Tag: Jason Martin

Review: Nice Girl (Raven Theatre)

Lucy Carapetyan, Benjamin Sprunger, Stella Martin and Lynne Baker star in Nice Girl, Raven Theatre            
      

  

Nice Girl

Written by Melissa Ross
Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark (map)
thru Mar 11  |  tix: $38-$46  |  more info
       
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Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Piccolo Theatre)

Amy Gorelow and Rocco Renda star in Piccolo Theatre's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare, directed by Jason Martin. (photo credit: Robert Erving Potter III)        
      
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Written by William Shakespeare  
Directed by Jason Martin
at Piccolo Theatre, 600 Main St., Evanston (map)
thru May 3  |  tickets: $10-$25   |  more info
       
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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: Six Dead Queens and an Inflatable Henry (Piccolo Theatre)

Amy Gorelow, Vanessa Hughes, Berner Taylor, Deborah Craft Proud, Nicole Keating and Denita Linnertz star in Piccolo Theatre's "Six Dead Queens and an Inflatable Henry". (photo credit: Robert Erving Potter III)        
       
Six Dead Queens
    and an Inflatable Henry!
  

Created by Foursight Theatre  
Directed by the Piccolo ensemble
at Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln (map)
thru Oct 6   |  tickets: $14-$29   |  more info
       
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September 14, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (National Pastime Theater)

Virginia Marie as Gabriella and Michael O’Toole as Moon in National Pastime Theater's "References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot", part of the Naked July series, written by José Rivera, directed by Keely Haddad-Null.       
      
References to Salvador Dali
      Make Me Hot
 

Written by José Rivera
Directed by Keely Haddad-Null
National Pastime Thtr, 941 W. Lawrence (map)
thru August 11  |  tickets: $20   |  more info
       
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July 4, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: The Comedy of Errors (Piccolo Theatre)

     
Comedy of Errors - Piccolo Theatre
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: Educating Rita (Shattered Globe Theatre)

Charming chemistry redeems Russell’s perfunctory plot

Whitney White (Rita) stars in Shattered Globe’s production of "Educating Rita", running through Aug. 14th at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave. (photo: Kevin Viol)

Shattered Globe Theatre 2.0 presents
Educating Rita
Written by Willy Russell
Directed by Richard Corley
at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago (map)
through August 14  | tickets: $28  | more info

Reviewed by Dan Jakes

Assuming you’ve at least heard of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion–hell, assuming you’ve seen “The Simpson’s” parody of My Fair Lady–there should be few surprises in Willy Russell’s 1980 British comedy. From the moment working class Rita bursts through professor Frank’s office seeking a step up in life through a school’s Open University program, years of similarly-framed satires make apparent Brad Woodard (Frank) and Whitney White (Rita) star in Shattered Globe’s production of "Educating Rita", running through Aug. 14th at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave. (photo: Kevin Viol)what lessons will be learned and who will end up teaching whom. In this case, it’s a sassy hairdresser with a hidden penchant for poetry testing the wisdom of a jaded lecturer with a not-so-hidden penchant for pubs. Buried strengths get unearthed. Boundaries get tip-toed. Roles get reversed.

Educating Rita follows a familiar formula, one that a few updates (a laptop computer and contemporary-ish desk phone, as far as I can tell) can’t quite make feel new. Both characters in Russell’s two-person play are drawn from popular archetypes, especially Frank, the sardonic, conventionally-unconventional tutor. The privileges and prestige one garners working in upper-echelon Academia are apparently not enough to satisfy these middle-aged curmudgeons. Like his peers from similar stories, Frank spends considerable time hiding from his wife and students in his personal office, a musty haven where the weary tutor can steal away to be both comforted and oppressed by stacks of collected works by classic authors. That is, of course, until his whiskey-stocked oasis is breached by an eager, earnest, foul-mouthed instigator. What follows is a story we’ve heard before, but it’s a mostly well-told story directed by Richard Corley in this Shattered Globe 2.0 production.

Questionable accents aside, Whitney White (Rita) and Brad Woodard (Frank) are believable as the unlikely duo–like any good odd pairing, White and Woodard balance and temper their offended social sensibilities with amusement and curiosity. When Rita’s reveals her favorite book, Frank relishes in her enthusiasm in spite of the convenience-store-novel’s ability to make his flesh crawl. Woodard also effectively taps into the play’s sexual subtext effectively, playing the intentions of an educated and rational man who knows the tension in the room stems only from himself. White creates an authentic arc as the titular student, shaping her role from a broad comedienne in the beginning to a thoughtful, layered character in the end. Her energy and charm helps carry the show’s dawdling pace, a problem otherwise exasperated by a little too much time listening to Robyn and Lily Allen in the dark.

Rating: ★★★

Whitney White (Rita) and Brad Woodard (Frank) star in Shattered Globe’s production of "Educating Rita", running through Aug. 14th at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave. (photo: Kevin Viol)
Shattered Globe Theatre’s Educating Rita continues through August 14th, with performances continuing Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $28, and can be purchased on-line with no booking fee at www.shatteredglobe.org or by phone at 773-236-0764.


July 3, 2011 | 0 Comments More