These are some favorite reviews I’ve written for Newcity Stage.
Always Be Staunch: A Review of The Steadfast Tin Soldier at Lookingglass Theatre Company
“One of my biggest pet peeves is the qualifier that a piece of entertainment is ‘an escape.’ We are not all afforded the opportunity to put our lives on pause, even for a brief moment at the theater. But for sixty minutes at Lookingglass, if nothing else, we get to see our world through theatrical magic and wonderment. And we can be steadfast with keeping that wonder, wherever we are this holiday season.”
The Little Things That Keep Her Alive: A Review of La Ruta at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
“Memory is all we have, and storytelling plays a huge part in keeping the memories of our loved ones alive for generations long after we’re gone. With “La Ruta,” a play inspired by the true stories of the women of Juárez (with names altered to protect their identities), Gomez has crafted an act of storytelling whose primary function is as noble as any act of pure human inspiration one can find in the theater: keeping these women and their daughters alive.”
Creating Moonlight: A Review of Burning Bluebeard at The Ruffians and The Neo-Futurists
“‘Bluebeard’ remains as anarchic, hilarious, and deeply terrifying as ever. It is also arguably the best gateway show to bring in “non-theatergoers” to the world of what storefront theater in Chicago can be: absurd, collaborative, and deeply, deeply insightful.”
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Written for a cast of 21 middle-school students.
A contemporary adaptation of The Prince and the Pauper set in a middle school. A self-aware anarchic comedy about not letting social groups define us. There's also a character dressed as a moose for a large duration of the play. Theatre is very important.
A RED LOBSTER GROWS IN BROOKLYN
Words and Music
by Ben Kaye
Rabbi Rosen comes to grips with his purpose in life as he is called upon to stop a young Jewish boy from eating lobster, the worst of all sins, of course. An irreverent musical comedy that’s short, sweet, and full of delicious cheddar biscuits. Oy.
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I’M WITH THE BAND: A MUSICAL ABOUT DESTROYING THE THINGS YOU LOVE
(currently in development)
Book by Fred Pelzer
Songs by Ben Kaye
Kat has run away from home. She has nowhere to go. Maybe her old high school friend's brother could help her out? Turns out, he plays bass for The Great Mystery, a new band in Chicago that is about to change Kat's life more than she knows.
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AND NOW A WORD FROM MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER CHRISTINE GRACE KOVAKS
1 gender non-specific
Semi-acclaimed motivational speaker Christine Grace Kovaks has arrived at YOUR venue to deliver a speech to the audience empowering them to ‘Be Your Best You!’ A heckler from the audience, an unhelpful assistant, and two not-so-eager audience participants stand in the way of Kovaks achieving her goal, in this comic tailspin of meta-theatricality.