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.
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