Windy City Media Group Frontpage News Home
CELEBRATING 28+ YEARS OF Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender NEWS

Search Gay News Articles
Advanced Search
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2014-11-19
Download Issue
  News Index   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds     AIDS @ 32       Marriage
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime

Sponsor
TRAVEL Eureka Springs, Ark.: Living on mountain time TRAVEL Eureka Springs, Ark.: Living on mountain time
Like the gravity of spring water running down a mountainside, Eureka Springs, ...

Browse Gay News Index   Browse Gay News Archives
  Windy City Times    Download PDF Issue

THEATER REVIEW Apes of Wrath
by Scott C. Morgan, Windy City Times
2014-07-02

facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


At: The Second City e.t.c., 1616 N. Wells St. Tickets: 312-337-3992 or www.secondcity.com; $23-$48. In an open run

Typically, people are driven to despair and misery when contemplating existential feelings of insignificance in the universe. But for the super-clever and very funny crew behind Apes of Wrath, the new 38th revue for The Second City e.t.c., those potentially depressing notions of meaningless can be comic gold.

With a title that perhaps is a nod to the latest Planet of the Apes franchise film, the crew of Apes of Wrath have applied a scientific and futuristic spin to this hilarious revue of big ideas and contemporary cultural criticism. The expansiveness of galaxies is not only admired, but mined for comedy when applied to our own lives concerned with work, relationships and sex in this fleet revue overseen with great panache by director Jen Ellison.

Particularly fun is an early sketch set in the offices of Buzzfeed, where a former investigative print journalist ( Tim Ryder ) tries to find a way to fit into a superficial online world where angry cat pictures and meaningless quizzes ultimately rule. Or revel in the pro-science sketch where a pediatrician ( Ryder, again ) gets help from an indirect source ( Asher Perlman ) to tell off two anti-vaccination first-time parents.

Brooke Breit and Eddie Mujica are particularly hilarious in a futuristic sketch involving a woman and her troubled romantic relationship with a doubtful robot branded as "Iverson." Mujica's mechanical movements ( coupled with great synchronized sound effects by musical director and composer Alex Kliner ) makes this sketch a hilarious standout.

Punam Patel has a grand time as an entrepreneur who has devised an event to help sons keep their chastity before marriage, while Carisa Barreca shows off plenty of musical abilities in songs touching upon the scary drive for utter perfection in womanhood to orbital longings for love.

If there's one thing to criticize in the show, it's that the improvisational moments drawn from audience responses aren't as elaborately pre-planned among the full cast as in previous Second City revues. But on a smaller improvised scale, Breit has a great time as a drunken woman at a high school reunion, Mujica as a guilt-inducing soon-to-be American citizen and Patel and Ryder as two pretentious performance artists riffing on contemporary events ( watch out for the duo's embarrassing costumes ).

Sarah Ross' sleek and slightly futuristic set design and the flashy lighting design work of Kyle Anderson both tie neatly into the show's overall futuristic concept for Apes of Wrath, giving the whole show a pricier look than usual.

So kudos to the entire cast and crew of Apes of Wrath for not dumbing down the comedy. Apes of Wrath shows that you can be unashamedly brainy and funny at the same time.


facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg 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.

Director Mike Nichols dies 2014-11-19
THEATER REVIEW Women at War 2014-11-19
THEATER REVIEW Tamer of Horses 2014-11-19
THEATER REVIEW Iphigenia in Aulis 2014-11-19
THEATER REVIEW Bearly Legal 2014-11-19
NUNN ON ONE Talking with Mr. Grinch 2014-11-19
Lypsinka back on stage after almost a decade 2014-11-19
Out actor Harrison White on LGBT productions, Chicago roots 2014-11-19
Theater spotlight; Critics' Picks 2014-11-19
Soap opera's Hall in 'Special Rudolph' Dec. 7 2014-11-19
COMEDY Todd Glass admits to some dos and don'ts 2014-11-18
About Face Theatre presents Big Red and the Boys 2014-11-13
SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Lyric brings back 'Porgy and Bess' in Zambello production 2014-11-12
THEATER REVIEW Featherstone 2014-11-12
THEATER REVIEW A Bright Room Called Day 2014-11-12
THEATER REVIEW The Inside 2014-11-12
THEATER REVIEW Lotto Fever in the Sucker State 2014-11-12
Theater spotlight, Critics picks 2014-11-12
The good, the bad and the hopeful 2014-11-11
SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Werner aims for Broadway big league 2014-11-05
THEATER REVIEW The Lieutenant of Inishmore 2014-11-05
THEATER REVIEW Strandline 2014-11-05
THEATER REVIEW The Hundred Flowers Project 2014-11-05
THEATER REVIEW Titanic 2014-11-05
Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks 2014-11-05
THEATER Osgood celebrates milestone career in stage managing 2014-11-05
Upcoming: Barlesque; casting auction; Gershwin, Ives 2014-11-05
Upcoming: WC&F party; BETTY; New Freddie Mercury songs 2014-11-05
Lady Balls to premier at Annoyance Theatre 2014-11-04
'Out' lesbian Moms Mabley was comedic pioneer 2014-10-29
Theater events: Nutcracker; Lynch at Lyric; Laramie 2014-10-29
THEATER REVIEW Amazing Grace 2014-10-29
Theater spotlight and Critics' Picks 2014-10-29
THEATER REVIEW Parade 2014-10-29
THEATER REVIEW All Girl Edgar Allan Poe 2014-10-29
THEATER REVIEW Devil's Day Off 2014-10-29
Events coming up in film, arts, music, performance 2014-10-29
Bailiwick Chicago holds annual casting auction 2014-10-28
SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Theatrical puzzle pieces 2014-10-22
THEATER REVIEW Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 2014-10-22





Copyright © 2014 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.

 

 

 

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 

Federal judge: Montana's anti-equal marriage rule unconstitutional
 
TRAVEL Eureka Springs, Ark.: Living on mountain time
 
National Women's Hall of Fame hosts forum in Chicago
 
DISH: SAVOR Old Crow Smokehouse; Kokopelli
 
Leaving a legacy: Danny Kopelson reflects on Hall of Fame life
 
Windy City Times Current DownloadNightspots Current DownloadQueercast Current Download
Windy City Media Group BlogsJoin Our Email List!Donate Now
Sponsor


Sponsor

  News Index   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds     AIDS @ 32       Marriage
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime



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      News Videos      Nightspots Videos      Entertainment Videos      Queercast Videos      Comedy Videos     
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.