Critics theater picks for 7/8-7/12
But not all ripped-from-the-headlines theater is serious. Indeed, what could be funnier than a play about corrupt Chicago politicians and the reporters who are wise to them? Timeline Theatre is betting that the answer is, "a conversation about corrupt Chicago politicians by the reporters who are wise to them." Following this Sunday's 2 p.m. matinee of The Front Page, the theater presents a panel of journalists discussing the Blagojevich scandal, trial, verdict, retrial and verdict. (Don't worry, there's a time limit of one hour.) "Exclusive! Chicago's Top Reporters on The Front Page: Same Story, Different Century" is free and will begin at about 4:30; tickets to the performance are $42. Timeline is at 615 West Wellington in Lakeview.
Take a walk on the wild side with en route, a tour of the city that opens—OK, it’s not this weekend, it’s next Tuesday. But it’s something you may not want to miss—apparently it goes way above and beyond bored and boring tour-guide drivel. Five Melbourne-based theater artists devised the piece for Chicago, so no one knows what will happen here. But reviewers went wild over similar excursions in Melbourne, Adelaide, and Edinburgh, calling the experience totally enthralling, revelatory, exuberant, breathtaking. Apparently words fail. Though en route is media-savvy—people will be squinting at text messages and preoccupied with MP3 players, as usual—the company aims to counteract city-induced isolation by provoking engagement. Including with other people!
The Eye on India Festival opens Friday with a one-night-only performance at the Harris by Indian classical violinist Dr. L. Subramaniam—and Chicago’s Natya Dance Theatre and Chicago Children’s Choir. Among the selections they’ll perform are two from Sita Ram, which some might remember as Lookingglass Theatre’s exhilarating 2006 musical-comedy-meets-Indian-myth production with Natya and CCC. An impressive piece of storytelling and pageantry, it’s just one of the valiant efforts Natya has made to bridge the gap between East and West.