Link to Review: “Push Button Murder” (The Side Project) – Newcity Magazine

As mentioned previously in this space, when I review a play for another media outlet, I will then post a link to that review here once it is published.  I’ll also add a 10-Word Summary and a Dice Rating to make it feel more like home!

Link to Review: “Penny the F*ckable Dolphin: A Love Story” (The Annoyance Theatre)

As promised, whenever I write a review for another site, I will post the link to it here.  I will also give a 10-word summary and a dice rating to make it still feel like home.  So, here you go…

Link to Review: “Christmas on the Air” (Provision Theater)

As always, when I cover a play for another media outlet, I will post a link to the published review here as well.  Additionally I’ll post a 10-Word Summary and a Dice Rating, so that while I was away, it still feels like home:

Link to Review: “Women at War” (Rivendell Theatre Ensemble)

As mentioned before, any time I write a review in another outlet, I will post a link to the review here so you can read what I’ve said elsewhere.  Also, you will notice that I add a Dice Rating and a 10-word summary so it all still feels like home.

  • “Women At War” (Revendell Theatre Ensemble) — Click Here for Review
    • 10-Word Summary:  Difficulties of war abound: seen here from female soldiers’ perspectives.
    • Dice Rating: d8 – “Not Bad, Not Great”

Link to Review: “The Submission” (Pride Films & Plays) – Newcity Magazine

Hey!  I’m writing for Newcity now!  That won’t end my writing here.  Instead, I’ll do the same thing that I used to when CenterStageChicago was still around.  I’ll be posting the links to any reviews I write elsewhere so you can find them easily.  Also, I’ll tag on a ten-word summary and a dice rating to put things into perspective for you.

Here we go!

The Beginning: 10/2 – 10/6 (Chart & brief notes/excuses)

A bunch of shows to see here.  Grab your d20 and rolllllllll!
A bunch of shows to see here. Grab your d20 and rolllllllll!

Howdy!  There’s very little time this week for a preview article.  I’m sorry.  I’ve been away for about a week.  A family medical emergency stole me away to Minnesota.  Once I’d returned to Chicago, my company was in full-on prep mode for this year’s “A Klingon Christmas Carol” which  starts rehearsing on Friday the 3rd.  So… Here’s a very brief note to go along with this week’s chart.  Jackie, Maggie, and I are all seeing one show this week.  Maggie is reviewing a show by Adapt, a number of whose company members I’ve had the pleasure of working with briefly in 2013.  They are a young group made up primarily of former Oklahoma residents who came to the Windy City to do adaptations for the stage.

I return to see a show at Theo Ubique which features the music of Kurt Weill, who is one of my favorite composers.  I’m looking forward to their review.  Jackie is seeing a show called “Owners”, which I know very little about.  There are a number of bigger openings on this week’s chart, but a few of them actually happen on Monday or Tuesday, which means that they are in previews right now.  When I’m not reviewing, previews are the way I prefer to see shows.  It’s not because I prefer to see something in an unfinished state, but rather I’m a theatre professional on a limited budget.  If you, too, are lacking in theatre-going fundage, check out the previews that are on the charts this week.  Remy Bumppo‘s got their first show of the season, “Both Your Houses”, opening on Monday.  So, were I to not be choosing randomly, I’d hit them up on Saturday or Sunday this weekend to see the show a little before the press and the Jeffs committee does.

One last thing… a new group headed by my friend Whitney Jones is putting up their production of a show called “Run Chris Run“.  This show is one that I’ve been keeping my eye on from afar, and I think you should consider taking it in up close if you get a chance.

Okay.  That’s it for now.  I must away to finish getting ready for all things Kling-y.

— Sorry, no randomness this week.  That, in and of itself, is sort of random.  So, there you go!

The Beginning: Sept 4 – Sept 8 (Preview and Chart)

The charts are back, and they have plays on them!  Roll some dice and go see a show!
The charts are back, and they have plays on them! Roll some dice and go see a show!

So, the Summer is done.  And we move on to the heart of the theatrical season.  The summer was rough for me/us here at Theatre By Numbers.  Part of that was due to the summery things that crop up and distract from the world of theatre.  Part of it was due to the way I’d been running this site.  When it comes down to it, this site has primarily been one person spouting forth about theatre and other nonsense.  Occasionally I would have a pinch hitter come on for me when I was in disposed.  But, that’s not the way it’s going to work anymore.

From here on out, there will be three of us reviewing regularly.  Most weeks, all three of us will be reviewing.  Some weeks there will only be two.  The one thing I can promise you is that there will be no weeks like those this summer when we weren’t able to get to anything.  Something will be reviewed every week by Maggie, Jackie, or me.  And, in the odd week wherein all three of us are indisposed, we’ll have a guest reviewer.  That way, we’ll always have someone covering the randomly determined world of theatre.

Also, after this week, charts will always be posted on Tuesdays.  That’ll bring some consistency to the table as well.  Each of us has our own projects to attend to, which will keep things lively as well.  When it comes down to it, we’re all working theatre professionals.  That’s one of the things I like most about this site.  We’re people who do this, too.  You get to read the thoughts of people who are currently working in the medium and whose perspective is informed by that.  A lot of other reviewers cannot say that.

Anyway:  This week there are two of us reviewing.  Jackie is still performing in a show at the Chicago Fringe Festival, which wraps up this weekend.  So Maggie and I are hitting the comfy chairs at the Athenaeum, the Den, and Straw Dog.  There are quite a few exciting possibilities on this week’s chart.  You should give it a try yourself!

Randomness ensues, now:

  • 11:14
  • Quaker Oats debuted at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago.  So did Aunt Jemima.  It was a good year for breakfast.
  • I’m starting a new workout regimen today.  I’m going to be hurting tomorrow.
  • Why can’t I be you?
  • It’s almost hat season!  I have a small mountain of baseball caps which make up my summer head wear.  I actually don’t know how many hats I have.  I have one for every minor league baseball team within 60 miles of Chicago.  Also a couple for the Saint Paul Saints.  One for my grad school alma mater.  And a few from other places I’ve traveled.  I neglected to buy a cap from Washington DC this past weekend, though.  Oops.  White Sox.  Cubs.  A bunch more. . . Anyway: The real point here is that I wear those mainly to keep the sun from toasting a hole in my bare-skinned head.  The hats I really look forward to wearing are the ones that I have for the colder months.  I have a brown Trilby (read: hipster Fedora-wannabe hat), a black Fedora (the real thing: wide brim, beaver in the felt), and my latest addition to my hat collection, a black derby made by Stetson.  I like hats.  This is something I never knew about myself until a handful of years ago.  Yup.  Can’t wait to doff my derby soon.

Link to Review: “The White Snake” (Goodman Theatre) —

As promised many a time, when I review a show elsewhere, I will put a link to it here.  I’ll also add a 10-word Summary and a dice rating, so it’ll still feel like home.

Link to Review: “The Best Intentions of Selfish Men” (Rum And Coke Collective) –

As always, when I review a play for a media outlet other than this one, I will put a link to that review here.

Here’s the link:

Link to Review: “Attack at Bikini Werewolf Beach” (Robot Vs. Dinosaur) –

As promised, whenever I review a show for another site, I’ll link to it here.  Go over to and read my thoughts on “Attack at Bikini Werewolf Beach”

Here’s the link: