davide | Chicago Reader

Recent Reviews

Re: “The Flick

Yes, the jobs of these three who clean up movie theatres are repetitive, monotonous and mind numbing--at least Sisyphus with his boulder got a little exercise. But does the depiction of people who have very little to say make for an evening of worthwhile theatre? Apparently the audience members who left at intermission (first act about 100 minutes) had seen enough on stage boredom for one evening

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by davide on 02/25/2016 at 10:13 PM

Re: “Red

I know it won the Tony Best Play and I do really appreciate that with Logan, it's another local boy making good. But you leave "Red" wishing it were better and wondering why it isn't. Maybe it's Rothko and he's just not interesting enough to merit a play. Maybe the "event" (returning a $35K check because he doesn't want to sell out) isn't as galvanizing as Logan thought it was.

Posted by davide on 10/02/2011 at 10:39 PM

Re: “Becky Shaw

I would like to say this gem is "funny" but that would get it all wrong. "Becky Shaw" goes for the jugular, then everyone laughs nervously, then you're REALLY GLAD that (so far) you've never dated the likes of Becky. To me, the best comparison would be "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" where you laugh aloud then look around nervously, hoping fellow audience members aren't frowning at you for doing so.
Each line is meticulously written and I do hope the playwright realizes she's got one of Chicago's best theatre companies presenting her work. I can't single out a cast member--they're all great. Don't miss this.
I've now sent four friends to see Becky and have received four 'thank you's'.

Posted by davide on 10/02/2011 at 10:23 PM

Re: “Urinetown

A totally terrific show which I suspect will walk off with all the Jeff awards. My only (minor) criticism is actually a compliment. The voices are all so strong, you sort of wish they hadnt bothered with the amplification (the theatre is quite small). Directors seem unaware that electronics slightly distort everything.
This is a minor criticism. Definitely DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW

Posted by davide on 10/02/2011 at 10:10 PM

Re: “Minna

Don't feel bad if you're not exactly sure what's happening in this electrifying evening of what the playwright calls "Theatre of Catastrophe." Well, there's "death" and "sex" and "war" and "violence" and the endless battle of the sexes. The group I was with argued about how to interpret what they had just seen but everyone agreed there wasn't a boring moment and the performances were stellar. The "Trap" is one of Chicago's strongest companies and if you're not game for yet another production of "Death of a Salesman," just show up. Although these days, because they're getting more and more well known, you're best bet is to call for a reservation. Our chilly Sunday night performance was 100% sold out

Posted by davide on 01/06/2010 at 10:18 PM

All Reviews »

Recent Comments

Re: “Chicago 1968: The Whole World Is Watching chronicles the chaos of the infamous DNC convention

Permanently engraved in my brain is this moment: two teenage girls were sitting on the metal bars at the Grant Park garage entrance on Michigan Avenue, not yelling anything, just watching. Suddenly a bevy of cops raced at them, yanked them off their seats, and dragged them down the street hitting them with their clubs and tossing them into paddy wagons.

BTW, Ed Sanders (from the Fugs) was there and later wrote of the experience in the book length poem "1968: A History in Verse" part of his excellent series "America: A History in Verse."

Another overlooked book by the late John Schultz (who established the creative writing department at Columbia College is "No One Was Killed: The Democratic Convention 1968"

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by davide on 09/14/2018 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Chicago’s only Georgian restaurant sets up shop in Lakeview

In fifty years (!!) of Chicago dining, this was the very worst restaurant I've ever experienced. They need to just close their doors and take a good course in restaurant management. We arrived at our reserved time, were promptly seated and given menus. The orders were taken and the waitperson disappeared. Then..nothing. After 30 minutes of being ignored by the waitperson, I finally went to the back of the restaurant, found her and asked about appetizers. I was told they were "very busy." When I pointed out that tables who had arrived well after us were eating, she said "They had ordered in advance," but our appetizers were coming up. I asked for some bread. She said she'd bring some, but never did. Instead she brought a small dish with three peppers and three pickle slices that looked as if she'd grabbed it off someone else's table.
After 60 minutes, and no food, I again went back to her and said to just "bring something." A few minutes later, she brought two of the four appetizers ordered.
After 90 minutes, and no food, everyone in our group was urging to just walk out. The two appetizers had been good but nothing special.
At the 1 hour 40 minute mark (as I write this,I can't believe we waited this long), we simply walked out, trying valiantly to suppress our anger and went to another restaurant.
Diplomat, just go away!! No business should treat its clientele with such disregard and be allowed to stay in business

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by davide on 05/25/2017 at 6:33 AM

Re: “Chicago’s only Georgian restaurant sets up shop in Lakeview

(I find it interesting that this review had been removed. It is the second time I am posting it)
In fifty years (!!) of Chicago dining, this was the very worst restaurant I've ever experienced. They need to just close their doors and take a good course in restaurant management. We arrived at our reserved time, were promptly seated and given menus. The orders were taken and the waitperson disappeared. Then..nothing. After 30 minutes of being ignored by the waitperson, I finally went to the back of the restaurant, found her and asked about appetizers. I was told they were "very busy." When I pointed out that tables who had arrived well after us were eating, she said "They had ordered in advance," but our appetizers were coming up. I asked for some bread. She said she'd bring some, but never did. Instead she brought a small dish with three peppers and three pickle slices that looked as if she'd grabbed it off someone else's table.
After 60 minutes, and no food, I again went back to her and said to just "bring something." A few minutes later, she brought two of the four appetizers ordered.
After 90 minutes, and no food, everyone in our group was urging to just walk out. The two appetizers had been good but nothing special.
At the 1 hour 40 minute mark (as I write this,I can't believe we waited this long), we simply walked out, trying valiantly to suppress our anger and went to another restaurant.
Diplomat, just go away!! No business should treat its clientele with such disregard and be allowed to stay in business

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by davide on 05/25/2017 at 6:29 AM

Re: “At Profiles Theatre the drama—and abuse—is real

I think the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder sounds accurate. Read this article.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carol-w-berm…
If Profiles is to survive, Cox should leave town and not come back. But as a BPD, he'll blame everyone else and hang on like a barnacle.
Probably, they should just close up shop

10 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by davide on 06/09/2016 at 4:39 PM

Re: “The Sun-Times loses 15 staffers

Joravsky! Dumke! Bogira! Miner!

3 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by davide on 02/27/2015 at 11:32 PM

Re: “Paul Thomas Anderson gives us a Pynchonian epic to get lost in

A solid 2 1/2 star movie, beautifully photographed but packed with an excess of long expository conversations used to either advance the plot or explain the motives of other characters to dope-smoking PI Joaquin Phoenix. Except for Phoenix, James Brolin and a very funny Martin Short, Anderson does not extract particular interesting performances out of some really excellent actors. You might find yourself checking your watch and wondering, as I did, if it had stopped.
Polanski's "Chinatown," very dark. Altman's "Long Goodbye," very dark. "Inherent Vice," meh.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by davide on 01/24/2015 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Native Son vs. The Warmth of Other Suns: Greatest Chicago Book round one

As a lifelong Chicagoan and one who has read almost every title in the competition (so far, I'm in agreement with the voting), let me suggest one neglected Chicago classic. "The Death of the Detective" by Mark Smith, which almost got a National Book Award the year (1974) it was published, then fell into an undeserved obscurity. I certainly don't expect it to magically appear in the competition, but for serious devotees of Chicago fiction, here's a link from the (wonderful) neglected books website
http://neglectedbooks.com/?p=140

Posted by davide on 12/07/2014 at 7:56 PM

All Comments »

Favorite Places

  • None.
Find places »

Saved Events

  • Nada.
Find events »

Saved Stories

  • Nope.
Find stories »

Custom Lists

  • Zip.