The beautifully lyrical Smokefall just finished its run at the Goodman Theatre. Written by the “formidably talented” (The New Yorker) playwright Noah Haidle and directed by Obie Award-winning Anne Kauffman, Smokefall explores the passage of time and fleeting pleasures of life through three generations of a Midwestern family. We caught up with lead actress Catherine Combs, who plays Beauty, to discuss her passion for the production, how she’s similar to her character and the Cheekiest thing she’s done in the past year. Cheeky: Tell us a little bit about how you got into acting and the Chicago theatre scene. Catherine Combs: I’ve been acting for most of my life and after high school it made … Read more
After a 16-month Off Broadway run, Old Jews Telling Jokes makes its Chicago debut at the Main Stage of the Royal George Theatre in Lincoln Park. The play does deliver what its title promises—three old Jews (and two younger)—doling out puns, songs, one-liners and double entendres in a generationally-inspired performance. Old Jews is a stage adaptation of the Tumblr series oldjewstellingjokes.com developed by Sam Hoffman, and that seems to be a better medium for this type of succinct, quick-witted storytelling. The Chicago cast is a talented one; including names like Dara Cameron, Alex Goodrich, Renee Matthews, Tim Kazurinsky and Gene Weygant; but often times, great comic potential feels swept under the rug with predictably delivered quips … Read more
7pm: Guys, it’s 20 days until Tamra gets married…for the third time! But, hey who’s counting, right? Certainly not Tamra who is claiming, “The other two marriages were just kinda dress rehearsals…” 7:05: Tamra and Eddie learn to Cha-Cha. Sort-of. As in, Eddie already knows how to and, well, there is a large quantity of sailor talk coming out of the elegant bride’s pie hole. 7:07: The wedding countdown is now at 14 days. Bridesmaids: CJ, Heather Dubrow and Ricky (Gay of Honor) are going bridesmaid dress shopping. They pull up to the wedding shop and Tamra is not impressed, starts foaming at the mouth while screaming – I feel like I’m in … Read more
She is fun, fabulous and fierce. She is chic, intelligent and in-the-know. But most of all, the Cheeky chick is the kind of woman who embraces, admires, respects, smiles at and opens her heart to other fabulous chicks. Now THAT'S Cheeky, darling!