As you walk into the theatre for Steppenwolf's production of Jean Lee's Straight White Men, you are offered ear plugs. Why? There is extremely loud music playing and it contains lyrics that could certainly be considered offensive to some. Starting off this way has likely, as we are told by two gender fluid actors, made 'some of you' uncomfortable. The idea is that we all live in varying levels of comfort in our society based on our race, sexual identity, or social status.The Czyk In Podcast, Episode 12: Lane Anthony Flores And Rob Lindley of THE TEMPERAMENTALS at About Face Theatre February 3, 2017
Patrick Rybarczyk, host of The Czyk In and Broadway World Chicago contributor, talks with Lane Anthony Flores and Rob Lindley both starring in About Face Theatre's production of Jon Marans' The Temperamentals. We discuss details about the Mattachine Society, the relevance of the show opening on inauguration weekend, and more about Chicago theatre.BWW Review: Steppenwolf's VISITING EDNA is an Emotional Lesson in Dealing with Loss September 27, 2016
Plays that deal with a terminal illness are tough. The storytelling can be tricky as each audience member comes to it with varying degrees of personal impact. In Visiting Edna, currently making its world premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, cancer is an actual character who gives voice to its own experience. Mostly clever, this device (along with an actor playing a television and another an angel), provides an interesting point of view in this lengthy tale.Cheers is Live On Stage but Better on TV September 22, 2016
EPISODE 11 is now available! Hear my conversation with playwright Jerre Dye whose play Distance is currently making its world premiere at Strawdog Theatre Company. We're joined by director Erica Weiss and cast member Janice O'Neill. Strawdog ensemble member, Mike Dailey, also discusses the company's recent move out of their home of 26 years.BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS Returns With All the Same Sparkle and Joy August 31, 2016
With the tragedy of 9/11, thousands of lives were turned upside down in an instant. Others were faced with a lingering sense of helplessness. As the hours, and in some cases days passed, there were attempts by many to locate loved ones who were unaccounted for in the aftermath. That painful waiting game plays out in Craig Wright's Recent Tragic Events produced by Interrobang Theatre Project.BWW Review: Profiles Theatre's JERUSALEM Is a Poetic Trip Into the Woods March 14, 2016
It's St. George's Day and a merry band of rural England revelers wake in the aftermath of a night of debauchery. The leader of the pack, a Falstaff of sorts Johnny 'Rooster' Byron, surveys the surroundings outside of his trailer home - a refrigerator, scattered bottles and chairs at a table, and a destroyed 'telly.' The tales begin to spin as plans for a day of fun at the local county fair are marred by an eviction notice on Rooster's door. Country life seems anything but simple in Profiles Theatre's ambitious production of Jez Butterworth's Tony winning play, Jerusalem.