Porchlight Music Theatre’s three-night-only concert staging of the 1962 Broadway musical LITTLE ME as part of its Porchlight Revisits series is every bit as effervescent as a glass of champagne—and it’s certainly an evening of theater worth toasting.
Upon exiting Stage 773’s THE BEST OF BRI-KO it was unsettling to have to check that I was not tracking mushed lettuce into the carpeted lobby. This vegetable was just one of many unlikely props wielded by three actors as they explored status and relationship in this hour-long silent sketch show.
Joseph Alsop (Philip Earl Johnson), our journalist protagonist, as a character draws similarities to Kushner’s’ Roy Cohn, but is not pathetically endearing or despicably hypocritical or even conflicted enough to hold the fascination that Kushner’s’ depiction of Roy creates. There is little urgency for this character and nothing particularly captivating about him.
Pictured: Marton Csokas and Kristen Bush. Photo by Liz Lauren. [Editor’s note: Our reviewer, Tonika Todorova, broke a clearly defined PerformInk rule, as she will mention. Reviewers are asked to disclose any conflicts of interest to editors in advance and to decline to review shows that they may have a bias...
The stats are revealing. Kay Kron’s research shows that only 36% of directors and 25% of playwrights for Jeff-nominated shows in Chicago are female. 30% are scenic designers and just 12% are sound designers.
Did you know that Austrian author Leopold von Sacher-Masoch is the “M” in S&M? In 1870 he published a novella VENUS IN FUR expressing his fantasies and fetishes which mostly revolved around dominant women wearing, you guessed it, fur.
Based on the novel, LA INVENCIÓN DE MOREL, the opera follows the story of Fugitive (Andrew Wilkowske) who has fled to a deserted island.
A ‘model minority’ is a minority class which is assumed to achieve a higher degree of success than others — hence, being a “model” for others to follow. According to a national finding in the 2010 Census, “About one-half of those who identified their race as Asian alone had received a bachelor’s degree or higher, the highest proportion among the racial categories.”
Throughout our lives, when faced with a moment that is sure to produce pain, we often hear these words in an attempt to offer protection: “Don’t look and it won’t hurt.” If we don’t look, we avoid discomfort, shame, embarrassment, heartbreak, humiliation.
At age eleven, I checked out THE FANTASTICKS CD from the public library and stole my oldest brother’s Discman to listen to it. In 2017, sitting in the intimate Blue Theatre, I was brought back to that joy and giddiness I felt sitting in the corner of my childhood bedroom humming “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.”