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Review: The Revel (The House Theatre of Chicago)

Sarah Charipar stars as Agatha in The House Theatre's "The Revel" by Damon Kiely and Jess McIntosh, directed by Leslie Buxbaum Danzig. (photo credit: Michael Brosilow)      
      
The Revel 

Written by Damon Kiely
Music by Jess McIntosh 
Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division (map)
thru Oct 25 | tix: $30-$35  | more info
       
Check for half-price tickets    
    

September 14, 2015 | 0 Comments More

“Suddenly, Last Summer” – intimate yet powerful

Suddenly Last SummerProduction: Suddenly, Last Summer
Producers: Shattered Globe Theatre
Synopsis: In the wildly overgrown garden of a New Orleans mansion, a wealthy family’s matriarch, Violet, seeks to uncover the truth regarding her son Sebastian’s recent death while traveling overseas.  Violet’s niece, Catherine, was the final person to see Sebastian alive.  But from the moment Catherine returned to Louisiana, she began spewing out a version of events so horrific that they couldn’t possibly be true, forcing Violet to institutionalize her niece, in the hopes of shutting her up.   Willing to go to any length to discredit Catherine’s morose account, Violet brings Catherine to her mansion’s garden, where a doctor puts her under the influence of so-called truth serum, and everyone is forced to come to terms with the long-buried secrets that are finally brought to light.
Pros: Director Kevin Hagan does an exemplary job with this fine set of actors.  Catherine’s vitriolic monologue regarding the final ghastly moments with Sebastian is worth the price of the ticket alone.  Veteran Chicago-actor Linda Reiter is dead-on with her portrayal of the arrogant and vengeful matriarch Violet. 
Cons: None.
Bottom Line: Suddenly Last Summer is a wonderful chance to see a true American theatre classic, a script rich with Tennessee Williams’ finest language.  A definite must-see.
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October 16, 2007 | 2 Comments More

Review – GayCo Production’s “iHole”

iHoleProduction: iHole
Producers: GayCo Productions
Synopsis: iHole finds the uproarious hilarity of a nation and a queer community taking separate but equal journeys as they are sucked into the powerful force of the iHole.  Through it all, GayCo learns what politicians have known for years: it’s hard to resist being pulled into The Center.
Pros: Energetic, funny skits about gay life in Chicago, great location, low ticket price of $15
Cons: Uneven, a few segments fall flat
Overall: iHole is a great compliment to a fun evening out in Lakeview. Take in the revue, and then go out for dinner and drinks.
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October 6, 2007 | 1 Comment More