#DateMe, An OKCupid Experiment

The Second City Presents #DateMe an OK Cupid Experiment © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016

The Second City Presents
#DateMe an OK Cupid Experiment
© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016

Despite working in theatre and spending a ton of time in theatres, it’s not terribly often I get to see theatre. So when the opportunity came up to see #DateMe, An OK Cupid Experiment, I was all over it! I went with Allie of Allie’s Fashion Ally and I think it’s safe to say we had an awesome time.

The Second City Presents #DateMe an OK Cupid Experiment © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016

The Second City Presents
#DateMe an OK Cupid Experiment
© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016

The concept of this show is hilarious. Robyn created 38 fake (and pretty extreme) online dating profiles on OkCupid to see what sort of interactions they would garner from real people. Of course, there were any number of rules for these interactions. People had to reach out to these accounts first, no meeting in person, no leading them on, and more created a space where Robyn could safely perform her experiment [theoretically] without too much hurt from either side of the chat box.

This. Show. Was. Hilarious! It was exactly what I needed after a very long week of opening up another show to just kick back and release all of that tension. Being part of Second City, you just know it’s going to be filled with laughs. And in a world where online dating reigns, some really great stories are bound to come out of something like this.

But, as I am a technician, let’s talk about the tech for a second. I need to give the board op for this show some major credit. The timing for some of these lighting cues was really tight. And they were on point! It’s super geeky of me but I really do appreciate a good well-timed cue. So applause to that person.

The sound and music were pretty stellar, too. Live piano underscores a majority of the show, providing a wonderful musical backdrop for the hilarity happening in front of us.

Basically, this show was technically sound and I thoroughly appreciated it throughout. Though I’ve broken the habit of watching shoes backwards (to see the lights and possibly the folks up in the booth at work), I still appreciate all that the techies to.

The Second City Presents #DateMe an OK Cupid Experiment © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016

The Second City Presents
#DateMe an OK Cupid Experiment
© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016

Now on to the acting! Each actor played multiple roles to support Robyn telling the story of her experiment. Women played men, men played women, and everyone really embodied whoever they were playing at the time. I found myself particularly drawn to Stacey Smith’s many ensemble roles for her physicality. Everybody managed to physically embody each character but any time large groups were on stage, I found my eye drawn to her.

Overall, this show was amazing. Taking place mostly in the online world while still having a strong presence in the physical, the audience goes on quite the wild ride following these hilarious profiles. Bring your girls, your boys, or even your cat! Everyone is bound to have a super great time. (Don’t actually bring your cat, that would cause mass chaos)

#DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment runs through July 24th at the UP Comedy Club, 230 W North Ave (the 3rd floor of Piper’s Alley). Showtimes are Thursdays at 8pm, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 and 11 pm, and Sundays at 7pm. It runs 90 minutes with a brief intermission. Tickets are $26 and can be purchased over the phone at (312)662-4562 or online at http://www.upcomedyclub.com

#DateMe

The Second City Presents #DateMe an OK Cupid Experiment © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016

The Second City Presents
#DateMe an OK Cupid Experiment
© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016

The Second City Presents #DateMe an OK Cupid Experiment © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016

The Second City Presents
#DateMe an OK Cupid Experiment
© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016

Toting Around

Target Tote | Stile.Foto.Cibo

I’ve been all about carrying a giant bag lately. Despite sizing down to something small for fall and winter, I missed being able to carry more stuff with me. The last few months, I’ve been carrying books to and from work in a reusable grocery bag. Less than glam, I know. But now that it’s beach bag season again, I found this great tote to carry my ever growing to-be-read pile.

On a different note, if you’re looking for something fun to do this week around Chicago, you should check out the Refuge Theatre Project’s Audition Diaries Cabaret! Showing March 17th at 8pm at @North Bar, 1637 W North Ave. The theme for this performance is “Shit Divas Sing” and they have an amazing lineup to carry you all the way through summer. Get the full scoop, including ticket prices, location, and the rest of the increasingly hilarious themes by checking out the event here. It’s sure to be a riotously good time!

Target Tote | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Target Tote | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Target Tote | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Layered Necklaces | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Target Tote | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Target Tote | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Target Tote | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Target Tote | Stile.Foto.Cibo

Bag | Target
Boots | Hunter
Sweater | Primark (old)
Necklace | Ragstock

Closing the Show

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It’s been around two weeks since we closed The Lieutenant of Inishmore with my theatre company, AstonRep, but I’m just getting around to writing about the whole experience now. Oops. What with Thanksgiving and things, I just hadn’t gotten around to it yet. So here we are.

Warning, bloody shenanigans pictured below. 

This show was so much fun to work on, both from a stage management and dramaturgical (information design) standpoint. I even got to dabble into lights a little bit! Everyone was such an awesome team. I can’t even begin to verbally express how much I loved working with every single person on this show. We all worked together so well.

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There’s this magical thing that happens when working on a show. You spend so much time with these people in varying degrees of vulnerability from sleep deprivation during tech week to watching actors actually become their characters throughout the process. It’s a lot to share with people. Every process, no matter how many people I know from the get go, we all come in as strangers and leave as — at the very minimum — friends. I can name several names of people I have worked with who I would go so far as to call family at this point. This wonderful way of bringing so many different talents and experiences and mindsets to a table and creating something from nothing and then bringing it back to nothing again when it closed is so unique to theatre and why I love it so very much.

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To the cast and crew of Inishmore, I thank you. From the bottom of my heart. This has been one of the most amazing processes I’ve had the privilege to be part of.

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All images credit to Emily Schwartz for AstonRep.

A note, no [real] cats or actors were harmed in the making of this production.

 

 

Holmes and Watson @ City Lit

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Once in a while, I am not working on a show and do not have rehearsal or anything on a weekend. And on those weekends, I get to actually go see shows. It doesn’t happen very often but when it does, I’m always excited to go and see what other theatre companies are offering. City Lit is currently presenting Holmes and Watson, a dramatisation of “A Scandal in Bohemia” and “The Final Problem.”

Suffice to say, it was wonderful. James Sparling (Holmes) portrayed Sherlock stunningly. The physicality he assumed was spot on. Adam Bitterman (Watson) acted the famous detective’s companion and narrated magnificently as well. With simple technical design in set, lighting, and sound, the actors were allowed to truly shine. It was a fantastic foray into the world of Arthur Conan Doyle and one I am glad they brought to the stage.

We followed up the show with a walk along the beach before meandering home. Everywhere is starting to decorate for Christmas! Our street is slowly becoming a winter wonderland.

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Coat: Miss London | Shoes: Steve Madden | Jeans: Victoria’s Secret PINK | Top & Scarf: Nordstrom Rack | Cardigan: Old Navy

Cats, Weapons, and Ireland

_MG_5871First photo shoot post! And quite an exciting one it is. I mention on my about page that I do theatre- specifically stage manage. Occasionally, this gets me photo gigs. This can range from quick last-minute headshot sessions (I need a headshot for promotional stuff for x show. Help!) to shooting a dress rehearsal of a production. This particular shoot was for promotional materials for my latest project- The Lieutenant of Inishmore. I’ve been doing quite a lot of work with this show and being able to handle photos on top of everything was amazing.

The show- put incredibly briefly- centers around a mad Irishman, his love for his cat, and war waged over said cat being killed. This meant we had a cat at our shoot! I’ve always been a dog person and have never worked with cats before so this brought an unpredictable element to the shoot. Edgar, our model cat, is not a people cat. At all. So getting photos where he is more than just a black fuzzy blurr was incredibly difficult. I did manage to get a few, though.

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This photo shoot was one of the more fun ones I’ve done though definitely pretty high on the list of challenges. And just in time for the Halloween slot at the theatre where we perform, plenty of blood & body parts to go around. Don’t worry, all the weapons are fake.

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