Tag: Kallie Noelle Rolison

Review: Bite–A Pucking Queer Cabaret (Pride Films and Plays)

Kathleen Hoil and David Mor in Bite Pucking Queer Cabaret, Pride Films Plays          
      
Bite: A Pucking
   Queer Cabaret
 

Conceived/Directed by Derek Van Barham
at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark (map)
thru Aug 26  |  tix: $30  | more info
       
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August 15, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Review: From These Fatal Loins (Ruckus Theater)

Jillian Rea as Juliet and Christopher Waldron in From These Fatal Loins, Ruckus          
      
  

From These
   Fatal Loins

Written by  Dan Caffrey
Berry United Methodist Church,
    4745 N. Leavitt (map)
thru March 12  |  tix: $15-$20  |  more info
       
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March 11, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Review: The Boy from Oz (Pride Films and Plays)

Chris Logan stars as Peter Allen in Pride Films and Plays' "The Boy From Oz" by Peter Allen, Martin Sherman and Nick Enright , directed by David Zak. (photo courtesy of PF&P)   

           
The Boy from Oz 

Written by Peter Allen (music, lyrics),
  Martin Sherman, Nick Enright (book) 
at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont (map)
thru Aug 30 | tickets: $25-$40  | more info
       
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August 17, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Review: Angry Fags (Pride Films and Plays)

Kevin Webb and James Nedrud star as Bennett Riggs and Cooper Harlow in Pride Films and Plays' "Angry Fags" by Topher Payne, directed by Derek Van Barham. (photo credit: Michael Courier)        
      
Angry Fags

Written by Topher Payne  
Directed by Derek Van Barham 
at Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Halsted (map)
thru April 26  |  tickets: $20   |  more info
       
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April 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Review: Bat-Hamlet (Corn Productions)

Matthew Lunt stars as Hamlet in Corn Productions' "Bat-Hamlet" by Jordan Pulliam, directed by Kallie Noelle Rolison.       
      
Bat-Hamlet

Written by Jordan Pulliam  
Directed by Kallie Noelle Rolison
at The Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln (map)
thru April 26  |  tickets: $7-$15   |  more info
       
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April 11, 2014 | 1 Comment More

Review: Nefarious! (Cornservatory)

     
     

Will the Hot Hero Club stop the villain from destroying their city?

     
     

A scene from Corn Production's 'Nefarious!' by Miquela A. Cruz

  
Corn Productions presents
  
Nefarious!
  
Written and Directed by Miquela A. Cruz
at
The Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln (map)
through March 26  |  tickets: $7-$15  |  more info

Reviewed by Allegra Gallian

Nefarious is an adjective meaning extremely wicked or villainous. In Corn Productions’ of Nefarious!, written and directed by Corn Productions company member Miquela A. Cruz, the evil (or nefarious, if you will) supervillainess Lilith has something big planned for Metropalopolis on the one-year anniversary of her destruction of Miss Cosmo. It’s up to the Superstar Hot Hero Club, led by Mr. Bulleit and his sidekick Dr. Watts, to stop the launch of Pandora (2.0) and put an end to Lilith once and for all, saving their fair Metropalopolis!

A scene from Corn Production's 'Nefarious!' by Miquela A. CruzNefarious! opens with a musical number introducing all of the characters. It’s laugh-out-loud hilarious. Although it’s clear that this show is going to be cheesy and over the top, there’s talent on stage. The ensemble has a strong voice and, as mentioned, over the top characterizations. Not that this a bad thing here, as the characters need to be exaggerated in order for them to work, such as Mr. Bulleit (Matthew Gall), Dr. Watts (Andrew Bolduc), Anime (Kallie Noelle Rolison) and Yami (Justin Lance). These actors, as well as the rest of the cast, take their parts seriously but still know how to play and have fun with them at the same time.

While the singing of the ensemble is strong, solos are a little shaky. Lilith’s (Aasia Bullock) solo “One Day at Time,” starts weak and flat, but Bullock then finds her stride by the end of her song. However, she lacks a level of deviousness – for a character who’s supposed to be “nefarious” she should take the song further, playing up the evil villain archetype. Meanwhile, Brendan Stallings proves to raise the wicked-meter as Kayne, Lilith’s right hand man.

The third of four songs, “Best Friends,” sung by Yami (Lance) and Anime (Rolison) has some awkwardly choppy musical transitions. That said, Lance and Rolison are larger than life, keeping us laughing throughout.

Gall as Mr. Bulleit completely plays up the narcissistic superhero persona, which makes him a standout. Even though his solo “How I Love to Love Me” has some less than pitch-perfect moments, his charisma helps make up for it.

Being a superhero comedy, there is, of course, a plethora of fight scenes. The fight choreography by Orion Couling and Zach Meyer is great. It’s evident that Couling worked hard in his direction to make the fights seem as realistic as possible and make them engaging for the audience. While the fight scenes are captivating, the voice over scenes leave one’s mind wandering, waiting for the action to return to the stage.

The set in the intimately-sized theatre at the Cornservatory is set in an L-shape with simple set pieces. The backdrop of a cityscape is not overly fancy or showy and there’s plenty of open space for the multiple fight scenes that take place.

Nefarious! is billed as a musical, but with only four songs, the description is misleading.  More (funny) songs are definitely in order. But in spite of that, Miquela A. Cruz’s writing is strong, with a plethora of jokes and one liners to keep the show chortling along. And the plot twists certainly make for an unexpected diversion.

In the end, Nefarious! if full of high-energy over-the-top performances that keeps the audience entertained throughout.

  
  
Rating: ★★½
  
  

A scene from Corn Production's 'Nefarious!' by Miquela A. Cruz

Nefarious! plays at the Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln, through March 26 Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $7 on Wednesdays, $10 on Thursdays and $15 on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets can be purchased by calling 312-409-6435.


Cast

Matthew Gall (Mr. Bulleit ), Aasia Bullock (Lilith), Andrew Bolduc,(Dr. Watts), Kallie Noelle Rolison (Anime), Justin Lance (Yami), Brendan Stallings (Kayne).

  
  
March 2, 2011 | 0 Comments More