God of Carnage

Saw “God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza last night with our friend Shannon Mayhall giving her usual magnificent performance. Dark, funny, and 80 minutes just flies. Make sure you sit behind the “tulip row”. At the Black Box Theater, McHenry County...

On My Boyfriends’ Bicycles

Our friend Shannon Mayhall appeared in a play reading. What is a play reading? The playwright wants to see it performed, see where we laugh and don’t laugh, before everything is locked in stone. So we trucked down to Elgin to eat our fave Shanghai Restaurant in...

This American Life – Live

Drove down to the Chicago Theatre on Sunday. Traffic not too bad inbound, horrible outbound. Lucky. We paid top dollar ($50.50 ea) for these seats on the main floor, about 15 rows back to the left. We could see Ira at his desk perfectly. Mike Birbiglia told a good...

Look Homeward Angel

We went to see this play, adapted by Ketti Frings from the book by Thomas Wolfe at Johnsburg High School. They were presenting it as a warmup on their way to presenting it at the Illinois High School Theater Festival downstate. The auditorium is in the round; we sat...

Bye Bye Birdie

Saw Kat in the Deerfield Family Theater production of Bye Bye Birdie at Caruso Middle School in Deerfield. She was one of the teen extras, and it was fun to see her up there. The sets were great, and the cast was good. I had never seen the play, and I feel like I...