Review: ALIAS GRACE at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble

Review: ALIAS GRACE at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble

Pictured (l-r): Ayssette Muñóz, Amro Salama, and Ashley Neal. Photo by Michael Brosilow.  By Erin Shea Brady I’m consistently excited by the programming at Rivendell. Artistic Director Tara Mallen and team mine their mission for brave, relevant works that are deep in conversation with the world we live in. Their tagline –...

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Rivendell’s WINTER Explores Death With Dignity

Rivendell’s WINTER Explores Death With Dignity

The idea of “Death with Dignity” has been emotionally evolving since Jack Kevorkian–AKA Dr. Death. In 2009, a friend diagnosed with ALS taught me the euphemism “Going to Switzerland.” Then last summer the internet wept waterworks of inspiration as incurably ill California resident Betsy Davis hosted a celebration culminating with her self-chosen death. Rivendell Theatre’s production of WINTER left me unsure about the issue.

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Chicago’s Best Shows of 2016

Chicago’s Best Shows of 2016

As an amazing year of performance in Chicago comes to an end, we’re wrapping up our picks for the best productions of 2016. We asked our critics which of the 125 shows we reviewed this year have really stuck with them, and here are their favorites.

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Rivendell Has Its WINTER Cast and Creative Team

Rivendell Has Its WINTER Cast and Creative Team

Pictured: Barbara E. Robertson. Rivendell Theatre Ensemble has announced casting for the world premiere of Julie Jensen’s WINTER. Co-directed by Megan Carney and Mark Ulrich, the production features Barbara E. Robertson (Annis), Sean Cooper (Roddy), Steve Haggard (Evan), Martasia Jones (LD) and Dan Flannery (Robeck). The creative team includes Elvia Moreno (scenic design),...

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Rivendell Announces 2017 Season and Partial Casting

Rivendell Announces 2017 Season and Partial Casting

Pictured: Rebecca Spence.  Rivendell Theatre Ensemble has announced partial casting and their 2017 season, which includes two world premieres and one midwest premiere. The season opens in January with the world premiere of Julie Jensen’s WINTER, co-directed by ensemble members Megan Carny and Mark Ulrich and part of the National...

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