4 Review(s) Total
- Navdeep Jhaj says:
On Tuesday 10/2/07 6:06 PM
I saw a wonderful play tonight that made me contemplate both the muckety-muck of the world as it is and has been, or perhaps, the world as a has-been; and, more importantly from a personal perspective and, quite frankly, more strangely, some of the wonderful reasons why I love jazz music. The play, GroundUp Theatre’s interpretation of “A Murder of Crows”, certainly does not explicitly deal with the complexities and mannerisms of the greatest music the world has seen and heard. Indeed, it is not a piece about jazz in any shape or form. But let us contemplate for a moment the questions in particular as they were theatrically-raised by “Murder”: to begin, how does one raise serious issues via the inclusion of humor and subversion and sans the obvious need to proselytize (true art, of course, follows the peculiar why’s and wherefores of its own muse). In addition: how generous, malleable and elastic is the narrative form without itself rupturing into the bottomless abyss of the avant-‘tard, the strange point of no return where meaning is lost and sympathy, empathy and the very idea of relating to others in a humane way is thrown under the bus and then, for good measure, shipwrecked on the murky rocks of narcissism and cynicism? Finally: at what point does the interpretation of performance border the contours of improvisation, even when it is itself grounded by parameters of scripted storyline and thought-out and planned dialogue? (navjhaj.blogspot.com 4 complete article)
- Peter Waldman says:
On Tuesday 9/19/06 3:00 PM
“BURN THIS” Highly Recommended: It is refreshing to see an outstanding play, which is both superbly directed and brilliantly performed. While the play was poignant in nature, I was pleasantly surprised by the smattering of comedic moments spread throughout this GroundUp Theatre production. The addition of a dancer between scenes enhanced the emotional tone of the piece. Sabrina Lloyd was captivating as the dichotomic Anna. Todd Wojick commanded the role of Burton. John Wilson’s intensity electrified the stage as Pale, while Matthew Zaradich’s portrayal of Larry, with his dry wit and one-liners, was masterfully executed. The material was deftly handled by the capable directing duo of Julie Levinson and Don Johnson.
- Carlo Garcia says:
On Thursday 10/14/04 1:56 AM
Zastrozzi By George F. Walker
@the Chicago Actors Studio
1567 N. Milwaukee Ave Previews Thursday, October 14th at 8:00pm Opens Friday October 15th at 8:00 pm
Runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Sundays at 4:00 pm
Special Thursday performance November 18th at 8:00 pm
Tickets: $15.00 donation
For more information: www.grounduptheatre.com www.carlogarcia.com/zastrozzi.html
The Chicago Actors Studio is less than one block East of the Damen Blue Line Stop, and is directly above the Blue Note.
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Molly Neylan - Matilda/Producer/Lighting Designer Don Johnson - Verezzi/Producer Sheila Regan - Julia John Moran - Victor/Fight Choreographer (ISU ALUM) Joseph Patrick Bogs - Zastrozzi Carlo Garcia - Bernardo (ISU ALUM) Sabrina Lloyd - Director/Producer/Costumer Seth Vermilyea - Stage Manager/Board Op Matthew Haddock - Set Designer
- W. says:
On Thursday 10/7/04 6:59 AM
A great chicago theatre company to keep your eye on. They have a new show opening soon.
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