Tag: Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Review: The Night Season (Strawdog Theatre)

Janice O'Neill and John Henry Roberts star as Lily and John in The Night Season, Strawdog Theatre           
      

  

The Night Season

Written by Rebecca Lenkiewicz
at Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard (map)
thru June 24  |  tix: $30  |  more info
       
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June 5, 2017 | 0 Comments More

Review: Her Naked Skin (Shattered Globe Theatre)

Sheila O'Connor as Eve and Linda Reiter as Celia in Shattered Globe's "Her Naked Skin" by Rebecca Lenkiewicz. (photo credit: Kevin Viol)       
      
Her Naked Skin 

Written by Rebecca Lenkiewicz  
Directed by Roger Smart
at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont (map)
thru June 3  |  tickets: $18-$34   |  more info
       
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May 12, 2012 | 3 Comments More

Review: “The Night Season

A richly-developed Irish love story

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Vitalist Theatre and Premiere Theatre & Performance presents:

The Night Season
by Rebecca Lenkiewicz
directed by Elizabeth Carlin-Metz
Theatre Building Chicago 
thru October 17th (buy tickets)

reviewed by Timothy McGuire

Vitalist - NIGHT - 4 The Night Season, written by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, is an Irish love story about the lonely Kennedy family. Each member of the family has their own insecurities caused by their mother’s abandonment 5 years earlier, and each of them is on their own path to find love. The outstanding performance by the cast and, exceptional use of the stage with creative touches to enhance the Celtic atmosphere, makes this show heartwarming – even in the midst of the dark struggles each family member endures.

Set in Sligo, Ireland, a town near the shore and once home to the famous poet W.B. Yeats, the stage is brightened by the starry night and hazy lighting that romanticizes the atmosphere. Set designer Craig Choma ’s extremely creative set, and the lighting (by lighting designer Richard Norwood) used to separate scenes, allows multiple plot lines to take place right in front of our eyes without any confusion as to which characters we should be paying attention. The direction of Elizabeth Carlin-Metz makes the transition between scenes fluid and actually heighten the emotional moments by assisting the understanding of the time lapses, or the fact that the two situations take place at the same time.

The play opens up with the audience able to watch the three sisters chatting on the rooftop, while grandmother is slouched down sleeping in her arm chair in the living room. As the closet door opens we get a unique viewpoint (as if we are looking down on him from the sky) of father as he restlessly fights his nightmares while sleeping drunk in his bedroom.

Each member of the family is weighted down with loneliness; longing to be loved by another. They are filled with an insecurity of being unloved, yet there is a bond and a closeness between each, and an unconditional love that exists within their own family (this includes the aging mother of the women that caused this family all of their sorrow.)

Vitalist - NIGHT - 3 The three sisters are single and unlucky in love. Rose (Kelly Lynn Hogan), who the grandmother refers to as a spinster, hastily jumps in bed with the visiting American actor John (Jared Fernley) who is staying with the Kennedys while playing the role of Yeats in a movie. In that moment John is looking for comfort after his mother’s recent death, but Rose wakes up in the morning to find an unwelcomed difference in the intimacy John offers her. The youngest daughter Maud (Eden Newmark) is stuck in a relationship with an unaffectionate communist sympathizer, and the eldest daughter Judith (Vanessa Greenway) is too afraid to open up and – since she has stepped in as the family’s mother – she’s too busy to recognize her feelings for the cerebral neighborhood man, Gary Malone (Paul Dunckel.)  Judith is mature beyond her age and has taken on a cold emotionless state that comes with the necessity of constantly having to take care of responsibilities outside of your own. Visiting her absent mother, and then letting loose with her Father on her first drinking binge, Judith goes on a journey to discover her capacity to love, and finds it in places that have always been there.

Every character is richly developed by author Rebecca Lenkiewicz, but the Grandmother Lily O’Hanlon and the girls’ Father Patrick Kennedy stand out with enduring performances by Marry O’Dowd and Don Bender. The Grandmother’s (Patrick’s Mother-in-law)  quirky and at times raunchy personality is light and fun and she also draws empathy from us as we watch her age with dementia and sadness. In her eccentric and loony state she continues to search for her last love and in a way she finds it in the gentleman arms of John.

The Night Season is a truly great Irish love story, filled with the complications of life and the strength of a loving family who supports each other in spite of their flaws. Lenkiewicz brings up themes of guilt, love and the passing of time and how life will bring us to face these states over-and-over again in our lives. The common occurrence and unavoidable ending to these moments should not devalue their importance nor limit you from experiencing another separate love story. Through all the pain and hardships, life goes on for the Kennedy family. The Night Season is an enchanting story playing and I highly recommend it.

Rating: ««««

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September 16, 2009 | 2 Comments More

Theater Thursday: “The Night Season”

 Thursday, September 17

The Night Season
by Rebecca Lenkiewicz 
Vitalist Theatre and Premiere Theatre & Performance
Theatre Building Chicago 
1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago

tb-night seasonThe Night Season is a heart-wrenching and heartwarming tale of love and loss set in Sligo, Ireland. Come get into the spirit of the Isle by joining Vitalist Theatre at Johnny O’Hagan’s Pub for an authentic meal and enjoy traditional Irish entertainment. Then stroll over to the Theatre Building to enjoy the Chicago premiere of this award-winning play.

On a rooftop in Sligo, three beautiful sisters yearn for love, while below their broken Dad chases his visions and demons and their dotty Granny curses and dances. Into this damaged family comes an American movie star who is playing the poet Yeats in a biopic being filmed in town, and each of their lives is turned upside down beneath the glowing Irish moon.
Event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Johnny O’Hagan’s (3374 N. Clark)

Show begins at 7:30 p.m.

TICKETS ONLY: $30 (includes show, dinner and soft drink at O’Hagan’s)
For reservations call 773.327.5252 and mention "Theater Thursdays."

September 15, 2009 | 0 Comments More