Monthly Archives: September 2018

Review: Shattered Globe Theatre Presents Crime and Punishment at Theatre Wit (Through October 20, 2018)

Crime and Punishment was first published in 1866 by Fyodor Dostoevksy. It has been adapted in film many times, including an Australian version in 2015. Chris Hannan adapted the novel for the stage in 2013, and now in the fall of 2018, this version premieres at Theater Wit.

 

Rodion Raskolnikov formulates a plan to murder a pawnbroker. He believes that he can use the money much better than she can and that the ends justify the means in his utilitarian philosophy. Often, he wears a large black leather jacket identical to another jacket worn by another actor playing his guilty conscience. Also, Raskolnikov plays a dangerous cat and mouse game with the police investigating the murder who suspect him but can’t seem to prove it.

Drew Schad is excellent as Raskolnikov directly addressing the audience with his inner struggle trying to justify his actions. The rest of the cast is solid, often portraying multiple characters that he encounters in St. Petersburg. In addition, the original music by Christopher Kriz really sets the mood.

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Get tickets now for Crime and Punishment through October 20th.

Cost of a ticket: $40

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Quinn Delaney

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Charming – Madison Cunningham opening for Punch Brothers at the Symphony Center (September 7, 2018)

Madison Cunningham is a singer-songwriter from Los Angeles. She says she has a love/hate relationship with the city. “You may not recognize the local references in this next song” she warns. During the song, she mentions taking the 5, and she comments mid song “There it is!”. This self-comment throws her off and then she flubs the next lyrics. However, she quickly recovers with style. It’s a charming display that wins over the audience.

To set up her closing song, she says she wrote it for her fiancé. The crowd responds, “awwww”. She goes on to sing “Something to Believe In”. It’s a beautiful song that sounds absolutely excellent in the acoustically grand Symphony Center. Her vocal talent and guitar chops point to a bright future for this young artist.

Quinn Delaney

Consistent – 311 with The Offspring and Gym Class Heroes at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island (September 6, 2018)

311 was formed in Omaha, Nebraska by singer/guitarist Nick Hexum, singer S.A. Martinez, guitarist Tim Mahoney, drummer Chad Sexton and bassist P-Nut. The band now resides in Los Angeles, California.

311 mix rock, reggae, hip-hop and funk into their own unique sound. After years of consistent touring, 311 have developed a reputation as one of the most entertaining & dynamic live bands in the U.S.

Last year, they released their 12th studio album MOSAIC (BMG) with its unique album cover–which is made up of nearly 10,000 photos submitted by fans.  Even the image of the 5 band members on the cover is made up of tiny fan photos–to solidify the concept of band and fans as one. Fans can view a high-resolution pan & zoom mosaic of the cover image now at 311AlbumArt.com.

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“This cover captures the spirit of the collective nature that is 311–band and fans together to form something greater than the sum of its parts.” says Nick Hexum (singer/guitarist). Chad Sexton (drums) adds, “We have a very symbiotic relationship with our fans that see us on tour year after year.  We wanted to have an album title that would describe our fan base, our band & our music. And to tie all of this into a concept that could be presented in the album artwork as well.”

Quinn Delaney

Cost of a ticket: $60
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