Berwyn's Arts Blog
Friday, July 31, 2009
Events This Weekend
We had a great dialogue last night with the cast and audience after The Last Barbecue. (Not to mention the pre-show "After Hours" BDC event with food by Wishbone in the beautiful Terrace at the BCC.) After the play we talked about time and memory, reunions, how we change and how we stay the same. Every Thursday and Friday night we love to talk to you after the show. Join us tonight. As Jan says in the play: "It'll be fun!"
Did you read? We are show of the week in TIME OUT, so what are you waiting for? Aren't you hungry for some "storefront theater at its best." See the play, then join the debate on our blog(http://www.16thstreettheater.blogspot.com) about the underbelly of the Neveu BBQ. Don't forget to bring your own baggage! And then meet us again on Facebook: see below.
Did you know? We have other events at the Berwyn Cultural Center such as the Palomar String Quartet Sunday August 9 at 7:30 PM. See below. See you at 16th Street!
16th Street Theater Brett Neveu's THE LAST BARBECUE thru August 8 only!
"The Last Barbecue not an outing you want to miss! Nobody captures the angst and the blacker-than-a-black-hole comedy of a backyard meltdown like Brett Neveu." - Chicago Examiner. "Hilarious in the darkest possible way... Inspired pitch-black comedic brilliance and the horrific familiarity of an old family photo album." - Catey Sullivan, Pioneer Press. "Ann Filmer's emotionally delicate, physically rooted staging never takes a false step. Recommended!"- Laura Molzahn, Chicago Reader. "Actors’ bare emotions and the playwright’s words take center stage throughout." - Fabrizio O Almeida, New City. Go to our web site to link to read all the reviews.
Just 7 more shows!!!
Thursdays 7:30 PM
Fridays 7:30 PM
Saturdays 5:00 PM
Saturdays 8:00 PM
BUY TICKETS NOW http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/69380
WHY, OF COURSE WE FACEBOOK!
I know you were just thinking: how can I get 16th Street Theater virtually? Can we be virtual friends? Everyone else is doing it. And we are not immune. So here is your "personal" invitation to be a virtual fan on Facebook: Will you be our friend?
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16th Street Theater PALOMAR STRING QUARTET at BCC!
Berwyn Cultural Center, Berwyn Arts Council www.berwynartscouncil.org and the North Berwyn Park District present the BAC Music Series Sunday August 9 at 7:30 PM at 16th Street. ACM4tet www.acmusic.org is Blagomira Lipari, Elizabeth Choi, violins, Doyle Armburst, viola and Alyson Berger, cello. The newly formed ACM4tet specializes in the performance and advancement of contemporary string quartet music and consists of members of Accessible Contemporary Music's Palomar Ensemble. Just a $10 suggested donation and no parking fees or hassles! The perfect way to experience a string quartet: intimate and up close.
Quartet #3 by Yuri Falik
Drops of Neon by Randall West
Quartet in D, KV 285 Mozart
Five Squared by Alex Shapiro
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16th Street Theater / Berwyn Cultural Center
6420 16th Street Berwyn, IL 60402 firstname.lastname@example.org 708-795-6704
Thursday, July 23, 2009
The Last Barbecue
The reviews are in for THE LAST BARBECUE. "You don't want to miss this barbecue," says Catey Sullivan in today's Pioneer Press. How about joining us this weekend? We have our first post-show dialogue tonight with the director and cast. Talk about the play with us after every Thursday and Friday evening performances.
Also read below to find out how you can help us Bring the Playwright Back. See you at the barbecue!
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
Family tensions rise when these two guys occupy the same green space. Put away the lawnmower, stock up on Old Style and don't leave any croquet mallets laying around. Come and laugh at someone else's family (dys)function for a change. The Last Barbecue stars Ashley Bishop, Donald Blair, Chris Cantelmi, Nancy Friedrich and Ann James
Brett Neveu's THE LAST BARBECUE thru August 8 only!
"The Last Barbeque not an outing you want to miss! Nobody captures the angst and the blacker-than-a-black-hole comedy of a backyard meltdown like Brett Neveu." - Chicago Examiner.
"Hilarious in the darkest possible way... Inspired pitch-black comedic brilliance and the horrific familiarity of an old family photo album." - Catey Sullivan, Pioneer Press.
"Ann Filmer's emotionally delicate, physically rooted staging never takes a false step. Recommended!"- Laura Molzahn, Chicago Reader. Go to our web site to link to read all the reviews: www.16thstreettheater.org .
"Perhaps the city's closest equivalent to a young (David) Mamet" (Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune) Get your tickets now at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/69380
Thursdays 7:30 PM
Fridays 7:30 PM
Saturdays 5:00 PM
Saturdays 8:00 PM
BRING THE PLAYWRIGHT BACK!
If anyone can turn "excruciating" into a fine night of theater, it's the combo of Neveu and Filmer! Read the Chicago Reader review recommending the show. Donate to the "Bring the playwright back" campaign! Since Brett missed the show opening weekend, we are raising money so that he may return to see his play. Make checks out to 16th Street Theater with "Brett Neveu" in memo. Anyone have any miles they would love to give to a playwright in need? Call Ann at (708) 795-6704 x105 and let's figure out how to take those off your hands.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009, Seeking Musician
Berwyn Main Street is willing to pay a whopping $100.00 for an hour's worth of music to a performer/musician.
Details: Lunch in the Park, at Berwyn Gardens, located between Grove and Maple, just north of Cermak. The event goes from 11:30 am to 2 pm, on Friday, July 17, 2009.
So, if you have time on your hands, and would like a little spending money, please contact the Berwyn Main Street Director, Dario Solano, at 708-484-800, or email him at email@example.com
Have fun. Or not.
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
16th Street Theater Opening Weekend
VIP night, this Friday, July 10, 2009, will feature a bbq after the play with beer. What more can you ask for? Irregardless, check the play out any time. I have seen a rehearsal and should be first class.
THE LAST BARBECUE
by Brett Neveu
Directed by Ann Filmer
July 9 – August 8, 2009
Tickets: $16 Buy Online Now at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/69380 or check
the theater's website: www.16thstreettheater.org/scripts/now_at_16thstreet.asp
Thursdays & Fridays @ 7:30 PM VIEW CALENDAR
Saturdays @ 5:00 & 8:00 PM
Preview: Thursday, July 9 @ 7:30 PM
VIP Preview: Friday, July 10 @ 7:30 PM
Press Opening: Saturday, July 11 at 5:00 PM
Theater VIP Opening: Saturday, July 11 @ 8:00 PM
"Theater Thursdays": Thursday, July 16 @ 6:30 PM (Dinner) 7:30 PM (Show)
Come to 16th Street's/Berwyn Cultural Center's beautiful new outdoor garden before the show to enjoy a barbecue catered by Cabin Fever featuring mini burgers grilled to order and all the yummy bbq fixings. Then stay to enjoy the comedy that first put Chicago playwright Brett Neveu on the map, followed by a post-show dialogue with members of the cast and director. $22 Buy Online Now
Tickets: $16 Buy Online Now
Group discount for 8(+) For info on group tickets call (708) 795-6704
An audacious and dark comedy about a ten-year reunion of a son's high school graduation that coincides with the one-year anniversary of the next-door neighbor's death. Nancy Friedrich joins the original cast from The Aardvark’s 2000 production: Ashley Bishop, Don Blair, Matthew Brumlow and Ann James.
Brett Neveu has worked with many theatres, including The Goodman Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club. Plays include Gas For Less, Eric LaRue and American Dead.
REVIEWS FROM THE AARDVARK'S 2000 PRODUCTION:
--"Hilarious and ominous, The Last Barbecue pierces its doomed world view with humor sharp enough to wound." - Catey Sullivan, New City (Chicago)
--"Neveu is lucky that his play landed in the hands of a director as capable as Ann Filmer. She makes the most of Neveu’s script, turning every pause into a chance for drama... The Last Barbecue contains some of the most beautiful, pregnant, well-orchestrated pauses this side of Harold Pinter... The superb cast deliver nuanced performances... Highly Recommended - Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader
MORE QUOTES FROM REVIEWS:
--No one can accuse Brett Neveu's likable dark comedy of being talky. Most of the time its five characters speak in short, seemingly innocuous sentences... They seem largely ill at ease with one another. And it's amazing how much they convey... Mr. Neveu and his cast have captured an unspoken group awareness of an awful truth: nothing is going to change here. Nobody's going anywhere." - Anita Gates, The New York Times
--"Like all the best theatre, The Last Barbecue offers an intimate glimpse at humanity at its most human. That quiet desperation that Thoreau wrote about is palpable." - Martin Denton, nytheatre.com
--a "seductively subtle, stylish play, in a sort of middle-American Pinteresque vein. An effectively surreal and original indictment of the middle-American family - no easy feat that." - Michael Lazan, Back Stage (NY)
--"In The Last Barbecue, Brett Neveu demonstrates that a thing of infinite sadness also may never hurry. He does this with extreme audacity and absolute authorial confidence." - David Finkle, Theatremania.com (NY)
Thursday & Friday performances are followed by post-show dialogues with the cast and director.
Running time 80 minutes. No intermission.