With the burgeoning number of theater blogs, Chicago productions are rarely overlooked completely. But a few that I saw in 2010 weren’t given the props they deserved. When creative productions go unnoticed, that’s bad news for both the industry and the theatergoing public.
1) Tellin’ Tales Theatre’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dreamers” ran just two weekends in June, but it was a find. This evening of four monologues on the subject of insomnia, curated by Tekki Lomnicki, was often hilarious and/or disconcertingly up-front and true. I don’t know why this particular, highly personal brand of performance—a cross between stand-up and autobiographical confession—seems to have gone out of style.
2) Despite its attention-grabbing title, “Six Dead Queens and an Inflatable Henry!” was neglected by both the Trib and TimeOut in April. Piccolo Theatre’s freewheeling take on Foursight Theatre’s 1999 show had a manic charm from the get-go, when all six of Henry’s dead wives roiled beneath the covers of a giant raked bed.