By Wesley James
What an evolution, and what fun. Barney the Elf returns this year sleeker, funnier, more joyful, and every bit as gay. Those who’ve seen it before will miss the Greek chorus of drag-queens, but they’re the only thing; many of the superfluous songs and jokes have been cut, exchanged for great pacing and much cleaner comedy. Barney has skipped blithely over every stagnant trap a returning Christmas show could succumb to – it’s fresh and refined, sealing its place and begging to be revisited next year.
City Lit’s 2016-17 season will continue in January with Paul Edwards’ original adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s eerie and suspenseful 1958 novel The Sundial. This will be City Lit’s third stage adaptation of a Shirley Jackson novel, following three-time Jeff Award winner Edwards’ takes on Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House. This philosophical and frightening ghost story set in a haunted mansion was an inspiration to Stephen King for his novel The Shining. Edwards will also direct.
Chicago Opera Theater presents Stewart Copeland's THE INVENTION OF MOREL in co-world premiere with Long Beach Opera
Chicago Opera Theater (COT) presents “The Invention of Morel,” a world premiere of the co-commissioned opera composed by Stewart Copeland, co-founder and drummer of The Police. Based on Argentinian author Adolfo Bioy Casares’ 1940 novel “La invención de Morel,” Copeland’s new adaptation examines the triumph of time-bending love over convention in a story of adoration and desire. “The Invention of Morel” features London-based actor, director and writer Jonathan Moore as Stage Director/Librettist together with COT’s Artistic Director Andreas Mitisek as Conductor. The press performance will be February 18 at 7:30 p.m. Subsequent performances will be February 24 at 7:30 p.m.and February 26 at 3 p.m.