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 2017-03-22
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Hellcab
THEATER REVIEW
by Mary Shen Barnidge
2012-11-21

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Playwright: Will Kern. At: Profiles Theatre Main Stage (fka the Old Speakeasy), 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: 773-549-1815; www.profilestheatre.org; $35-$49. Runs through: Dec. 23

When asked to name an unsurpassably perfect show, the answer is most likely one seen decades earlier. It's only human to recall ephemeral events in exaggerated terms of individual response. That said, theatergoers who have the legendary Famous Door production of Hellcab etched permanently into their memories (like me) are advised to beware of nostalgia-fueled distortions when viewing it 20 years later.

The resiliency of Will Kern's internationally produced urban odyssey lies in its recognition of the humble taxicab driver as more than simply a hired chauffeur. The intimacy engendered within the confines of his automobile domain (in this case, a former Flash sedan, to judge by its exterior) may require him, at various times, to act as surrogate priest, paramedic, psychologist, paramour, mechanic, midwife, guard, guide and all-purpose hand-holder. On this Christmas Eve, our immigrant cabbie (only four months on the job) will find himself thrust into all these services, whether he's prepared to assume them or not.

In 2012, you won't hear chuckles in recognition of long-gone neighborhood landmarks like Uptown's Wooden Nickel lounge or Lakeview's Pillar of Fire Evangelical church. Passengers now include a disabled social worker, a cross-dressing chippie (played sensitively by Aaron Holland) and a caroling accordionist. The Old Speakeasy theater's stage makes for longer entrances and exits. Oh, yes, and instead of a seven-member ensemble invoking various personalities in quick-change succession, director Darrell W. Cox has decreed that every character be played by a different actor, bringing the personnel count to a staggering 34 troupers, no more than four of whom are ever onstage at the same time.

Kern's instruction to pace the action at "breakneck" speed, coupled by the adrenal contact-high endemic to crowded greenrooms, inevitably engenders rehearsals more focused on traffic control than character analysis. By opening night, some players had grasped the core of their persona, while others need a few more days to explore the backstories of their snapshot portrayals, and Konstantin Khrustov's driver still has yet to find expressive resources beyond his boyish grin and tremulous voice. Future playgoers may also expect increasingly nuanced performances all around, as well as greater attention to thematic progression.

The premiere production of Hellcab had 10 years—from 1992 to 2002—to become the history-making experience we remember so reverently. This Profiles Theatre 20th-anniversary revival is well on its way to matching its record. See for yourself how it grows.


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

Gay News

GayCo gets grabby in Love is Love is Love Handles 2017-03-26 - ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — GayCo is back in the northwest burbs with their over-the-( muffin )-top sketch comedy revue for the LGBT-etc community, featuring ...


Gay News

Big Noise 2017 announces Spring 2017 Musical, Big Fish, the Musical 2017-03-26 - Des Plaines, IL- Big Noise Theatre Company, a division of Winnetka Theatre, announces the Spring show of their 2017 season, Big Fish, the ...


Gay News

Hell in a Handbag Productions presents Lady X - A Musical 2017-03-23 - CHICAGO, IL ( March 22, 2017 ) — Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to open its 15th season with the world ...


Gay News

About Face Theatre Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff to step down 2017-03-23 - CHICAGO, IL ( March 23, 2017 ) — The Board of Directors of About Face Theatre announced today that Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW Phantom Pain 2017-03-22 - Playwright: Barbara Lhota. At: Organic Theater Company at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $25. Runs through: April 2 ...


Gay News

NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Alessandrini riffs on 'Spamilton' 2017-03-22 - Started in New York by author Gerard Alessandrini, Spamilton has now moved to Chicago in a cabaret space. This hilarious production takes the ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW The Wiz 2017-03-22 - Playwright: Music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, book by William F. Brown. At: Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW Sycamore 2017-03-22 - Playwright: Sarah Sander. At: Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark. Tickets: 773-338-2177; RavenTheatre.org; $46. Runs through: April 29 I don't understand this play's ...


Gay News

THEATER REVIEW The Kid Thing 2017-03-22 - Written by: Sarah Gubbins. Directed by: Jake Fruend. At: Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd. Tickets: NothingWithoutACompany.org: $20. Runs through: April ...


Gay News

DOUBLE REVIEW Spamilton, 10 Out of 12 2017-03-22 - Spamilton Creator: Gerard Alessandrini. At: Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-988-9000 or Spamilton.com; $59-$99. Runs through: May 28 10 ...


 



Copyright © 2017 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.