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I just can’t love you… because of HER! (Piccolo theater’s hilarious production of THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP)

Jenny and I went to see the Piccolo theatre’s comedic romp The Mystery of Irma Vep last weekend, and boy was it a blast.  The play loosely follows the tale of a troubled Lord, his new bride, the crusty housekeeper, and the jaunty groundskeeper.  The central plot is Rebecca, with healthy doses of Wuthering Heights and […]

Susan Swayne and the Bewildered Bride

Babes with Blades Theatre Company When sophisticated lady detective Susan Swayne finds a distraught woman lamenting her ill use at the hands of Susan’s rival, it seems like a fait accompli to use these new developments to unmask Kate for what she is.  But things quickly get very complicated, leading to exposed jealousies, vicious betrayals, […]

Murder for Two

Jenny and I saw Murder for Two, a musical murder mystery comedy at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater (at Navy Pier) this evening.  It’s an excellent show, very funny and entertaining.  Well worth the modest ticket price. The premise is simple: a police officer who aspires to be a detective has his chance when he’s assigned […]

God said, “Ha!”

I heard about Julia Sweeney’s one-woman show, God said, Ha!, when I listened to highlights of Fresh Air, with Terry Gross.  Sweeney, whom you’ll remember as the androgynous “Pat” on Saturday Night Live circa 1994, tells an amusing and poignant story of her brother’s battle with cancer, and her own concurrent one.  The set is […]

And by opposing, end them

Slings and Arrows, season 3 I’m sad to see that Slings and Arrows has ended, but the writers would certainly have been hard-pressed to keep the tumultuous stories of Geoffrey, Ellen, Richard, Anna, and the ghost going without spinning them into oblivion.  This season follows the New Burbage Theatre company as they struggle to produce […]

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead

I added this movie to my “Saved” queue a long time ago, when it first made its way onto the indie movie scene.  A friend emailed me thinking it was a zombie thing, but the title intrigued me nonetheless.  Suddenly, in the last couple weeks, it showed up in the instant watch queue on our […]

Is that a tentacle by the window?

A Shoggoth on the Roof For my birthday the year before last, Andrew gave me a copy of the cast album for A Shoggoth on the Roof, a Lovecraftian parody of A Fiddler on the Roof which apparently has never (or VERY rarely) been performed because of the threats of legal action.  Ironically, since parody […]

Oh Boy!

by Bolton, Wodehouse, and Kern; City Lit Theatre, 10 July We went to the delightful production of Oh Boy! at the City Lit theatre in North Chicago last Saturday.  I enjoyed it quite a bit.  Some quick thoughts: I like the one-set-per-act format.  Oh Boy! is one of the Princess Theatre musicals, which competed with […]


So Paul and I went to w00tstock on Sunday night.  It was pretty darn fun.  Here are some comments and highlights: The lineup: Paul & Storm, Wil Wheaton, and Adam Savage, of course Bill Amend (creator of FoxTrot) Trace Beaulieu, Bill Corbett, Kevin Murphy – former cast members of MST3K doing various funny stuff Molly […]

Asimov’s rules, where are you when we need you?

R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots) by Karel Capek (translated and recorded for BBC radio) RUR stands out for that third R, the first place robot was used to describe mechanical golems. In Capek’s play, the robots are more like the modern cylons in BSG, indistinguishable from humans. The play tells the tale of the island factory […]

The Analytical Engine

The Analytical Engine by Jon Steinhagen, playing at the Circle Theatre from 10 Feb to 28 March. A romantic comedy that turns on the question of head versus heart, The Analytical Engine romps along lightly, with solid characterizations, several amusing twists of plot and character, and a well-crafted narrative to fit the drawing-room comedy genre. […]

The Physicists

by Friedrich Durrenmatt The Physicists is a two act play about three madmen in an upscale madhouse, two of whom have murdered their attending nurses recently.  Over the course of the play, we learn plenty about the three men who believe themselves to be Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, and Mobius.  It’s a strange little play […]

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Do you know where you’ll be on May 23rd?

I know where I’ll be.


Do you know what are you doing January 14th?

Wait! Wait! Don’t tell me what you’re doing.  I don’t want to know.  But I know what I’m doing. Jenny gave me the tickets as a Christmas present this year.  Woot.

William Shakespeare: The World as Stage

Written and Narrated by Bill Bryson Bryson has long been one of my favorite writers.  He has a sure hand in storytelling and a sure hold on the English language.  His turns of phrase twinkle.  Bryson’s Shakespeare proposes to explore WS and the world around him using, as much as possible, documentary evidence.  The book […]

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