Chicago ShowBiz Life Gets Complicated When The World Goes..."boom" "Life is a mess, or rather an organized chaos that without fail consumes your mind. But getting us through the sludge, the daily grind – is choice. We can either learn to live with our mess or clean it up. And while trying to understand the mysteries of relativity, space, and time – I wonder how often each of us has wished we could capture time in a bottle, stall it, escape and review it. Peter Sinn Nachtreibs’ boom now playing at Chicago’s Honest Theatre and wonderfully directed by Chad Gilliland, captures the moment – the end of us, the beginning of the others. It’s so refreshing to see theatre that explores this ‘what if’ scenario with heart and enthusiasm...The show is a brave take on human connection, with stellar performances. A simple, but detailed set is perfect because there are no bells and whistles to hide behind, which accentuates its authenticity. Barbara (Sharon Biermann) runs the show – literally. She guides us through the perils of the past with the flip of a switch, sweeping us into the lives of two very different people faced with an unspeakable tragedy. Profound & tragic, it oscillates between serious & funny – and I loved every minute of it. To see the last two people on earth rattle each other’s cage, anxious to see the world – reminds me of the conundrum many face today. We want to stay inside our little cages, but sooner or later we all have to go outside, no matter how dangerous we think it is. And it’s probably going to take someone else’s nagging to get us to do it."
The Examiner: AXS Entertainment / Arts and Entertainment / Performing Arts Three shows to ink in that may be under the radar "When you have a city that has so many good theater companies, its arguably easy to miss some productions worth seeing that are in smaller spaces, Chicago neighborhoods or out in the burbs. Here are three plays produced by excellent companies that might not catch everyone's eye. Honest Theatre, a really talented company that believes people should be able to afford a show asks its theater goers to pay what they can. The company's next production is "The Confessional" by Jayson Akridge at the Pentagon Theatre at Collaboraction in the Flat Irons Building... "
The Examiner: Chicago Theater Honest Theatre opens season with a homerun in Spike Heels "Wow! When you go to a new professional theater company’s first production you don’t know what to expect in staging, directing and acting. Certainly there’s no expectation that the show would be among the few productions seen over the years where everything works to perfection. But that is exactly what occurred in Honest Theatre’s opening weekend of “Spike Heels” at the Mussetter-Strubel Theater on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus... Directed by Kelly Levander, the action superbly moves from confrontation to wishful thinking to its interesting conclusion."
Entertaining Chicago Honest Theatre: Spike Heels Review "Live theater is something that anyone should be able to access at any time, regardless of their financial situation. This is the sentiment behind the brand new Honest Theatre Company... Chicago has a wealth of great theatre, but because budget can be an issue, this is a company to consider following. Attend a show and donate what you can towards tickets, but no tickets will be out of your price range... Spike Heels is the funny and intriguing debut production by the Honest Theatre Company... Over the course of the 2 1/2-hour production, each character develops into someone you feel for and want to know more about. They are real people that you’ve seen in passing or know well, but it takes each character revealing their truth to help them (and you as the audience) relate. Spike Heels starts off a bit slow, but picks up just like the book that you discover you can’t put down."
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