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June 13, 2007

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Zack Calhoon

I would recommend, "Living Dead in Denmark" sight unseen as well. I've worked with Qui before and absolutely loved his "Men of Steel".

Travis Bedard

For those of you in Austin, Texas I recommend my own show:

Gobotrick Theatre Company Presents:
'Intermission: Life in the In Between'
June 7th-9th, 14th-16th 2007 @ Dougherty Arts Center 8 p.m.

by Will Snider, Travis Bedard, and Company
with music by Boone Graham and Adam Hilton

Intermission is a new live music/theatrical performance hybrid examining eight lives in transition and the role that music can play in illuminating their path to the next act. Created through an openly collaborative process between actors, writers, directors, and musicians. Intermission tells the story of singer Miranda Swain’s struggle for balance between her conflicting passions for music and her failing relationship. Miranda’s story is told through her final performance in residence at Café Cambiare. As her set unfolds we see how the music affects her and the lives and relationships of her audience as they struggle through transitions of their own.What is your passion? What is it worth to you? What are you willing to sacrifice for it?

To learn more about us, visit our website
www.gobotrick.org
myspace.com/mirandaswain

Mark

Although I have yet to see it (the whole new-dad thing), I recommend John Belluso's The Rules of Charity, in a well-received new production from Theater by the Blind.

jaime

I second Amazons. I'm not going until closing night, but I saw a reading a few months ago at Ars Nova, and it's killer. I think Jordan might be the best not-famous-yet playwright around.

Tony

In Chicago I'd recommend The Resistible rise of Arturo Ui at Steep Theatre, and Teatro Luna's Lunatic(a)s

David Moore

Shame on me: In Chicago, I'm going to first take unfair advantage of this question and recommend any of the five plays of "LeapFest 4," my company's (Stage Left Theatre's) annual festival of new, socio-political plays, June 14th-30th. And yes, one of them is by me ("The Day of Knowledge").

On big/mainstream stages: "In The Continuum" finally made it to Chicago (at the Goodman). Even though anyone who's even half-aware of what's going on in American theater has probably read and heard a great deal about the play and the performers/creators, take this opportunity to actually see it. And "Troilus and Cressida" at Chicago Shakes. A weak play, but an amazing production.

Small stages/homegrown: Collaboraction's "Sketchbook" is a great annual party -- and, this year, word is that the plays are good, too. Also, "Lunatic(a)s" by Tanya Saracho. I don't know this one-woman play, but I know Tanya and she's an amazing storyteller, so I feel pretty good giving it a blind recommend. And finally, "Mr. Spacky... The Man Who Was Continuously Followed By Wolves" is this wierd sort of genre play (with a live band) that breaks and follows the rules simultaneously.

Kerry Reid

I'm echoing the Chicago shout-outs for Arturo Ui, Mr. Spacky, and In the Continuum. Also, 500 Clown is opening a doubleheader at Steppenwolf of their "500 Clown Macbeth" and "500 Clown Frankenstein." I've only seen the former, but it's one of the funniest things I've ever seen (as in, several moments where I laughed so hard I thought I might actually stop breathing) so a good bet.

My old pal Jim Zulevic is being memorialized this weekend at Theater on the Lake in "Apparently Heaven Can't Wait . . . the Best of Jim Zulevic at the Second City."

And Julia Sweeney is bringing back "Letting Go of God" at the Lakeshore for two shows only at off-times. I think only Sunday 11 AM is still open for tickets (that's when I'm going, not-god help me), but it is by all the accounts I've heard pretty terrific. It will probably be coming back around again if you miss this time.

And Don Hall will kill me if I don't mention the finals for SKALD, WNEP's storytelling festival, at the Chicago Cultural Center on Saturday night. I'm judging, so anyone local who wants to throw things at my head, this is your chance!

Moxie the Maven

Passing Strange - just saw it for the second time, and adored it.

Valerie (SF actor)

Anna Bella Eema at Crowded Fire just opened in SF and it's amazing - 3 women who never leave their chairs shouldn't be this riveting, but somehow they are - the world of sound in this piece is amazing and deep and the performances are achingly good. 2nd on my list is First Person Shooter at SF Playhouse - a new play by a local writer that was inspired by Columbine, and made suddenly timely by the Virginia Tech stuff - I hear its not too heavy handed for an 'issue' play and I'd recommend it to someone from out of town who wants to know about all of the local writing getting produced up in here.

Kyle

I'll recommend two productions in L.A. sight unseen:

Speaking of John Belluso, Pyretown is being produced by STUDIO/STAGE. The L.A. Weekly review wasn't a rave, but I'm curious enough about his writing that I'll try to see it regardless. Just not this weekend. I'm busy.

The Boomerang Kid, by Chris Econn, directed by Ryan Dixon and starring Tyler Poelle and Davitt Felder. It's at Powerhouse Theatre in Santa Monica and uses interactive technology to let the audience vote on the plot's proceedings. And it got a good review in the L.A. Weekly. And they're all friends of mine! Sounds like fun!

Marisela

San Francisco:
First Person Shooter by Aaron Loeb
at the SF Playhouse: http://www.sfplayhouse.org/season0607/firstperson.php

Kris Vire

Chicago: I concur with the praise for Lunatic(a)s. I also can't say enough good things about Right Brain Project's production of Franz Kafka's The Castle (it's the Manhattan Ensemble Theater adaptation). It closes Saturday, so make it first priority!

hpmelon

In Washington DC, I am interested in seeing Dead Man's Cell Phone at Woolly Mammoth. can't recommend it, as I have not seen it; but it has a stellar director, great actors, and Ruhl's work is fantastic.

freeman

Why shouldn't I hype my show here? I hype it on my own blog shamelessly. One more performance of "Interview with the Author" as a part of the Pretentious Festival at the Brick Theater on Friday at 7pm. Brooklyn!

Come and check me out! ME! I recommend ME!

mt

Portland, Oregon:
Sojourn Theatre's GOOD
Performed IN a car dealership. The audience travels through and the cast sings in the showroom, dances on car lifts, and tumbles through abandoned backlots. A delightful show about the ethics and business.

cgeye

In Denver, a new work, EVERY SECRET THING by Judy GeBauer, well reviewed, with my latest crush object, Gregory J. Adams:
http://tinyurl.com/264mhv

More about Modern Muse, doing business the way most small companies in Colorado do:
http://tinyurl.com/2bgjx

afb

I saw Amazons and Their Men earlier this week and would concur that it is well worth seeing.
Also, Joan of the Stockyards starts this weekend at P.S. 122. I'm recommending this sight unseen, but it's directed by Lear deBessonet (transFigures, Bone Portraits)who has yet to disappoint me.

Paul Rekk

A hearty second on Kris' recommendation of RBP's The Castle for the Chicago types!

Kerry Reid

Adding a very strong rec for TUTA Theatre Chicago's remounting of Milena Markovic's "Tracks," about teens in Bosnia during and after the war in the early 90s. I saw it during the original run last fall and it is gutsy, funny, vibrant, visceral, and thoroughly engaging.

Brant Russell

Chicago: Though I can't speak for or against any of the previous commenters' comments, I can wholeheartedly recommend Tracy Letts' AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY at Steppenwolf. We're in rehearsals now, and the play opens for reals on July 8. If any Chicagoans want to come to a preview, just email me and I'll hook you up if I can. You should know: it's long (about 2:45) and intense.

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