Monthly Archives: December 2018

Superb: Rightlynd at Victory Gardens Theater (Through December 23, 2018)

Nina Esposito lives in Rightlynd, the 51st ward of Chicago. She is tired of the alderman only catering to the large Applewood development company. So, she decides to run herself to fight the gentrification and she wins. As she works to save the Rightlynd she knows from gentrification, it becomes clear that it’s not as easy as it seems. Her values are tested and she faces many challenges.

This play is the first chronologically of a seven part series by the playwright, Ike Holter. The last of these seven, “Lottery Day”, was part of the Goodman’s New Stages Festival. It is now part of their new season, premiering on March 29, 2019.

Within the main story is a romance tale between Nina and Pac. This provides much needed comic relief and fun within a very serious political piece. There is also a slow motion fight scene that is quite entertaining.

The cast is superb. Monica Orozco (Lottery Day, Six Corners) as Nina expertly portrays the growth of the character throughout the play with a great range of emotions. Eddie Martinez (Fade) is charming as Pac, the ex-con and love interest who is so very likeable. Robert Cornelius (Lottery Day, Wit) is a strong Chicago presence as Robinson. Lastly, Anish Jethmalani (In The Next Room) is solid as Benny, the writer for The Daily News.

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Get tickets now for Rightlynd through December 30th!

Cost of a ticket: $41 – $61

PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Worth It (Go with the $41 tickets)

Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother

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Quinn Delaney

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An Amazing Night! John Butler Trio at The Chicago Theatre (November 29, 2018)

John Butler Trio’s latest album Home blends in perfectly with their current catalogue.  The night begins with “Wade in the Water” and “Tahitian Blue from the new album. Both songs feature fantastic melodies, skilled guitar playing, and smooth vocals.  The set continues with “Better Than” from the Grand National album. This popular upbeat tune is immediately recognized by the audience as one would expect with 16.5 million streams on Spotify. Everyone sings along “Life’s not about what’s better than!”

 

In the middle of his set, John dismisses the band to play an instrumental titled “Ocean”. With just his guitar, looping machine, and pedals he creates an exceedingly full sound. During a long extended jam, a couple gets engaged up near the stage. “She said yes!” yells the brand new fiancée.  The couple is quickly congratulated by the great community of the Trio’s fans.

Butler says that the album was inspired by the struggle that comes from being a musician. He is either touring, missing his family at home in Australia, or he is at home missing his fans and the joy of playing concerts. Through relentless touring, JBT have truly perfected their own unique sound and their live shows. It was an amazing night that just flew by.

Cost of a ticket: $75
PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Worth It
Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother

Quinn Delaney