Tag: Nick Mikula

Review: 3C (A Red Orchid Theatre)

Sigrid Sutter, Christina Gorman, Jennifer Engstrom, Nick Mikula and Lawrence Grimm           


Written by David Adjmi
A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells (map)
thru June 4  |  tix: $30-$35  |  more info
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Review: Paper City Phoenix (Tympanic Theatre)

Andrew Bailes, Meredith Ernst, and Stevie Chaddock in Paper City Phoenix, Tympanic           

Paper City Phoenix

Written by Walt McGough
Alley Stage, 4147 N. Broadway (map)
thru May 8  |  tix: $20  |  more info
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April 21, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Review: 44 Ways to End Your Sex Life (Redtwist Theatre)

Nike Mikula and Sarah Sapperstein star in "44 Ways to End Your Sex Life" by Scott Woldman, directed by Jason Fleece. (photo credit: Jan Ellen Graves)        
44 Ways to End
        Your Sex Life

Written by Scott Woldman  
Directed by Jason Fleece
at Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr (map)
thru April 5  |  tickets: $15 (BYOB)   |  more info
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March 21, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Review: Warped (Stage Left Theatre)

Kate Black-Spence as Hope and Nick Mikula as Alex in Stage Left Theatre's "Warped" by Barbara Lhota, directed by Jason A. Fleece. (photo by Johnny Knight)        

Written by Barbara Lhota
Directed by Jason A. Fleece
at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont (map)
thru Oct 6  |  tickets: $25-$27   |  more info
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September 11, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Review: The Brig (Mary-Arrchie Theatre)

Ashley Rose, Eric Lindahl, Alex Seeley, Aaron Norman and Mike Newquist star in Mary-Arrchie Theatre's "The Brig" by Kenneth H. Brown, directed by Jennifer Markowitz.        
The Brig 

Written by Kenneth H. Brown
Directed by Jennifer Markowitz
Angel Island Theater, 735 W. Sheridan (map)
thru May 26  |  tickets: $15-$25   |  more info
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Review: The Improv Play (Infusion Theatre)

Kevin Crispin and Lea Pascal - Infusion Theatre Improv Play       
The Improv Play 

Written by Randall Colburn  
Directed by Mitch Golob
DCA Storefront Thtr, 66 E. Washington (map)
thru May 20  |  tickets: $15-$25   |  more info
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April 16, 2012 | 1 Comment More

Review: The House of Yes (20% Theatre Company)

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The House of Yes 

Written by Wendy MacLeod 
Directed by Anneliese Toft
The Think Tank, 1770 W. Berteau #207 (map)
thru Nov 20  |  tickets: $15   |  more info

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November 7, 2011 | 0 Comments More

REVIEW: Cherrywood (Mary-Arrchie Theatre)

Party on, Dude!



Mary-Arrchie Theatre presents
Cherrywood: The Modern Day Comparable
Written by Kirk Lynn
Directed by
David Cromer
Angel Island Theatre, 735 W. Sheridan (map)
through August 8th  |  tickets:  $13-$22  |  more info

reviewed by Katy Walsh

Fliers announce ‘Party Tonite for anyone who wants a change.’ Mary-Arrchie Theatre presents the Midwest premiere of Cherrywood: The Modern Day Comparable.  A foursome decides to host a party. They have three kinds of chips, an array of music, bottles of booze and a shots of… milk? In response to their fliers, the guests arrive and fill up the house. The usual party suspects are all present. Free loading crashers. Whiny girl. Depressed divorced guy. Unwanted neighbor. Gaggle of gals in bathroom line. P.D.A. couple on the dance floor. Hot shirtless guy. Person continually announcing ‘I’m wasted.’ Sporadic drunken wrestling. It feels, looks and sounds familiar except with a couple of twists: Somebody brought a gun. Everybody has been drinking wild wolves’ milk. People are opening boxes of their secret desires. Cherrywood: The Modern Day Comparable is a virtual reality party experience without the pressure to mingle or the aid of a cocktail.

In a large living-room-like space, the audience seats encircle the action. Closely matched in numbers, the 50+ wallflowers watch the 49 performers party. It’s such a tight fit that I needed to move my purse before a guy sat on it. Director David Cromer has gone fire-code-capacity to create an authentic party.

The proximity blurs the fourth wall completely in deciphering between the party gawkers versus goers. I consciously refrain from shouting out an answer to ‘name a good band that starts with the letter ‘A’.’ It seems like a jumbling of improv mixed in with scripted lines. Crediting playwright Kirk Lynn with some of the best lines, it’s existentialism goes rave with the ongoing philosophy ‘if you want something different, ask for it.’ Lynn writes dialogue describing cocktail banter as ‘question-answer-it-doesn’t-always-happen-like-that’ mockery. One character describes herself with ‘everything I do is a form of nodding. I want to break my neck to stop nodding.’ In a heated exchange, the neighbor jabs, ‘you remember the world? It’s the room outside the door.’ It’s genuine party chatter. Some conversations are playful. Some are deep. Some just don’t make any sense. Clusters of people are sharing philosophical drunken babble throughout the room. A gunshot brings the house of strangers together in a communal bonding alliance.

For the theatre goer looking for a break from classic plot driven shows, Cherrywood: The Modern Day Comparable is performance art. It is a ‘Party Tonite for anyone who wants a change.’ For those who wonder what Chicago actors and designers do off-season, this is an opportunity to fly-on-the-wall it. If you’ve anticipated they hang out together and party, this would be your imagined drunken haze. The who’s who of storefront theater is boozing it up. It’s a Steep, Lifeline, Dog & Pony, House, Griffin, etc. reunion bash, and man do they know how to party!

Rating: ★★★

Running Time: Ninety minutes with no intermission

June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments More