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Off-Broadway Review: “Nibbler” at the Amoralists and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

“I’m trying, Tara, but some days… it’s not easy being the one left behind. And the last few years, it feels like everything’s going to shit in this country.” – Adam At the beginning of Ken Urban’s “Nibbler,” the world premiere joint production of the Amoralists and Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre currently running at Rattlestick, Adam (James Kautz) and Tara (Rachel…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Orange Julius” Rattles Reality at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

February 4, 2017 | LGBT, Off-Broadway > | Tags:

“An Orange Julius. That’s what I want.” – Julius Basil Kreimendahl’s “Orange Julius” is a memory play. Narrated by Nut (Jess Barbagallo), the play defies space and time to tell the complex story of the narrator’s relationship with their estranged father Julius (Stephen Payne) a Vietnam War Veteran dying from cancer caused by exposure on the battlefield to the herbicide…

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Review: “Cal in Camo” Rattles the Psyche at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

Cal (played with a haunting despair by Katya Campbell) is in a mess. Urban Chicago was the ideal place for her husband Tim (played with a brave vulnerability by David Harbour) to make money pitching beer distributors’ craft brews but not the ideal place for Cal – who grew up in rural Missouri – to live and the raise her…

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Review: “Ironbound” at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre (Closed Sunday April 24, 2016)

“As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking.” (Virginia Woolf, “Orlando”) “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” (Virginia Woolf, “A Room of One’s Own”) Darja (Marin Ireland) has not had a room of her own since she arrived in the United States from Poland with her…

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Review: “Utility” Presented by The Amoralists at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre (Closed Saturday February 20, 2016)

“Yeah, and every time, you say, “no no no,” and then three months later we’re back together again or you want to be back together again and I’m like “no way” and so why don’t we just cut the crap and do it right one time.” Chris to Amber in “Utility” In the midst of the caucuses in Iowa and…

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“Hamlet in Bed” at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (Closed Sunday October 25, 2015)

“There is no play and you know it.” – Michael to Anna ‘Clever’ morphs to ‘profound’ as film noire narration counterpoints with spoken word and played scenes, in Michael Laurence’s “Hamlet in Bed” a play within a play within a play. Playwright Michael Laurence constructs a fascinating and engaging retelling of the “Queen’s closet scene” in “Hamlet” (Act III, Scene…

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“Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait” at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre at the Gym at Judson (Closed Saturday June 27, 2015

“Remember that feeling? Of endless energy?/Endless joy? Like when you’d have your/parents’ car late at night with your friends? All/the windows down? In the summer? Loud/music? Your hands on the wheel? Everything/felt so strong? So easy? So light?/Where is that?/Who feels that anymore?” – Mom to Smith Daniel Talbott has written one of the best surreal, kaleidoscopic fables about not…

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“The Undeniable Sound of Right Now” at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (Closed Sunday May 2, 2015)

April 2, 2015 | Off-Broadway > | Tags:

“Time it was /And what a time it was, it was/A time of innocence/A time of confidences/Long ago it must be/I have a photograph/Preserve your memories/They’re all that’s left you.” “Bookends” by Simon & Garfunkel The insidious sounds of “right now” that threaten to relegate the present to the past creep eerily into Hank’s Bar in Chicago in 1992. Hank…

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“Everything You Touch” at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre at the Cherry Lane Theatre (Closed Sunday March 29, 2015

Everything you touch turns to gold. Everything you touch turns to dust. “Everything you touch surely dies.” (From the song “Let Her Go” by Passenger) “Everything You Touch” is a time warp and space warp marathon, pushing and pulling at the audience as it takes audience members on a roller-coaster ride through events in real time, through events in the…

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Shesh Yak at Rattlestick Playwright’s Theatre (Closed February 22, 2015)

February 13, 2015 | Off-Broadway > | Tags:

‘You made me hate Syria! You made me hate my home!’ howls a wrathful Jameel. Haytham, a gentle, middle-aged man, sits bound and gagged in a claustrophobic apartment as Jameel inflicts atrocity after atrocity on his fragile body. It’s the grim ritual of history and violence now playing at Rattlestick Theatre. Playwright/Performer Laith Nakli spins a tale of suffering past…

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