June Recommendations Calendar

It’s finally (basically) summer! There’s so much to do in Chicago this June. Festivals are starting up and performances are breaking outside.

I’m totally pumped for farmers’ markets to start again and to watch shows from a blanket on the grass, ahhhh! Check out some of my recommendations for this June. There’s plenty to keep you busy.

June 2-12- Pivot Arts Festival-Edgewater and Uptown Continue reading

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What is Artistic Quality? On Dog Art, One Minute Plays, and The Musical of a Generation

 

Rent was a huge component of what got me interested in adaptation. La Boheme turned 90’s Aids Crisis, how did Jonathan Larson, musical wizard, create this masterpiece?!? That sincerely spoke to me when I was in high-school, full of angsty and artistic dreams.

But there are moments of the storyย that can come across as heavy-handed or cliche. It’s not perfect. A 1996 reviewer for the New York Times states it well as “one forgives the show’s intermittent lapses into awkwardness or cliche because of its overwhelming emotional sincerity.”

This staging of RENT at Theo Oubique had a stunning balance of pluck and intimacy. It was an incredible set for the performance and the artists made the audience feel as if they were another member of the circle of friends.
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This staging made the elements that are still relevant today shine.ย  Continue reading