Tag: Ken Miller

Review: Hamlet (Muse of Fire Theatre)

Alex Fthenakis stars as Hamlet in Muse of Fire Theatre's "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare, directed by Jemma Alix Levy. (photo credit: Teresa Foote)   

            
Hamlet

Written by William Shakespeare 
Ingraham Park, 2100 Ridge (map)
thru Aug 30  |  free  |  more info
       
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August 11, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Review: Season Pass (The Plagiarists)

Alexandria Frenkel, Nick Freed, Sara Jean McCarthy, Ken Miller, Wes Needham, Jessica Saxvik and Charlesanne Rabensburg star in The Plagiarists' "Season Pass," directed by Mary Rose O'Connor and Paul Kastner. (photo credit: Joe Mazza)        
      
Season Pass

Written by The Plagiarists  
Directed by Mary Rose O’Connor, Paul Kastner
The Frontier Storefront, 1106 W. Thorndale (map)
thru Sept 28  |  tickets: $15-$20   |  more info
       
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September 19, 2014 | 1 Comment More

Review: Men Exposed (Redtwist Theatre)

Zach Finch, Beau Forbes, Christopher Hahn, John Mark Jernigan, Andrew Marikis, Ken Miller, Mattew Webb and Dan Wenzel star in Redtwist Theatre's "Men Exposed" by Scott Woldman, directed by Matt Dominguez. (photo credit: Jan Ellen Graves)        
      
Men Exposed

Written by Scott Woldman
Directed by Matt Dominguez
at Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr (map)
thru Jan 25  |  tickets: $15   |  more info
       
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December 31, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Review: The Feast of Saint McGonagall (The Plagiarists)

Ken Miller and Jack Dugan star in The Plagiarists' "The Feast of Saint McGonagall" by Jessica Wright Buha, directed by Gregory Peters. (Photo credit: Jasmine Basci)       
      
The Feast of Saint McGonagall 

Written by Jessica Wright Buha
Directed by Gregory Peters
Berger Park Coach House, 6205 N. Sheridan (map)
thru Dec 29  |  tickets: $15-$20   |  more info
       
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December 6, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Midsommer Flight)

(left to right) Jeannie Saracino as Puck and Jared Dennis as Oberon, in Midsommer Flight's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare, directed by Beth Wolf. (photo credit: Claire Monson)        
       
A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

Written by William Shakespeare 
Directed by Beth Wolf
at Touhy Park, 7348 N. Paulina (map)
thru Aug 26  |  tickets: FREE   |  more info 
     
         
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August 19, 2012 | 1 Comment More

Review: I Am Saying This Right Now (The Plagiarists)

Dylan Marks, Jessica Saxvik, Ken Miller - the Plagiarists       
      
I Am Saying This Right Now 

Conceived and Edited by Kaitlin Byrd
Directed by Paul Kastner and Kim Miller
Berger Park Cultural Ctr, 6205 Sheridan (map)
thru Feb 11  |  tickets: $15-$20   |  more info
       
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January 13, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: The Alchemist (Nothing Special Productions)

     
     

17th-century farce delivers rich hoaxes, prosperous laughs

     
     

A scene from Nothing Special Production's 'The Alchemist', written by Ben Johnson and directed by Gregory Peters. Photo credit: Michael Laird

  
Nothing Special Productions presents
  
The Alchemist
  
Written by Ben Johnson
Adapted by Gregory Peters
Directed by Jack Dugan Carpenter
at Heartland Studio
, 7016 N. Glenwood (map)
through April 30  |  tickets: $15  |  more info

Reviewed by Katy Walsh

Love? Riches? Fairytalk?  Whatever you’re in the market for, the alchemist is selling it for cash or velvet.  Nothing Special Productions presents The Alchemist.  A trio of swindlers conjure up dreamy elixirs for the villagers in need.  The scams are housed in a deserted mansion.  Dazzling promises lure the customers into the illusion. The people are foolish. The hoaxes are elaborate.  The payoff is pure gold.  The Alchemist guarantees riches and delivers it as prosperous laughs!

A scene from Nothing Special Production's 'The Alchemist', written by Ben Johnson and directed by Gregory Peters. Photo credit: Michael LairdLike an ongoing ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch, the buffoonery is riotous.  Jack Dugan Carpenter directs the huge cast through the mazed intrigue.  Carpenter paces the mega set-ups with a zippy revolving door feel.  At the core of the mayhem, the household rogues (Andrew Marchetti, Sean McGill, Melissa Imbogno) don numerous disguises and personas to work their magic.  It’s a burlesques-style slapstick! Continuous almost-being-found-out moments add to the hilarity.  In one scene, the threesome act out a fascinating elfin attack.  Their giggly enjoyment of the charade makes it feel improvised.  Marchetti and McGill are a dynamic duo.  Their synergy is perfected comedic timing. The talented ensemble add to the punch line with exaggerated spoofs.  In particular, two supporting actors stand out in stealing ways.  Matt Castellvi pontificates in grandiosity. His Laurence Olivier-like theatrics are hysterical.  A lanky Ken Miller escalates the joke with uttering one word, ‘sis-star.‘                      

Playwright Gregory Peters has updated Ben Johnson’s farce from the 1600’s.  Peters keeps the formal prose but weaves in a modern twist to the multiple entanglements.  By intermission, the number of grifts in progress is exhausting.  Not because the audience isn’t entertained but because they know ALL the scams must resolve before the show can end.  To adapt a play for the 21st first century, you need to adapt to an audience with a tweet-size attention span.  By limiting characters and eliminating scenes, this long con could be an excellent hustle!

  
  
Rating: ★★★
  
  

A scene from Nothing Special Production's 'The Alchemist', written by Ben Johnson and directed by Gregory Peters. Photo credit: Michael Laird

The Alchemist continues through April 30th at the Boho Theatre in Rogers Park, with performances Thursdays, Fridays and, Saturdays at 8pm. Tickets are $15, and can be purchased online. The show’s running time is two hours and forty minutes, which includes an intermission.


Cast

Sean McGill (Face); Andrew Marchetti (Subtle); Melissa Imbrogno (Doll); Tony Kaehny (Dapper/Officer); Scott Sawa (Drugger); Chad Brown (Ananias); Matt Castellvi Mammon); Conor Burke (Surly); Patrick Byrnes (Tribulation); Ken Miller (Kastril); KaCee J. Hudson (Pliant); Joshua Razavi (Lovewit)

All photo by Michael Laird

  
  
April 17, 2011 | 0 Comments More