Tag: Lois Smith
Another year, another 12 months of great Chicago theater! 2015 blessed Chicagoland with inspired new works and riveting revivals from a wide range of companies – the largest equity houses to the smallest of the city’s storefronts. Taking into account the 700+ productions that were produced in the Windy City over the last year, here are our reviewer’s picks for the best of the best. Bravo!!
In a theater community as diverse and talented as Chicago’s, every aspect and genre of stage productions can be found throughout the city on a given week. 2015 was no exception to this fact, as one can see from our reviewers’ picks of the year’s greatest and most memorable works.
Came across this YouTube video featuring Emma Rosenthal and Miles Fletcher discussing their aerial training for “The Tempest“, which opens this weekend at the Steppenwolf Theatre, directed by ensemble member Tina Landau. Heard on the video, this tamer-than-it-sounds quote from cast member Miles Fletcher:
“I can’t tell you how many times we were told to wear tight-fitting clothing to our callback and audition.”
Who needs the health club when you have rehearsals like the one in the video!!
“The Tempest”, by William Shakespeare, also features ensemble members Alana Arenas, K. Todd Freeman, Frank Galati, Jon Michael Hill, Tim Hopper, James Vincent Meredith, Yasen Peyankov, Lois Smith and Alan Wilder with Eric James Casady, Miles Fletcher, Stephen Louis Grush, Emma Rosenthal and Craig Spidle
Chicago Tribune’s main theatre critic, Chris Jones, presents his top 10 plays of 2008:
|1.||A Trip to Bountiful (Goodman Theatre)
by Horton Foote
Standouts: Harris Yulin (director), performance: Lois Smith
|2.||Our Town (The Hypocrites)
by Thornton Wilder
Standouts: David Cromer (director), actors: Jennifer Grace (as Emily), David Cromer (narrator)
|3.||Picnic (Writers’ Theatre)
by William Inge
Standouts: David Cromer (Director)
|4.||Caroline or Change (Court Theatre)
by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori
Standouts: Charles Newell (director), Doug Peck (musical director); actors: Kate Fry, E.Faye Butler
|5.||Ruined (Goodman Theatre)
by Lynn Nottage
Standout: Kate Whoriskey (director)
|6.||Four Places (Victory Gardens)
by Joel Drake Johnson
Standouts: Sandy Shinner (director)
|7.||Sweet Charity (Drury Lane Oakbrook)
by Cy Coleman
Standouts: Jim Corti (director), Mitzi Hamilton (choreographer)
|8.||Gatz (Elevator Repair Service Theatre)
by John Collins
|9.||The Seafarer (Steppenwolf Theatre)
by Conor McPherson
Standout: Francis Guinan (says Jones: probably the best male performance of the year)
|10.||Journey’s End (Griffin Theatre)
by Jonathan Berry
Honorable mentions: (alphabetically): America: All Better! (Second City), Don’t Dress for Dinner (British American Stage Company – at Royal George), Grey Gardens (Northlight Theatre), If All The World Were Paper (Chicago Children’s Theatre), Jacques Brel’s Lonesome Losers of the Night (Theo Ubique). Les Miserables (Marriott Theatre), Million Dollar Quartet (Deegee Theatricals, John Cossette Productions and Northern Lights – at the Apollo Theater), A Taste of Honey (Shattered Globe Theatre), Tomorrow Morning (Hilary A. Williams LLC), The Voysey Inheritance (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company).
To see further discussion regarding each show, go to Chris Jones’ The Theater Loop blog posting.