Self Examination/When Humans Need Mirrors/When the Four Horsemen come Galloping our Way.on March 28, 2020 at 9:01 pm

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All your home’s a stageon March 27, 2020 at 8:00 pm

I’m compiling this list of online theater options on World Theatre Day, which feels more than a little ironic. Theaters all over the world are now shut down for the foreseeable future in light of the COVID-19 disaster.

Removing the liveness from live theater and putting it on the flat screen can be a tricky proposition. But from PBS’s venerable Great Performances series to a number of small local companies who are putting together original content in quarantine, you can still enjoy theater without leaving your house. (And particularly in the case of the small scrappy locals, consider tossing them a donation in return for their creative largesse.) This is a partial list of some of the options available. We’ll be updating our streaming events listings throughout the shutdown. If we’ve missed one of your favorites, let us know!

LOCAL, LOCAL, LOCAL

The Infinite Wrench Goes Viral

Trust the Neo-Futurists to find a way to keep delivering their weekly allotment of “30 plays in 60 minutes,” pandemic or no pandemic. Their signature show is now available to donors through Patreon, with the lineup changing weekly. The challenge of creating short plays in isolation is one the Neos meet head-on here by using small-scale props to create video performance art, along with carefully edited videos of the cast speaking to each other from their remote locations that do an admirable job of capturing the camaraderie of the live ensemble.

An intro from artistic director Kirsten Riiber, filmed in the Neos’ empty theater, urges you to set your own timer to capture the feel of the live show. But if you decide, as I did, to go past the 60 minutes to watch all the pieces? Well, as Riiber says, “Fuck it. We are in uncertain hellish times and you can watch all the plays you want.”

You can either choose the order yourself from a menu of links, or let a shuffle option do it for you. The lineup when I watched included whimsical interludes, like Leah Urzendowski’s For Immediate Press Release, in which she steps out on her porch to excitedly yell to the empty street “Maury Povich is still on!”–the kind of mundane observation that takes on near-revelatory meaning when you’re in the throes of cabin fever.

Perhaps my favorite was Dan Kerr-Hobert’s Less, The Fish, a sweet tale of a man trying to get his goldfish (who lacks a tail) home on a plane right after 9/11 and finding that people were far more supportive of this attempt than he imagined. The story unfolds through a series of cartoon storyboards with voiceover, and without referencing our current calamity, it suggests the small ways we find to help each other out in crisis. But it’s the Neos, so you can tune in each week and find something different as long as this shit goes on. neofuturists.org.

Teenage Dick

Theater Wit filmed their last show, which had to shut down prematurely, in front of a live audience, and you can see that audience in this streaming version of Mike Lew’s story about a teenage boy with cerebral palsy whose thirst for power and vengeance mirrors Shakespeare’s Richard III. (Thank god petty and vengeful leaders aren’t in charge now, right?) It’s ticketed and available only at the times the live performances would have been happening, and there are online postshow discussions open to the audience afterward. Through 4/19 at theaterwit.org, $28.

Methtacular!

Berwyn’s 16th Street Theater also goes with the ticketed streaming option for Steven Strafford’s brutally honest and frequently hilarious solo show (filmed at Steppenwolf’s LookOut series last year) about his three-year bout with meth addiction. Postshow discussions with Strafford via Zoom follow the Thursday and Friday evening performances. Through 4/4 at 16thstreetheater.org, $12.

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Because what could be better to watch right now than a five-and-a-half-hour dystopian noir epic? Goodman Theatre offers a free streaming version of their 2016 production, adapted and directed by Seth Bockley and Robert Falls from Roberto Bolano’s novel about disappeared women, boxing, academics, and a whole lot more. goodmantheatre.org.

Feast

If you’re missing the chance to wander through Chicago’s neighborhoods and celebrate the diversity of the people and the food, Albany Park Theater Project is here to help with a free streaming version of this ensemble-created show, available any time through Vimeo. aptpchicago.org.

Otherworld Theatre

Dedicated to sci-fi and fantasy, Otherworld offers a menu of online options–some free, some available through donations–on YouTube and Patreon, from free weekly installments of Improvised Dungeons & Dragons (created with Out on a Whim) to Stupid Shakespeare’s take on Pericles, PickleRickicles, which had to end its run early due to the COVID-19 shutdown. They’re also offering a reading series via podcast and their monthly open mike, Theatre of Ted, as a Facebook Live event on Saturdays. otherworldtheatre.org.

The Magic Parlour

Magician and House Theatre of Chicago ensemble member Dennis Watkins, whose long-running The Magic Parlour is on hiatus during the shutdown, brings “up-close” magic into your home in two ways. For Magic Mondays (beginning April 6), Watkins will post a video to his show’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, letting viewers learn a trick or two of the trade, as well as some background on the stories and history behind magic.

On Thursday, April 2, 6 PM, you can join Watkins on Facebook for Magic Parlour Happy Hour, a free digital version of what is normally a VIP aftershow experience, involving sleight of hand, mind reading, and a virtual Q&A where you can learn more about his life in magic and his family’s legacy in the art.

GOOD AND NATIONWIDE

The Hunchback Variations

A friend recently declared Chicago playwright and Theatre Oobleck cofounder Mickle Maher “our Samuel Beckett.” If you somehow haven’t seen his genius at work, then check out the free YouTube stream of this play, in which two famous deaf men–the dead-but-real Ludwig van Beethoven and the dead-but-fictional Quasimodo from Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame–recall their failed attempt to create a famously impossible sound cue from Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. It’s presented courtesy of Houston’s Catastrophic Theatre, which has produced a lot of Maher’s work over the years. catastrophictheatre.com

Netflix

If you’ve got a Netflix subscription, there are some popular streaming theater options available, including Bruce Springsteen’s Springsteen on Broadway and John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons. Netflix.com.

Great Performances

Some full productions from PBS’s long-running series are available free, including Kevin Kline’s 2017 Tony Award-winning performance in Noel Coward’s Present Laughter (through May 27), Kenny Leon’s acclaimed 2019 Shakespeare in the Park production of Much Ado About Nothing, and former Chicagoan John Logan’s drama about American expressionist painter Mark Rothko, Red, starring Alfred Molina. pbs.org.

INTERNATIONAL APPEAL

National Theatre

The UK’s premiere home for live drama has been available stateside for the price of a movie ticket on big screens around the country for years. But during the shutdown, they’re offering free full-length plays on YouTube every Thursday, beginning April 2 with the online premiere of the comedy One Man Two Guvnors, starring James Corden, who won a Tony for his performance. Each show will be available for one week only. nationaltheatre.org.uk

Schaubuhne

This Berlin-based company has opened up its video vaults during the global shutdown, including their production of Henrik Ibsen’s verse epic, Peer Gynt, with an initiative they’re calling “Coercive Measures.” Much of the content will be available with English subtitles. schaubuehne.de v






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9 Most Entertaining HBO Movies You Should Watch Nexton March 27, 2020 at 8:31 pm

With bars, restaurants, and other forms of outside entertainment closed, you might be struggling with finding ways to pass your days and nights. If you have run out of things to watch on Netflix and want to try out another streaming service, here are 10 of the best movies to watch on HBO while quarantined.

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The Favourite

This period comedy-drama tells the story of two cousins, Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz) and Abigail Masham (Emma Stone), who are fighting to become the favorite of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman). Overall, the film was widely acclaimed with beautiful costumes and superb acting, making it a must-watch!



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Aquaman

To get your superhero fix, check out Aquaman, based on the DC Comic character. Jason Momoa plays the lead who wants to save the underwater kingdom of Atlantis from his power-hungry brother, King Orm. Aquaman must somehow retrieve the Trident of Atlan to fulfill his destiny as king.

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John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum

The third installment of the John Wick series follows the title character played by Keanu Reeves. It picks up right where the last film left off, as John Wick finds himself trying to elude capture. The action-packed movie helps to add a little bit of excitement back into your life.



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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

This documentary goes deep into Scientology—dissecting its founder, the big-name celebrities who are attached to the church, and ex-members stories. If you are interested in learning more about this controversial religion, check out the documentary.

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A Star is Born

If you haven’t seen A Star is Born, now is the time! It tells the story of musician Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) as he falls in love with struggling singer Ally (Lady Gaga). As Ally’s singing career starts to take off, Jackson’s starts to slow down. Their personal problems begin to cause more and more problems as the film goes on. It is a tear-jerker with songs that will get stuck in your head for days.



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Us

Jordan Peele follows up his critically acclaimed film, Get Out, with this thriller. Starring Lupita Nyong’o, Elisabeth Moss, Winston Duke, and Tim Heidecker, the movie will have you on the edge of your seat as a family is attacked by their evil doppelgangers.

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Casino Royale

Since the release date of the latest Bond film No Time To Die was pushed back to November, you might be wanting something else to fill your 007 craving. Casino Royale was Daniel Craig’s first movie as the famous Secret Service agent and is one of the best James Bond movies out there.



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The Kid Who Would Be King

This film presents a familiar magical tale with a modern twist, when Alex happens to find the sword of Excalibur. He brings his friends together to join Merlin in the battle against the evil Morgana and her army of warriors. It’s a cute tale that is perfect for the whole family.

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Shazam!

Another DC comic comes to life in Shazam! Billy Batson, a 14-year-old boy, discovers that all he has to do is shout a word to turn into an adult superhero named Shazam. Even though Shazam is still playful and childlike, he has powers he could never have imagined. Shazam has to learn how to quickly master his magical abilities to take on the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, who wants Shazam’s power for himself.





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