The obsessive lure of conspiracy theories in “Yankee Tavern”

The obsessive lure of conspiracy theories in “Yankee Tavern”

February 27, 2015 / Stage, Stage Reviews

The title of Steven Dietz’s play, “Yankee Tavern,” is a bit of a red herring, subtly calling to mind the communal bar scene of television’s “Cheers.” But Dietz, whose play is receiving a zesty Chicago premiere by American Blues Theater, is on to something considerably more intriguing as he homes in on the twisted web of lies, conspiracy theories, denial and walk-on-the-wild-side black comedy that ensnares his four characters.

Hypocrites to stage ‘American Idiot’

Hypocrites to stage ‘American Idiot’

February 23, 2015 / Music, Stage

What do you do as an encore to a marathon of Greek tragedies and a re-envisioned take on Gilbert & Sullivan operettas? Well, if you are The Hypocrites, you try your hand at a rock musical.