“King of the Yees” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

Lauren Yee’s wonderfully self-conscious play, King of the Yees, demolishes the stage convention of the fourth wall, utterly obliterates it. Shortly after the beginning of the show, Larry Yee (the irrepressible, effervescent Francis Jue) charges in from house left carrying signs for Leland Yee’s campaign for California state senator. Larry Yee’s avocation is his unwavering … Continue reading “King of the Yees” at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

“A Steady Rain” at the John Kirby Studio

Chicago—The Windy City, The City of Big Shoulders, Chi-town, Hog Butcher to the World. Chicago, a city famed for its murder rate, for its rough politics, for Mayor Richard Daley and his motto, “vote early—and often,” and for his infamous crack-down on anti-war activists during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Chicago is also the city … Continue reading “A Steady Rain” at the John Kirby Studio

“Welcome to Your Alternative Reality” at Open Fist Theatre Company

Angsty times we live in these days, with Donald Trump in the White House. Some of my more conservative friends still cheer him on. One of my oldest friends thinks that his speech in Poland was magnificent. If it was, he was delivering words some one else wrote. No crime certainly, politicians have speechwriters. But … Continue reading “Welcome to Your Alternative Reality” at Open Fist Theatre Company