Joe Tokarz as Padre and James Harms as Don Quixote in Theatre at the Center's 'Man of La Mancha.' Mini Review at front of blog.
Cast of Drama Group production of 'Rent.'
PLEASE READ. It is Tuesday morning, Sept. 22, and Jeannne Rega-Markionni just sent me a message about James Javier, a man who is well known in the Southland community theater world. James was jogging over the weekend, hit by a car and according to Jeannie, is in a coma. Doctors will not have any indication as to prognosis until the swelling in his brain recedes. Jeannie asks for prayers and good thoughts for the Javier family and for James recovery.
Thank you for your comments and patience as I work on making the blog more readable. There's tons going on this month and next so please at least skim through the listings. In order they are:
Review of 'Man of La Mancha'
Music and Dance
Chicago Classics including museums and two planetariums (planetaria, if you insist).
Don't forget to check out the listing for Drama Group's production of 'Rent.' It's at the Studio Theatre with a limited number of tickets shrinking as we 'speak.'
Please continue to send any comments, corrections and listings for the next blog to email@example.com. Also, any suggestions will be welcome. I especially want to know if you think reviews and previews of any new shows should be up front, as I am placing the review this week, or after the listings -- at the end.
Hope to see you soon at one of the several events we will be seeing during the next two weeks.
And as always, thank you for your support. Also thanks to Frann Carnivele-Sidlow, resident producer/director of the Orland Park Theatre Troupe, whose local theater listings help add to this blog.
Yours in arts and entertainment,
Mini review: Don Quixote de la Mancha rides again
James Harms brilliantly captures the heart and soul of Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote in a phenomenal production of “Man of La Mancha,” directed by William Pullinsi at Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, and running through Oct. 11.
Consummate performances by Harms, Ericka Mac (Aldonza/Dulcinea) and David Perkovich (Sancho Panza) are matched by a cast that includes Dennis Kelly, Larry Adams, Joe Tokarz, Audrey Billings and Ann McMann.
There are no weak links in this tour de force. Harms’ Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote reveals a man full of life, optimism and chivalry even as he faces possible death at the hands of the Spanish inquisitors. And finally an actor reaches the power, bravado and the tenderness called for in the character’s many musical numbers.
Harms’ character is funny, touching, somewhat mad and totally rational. His performance is sheer magic.
Casting Perkovich as Sancho was a masterstroke as well. Sancho is the perfect foil, friend and supporter of Cervantes because, as he sings, “I like him.”
Mac easily segues from the jaded whore Aldonza to the tender and vulnerable Dulcinea of Quixote’s waking dream.
The entire cast, Pullinsi’s extraordinary directing, Stacey Flaster’s captivating choreography as well as wonderful musical direction with big orchestra sound by William Underwood work together to bring extraordinary production to the stage. Tickets are at (219) 836-3258 and www.tickets.com. More information is at www.TheatreattheCenter.com.