Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2016-06-29
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


  WINDY CITY TIMES

Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology; Counterfeiters
DOUBLE REVIEW
by Scott C. Morgan, Windy City Times
2013-02-27

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology

Conception and Direction: Anthony Moseley. At: Collaboraction at Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 312-226-9633 or www.collaboraction.org; $15-$25. Runs through: March 10

Counterfeiters

Playwright: Aaron Weissman. Co-songwriter: Annie Prichard. At: Dog & Pony Theatre Company at Collaboraction Octagon Theatre, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-360-7933 or www.dogandponychicago.org; $25. Runs through: March 16

Violent crime and historical troubles in the U.S. economy are respectively explored in two world premiere revues currently playing at Chicago's Flat Iron Arts Building. Collaboraction is interpreting the facts of Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology, while Dog & Pony Theatre Company has minted the musical revue Counterfeiters.

Of the two, Crime Scene is more successful at laying out its intent up front. Crime Scene is the brainchild of Collaboraction artistic and executive director Anthony Moseley, and he starts the show off with a great staging device of having the audience mill about on top of a map of Chicago. It's as if to imply that we all part of the city and need to play our part to help stem the growing tide of murders and violence in the city (the show even has a moderated talk-back session after each performance to help foster dialogue in that direction)

Crime Scene is drawn from interviews, online comments, news pieces, which give the show a mish-mashed and fragmented feel in the drive to present so many varying stories and opinions. But the meat of the production is the telling of three real-life Chicago crime scenes: the mistaken 2000 murder of Orlando Patterson, the 2012 murder of aspiring rapper Joseph Coleman (Lil Jojo) and the violent 2010 baseball bat-attack of Natasha McShane and Stacy Jurich.

Performance-wise, the ensemble is very strong as they take up multiple characters and eventually raise up their voices to sing ensemble member Victoria Blade's song "Let Hope Rise," perhaps a too hopeful conclusion to a very bleak and often jolting show. Also strong is the multimedia-filled production design featuring the work of Liviu Pasare and John Wilson.

Whether Crime Scene does inspire audiences to take action remains to be seen, but it's nice to see that the artists of Collaboraction creatively react to problems in their own community.

As for Dog & Pony's Counterfeiters, it really needs a better thesis introduction upfront to inform audiences what they're in for: a disparate vaudeville revue of poetry, songs and sketches by playwright Aaron Weissman and songwriter Annie Prichard to explore historical questions of what is real and isn't in terms of U.S. monetary policy and practice.

Though a lot of design work has clearly gone into Counterfeiters, ranging from the creative period and often androgynous costumes by Catherine Tantillo to the cozy cabaret set of Grant Sabin, it's all stylistic window dressing for a script that's focus is pulled in too many different directions. And unfortunately, it feels like the talented actors are having more fun performing Counterfeiters than the audience will have watching them.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks 2016-07-01
THEATER REVIEW The SpongeBob Musical 2016-07-01
THEATER REVIEW This 2016-07-01
Nothing Without a Company Announces 11th Season 2016-07-01
THEATER REVIEW Company 2016-06-29
THEATER REVIEW The Grapes of Wrath 2016-06-29
Upcoming in theater and film 2016-06-29
SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Cosmetics conversations 2016-06-22
THEATER REVIEW The House That Will Not Stand 2016-06-22
THEATER REVIEW Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure 2016-06-22
Theater spotlight on GayCo, Critics' Picks 2016-06-22
THEATER REVIEW Batboy the Musical 2016-06-22
Upcoming: 'Make Music Chicago', Snubfest, 'Rhythm World', 'Company' 2016-06-22
'BITE' opens July 11 2016-06-22
'I Wanna Be...' event July 13 at Goodman 2016-06-22
NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Tina Landau bringing 'Spongebob' to town 2016-06-22
NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Life is a parade for Monica Raymund 2016-06-22
Maya & Marty TV show June 21 features Broadway stars tribute to Orlando 2016-06-21
About Face marks 20 years of LGBTQ theater 2016-06-19
THEATER REVIEW Motherstruck! 2016-06-19
Gloria Steinem, Trevor Noah among Chicago Humanities Fest speakers 2016-06-19
About Face sets 2016-17 season, I Am My own Wife returns 2016-06-18
Theater spotlight on Chicago Women's Funny Festival, Critics Picks 2016-06-16
'Hamilton' tickets on sale June 21 2016-06-16
THEATER REVIEW Xanadu 2016-06-15
THEATER REVIEW TAPPED: A Treasonous Musical Comedy 2016-06-15
THEATER REVIEW Northanger Abbey 2016-06-15
THEATER REVIEW The Divine Sister 2016-06-15
LezFest IV: A One Night Fling! July 18 2016-06-15
MCA Stage 2016-2017 season announced 2016-06-15
Writers Theatre presents Stephen Sondheim's 'Company' 2016-06-15
THEATER Marcus Gardley's 'House': Hidden corners of our nation's history 2016-06-15
NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Kristin Chenoweth returning to Chicago 2016-06-15
NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Will Burdin stars in Russian gay production 2016-06-15
Tragedy, 'Hamilton' dominate Tonys 2016-06-13
American Theater Co. 2016-17 season announced 2016-06-10
Northlight Theatre announces casting for the 42nd Season of premieres 2016-06-10
SPOTLIGHT: The Art of Falling 2016-06-08
THEATER REVIEW: Caught 2016-06-08
THEATER REVIEW: Constellations 2016-06-08
 



Copyright © 2016 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.

www.windycitymediagroup.com
[email protected]  •  [email protected]  •  [email protected]

Website Powered by LoveYourWebsite.com