THE ICEMAN COMETH – – Goodman Theater – 170 N. Dearborn St. -Chicago, IL – 312-443-3800 6/2012 – A man calls up the stairs to his wife: “Honey has the iceman come yet? She hollers back, “No, but he’s breathin’ real hard!”Eugene O’Neill’s towering masterpiece becomes a once-in-a-lifetime theatrical event, featuring Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy (Larry Slade). Two famous and excellent actors.Welcome to Harry Hope’s (Stephen Ouimette) saloon, home to a ragtag band of drunks and dreamers who today celebrate the arrival of Hickey (Nathan Lane), the charismatic traveling salesman whose raucous presence always ensures a grand good time. But when a newly sober Hickey blows in with a renewed outlook on life, his zealous attempts to fix the lives of his old friends lead to a series of events that are at once devastatingly comic and heartbreaking—and culminate with a revelation that threatens to shatter the tenuous illusions that fuel their lives. O’Neill’s monumental drama is an unparalleled theatrical journey. morbidly funny as a funeral gone amok, as hallucinatory as an alcohol-fueled excursion into purgatory” Q-Tips say: See it. It is long, cerebral and slow at times. But if you can sit for six hours and several intermissions, it is a must see. We enjoyed The Iceman Cometh. All the actors are excellent and the stage sets & lighting are fantastic. The office and internet site say they are “all sold out” but call and see if there are cancellations, that is how the Q’s got their tickets.Mrs. Q found it humorous that many patrons had to actually live without their cell phones, i-Pads, etc. for a full six hours. Yes, she did see many who had withdrawal symptoms and actually began verbally talking & inter-acting with other humans near them. What a pleasant surprise!
BANG THE DRUM SLOWLY – Raven Theatre Company, 6157 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60660 phone: (773) 338-2177 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BANG THE DRUM SLOWLY is based on the novel by Mark Harris, it’s a baseball story set in the days before free agency brought on enormous contracts and doping scandals. A superstar pitcher from New York develops a friendship with a struggling catcher from the country, and their bond grows more intense as they cope with the catcher’s terminal illness and try to hide his condition from management and the rest of the team in order to get him through one last season. This moving story of loyalty set amidst America’s favorite sport was made into a movie in 1973 starring Michael Moriarty and a then-unknown Robert De Niro.
Q-Tips say: Yes, see it. You don’t have to be a baseball fan to enjoy BANG THE DRUM SLOWLY. Mrs. Q says it was refreshing to see a play with mostly men starring in the roles.
I AM GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD – Chicago Dramatist Theater – 1105 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60642 – 312-633-0630
By Andrew Hinderaker – Directed by Jonathan Berry
Nicholas Harazin (John), Norm Woodel (Frank), Meg Thalken (Marla), Judy Blue (Dr. Jensen), Ed Flynn (Troy), Gabriel Franken (Geoffrey), Robert Koon (Tom)
In I AM GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD, John Chapman, as a boy, vowed to run the world’s biggest bank by 35. When he graduates as University of Chicago’s valedictorian and lands an interview with Goldman Sachs, his dreams are within reach. But on the morning of his interview, John’s alarm fails him, and when he finally wakes, it’s to a life he never imagined possible.
Q-Tips say: The story was not exactly what we expected – it was BETTER. The actors, set and costumes were a perfect fit for the story and the time and place. The theater is small but comfortable. Parking: Street. Mrs. Q asks? Was John’s mental status due to his disappointment of not getting his dream job due to his alarm not going off when planned or had he always had mental disability? Or is it a reaction to the demise of economy
and the jobless market or perhaps, he just did not do well at the first interview?
LEGEND OF THE SUN is a five act large scale ballet dance drama based on a old Chinese folk tale featuring over 60 dancers.
Q-Tips say: Not your ordinary ballet. The distinctive clothing of the Zhuang, Maio, & Yoa ethnic groups is depicted by the colorful costumes & sets. Majority of the dancers are ethnic Zhuang. The choreography, lighting, sound and wardrobes are wonderful. It must be tiring for the main characters to perform such ballet dance for the entire performance. We were impressed.
Mrs. Q was impressed by the Ushers at the Aditorium Theater. If there was a “special needs” person, that person got individual hands-on care from the moment they got out of their car till they were ushered to their seat. Bravo to the Ushers for such fine service!
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