Tag: Kate Fry

Review: The Hard Problem (Court Theatre)

Nathan Hosner and Sophie Thatcher star as Jerry and Cathy in The Hard Problem, Court Theatre           
      
  

The Hard Problem

Written by Tom Stoppard
Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis (map)
thru April 9  |  tix: $48-$68  |  more info
       
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March 29, 2017 | 0 Comments More

Review: Electra (Court Theatre)

Emjoy Gavino and Kate Fry in Electra, Court Theatre           
      
  

Electra

Written by Sophocles
Translated by Nicholas Rudall 
Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis (map)
thru Dec 11  |  tix: $46-$68  |  more info
       
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December 2, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Review: Arcadia (Writers Theatre)

Elizabeth Stenholt and Greg Matthew Anderson in Arcadia, Writers Theatre Glencoe         

           
Arcadia

Written by Tom Stoppard
Writers Theatre, Glencoe (map)
thru May 1  |  tix: $35-$80  |  more info
       
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April 7, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Review: Marjorie Prime (Writers Theatre)

Kate Fry and Mary Ann Thebus star in Writers Theatre's "Marjorie Prime" by Jordan Harrison, directed by Kimberly Senior. (photo credit: Michael Brosilow)         
      
Marjorie Prime 

Written by Jordan Harrison
Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon, Glencoe (map)
thru Mar 13  |  tix: $35-$70  |  more info
       
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November 25, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Review: Hedda Gabler (Writers Theatre)

Kate Fry and Scott Parkinson star in Writers Theatre's "Hedda Gabler" by Henrik Ibsen, directed by Kimberly Senior. (photo credit: Michael Brosilow)        
      
Hedda Gabler

Written by Henrik Ibsen
Translated by Nicholas Rudall  
Directed by Kimberly Senior 
Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe (map)
thru April 6   |  tickets: $35-$70   |  more info
       
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January 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Review: The Letters (Writers’ Theatre)

Mark L. Montgomery and Kate Fry star in Writers' Theatre's "The Letters" by John W. Lowell, directed by Kimberly Senior. (photo credit: Michael Brosilow)

       
       
The Letters 

Written by John W. Lowell
Directed by Kimberly Senior
at Books on Vernon, Glencoe (map)
thru March 3  |  tickets: $35-$70   |  more info
       
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January 20, 2013 | 1 Comment More

Review: In the Next Room….or the vibrator play (Victory Gardens)

     
In the Next Room, Vibrator Play - Sarah Ruhl - Victory Gardens
In the Next Room
 

Written by Sarah Ruhl  
Directed by Sandy Shinner 
at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater (map)
thru Oct 9  |  tickets: $20-$50  |  more info

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September 25, 2011 | 2 Comments More

REVIEW: As You Like It (Chicago Shakespeare)

  
  

An ardent Arden blooms beautifully

  
  

Orlando (Matt Schwader) surprises Rosalind (Kate Fry) with a kiss after she and Celia (Chaon Cross) praise his wrestling victory at Court, in Chicago Shakespeare Theater's 'As You Like It'. Photo by Liz Lauren.

   
Chicago Shakespeare Theatre 
 
As You Like It
   
Written by William Shakespeare 
Directed by
Gary Griffin
at CST’s
Courtyard Theatre, Navy Pier (map)
thru March 6  |  tickets: $44-$75  |  more info

Reviewed by Lawrence Bommer

Through disguise or intrigue, Shakespeare’s driven lovers test each other until they finally earn their fifth-act wedding. In As You Like It, an unconquered forest is the neutral playground for the romantic reconnoiters that will bind the exiled lovers Rosalind and Orlando. In this shelter for simple innocence, artificial privilege defers to natural merit.

The shepherdess Phoebe (Elizabeth Ledo) falls in love with Ganymede (Kate Fry), unaware "he" is actually Rosalind in disguise, in Chicago Shakespeare Theater's As You Like It. Photo by Liz Lauren.If love, joy or melancholy were to vanish from the world, you could reconstruct them from Shakespeare’s merriest and wisest comedy. The play’s genius is its artful dispersion of the good and, later, bad characters from the corrupt court to the enchanting trees of Arden. There the Bard imagines the perfect play–and proving ground for Rosalind, strategically disguised as the bisexual cupbearer Ganymede, to test her Orlando by teaching him how to woo the woman he takes for a man.

Sensing how Rosalind’s high spirits and good humor could overwhelm even this teeming forest, Shakespeare balances her natural worth against the snobbish clown Touchstone, the darkly cynical Jaques and the sluttish goatherd Audrey. By play’s end every kind of attachment–romantic, earthy, impetuous and exploitive–is embodied by the four (mis)matched couples who join in a monumental mating.

All any revival needs to do is trust the text and here it triumphs. Vaguely set in the Empire era, Gary Griffin’s perfectly tuned three-hour staging moves effortlessly from the artificial wood façade of the bad Duke’s cold palace to Arden’s blossom-rich, Pandora-like arboreal refuge. Over both the city and country hangs a mysterious pendulum, tolling out the seconds without revealing the time.

Disguised as the young man Ganymede, Rosalind (Kate Fry, center) listens to Orlando (Matt Schwader) unwittingly proclaim his love for her as Celia (Chaon Cross) looks on in amusement, in Chicago Shakespeare Theater's 'As You Like It'. Photo by Liz Lauren.

But then time stands still here: The refugees in these woods have been displaced by the pursuit of power. Very good, then: It gives them all the more leisure for four very different couples to reinvent love from the inside out with all the unmatched and dynamically diverse eloquence that the Bard could give them,

Griffin is an actors’ director and he’s assembled an unexceptionable ensemble as true to their tale as their wonderful writer could wish. Though a tad older than Orlando is usually depicted, Matt Schwader delivers the non-negotiable spontaneity of a late-blooming first love. Above all, he’s a good listener and here he must be: Kate Fry’s electric Rosalind fascinates with every quicksilver, gender-shifting mood swing, capricious whim, resourceful quip or lyrical rhapsody. Fry also plays her as postmaturely young, a woman who was happy enough to be a maiden but won’t become a wife without a complete guarantee of reciprocal adoration. All her testing of Orlando as “Ganymede” is both flirtatious fun and deadly earnest. It would be all too easy to watch only her throughout and see this again for the other performances.

Kate Fry as Rosalind (Ganymede) and Matt Schwader as Orlando in William Shakespeare's 'As You Like It', directed by Associate Artistic Director Gary Griffin at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Photo by Peter Bosy.The contrasting characters are a litany of excellence, with even the supporting actors attractive despite any lack of lines. Kevin Gudahl’s noble exile of a banished duke, Matt DeCaro’s elaborately evil one, Phillip James Brannon’s flippant and almost anachronistic clown Touchstone, Chaon Cross’ pert and well-grounded Celia, Patrick Clear’s dignified bumpkin, Steve Haggard’s infatuated Silvius and Hillary Clemens as his less than adorable Audrey, Dennis Kelly’s venerable Adam—these are masterful portrayals drawn from life as much as literature.

Shakespeare’s most brilliant creation is the anti-social Jaques, who darkly balances the springtime frolic of Shakespeare’s unstoppable love plots. Oddly social as he waxes with misanthropic melancholy, Jaques is cursed to see the sad end of every story: He can never enjoy the happy ignorance beginning and middle. Ross Lehman gives him the right enthusiastic isolation. He’s dour but never dire.

Arden is a forest well worth escaping to and never leaving. The most regretful part of the play is happily never seen, when this enchanted company must return from these miracle-making groves to the workaday world. But that’s just how the audience feels leaving the Courtyard Theatre, reluctantly relinquishing so much romance.

   
  
Rating: ★★★★
     
   

Celia (Chaon Cross), Touchstone (Phillip James Brannon) and Rosalind (Kate Fry), disguised as the young man Ganymede, celebrate their arrival in the Forest of Arden, in Chicago Shakespeare Theater's 'As You Like It'. Photo by Liz Lauren.

Chaon Cross as Celia, Kate Fry as Rosalind, and Matt Schwader as Orlando in William Shakespeare's As You Like It, directed by Associate Artistic Director Gary Griffin at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Photo by Peter Bosy

     
     
January 14, 2011 | 0 Comments More