Tag: Kyle Anderson

Review: A Red Line Runs Through It (Second City e.t.c.)

Peter Kim in A Red Line Runs Through It, Second City etc          
       
    
A Red Line
  Runs Through It

Written by the ensemble
e.t.c Theater, 1608 N. Wells (map) 
Open run  |  tix: $23  |  more info
       
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May 3, 2016 | 1 Comment More

Review: Panic on Cloud 9 (Second City of Chicago)

Chelsea Devantez and John Hartman star in Second City's "Panic on Cloud 9", directed by Ryan Bernier. (photo credit: Todd Rosenberg)        
      
Panic on Cloud 9

Written by the Ensemble 
Directed by Ryan Bernier
Second City Mainstage, 1616 N. Wells (map) 
open end  |  tickets: $23 and up   |  more info
       
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January 17, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Review: Apes of Wrath (Second City e.t.c.)

Carisa Barreca and Tim Ryder in Second City e.t.c.'s "Apes of Wrath," directed by Jen Ellison. (photo credit: Todd Rosenberg)        
      
Apes of Wrath

Written by the Ensemble 
Directed by Jen Ellison
Second City e.t.c Theatre, 230 W. North Ave. (map) 
open run  |  tickets: $23-$48   |  more info
       
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August 9, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Review: Depraved New World (Second City)

John Hartman and Chelsea Devantez star in Second City's 102nd review "Depraved New World", directed by Mick Napier. (photo credit: Todd Rosenberg)        
      
Depraved New World

Written by the Ensemble 
Directed by Mick Napier
Second City Mainstage, 1616 N. Wells (map) 
Open Run  |  tickets: $23   |  more info
       
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April 20, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Review: A Clown Car Named Desire (The Second City e.t.c.)

Christ Witaske and Brooke Breit star in Second City e.t.c.'s "A Clown Car Named Desire", written and performed by Brooke Breit, Punam Patel and Mike Kosinski, directed by Ryan Bernier. (photo credit: Todd Rosenberg)        
       
A Clown Car Named Desire  

By Brooke Breit, Punam Patel, Mike Kosinski,
Michael Lehrer, Carisa Barreca, Chris Witaske
Directed by Ryan Bernier  
at Piper’s Alley, 1608 N. Wells (map) 
Open Run  |  tickets: $23-$28   |  more info
       
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July 15, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Review: We’re All in this Room Together (Second City e.t.c.)

Andel Sudik, Aidy Bryant, Mike Kosinski, Chris Witaske, Tawny Newsome, Michael Lehrer - Second City etc. Chicago, Dave Rentsauskas       
      
We’re All in 
    this Room Together
 

Written by the Ensemble 
Directed by Ryan Bernier
Second City e.t.c Theatre, 1608 N. Wells (map)
thru Aug 28  |  tickets: $23-$28   |  more info
       
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June 29, 2012 | 2 Comments More

Review: Sky’s the Limit (Second City e.t.c.)

     
Michael Lehrer, Mary Sohn, Aidy Bryant - Second City Chicago
Sky’s the Limit
 

Written/performed by Tim Baltz, Aidy Bryant, Brendan Jennings, Jessica Joy, Michael Lehrer and Mary Sohn
Directed by Matt Hovde
at Second City, 1608 N. Wells  (map) 
Open Run  |   tickets: $22-$27  | more info

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August 5, 2011 | 0 Comments More

REVIEW: The Dining Room (Appetite Theatre)

     
     

Shared setting not enough to unify disconnected scenes

      
     

The Dining Room 3

   
 Appetite Theatre Company presents
   
The Dining Room
   
Written by A. R. Gurney
Directed by
Basia Kapolka
at
Charnel House, 3421 W. Fullerton (map)
through Nov. 20  |  tickets: $15  |  more info

Reviewed by Oliver Sava

Their dining room’s a place where children celebrate birthdays, wives work on dissertations, and matrons fuss over fingerbowls. Through a series of short vignettes, A. R. Gurney’s The Dining Room chronicles generations of WASP history through social interactions in the dining room, creating a portrait of privileged America over the course of the 20th-century. Six actors play a large cast of characters, and are required to change age, status, and dialect depending on the scene – yet bizarre creative choices detract from the actual events on stage.

From the very start of the show it’s unclear what tone director Basia Kapolka is trying to capture. A creepy whispering voice asks patrons to turn off their cellular phones before the show, and the whispering continues throughout the production, repeating choice lines from the preceding scenes. When it becomes evident that there is no  horror aspect to the show, this becomes extremely distracting, and diminishes the energy at the end of scenes. The Dining Room 4Because of the disconnected nature of the play, the emotional flow from scene to scene is essential to keeping the show interesting, and the whispering breaks that momentum.

Another strange choice is to have the entire cast costumed in early 1900’s period wear, which causes confusion when the scenes are set in more contemporary times. When there are no visual clues as to when a scene is set, it would be extremely helpful if the clothes could reflect the shifts in some way. Instead, the actors have to deal with restrictive layers of clothing and hairstyles that oftentimes trump the comedy of the actual play. Why wig an actress when you don’t have to? And the turn of the century Snooki poof should be a no-no anytime, anyplace.

Appetite Theatre’s The Dining Room is a production in need of serious polish. The actors still need to get more comfortable in their environment if they are going to convincingly portray people that have used that dining room for years. In general, the energy of the production could be much higher, which would help bring out the chemistry between the romantic pairs while heightening the dramatic moments. If more time was spent on building actual relationships instead of odd creative decisions, The Dining Room could be a much different place.

  
  
Rating: ★★
   
   

Ensemble

The Dining Room-logoFEATURING: Jesse Aukeman, Mark Dodge, Kelly Helgeson, Betty Lorkowski, Eric Prahl & Kelly Yacono.

Design Team

LIGHTING: Kyle Anderson; SOUND: Mark Penzien; COSTUMES: Darcy Elora Hofer; STAGE MANAGEMENT: Amber Dettmers.

      
     
November 11, 2010 | 0 Comments More