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Criminal Minds

Season 9, Episode 16 “Gabby”. Written by Erica Messer and Jim Clemente. Directed by Thomas Gibson. I had the pleasure of working on CRIMINAL MINDS in January and the episode aired February 26, 2014. Below is the breakdown of working… Related posts: Nostalgia: Day 2 of 6 (10/16/05) Nostalgia: Day 5 of 6 (10/19/05) Nostalgia: Day 4 of 6 (10/18/05)

A familiar game, well-played, in 'Dating'

THEATER REVIEW: "Dating: Adults Embracing Failure" at the Royal George ??? and "EL Stories: Listen to the Music" by Waltzing Mechanics ??½ THEATER REVIEW: "Dating: Adults Embracing Failure" at the Royal George ??? and "EL Stories: Listen to the Music" by Waltzing Mechanics ??½... Show More Summary

In 'Partners,' 20-somethings face down futures with each other

THEATER REVIEW: "Partners" by LiveWire Chicago ??½ Dawn Powell, the great chronicler of comedies of bad manners in Manhattan in the post-World War II era, created a character in her 1954 novel "The Wicked Pavilion" who championed a new approach to fiction writing.

This is an overachieving 'Spelling Bee' at Drury Lane

THEATER REVIEW: "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" at Drury Lane Theatre ??? THEATER REVIEW: "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" at Drury Lane Theatre ???... William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin's 2005 Broadway musical has, I swear, had a big impact on actual spelling bees.

'Myths and Hymns' all about the music and imagery

THEATER REVIEWS: "Myths and Hymns" by BoHo Theatre ??? and "The Late Henry Moss" by Artistic Home ??? "Myths and Hymns"

Sting's former self is at the center of 'Last Ship'

THEATER REVIEW: "The Last Ship" at the Bank of America Theatre ??? THEATER REVIEW: "The Last Ship" at the Bank of America Theatre ???... This is a heartfelt and clearly sincere tribute to the men and women of the lost shipbuilding industry of North East England, the shadows of a restless rock star's youth.

In play about exes, a character goes over edge

THEATER REVIEW: "Annapurna" at Profiles Theatre Alley Stage ??½ THEATER REVIEW: "Annapurna" at Profiles Theatre Alley Stage ??½... Darrell W. Cox, the star of many a show these last two decades at the venerable Profiles Theatre, is the kind of Chicago actor who likes to take a deep dive into a character.

Kokandy hits the mark with Sondheim's tricky 'Assassins'

THEATER REVIEW: "Assassins" by Kokandy Productions ??? THEATER REVIEW: "Assassins" by Kokandy Productions ???... For a sense of how much a theater space can positively impact a production, check out Stephen Sondheim's "Assassins" in the Theater Three space at Theater Wit.

The Reviews for Holler If You Hear Me are In…

The reviews for Holler If You Hear Me are in, and unfortunately the critics don’t think anyone will holler for this new jukebox musical based on songs of the late rapper Tupac Shakur.  The critics almost universally recognize the power of Tupac’s lyrics and the strength of the song performances, but they can’t get past […]

Mobster world fits this power-mad 'Hamlet'

THEATER REVIEW: "Hamlet" by Oak Park Festival Theatre ??? If you're tapping your feet impatiently awaiting the return of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," Oak Park Festival Theatre's current production of "Hamlet" may provide some relief. Director...Show More Summary

Bach, break dancing and a troubling moment

THEATER REVIEW: "Red Bull Flying Bach" at the Civic Opera House ??½ THEATER REVIEW: "Red Bull Flying Bach" at the Civic Opera House ??½... One rarely reads the words "Bach" and "break dancing" in the same sentence. Then again, one rarely sees the name of a highly caffeinated beverage within the title of an event at the Civic Opera House.

Cast's quick thinkers are the attraction in 'Apes'

THEATER REVIEW: "Apes of Wrath" at Second City e.t.c. ??½ THEATER REVIEW: "Apes of Wrath" at Second City e.t.c. ??½... "Apes of Wrath," the new comedy revue at the Second City e.t.c., begins with a refugee...

'Death of a Maiden': Committed but off-balance

THEATER REVIEW: "Death of a Maiden" at Victory Gardens Theater ??½ THEATER REVIEW: "Death of a Maiden" at Victory Gardens Theater ??½... In 1990, the exiled writer Ariel Dorfman returned to his native Chile where, he would later write, he saw victims of torturous acts living side by side with their torturers...

Sparks but not much more in 'Trafford Tanzi'

THEATER REVIEWS: "Trafford Tanzi" at Fizz Bar ?? and "Becker" at the Annoyance Theater ?? THEATER REVIEWS: "Trafford Tanzi" at Fizz Bar ?? and "Becker" at the Annoyance Theater ??... The boisterous saga of Trafford Tanzi, a tomboy with professional wrestling ambitions...

A new way to buy Broadway tickets online

We all know that there are LOTS of ways to buy Broadway tickets (and it’s easy to be skeptical of the new kid on the block), but we recently tested out a new (to us and to Broadway) tickets website called ScoreBig that offers a bit of a different approach to the Broadway ticket-buying process. […]

Thinking About Theater and Ode to Joy

For a change of pace, today I'm offering you a series of random theater-related thoughts. None of which could take up a post on its own, but together they seem worthy.

All The Wrong Dreams

You may be surprised to learn that Arthur Miller’s tragedy for the common man, a play about a guy ‘who had all the wrong dreams,’ who is caught up in someone else’s definition of success rather than trusting what he knows about himself, and who ultimately resorts to an act of (self) violence in a […]

Michael Cera anchors a 'Youth' that spans decades

THEATER REVIEW: "This is Our Youth" at Steppenwolf Theatre ???½ THEATER REVIEW: "This is Our Youth" at Steppenwolf Theatre ???½... Written five years after Douglas Coupland popularized the demographic term "Generation X," Kenneth Lonergan's "This is Our Youth" was...

Bumpy ride for a satire of children's musicals

THEATER REVIEW: "Orville and Wilbur Did It!" by New Colony at Signal Ensemble Theatre ?? THEATER REVIEW: "Orville and Wilbur Did It!" by New Colony at Signal Ensemble Theatre ??... Most actors have a few horror stories from the road, especially those who have spent time in the low-budget world of traveling children's shows...

We Want the Fame: Holler Introduces New Talent to Broadway

While Holler if Ya Hear Me, the new musical featuring the songs of Tupac Shakur, has strong performances by Broadway vets, I found the work of Broadway newbies Joshua Boone and Dyllon Burnside equally as impressive.

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