Mary Shen Barnidge

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Reviews (7)
Windy City Media Group

“Sherr's performance shuns all traces of camp caricature to encompass a flinty New England accent, changes of costume incorporating accessories belonging to the real-life Davis and facial replication mirroring her iconic persona so accurately as to totally eclipse the playbill photograph of Sherr as herself. A complete summary of Davis' long career could span several evenings...This tantalizing glimpse...ends after just more than an hour...leaving us wanting more.” Full Review

Churchill
Midtown W
Windy City Media Group

for a previous production "However gloomy its premise, this is no dry fact-choked schoolroom lecture. Assisted by projections that locate us in time and place, Keaton has authored a brief glimpse of the "British Bulldog" rich in the acerbic wit and stirring rhetoric that renders Churchill's aphorisms quoted to this day." Full Review

Windy City Media Group

for a previous production "A kaleidoscopic mosaic requiring Leeper to switch back and forth between characters with often less than a sentence...The vividly etched portraits never disintegrate into caricature, but remain distinct and immediately recognizable...The stories make for an engaging and surprisingly epic narrative, and although none can be said to end happily there is empowerment in surveying the accomplishments of the outsiders who congregated for recreation, but grew to lead a social revolution." Full Review

Daddy Long Legs
Midtown W
Windy City Media Group

for a previous production "The problem in adapting Webster's epistolary tale is that a score representing two characters talking to themselves leaves little room for variety. That said, those seeking the American counterpart to L.M. Montgomery's Anne Shirley will find plenty to satisfy them in this production." Full Review

Airline Highway
Midtown W
Windy City Media Group

for a previous production "Even though Lisa D'Amour purports to flout the Crescent City's reputation as a sodom-and-gomorrah fantasyland, her invocation of the nostalgie de la boue long-associated therewith inadvertently winds up affirming it...There's nothing sadder than watching a play brimming with potential shoot itself in the foot. What a shame if this headed-for-Broadway play was hobbled by audiences puzzling over the motives of a cheap plot device introduced to lend a pretense of social conflict." Full Review

The Qualms
Midtown W
Windy City Media Group

for a previous production "The result of this artificial symposium is relentless R-rated repartee serving no lasting purpose beyond providing infantile playgoers a giggle when somebody says "vagina." This doesn't mean there aren't some intriguing backstories hidden beneath the potty-mouth veneer." Full Review

Windy City Media Group

for a previous production "The denouement could be pared down by a few minutes, and the introduction of a juvenile-fiction metaphor (providing an explanation for the color-scheme of the costumes and decor) borders on precocity. That said, fans of old-fashioned sentiment should enjoy this final taste of summery sweets before hunkering down for a winter of heavy drama." Full Review