Archive for the 'Theater' Category

Come See Tupperware With Me On Sunday

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Tupperware: An American Musical Fable opened last week and it’s getting great reviews.  I’m going to see it on Sunday at 7:30.  You should come too.

Get tickets here.  Use the discount code “ITBURPS” to get 2-for-1 tickets.

If you can’t go Sunday, you have until August 9th.  Don’t miss it!

Coming Soon: Tupperware

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

tupperwareThe New Colony just posted a song from the final show of our 2009 season: Tupperware: An American Musical Fable.  Take a listen.

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I’m really excited to be a part of this group, even in the minor role of board member.  It’s theater companies like these that make Chicago the most exciting theater city in the world — at least in my opinion.  You should definitely come see the show, which opens July 13th.

If the mood strikes you, we’re also in the midst of our summer donation drive.  Any donation would be a big help.  Here’s more information:

Everyone benefits when a musical has musicians! The audience claps! The singers sing!

Your $25 donation will pay for the stipend of one musician for one performance of Tupperware. Your contribution is tax-deductible, and you’ll have the warm fuzzy feeling that you helped a daddy get new strings for his baby. You would also, of course, be invited to come see Tupperware and notice that $25 is not that much to support such a talented group.

How to donate:

Make a secure online donation with paypal via our website:
Send a check made payable to The New Colony to PO BOX 409256, Chicago IL 60640

Tupperware: An American Musical Fable is scheduled to open July 13th, 2009 at La Costa Theatre, 3931 N Elston Ave – Chicago IL 60618
Tickets on sale at
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The New Colony is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Financial contributions are tax-deductible. Nothing is given in return for a tax-deductible donation

It’s Great To Be A Theta Pi!

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

I remember once hearing a discussion on the radio complaining about the high price of concert and theater tickets.  They talked about spending $100 per seat and all I kept thinking was, “man, you guys are going to the wrong shows!”  If you think ticket prices are too high, go see some local bands and small theater!  That’s where all the good stuff is.

Now, I know it can be hard to sift through the garbage to find something good to see, so I’m going to help you out: go see FRAT.  I should disclose that I’m on the board of the theater company producing the show, but with the exception of Stomp The Yard, have I ever led you astray?  And, honestly, was that movie all that bad?  You didn’t even see it, did you? Some friend.

It’s okay, though.  FRAT‘s better.  

To be honest, of the three shows The New Colony is doing this year, it was the one I was the least excited about.  I don’t really have any opinions of — or interest in —  fraternaties and I worried the show might become either a glorification of idiocy or a spiteful trashing of the entire institution.  It’s neither.  Instead, FRAT is a hilarious, creative, unique theater experience performed by really talented actors. 

What, my opinion’s not good enough for you?  Okay, how’s this?  You get free beer with the price of admission. Flazzam!  Still not interested?  How about some reviews?


A New Play By Evan Linder
At The DANK Haus
4740 N Western Ave. 2nd Floor
Mar. 9 – Apr. 4, 2009
Thu-Sat at 7:30PM
Buy Tickets Right Now
For  half-price tickets ($10), use discount code: THETAPI241
While not as risque as some shows, FRAT definitely hovers around an R rating. 

I Take My Mom To Fancy Shows With Naked People In Them

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

I never know what to get my mom for Hanukah or her birthday.  She’s pretty content with what she has, I suppose.  This year I decided to get tickets for the two of us to see a show and I picked Chicago Shakespeare’s Macbeth.  They always do such great stuff and it’s the first time they’ve done Macbeth so I figured it would be pretty amazing.

I knew my friend Lacy was rehearsing with Chicago Shakespeare Theater and asked her if she was in the show.

Lacy (via e-mail):  I’m actually in Midsummer, which opens in a few more weeks but should be pretty good.  I haven’t seen Mac yet, but I’ve heard it’s innnnnnsannnnnnneee.   Lots of nudity and an 85-year-old man in drag and pregnant.  I can’t wait to see it. Have fun with your mom. 

Wait.  What?  Lots of nudity?  Lots?  Of all the shows in the city, I’m taking my mom to the one withe lots of nudity?!  Being the hip lady she is, my mom’s still totally up for it, but I think maybe we should go see Lacy in Midsummer Night’s Dream instead.

You (whoever you are) should definitely go see Lacy in whatever she does.  I’ve seen her in lots of shows and all of them totally blew me away.

If I Could Just Go Back In Time And Switch The Costumes…

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Joanie, Shama, Jon and I all got season tickets to The House Theater this year.  As we waited for the first show, Dave DaVinci Saves The Universe, Joanie suggested we play a game where we all guess random, but realistic things that might appear in the show and then see if we were correct.

Joanie guessed there would be a costume malfunction.  Sure enough, in the second act, one of Arcturus’ foam claws broke off and slid across the stage, even provoking an ad-libbed line.  A costume malfunction if ever I saw one.  Joanie also guessed that this game would make it onto my website… so… more points for her.

Jon guessed there would be a murder on stage.  It can be argued whether or not it was a murder — it’s a complicated show — but we agreed it was acceptable.

Shama guessed there would be an elaborate system of ropes and pulleys, and when the robot, T.H., gets hooked into the ship’s computer using several retractable ropes, we were pretty sure they were connected to pulleys.

I guessed there would be a hat with a feather in it.  There was not.

(Photo of T.H. and Arcturus courtesy of The House Theatre.)

That’s The Best Jesus You Could Find?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

My mom and I went and saw Jesus Christ Superstar. I always liked that show. It’s got some great, powerful songs that rock out and does a pretty good job with “The Greatest Story Ever Told” (in this Jew’s opinion.) The production we saw was headlined by Ted Neely, the original Jesus from the film version. Unfortunately, at 65, he’s twice as old as Jesus was when he died. Neely should have hung ‘em up at 33. He was… not good. The show also has a terrible ending. (Did you know he dies?!) After the big production number that should end the show, there’s a ten minute scene of Jesus gasping on the cross in agony. And… curtain.  And… applause?

Somehow I ended up talking about Jesus Christ Superstar with Shane at work. He mentioned that the Indigo Girls did a weird production of it with Amy as Jesus and Emily as Mary. I looked it up. Man, it is weird. There were some production decisions that make me wonder if the Indigo Girls have any concept of the actual story — the Jewish Priests are portrayed as nuns wearing giant crosses and Jesus sings Hosanna — egotistically praising himself. That said, Amy Ray in overalls with a mullet is still a better Jesus than Ted Neely.

Meanwhile, in Guatemala we saw a very different side of Jesus. Antigua gets really into Easter every year when thousands of pilgrims descend on the town to participate in the festivities throughout lent. There wasn’t any electric guitar, but there sure were tubas!

Lines? Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Lines

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

Waiting in line to get into a taping of Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me with Eddie and his family, we were all blown away by the line itself. We’ve all been in lines that snake back and forth before, but I’ve never been in a line that snakes back and forth without any sort of ropes or dividers.

Eddie: It’s an NPR crowd.

And an NPR crowd it was. It was so docile I wanted to pet it as everyone quietly zig-zagged around imaginary ropes on their way to the door.

The show was great and I’m proud that it’s recorded here in Chicago. Hopefully they don’t get big egos and move to New York. This American Life, I’m looking at you.

Are You There Chicago? It’s Me, Amanda.

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

In the final episode of Impress These Apes, Amanda Rountree created a conversation between herself and Chicago — starring the audience as Chicago. Brilliant!