My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for HOUSE THEATRE OF CHICAGO, Chicago, IL, USA
in the 1970's I owned an art gallery in the DePaul University area and had the pleasure of seeing John Malkovich crackle in an early Steppenwolf Theater production while they still operated from Highland Park. I also had the pleasure of viewing several productions at the now defunct St. Nicholas theater (home of David Mamet) in addition to working with their excellent production staff on a fund raiser for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization. Through those heady early days of the burgeoning and talented off Broadway scene in Chicago, I have remained thoroughly addicted to Chicago Theater. Along with two fine writers who are my long term friends, I catch every new production I can fit into my schedule. Now that I have retired downstate and run a living green nature center to encourage children in experiencing nature, I rely heavily on those friends to lead me to the hot new theater action in town. VIcki Quadi who writes and produces the Nun based interactive plays at the St. George insisted over six years ago that we check out Nathan Allen's new play for The House theater. We went, he conquered. The writing was fun, the production near genius in it's simplicity and originality, the performances shone with an energy I hadn't seen since those early days in the 70's. One play became a trilogy, we saw every one. We sent other people to see what we had so enjoyed, no one was ever disappointed. When my youngest son met a woman he really wanted to impress, I treated them to tickets to see one of Nathan's trilogy. He loved it ("I laughed, I cried, I sang, it was great), she was impressed with the play and the date. Now they are married with a 4 year old son. We all still catch every House play we can get to.
We are still never disappointed with the writing, the originality and the passion. If you are creative and clever enough to enjoy the path less traveled of great off Broadway theater, do yourself a favor and check out any one of their productions. They will not disappoint you.