alum Nora Dunn was in the audience on opening night. Pictured here with her buddy, Jesse Young 





September 10, 2010 | 0 Comments More