Tag: Katherine Swan

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: Interrogation (The Artistic Home)

Julian Hester and Kathryn Acosta in Interrogation, The Artistic Home          
      
  

Interrogation

Written by Scott Woldman
The Artistic Home, 1376 W. Grand (map)
thru March 20  |  tix: $28-$32  |  more info
       
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Review: The Goddess (The Artistic Home)

Josh Odor and Lee Stark star in The Artistic Home's "The Goddess" from the screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky, adapted and directed by John Mossman. (photo credit: Tim Knight)        
      
The Goddess

Adapted and Directed by John Mossman 
from the screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky
at The Artistic Home, 1376 W. Grand (map)
thru Nov 17  |  tickets: $20-$32   |  more info
       
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October 30, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Review: Beaten (The Artistic Home)

Kristin Collins stars as Madelyn in the world premiere of The Artistic Home's "Beaten" by Scott Woldman, directed by Katherine Swan. (photo credit: Anthony Aicardi)        
       
Beaten 

Written by Scott Woldman  
Directed by Katherine Swan
at The Artistic Home, 1376 W. Grand (map)
thru Aug 11  |  tickets: $28-$32   |  more info
       
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Review: The American Plan (The Artistic Home)

Lili (Margaret Katch) makes up with Olivia (Tonya Simmons), in The Artistic Home's "The American Plan" by Richard Greenberg, directed by Robin Witt. (photo credit: Brian McConkey)        
       
The American Plan 

Written by Richard Greenberg
Directed by Robin Witt
at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont (map)
thru Aug 26  |  tickets: $28-$32   |  more info
       
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Review: Tea and Sympathy (The Artistic Home)

Al (Nick Horst) and Steve (CJ Langsdon) take in the sights as Tom Lee (Andrew Cutler) looks on       
      
Tea and Sympathy 

Written by Robert Anderson  
Directed by David New 
at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont (map)
thru April 22  |  tickets: $20-$32   |   more info
       
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Review: A Touch of the Poet (The Artistic Home)

     
Elizabeth Argus and Sally Eames - The Artistic Home
A Touch of the Poet
 

Written by Eugene O’Neill  
Directed by Kathy Scambiatterra
at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont (map)
thru Nov 6  |  tickets: $28-$32  |  more info

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October 5, 2011 | 1 Comment More

Review: Slaughter City (Jackalope Theatre)

  
  

Disciplined, persuasive production nobly delves into tough subjects

     
     

Ryan Heindl in Naomi Wallace's "Slaughter City", produced by Jackalope Theatre.

  
Jackalope Theatre presents
   
  
Slaughter City
    
  
Written by Naomi Wallace
Directed by Kaiser Ahmed
at Raven Theatre’s West Stage, 6157 N. Clark (map)
through June 4  |  tickets: $15  |  more info

Reviewed by Lawrence Bommer

Naomi Wallace is a committed playwright. She wants her audiences to be equally so, to meet her stories more than half way. Poetic vignettes that defy any consistent time frame, these two hours and twenty minutes of archetypal scenes focus on a packing house in a Brechtian-like factory called Slaughter City.

Ryan Heindl and Kristin Anderson in Naomi Wallace's "Slaughter City", produced by Jackalope TheatreBut that’s as much focus as you get. Mostly the play offers glimpses of the ongoing struggle of the labor movement to be honored, as in fairly compensated, for the work that made America, not just plutocrats, prosper. Wisconsin is only the latest scene of a battle for the soul of America, which is the decency it shows its workers. Fittingly, Jackalope Theatre’s disciplined and persuasive production does it justice.

Wallace offers scenes and work songs of workers and some scabs agitating for a new contract in a slaughterhouse that gives them 20-minute breaks, scars from numerous cuts, premature arthritis, blood poisoning—and meager wages. Presiding over this most recent struggle are avatars from past ones: Cod is the androgynous Irish descendant of a woman who jumped to her death to avoid the flames in the terrible Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire that killed 146 workers behind locked doors over a century ago. In a deal with the devil, namely, the symbolic Sausage Man, emblematic of management, Cod survived but now must engage in every labor conflict from 1910 to the present. (Alas, it’s too nebulous, quixotic and precious a concept to really strike home.)

The specific workers in this latest showdown matter more. They slice up imaginary meat as their boss, Mr. Baquin, practices sexual harassment, improbably insisting on cleanliness despite the abattoir’s appalling conditions. The kill-floor is a seething pit of racial tension, class conflicts, and clandestine romance. All the time these exploited toilers must decide between the kind of solidarity that Cod embodies or the way of death suggested by the Sausage Man.

Kaiser Ahmed’s painstaking (and pains-giving) staging delivers memorable performances—Ryan Heindl’s doomed dyslexic kid, Kristin Anderson’s feisty rebel, Warren Feagins as a guilt-ridden supervisor, Anne Sears as an innocent fire victim, John Milewski as the twisted owner, AJ Ware as conflicted Cod, and Jack McCabe as the sinister Sausage Man. (I’d add Katherine Swan to the list but, lacking any projection, her mush-mouthed Maggot dropped too many lines to register on the stage.)

Discursive and fragmentary, Slaughter City hardly invites its audience to any feast of reason. Like Brecht, Wallace means to keep us at a distance. It’s not clear why: The choice between Cod and the Sausage Man is too obvious for this kind of detachment. Notwithstanding the play’s confusing concepts, Jackalope’s commanding dedication to a difficult story and subject deserves accolades, particularly during hard times where yesterday’s advocacy damnably doesn’t seem to work.

  
  
Rating: ★★★
  
  

Butchering the carcasses in "Slaughter City", produced by Jackalope Theatre.

Slaughter City, by Naomi Wallace, continues at Raven Theatre’s West Stage, 6157 N. Clark, through June 4th, with performances Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:30pm and Sundays at 3:30pm.  Tickets are $15, and can be purchased by phone (773-340-2553) or online here.  For more information, visit www.jackalopetheatre.org.

  
  
May 14, 2011 | 1 Comment More