CYCLIST ATTACKED BY MOUNTAIN LION
By ROBERT KOON
On his morning bike ride on a local trail, Jerry finds a sign warning of a local sighting of a mountain lion. He successfully avoids an encounter with the predator, but as his day unfolds the presence of wildlife in the city becomes more and more pronounced…and more and more suspicious. Are the animals launching an attack on the humans who are annexing their territory, or are the humans themselves de-evolving—sliding back into their selfish, animal nature?
Directed by KEVIN CHRISTOPHER FOX
With: Emanueal Buckley, Elizabeth Laidlaw, Shawn Douglas, Lucy Hancock, Martin Yurkek, Mike Perez, and Matt Isler
1105 W. Chicago Avenue
"If you’re born female in this country, the pressure starts early. From the time you’re old enough to process the image on a magazine cover or a billboard, you know how you’re supposed to look. Young, poreless, wasp-waisted and big bosomed with perfectly symmetrical features. Don’t measure up? There’s a diet or a drug or a procedure that can fix you — because make no mistake, you are, in fact, broken. Especially, observe Evanston playwright Mia McCullough and director Judy Blue, if you’re fat." Read Catey Sullivan's full article in the Sun-Times Media.
‘Impenetrable’ by Mia McCullough
Oct. 10–Nov. 2
Clockwise Theatre, 221 N. Genesee St., Waukegan
"Affluence is a play with relevance to the socioeconomic circumstances of today. It’s a commentary on what some people will do for love and/or money. As years pass it may also serve as a marker of early 21st century sensibilities"
Read Ben Miles' full review in Showmag.com
Affluence continues at Theatre 40 through October 20. Theatre 40 is located in the Reuben Cordova Theatre, on the campus of Beverly Hills High School – 241 South Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills. Evening performances are Thursdays through Saturdays and Mondays at 8 p.m. Matinees are Sundays at 2 p.m. For reservations, call (310)364-0535.
OCTAGON by Kristiana Colón selected as one of six plays for 12th Annual National Showcase of New Plays
OCTAGON by Kristiana Rae Colón, submitted by PROP Thtr
Six Scripts Selected for 12th Annual National Showcase of New Plays
In the midst of a last minute poetry slam, eight young poets with tangled love lives contend for the winning spot while struggling to determine what they are willing to sacrifice. The fiercest contender, Prism, is a woman with an appetite she’s not ashamed of, but the reigning champs have a hard time seeing her as more than a good-time girl. As love triangles become pentagons and octagons, Prism’s unbridled desires threaten to have her silenced for good. Octagon rips open the clichés of the open mic, asking the cost of making a spectacle of ripping open our wounds.
There is Wicked Affluence in Beverly Hills Written by Tasha Moore
One cozy theater venue in Beverly Hills warns of wealth’s woes. Larry Eisenberg directs and David Hunt Stafford produces Affluence at Theatre 40.
A play written by Chicagoan Steven Peterson, Affluence is the winner of the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild’s 2013 Julie Harris Playwriting Award.
Peterson has done an excellent job crafting a play about the mid-holiday malaise that plagues many an upper-middle-class home in America. You are invited to indulge in Peterson’s subtly sadistic recount of a hellish holiday phenomenon that takes place in 2010, on the heels of the Great Recession’s very worst.
Introducing the Woodley family, whose funny money evokes wicked greed and treachery among its members. Robert Woodley, Jr. (Lloyd Pedersen) is the humble patriarch that endures emotional as well as physical abuse at the hands of his highly domineering wife Jean Woodley (Rhonda Lord). Jean has been accused of swiping pain medication, and the aging couple is at odds over Jean’s pricey legal problems and the mounting publicity that suffocates her predicament. But it does not take long to discover that Robert’s ailing mother Namoo’s (Nan Tepper) imminent death is the main focus of the couple’s obsession over money.
Mr. Peterson weaves up a neat mess of circumstances for his choice group of upper crusters that involves muted yuletide cheer, mounds of wrapping paper on the living room floor, piles of overpriced merchandise—and murder? Included in the group is Barbara (Ilona Kulinska), aka Beanie, the clever college-aged daughter, and Arthird (Justin Huff), aka Robert III, supreme doofus and heir to the Woodley family’s future fortune, which hangs in the balance. Continue Reading...
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