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Review: Born Yesterday (Remy Bumppo Theatre)

Eliza Stoughton and Shawn Douglass star in Born Yesterday, Remy Bumppo Theatre           

Born Yesterday

Written by Garson Kanin
Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln (map)
thru April 30  |  tix: $47-$52  |  more info
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Review: The Testament of Mary (Victory Gardens Theater)

Linda Reiter stars as Mary in Victory Gardens Theater's "The Testament of Mary" by Colm Tóibín, directed by Dennix Začek. (photo credit: Michael Courier)       
The Testament of Mary 

Written by Colm Tóibín 
Directed by Dennis Začek
at VG Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln (map)
thru Dec 14   |  tickets: $20-$60   |  more info
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November 29, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Review: An Inspector Calls (Remy Bumppo Theatre)

Greg Matthew Anderson, Nick Sandys, Lia Mortensen, Roderick Peeples, Isabel Ellison, Luke Daigle and Maggie McCally star in Remy Bumppo Theatre's "An Inspector Calls" by J.B. Priestly, directed by David Darlow. (photo credit: Johnny Knight)       
An Inspector Calls

Written by J.B. Priestly
Directed by David Darlow
Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln (map)
thru Jan 12  |  tickets: $15-$53   |  more info
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December 25, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Review: Completeness (Theater Wit)

Matt Holzfeind plays Elliott and Kristina Valada-Viars is Molly in Theater Wit’s Midwest premiere of "Completeness" by Itamar Moses, directed by Jeremy Wechsler. (photo credit: Charles Osgood)        

Written by Itamar Moses
Directed by Jeremy Wechsler
at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont (map)
thru March 24  |  tickets: $18-$36   |  more info
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February 21, 2013 | 1 Comment More

Review: A Chorus Line (Paramount Theatre)

A Chorus Line, Paramount Theatre Aurora, Liz Lauren       
A Chorus Line 

Book by James Kirkwood, Nicholas Dante
Marvin Hamlisch (music), Edward Kleban (lyrics)
Directed by Mitzi Hamilton  
at Paramount Theatre, Aurora (map)
thru Feb 5  |  tickets: $35-$47   |  more info
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January 31, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Review: My Fair Lady (Paramount Theatre)

Andrea Prestinario and Nathan M. Hosner - My Fair Lady Paramount Theatre
My Fair Lady

Written by Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe 
Directed by Jim Corti
at Paramount Theatre, Aurora (map)
thru Oct 2  |  tickets: $35-$47  |  more info

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September 18, 2011 | 0 Comments More

REVIEW: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Remy Bumppo)

Now we know why the French have their own kiss



Remy Bumppo presents:
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
by Christopher Hampton
based on novel by Pierre Choderlos De Laclos
directed by David Darlow
at The Greenhouse Theatre, 2257 N. Lincoln (map)
through May 2nd (more info | buy tickets)
review by Katy Walsh 

Before the inventions of texting, reality television and video games, people, at least the French Aristocrats, unleashed their passions with love letters, self-created drama and sexual conquests. Remy Bumppo presents Les Liaisons Dangereuses, an 18th century tale of love, lust and revenge. The Madame de Merteuil and the Le Vicomte de Valmont are lovers turned friends turned game players. Merteuil enlists Vicomte to seduce Cecile. Merteuil wants to disgrace Cecile’s betrothed who happens to be vert Mme Merteuil (Rebecca Spence)_Valmont (Nick Sandys) Merteuil’s former lover. Vicomte is currently wooing a married Madame de Tourvel for his own personal best in conquering a woman of moral integrity. Vicomte agrees to Merteuil’s side project because Cecile’s mother badmouthed him to Tourvel. As a reward, Merteuil agrees to have sex with Vicomte if he produces written proof of his affair with Tourvel. Let the games begin! But who’s playing who? Explaining why the French had a kiss named after them, Les Liaisons Dangereuses erupts with passionate trysts for a sexually charged escapade of entertainment.

The Hugh Hefner of the 18th century, Vicomte (Nick Sandys) is the original playboy. A charming and confident Sandys nails the part and the ladies with a tongue well versed for intercourse. Sandys glides through the lengthy discourse with witty elegance. With promises to “dominate your sex and avenge my own”, Merteuil (Rebecca Spence) is Vicomte’s opponent in games of lust and cruelty. Despite the missing years of bitter heartache, Spence’s facial expressions are deliciously diabolical serving up brutality with wide-eyed smiling innocence. Margaret Katch (Cecile) is perfect as a promiscuous teen in secret rebellion against her mother. David Darlow directs the cast through the dialogue heavy script at a quick pace with thoughtful pauses for dramatic climax.

horiz Mme Merteuil (Rebecca Spence)_Cecile (Margaret Katch) horiz Mme Tourvel (Linda Gillum)_Valmont (Nick Sandys)
horiz Emilie (Sienna Harris) and Valmont (Nick Sandys) vert2 Valmont (Nick Sandys)_Mme Merteuil (Rebecca Spence) liaison

Multiple scenes occur transporting the action from salon to bedroom in various locales. Alan Donahue cleverly reuses the furniture and paintings with modified positions to illustrate the vary of address. Chambermaids rotate a screen on rollers and a daybed effortlessly to make the scene transformations seamless. The costumes by Emily Waecker are exquisite for a visual history lesson on outer and under wear. Vicomte’s coats would be the envy of Liberace with their elaborate finery. Merteuil dons a multiple layer gray silk monstrosity that wouldn’t be figure flattering but still appealing for its classiness.

The award winning playwright Christopher Hampton penned a clever adaption of the up and downside of immorality. Actualizing his script, Remy Bumppo delivers multiple orgasmic moments in this production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

Rating: ★★★★

horiz Cecilie (Margaret Katch)_Valmont (Nick Sandys)



Extra Credit: Illustrated Field Guide (PDF)
As part of their “think theatre” mission, Remy Bumppo creates a production guide designed to enrich your theatre experience.  Hard copies of this field guide can be purchased for $5.00, and archived guides for previous seasons are available for $10.00.  To purchase a field guide, contact Stephanie Kulke via e-mail or at 773-244-8119.

Running Time: Two hours and forty-five minutes with intermission

March 22, 2010 | 1 Comment More