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Beware the Ides of March

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The How and the Why by Sarah Treem

Last weekend we saw the remarkable play, The How and the Why written by Sarah Treem, directed by Keira Fromm at Timeline Theater. Though I was unfamiliar with the playwright, clearly she has accumulated quite a bit of success: writer/producer … Continue reading

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An intimate Raisin in the Sun

Last night we saw a production of Raisin in the Sun at the Timeline Theater in Chicago, directed by OJ Parsons. It was a spell-binding production in part because of its complete intimacy. Timeline is a small theater and the … Continue reading

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Sita Ram in epic proportions

A lot of my past and present students are involved in the recent production of Sita Ram at the Harris Theater. I was excited to see them and this long-running project. Ten years ago, when I was the principal at … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to the Bard

Theseus: The lunatic, the lover and the poet Are of imagination all compact: One sees more devils than vast hell can hold, That is, the madman: the lover, all as frantic, Sees Helen’s beauty in a brow of Egypt: The … Continue reading

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An Iliad

Just got back from Court Theater’s production of An Iliad by Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson based on Homer’s The Iliad translated by Robert Fagles. The layering of this piece is incredibly powerful. Lisa Peterson, nationally renowned director, wanted to … Continue reading

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Recycling: Washi Tales— transforming

Recycling: Washi Tales opened last night at the Krannert Center in Champaign. It was a transformative theatrical experience, poetic, magical. This drama took the audience on an historical and process-focused journey of what it means to make paper and pushing … Continue reading

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Porgy and Bess

This fresh production of Porgy and Bess at Court Theater moves beyond the stereotypes of its original production almost 80 years ago. The set is very simple, the cast small, the orchestra only 6 people and several of the musicians … Continue reading

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Orlando over 400 years

JB and I went to see Orlando: A Biography, Virginia Woolf‘s novel adapted by Sarah Ruhl, performed at Court Theater. This layered work, chronological from Elizabethan times to present day, is overlaid with a dreamy narrative and gender bending/ changing … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor died today. She was a cultural icon, Hollywood legend, and full-fledged, lifelong, American celebrity. I actually met her once. I used to teach at the Chicago Academy for the Arts, first as an art teacher and then as … Continue reading

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