First Folio’s World Premiere ‘Man-Beast’ succeeds with stage shivers and intrigue By PHILIP POTEMPA Of Notoriety It’s always easier to achieve the haunting enticement of fear and unease for swallowing up a movie audience, compared to the challenge of translating the same edge-of-the-seat entertaining attributes to cast the similar shadows over a stage theatre audience. But in my decade reviewing the works at First Folio Theatre at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. and Rt. 83 in Oak Brook, this is a theatre company trained and fine-tuned to know just how to thrill and chill eager audiences. In fact, for seasonal stage...Read More
Month: October 2017
REVIEW: Buffalo Theatre Ensemble surprises and delights with Hitchcock’s ‘The 39 Steps’ By PHILIP POTEMPA Of Notoriety Directing a cast of four, tasked with slipping in and out of the identities of more than 150 characters, isn’t an easy feat. Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, the professional Equity company in residence at the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, teamed with ensemble member Kurt Naebig as director, have launched the 2017-2018 season with a four-of-a-kind stage success. “The 39 Steps,” adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan, is a madcap Hitchcock-inspired whodunit all framed and...Read More
REVIEW: Pride Films and Plays’ ‘Perfect Arrangement’ a polished tale of private lives By PHILIP POTEMPA OfNotoriety Early on in Topher Payne‘s clever stage comedy “Perfect Arrangement,“ the four central characters, who share love-crossed relationships, face an important realization: there is a difference in having a private live, and what is defined as a secret life. As carefully directed and fine-tuned by Pride Films and Plays‘ Associate Artistic Director Derek Van Barham, there is an ideal balance achieved blending parody with possibility in this new Chicago premiere run of “Perfect Arrangement” playing now through Oct. 22 at Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway in...Read More
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