Singing and Dancing

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new colony orville and wilbur did itIt’s been another hectic theatergoing weekend. Despite the maddening fluctuations of Chicago not-yet summer weather (alternating hot weather and thunderstorms), audiences continue to flock to the city’s bountiful stage offerings. Here are my thoughts on two plays I saw over the weekend:  The New Colony’s enjoyably confounding Orville and Wilbur Did It! and Kokandy Productions’ just confounding Assassins.

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Ambition

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sweet smell of successChicago has been repeatedly plagued by the Polar Vortex, but the city’s winter theater season is undeniably sizzling.  I was very disappointed by last fall’s lackluster theatrical offerings, so I was quite excited to see shows during the first three weeks of 2014 that are ambitious, challenging, and daring. Some of them may not be totally successful, but hey in my more than six years of writing this blog, I’ve come to deeply believe that thinking big and takings risks have always been part of what made our theater life so vibrant and thrilling and different from other cities; traits that unfortunately seemed to have fallen by the wayside during last year’s safe, revival-heavy, audience-friendly theatrical choices.  Here are my thoughts on three of the plays I’ve seen during the past several weeks:

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