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Season 6 | Red Tape Theatre

Season 6

Apr 4th, 2011

The Love of the Nightingale

by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Jeff Award for Best Direction (James Palmer); Jeff Nominations for Best Production, Best Choreography (Myah Shein), Best Fight Choreography (Claire Yearman), Best Sound Design (Miles Polaski)
April 28 to May 29, 2010

“…a whirling dervish of Greek mythology, atmospheric tension and a futuristic, fully immersive, hyperstylized theatricality…Director and lighting designer James Palmer and his first-rate design team (including William Anderson on sets and Ricky Lurie on costumes) have conjured up a strange steam-punk universe of mannequins and dystopian violence.The heart and soul of the piece belong to Romond and Reardon… It’s a helluva performance.”
-Nina Metz

“Palmer’s production is stunning, with images and scenes of immense power and thrilling theatricality. Full credit should go to the cast, an eye-popping 23, who commit fully to a challenging script and complex staging.”
-Zev Valancy, CenterStage

“James Palmer’s stylish production traps us in the midst of the action, with scenic designer William Anderson creating a smartly enclosed environment…lead trio Meghan Reardon, Kate Romond and Vic May bring remarkable honesty and nuance…”
-Kris Vire, Timeout Chicago

“Red Tape’s Love of the Nightingale was refreshing, bizarre, and remarkably resonant. Palmer and his enormous cast explode the story into life, ripping it from its ancient Greek context and filling it with anachronism and theatricality. The dream team of designers Palmer amassed has concocted a marvelous world. Romond’s tortured Procne is excellent… we’re entranced by her struggle. If Red Tape keeps churning out work like this, they’ll become a tiger of the storefront scene.”
-Barry Eitel, Chicago Theatre Blog

“a solid contender for 2010’s most promising addition to Chicago’s off-Loop theater community.”
– Mary Shen Barnridge, Windy City Times

Mouse in a Jar

by Martina Majok
Jeff Award for Best Sound Design (Miles Polaski)
Oct 10 to Oct 31, 2009

“Gripping” and “Sophisticated”
– Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune

“Gut-wrenching surrealism…Nothing short of stunning.”
-Christopher Shea, Time Out Chicago

“Creepily eloquent.”
– Lawrence Bommer, Chicago Reader

Editor’s Pick- Time Out Chicago
Highly Recommended- SteadStyle Chicago