Early in THE HARD PROBLEM, an adorable couple in bed, bathing in a post-coital glow, begins to discuss what other intellectuals might at such a giddy time: the brain, neurobiology, and the nature of consciousness. This juxtaposition of the fluidity of feelings and the absolution of the scientific method sets the tone for the rest of the play.
The environmental and emotional intimacy of THE KID THING impacts the audience as we journey the ridges of these characters’ loops and lines.
Perhaps it’s just art naturally reflecting reality, but in the short time since the election, there seems to be a refreshing and exciting move in Chicago theater towards work that expects an audience to think.
Ah, Napa. What a place to be this month when it feels like the whole city is itching for a vacation. Luckily, if you go on over to the No Exit Café, you can easily take a two and a half hour trip with Theo Ubique’s THE MOST HAPPY FELLA.
On a full moon night in Chicago, Kokandy Productions showed how brazen and talented their artists are as they blew the roof off Theater Wit with their revival of THE WIZ.
If you (or your child) ever wished you could open up a book and bring the illustrations and words to life, you needn’t look much further than the newly adapted page-to-stage production directed by Heidi Stillman.
The great American novelist Willa Cather wrote, “There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.” The same can be said for many families as they change and grow with the passage of time.
I’m impressed. Bluebird Arts is the only theater company in Chicago dedicated to producing consecutive productions in English and Russian. What makes this more impressive is that even with such an intensive undertaking, their work is good.