Tag: Evanston Arts Depot

Review: The Snow Queen, or When Christmas Freezes Over! (Piccolo Theatre)

Piccolo Theatre's "The Snow Queen, or When Hell Freezes Over" by Jessica Puller, directed by Nicole Keating. (photo credit: Robert Erving Potter III)        
      
The Snow Queen, or
When Christmas Freezes Over!

Written by Jessica Puller  
Directed by Nicole Keating  
at Evanston Arts Depot, 600 Main (map)
thru Dec 21  |  tickets: $10-$25   |  more info
       
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November 18, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Review: Blithe Spirit (Piccolo Theatre)

Kate McDermott stars as Elvira Condomine in Piccolo Theatre's "Blithe Spirit" by Noël Coward, directed by Christopher Marino. (photo credit: Robert E. Potter III)        
       
Blithe Spirit 

Written by Noël Coward  
Directed by Christopher Marino
at Evanston Arts Depot, 600 Main Street (map)
thru May 11  |  tickets: $10-$25   |  more info
       
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March 31, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Review: Bah, Humbug (Piccolo Theatre)

Ben Muller as Marley and Nathan Thompson as Scrooge, in Piccolo Theatre's "Bah Humbug!" by Rich Maisel, directed by John Szostek. (photo credit: Robert E. Potter III)        
       
Bah, Humbug 

Written by Rich Maisel
Directed by John Szostek
at Piccolo Theatre, Evanston Arts Depot (map)
thru Dec 22  |  tickets: $10-$25   |  more info 
       
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November 24, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: The Cherry Orchard (Piccolo Theatre)

A scene from Piccolo Theatre's "The Cherry Orchard" by Anton Chekhov, directed by Zachary Davis. (photo credit: Robert E. Potter III)       
      
The Cherry Orchard 

Written by Anton Chekhov
Translated by Paul Schmidt 
Directed by Zachary Davis  
Evanston Arts Depot, 600 Main St. (map)
thru May 5  |  tickets: $15-$25   |  more info
       
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March 20, 2012 | 4 Comments More

Review: Space Wars: The Panto! (Piccolo Theatre)

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Space Wars: The Panto! 

Written by Jessica Puller  
Directed by Nicole Keating  
Evanston Arts Depot, 600 Main, Evanston (map)
thru Dec 17  |  tickets: $15-$25   |  more info

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November 12, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Review: The Comedy of Errors (Piccolo Theatre)

     
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The Comedy of Errors
 

Written by William Shakespeare 
Directed by Christopher Marino
at Evanston Arts Depot, 600 Main Street (map)
thru Oct 22   |   tickets: $22-$25   more info

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September 13, 2011 | 1 Comment More

Review: As You Like It (Two Pence Shakespeare)

     
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As You Like It 

Written by William Shakespeare 
Directed by Kathryn Walsh  
Evanston Arts Depot, 600 Main St. (map)
thru Aug 13  |  tickets: $10-$20  |  more info

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August 11, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Review: Electra and Orestes (20% Theatre Company)

     
     

A bloody goth industrial mess

     
     

Laura Deger, Sophie Gatins, Lindsay Le Tigre Bartlett in "Electra and Orestes", adapted by Melissa Albertario. Photo credit: Laura Olesda

      
20% Theatre Company presents
  
Electra and Orestes
   
Written by Sophocles
Adapted and Directed by Melissa Albertario
at Evanston Arts Depot, 600 Main, Evanston (map)
through May 22  |  tickets: $15-$20  |  more info

Reviewed by Paige Listerud

Revisions of Classical Greek drama perpetually crop up in Chicago’s theater scene—a testament to their power to reach into the core of the human psyche and provoke renewal of perspective. Emotionally impacted by the Columbine Massacres, playwright and director Melissa Albertario sees a dramatic framework in the story of Electra, addressing how youth react to violence, upheaval and emotional anguish. Unfortunately, her newly minted adaptation, Electra and Orestes, produced by Twenty Percent Theatre Company at the Evanston Arts Depot, is so premature for the stage and so rankly amateurish, it runs the danger of provoking more laughter than empathy for the plight of its title characters.

Mindy Yourokos and Jackelyn Normand in 20% Theatre's "Electra and Orestes". Photo credit: Laura OleskaFirst, there’s the dialogue, which comes across more like leaden imitation than updated reinterpretation or even homage. Incorporating fragmented lyrics from Nirvana’s “Nevermind” and Radiohead’s “Creep” into the play’s choral sections more often than not tinges the production with unintentional silliness.

Add further the conceit that Electra (Mindy Yourokos) is a goth girl warring against her sinister mother Clytemnestra (Clarissa Yearman) and her boy-toy king Aegisthus (Don Markus), not to mention constantly assailing her conformist, goody-two-shoes sister, Chrysothemis (Jackie Normand), for accommodating them and you have a feeble attempt at trying to plaster modern domestic relationships onto an ancient epic is, well, more truly epic than the modern relationships. From the get-go, Electra and Orestes has no sense of proportion; it only follows that its characters will go on and on with their conflicts and protestations, with no sign of any editorial sense of where and when to cut.

Finally, Ashley Ann Woods’ set design looks like the goth/industrial aesthetic threw up all over stage in a desperate attempt to be gritty and hardcore. Top it off with clumsy and often needless projections and what you have is a theatrical mess.

     
A scene from Twenty-Percent Theatre's "Electra and Orestes" at the Evanston Arts Depot. Photo credit: Laura Oleska Mindy Youroukos and Claire Yearman in 20% Theatre's "Electra and Orestes".  Photo credit: Linda Oleska
Sophie Gatins in 20% Theatre's "Electra and Orestes". Photo credit: Linda Oleska Zack Meyer and Mindy Yourokos in 20% Theatre's "Electra and Orestes" Laura Deger in 20% Theatre's "Electra and Orestes".  Photo credit: Linda Oleska

What, then, can be salvaged from an impossibly immature production like this? Well, both Zack Meyer and Benjamin Johnson decently acquit their roles as Orestes and Pylades, respectively–even as their opening scene has them loadin’ up with guns and ammo to assail the House of Atreus. Clarissa Yearman packs some punch as good, old, wicked Clytemnestra, although she looks like Ivana Trump after the Eighties have thrown up all over her (costuming Betsey Palmer).

As for the heroine, Electra, I really wish I could say I cared about her emotional distress and compulsive tendency to engage in self-cutting—but the sluggish dialogue, the drawn out and pointless arguments with Chrysothemis and the Chorus’s ridiculous headdresses make it impossible. Nice goth gown, though. Mind if I borrow it for my next night out at Neo?

  
  
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Lindsay Le Tigre Bartlett, Laura Deger, Sophie Gatins in 20% Theatre's "Electra and Orestes". Photo credit: Linda Oleska

All photo by Laura Oleska

        
        
May 7, 2011 | 2 Comments More