By Wesley James
Raggedy And is a deep, relevant, and confidently excellent exploration of modern progressivism. Highly concept-driven, Raggedy grounds its poetic dialogue and grand stakes in the exposed humanity of its characters - a constant reminder of what we’re fighting for. The voices and situations, particularly the conclusion, ring with a boldness-backed-by-skill reminiscent of Sorkin; the characters represent ideals intentionally, freeing the play from justifying or excusing them. Most importantly, each side of the arguments presented is examined thoroughly, and though the play does align itself, it doesn’t insist upon us to do the same.
The play follows a non-traditional family: two moms - the published poet Ondi (Dellia Kropp) and the rugged contractor Clem (Katurah Nelson), their compulsively politically correct son Ben (Averis I. Anderson), and his new (and first ever) boyfriend Jayden (Manuel Ortiz) - the campaign manager for a fictionalized Hillary Clinton.
The Other Theatre Company (TOTC) and Artistic Director Carin Silkaitis are proud to present the next show in the company’s 2015 - 2016 season The Realm, written by Sarah Myers and directed by Kelly Howe, at The Side Project, 1439 W Jarvis Ave.
In an underground future not so far from now, teenagers Kansas and James try to escape a terrifying (new?) world order. The regime known as The Realm controls not only water and other natural resources but also the ability of its citizens to remember words themselves. As Kansas and James fight for the right to speak, choose, and desire, their journey overlaps with that of a mysterious woman who refuses to submit to The Realm despite the high price she pays for her resistance. Sarah Myers’ The Realm stages urgent questions about the relationship between language, power, solidarity, and survival.
Chicago’s Most Lauded Singers Perform Together For One Night Only at
May 17 at 7:00PM at Sidetrack
Chicago, IL – Chicago’s best musical theatre performers gather for one night only on the same stage when the 2016 Jeff Award Nominees are honored at Nominee Night, May 17 at 7PM at Sidetrack Video Bar in Lake View, Chicago.