By Patrick O’Brien Call it making the best of a last-minute change of program; call it community outreach in the midst of a pandemic; call it testing the waters for future site-specific productions. At least call it what it is: a dang good showing. Chicago Opera Theater intended to mount a production of the late Daniel
By Patrick O’Brien I wasn’t quite sure what to make of TAKING UP SERPENTS, Chicago Opera Theater’s latest streaming offering, a potent creation where the barrier separating religious ecstasy and deadly poison is so fluid. Literal, even, considering it’s about the fallout of a Pentecostal snake handler’s ministry. So I did something I hadn’t really
You wouldn’t derive “timid” or “anemic” from a pitch as this: Fifteen years ago, our lead Vanessa (Carisa Gonzalez) was stabbed and left for dead by her best childhood friend Ronnie. Now a stagnating clickbait writer on the skids, Vanessa’s going back home to interview Ronnie to find closure, save her job, maybe patch things up with her family.
Penned by visiting Missourians Ben Auxier, Brian Huther and Seth Macchi, and directed by their cohort Rusty Sneary, this gag-a-second, mile-a-minute romp just goes to show that sometimes, the oldest jokes in the book are still in the book for a reason.