Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2022-06-08
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

THEATER REVIEW How to Catch Creation
by Regina Victor
2019-02-03

This article shared 5892 times since Sun Feb 3, 2019
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


By: Christina Anderson

At: The Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: Goodmantheatre.org; $20-$70. Runs through: Feb. 24

The Goodman Theatre production How to Catch Creation, penned by Christina Anderson, is a groundbreaking portrayal of intergenerational queer relationships of color.

Featuring Niegel Smith's deft direction, How To Catch Creation centers on two couples across time and the intersections of their lives and sexualities. G.K. Marche, a focused and formidable Jasmine Bracey, is a queer novelist in 1960s San Francisco, living with her lover Natalie ( a compelling and beautiful Ayanna Bria Bakari ). They are juxtaposed with the creative tech genius Riley ( a fierce Maya Vinice Prentiss ) and her aspiring painter beau, Stokes ( the charming Bernard Gilbert ). Actress Karen Aldridge returns to the stage to play the queer painter Tami, who she imbues light, love and a larger-than-life persona that suits this slightly surreal play.

It is rare to see queer couples show each other intimacy or affection on stage ( intimacy consulting by Sasha Smith ), and here we see not one but two Black femme couples who are deeply in love and demonstrate it without judgement. Although there is plenty of heartbreak, Anderson cares for her audience and her characters, choosing in her own act of creation to alleviate them of the Black and Brown suffering usually found in plays produced at larger houses. Anderson's characters are not here to remind you that they are human, but rather to live their fullest possible life and invite you into the central questions: What is creation, and how do you master it?

In the pursuit of these inquiries and perhaps in response to the elevated style of the play, the setting ( design by Todd Rosenthal ) is lifted out of realism almost entirely. Though set in San Francisco, there is an excess of brick ( it explodes in an earthquake unless it's rebar, which is wildly expensive ), and posters from civil-rights rallies in Illinois. Typically, Rosenthal knocks it out of the park, but there is a lack of specificity paired with largesse that fluctuates between showcasing gorgeous transitions and threatening to swallow the story. The same is true for all of the design elements; while the costumes, by Jenny Mannis, felt inauthentic to San Francisco, it must be noted they were accompanied by beautiful wigs and hairstyles for the Black women on stage.

Griffin ( Keith Randolph Smith )—Tami's dear friend and a Black man who has spent his entire life oppressed by the justice system—decides to venture back into that system in the pursuit of being a father. Although Anderson's depictions of queer life are so central to the play, this Black man being so willing to be a father that he wants to put all his personal strife aside and his resources forward is so refreshing. Smith's grounded and rich characterization of Griffin only helps to aid this portrayal.

For the queer couples, creation is depicted as the manifestation of creative works, be it a novel or a painting; for heterosexual couples, creation is new life. While this parallel is worthwhile, it does eliminate queer creation of a child in a way that seems unintended from an author who is so otherwise intentional. In future productions, this could be more balanced.

How to Catch Creation is a gorgeous cacophony of human beings that you feel you would meet walking down the street, and its importance in the American canon cannot be overstated. Anderson is a pivotal playwright for Black, intersectional, queer theater in this country.


This article shared 5892 times since Sun Feb 3, 2019
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Billy Masters 2022-08-08
- "I wasn't trying to have his career because he sings, he dances. I'm barely a single threat. I'm just an actor."—Tuc Watkins, explaining how he emulated the career trajectory of Kevin Kline— to the best of ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Jane Lynch, Dwayne Johnson, 'Star Trek,' Beyonce, Shea Coulee 2022-08-07
- NBC has renewed the Jane Lynch-hosted game show Weakest Link for a third season, Variety noted. Season three will run for 20 episodes. The series is based on a British format distributed by BBC Studios that ...


Gay News

Casting announced for queer-centered play 'St. Sebastian' 2022-08-05
- Refracted Theatre Company announced casting for its world premiere of Andrew Kramer's dark comedy St. Sebastian, directed by Artistic Director Graham Miller. The play features Nolan Robinson, Mack Spotts and ...


Gay News

Angelica Ross to be first trans lead in Broadway's 'Chicago' 2022-08-04
- Trans actors have made all sorts of impressions on Broadway, but former Chicagoan Angelica Ross has set a precedent. Next month, the leading role of fame-hungry murderess Roxie Hart will be played by Angelica Ross. Ross ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Chicago Latino Theater Alliance Executive Director Myrna Salazar dies at 75 2022-08-04
- The Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA) announced that co-founder and Executive Director Myrna Salazar passed away Aug. 3—two weeks after celebrating her 75th birthday. According to a press release, "Salazar ...


Gay News

THEATER 'Cabaret' coming to Metropolis Arts on Sept. 15 2022-08-02
- Musical Broadway classic and hit film Cabaret re-creates the decadent and complicated world of 1929 Berlin at the Arlington Heights venue Metropolis Performing Arts Centre on Sept. 15-Oct. 22. Cabaret is Kander and Ebb's legendary musical ...


Gay News

Oak Park Festival Theatre's 'The Winter's Tale' running thru Aug. 20 2022-08-02
- Oak Park Festival Theatre's The Winter's Tale will run at Austin Gardens (167 Forest Ave., Oak Park) through Sunday, Aug. 20. The Winter's Tale marks Oak Park Festival Theatre's return to the stage after a devastating ...


Gay News

Story Jam and Cerqua Rivera collaboration on July 27 at Artifact Events 2022-07-25
- Story Jam's next storytelling show—in a series of monthly shows at Artifact Events —will take place Wed., July 27, at 7:30 p.m. at 4325 N. Ravenswood Ave. "Living Truth: True Stories" is a storytelling collaboration with ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Broadway, 'Game of Thrones' prequel, Dexter Mayfield, Shania Twain 2022-07-24
- The Broadway League announced that theaters will continue their recently adopted mask-optional policy for audiences at least through August, Deadline reported. The mask-optional policy—in which audiences are encouraged but not ...


Gay News

THEATER 'The Mamalogues' in Evanston on July 23-Aug. 7 2022-07-19
- The Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre will present Lisa B. Thompson's The Mamalogues—an evening of monologues about the experience of parenting while Black, unmarried and middle-class in the age of anxiety—from July 23 to Aug. 7 at the Noyes ...


Gay News

THEATER 'The Devil Wears Prada' cast members dish about musical's Chicago debut 2022-07-18
- "All right, everyone! Gird your loins" as a stage musical version of The Devil Wears Prada is set for a world premiere in the Windy City this July as part of the lineup for Broadway in Chicago. Tony Award winner Beth ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Warhol/Basquiat, 'Raven's Home,' Jonathan Bailey, Broadway, Ricky Martin 2022-07-17
Video below - The Collaboration—Anthony McCarten's hit London play about artists Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat—will make its U.S. premiere on Broadway this fall, with Paul Bettany and Jeremy Pope as the two ...


Gay News

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' in Chicago parks through Aug. 21 2022-07-16
- For Midsommer Flight's annual summer production of Shakespeare in Chicago parks, the company will celebrate its 10th anniversary by revisiting the play that in 2012 began the company's 10-year run as an arts partner with Chicago ...


Gay News

Streisand interpreter Steven Brinberg at The Acorn on July 31 2022-07-16
- Celebrating Barbra Streisand's 80th birthday, Steven Brinberg will perform the live musical performance "Simply Barbra" on Sunday, July 31, at The Acorn, 107 Generation Dr., Three Oaks, Michigan (approximately 70 miles from Chicago). ...


Gay News

THEATER Lookingglass event 'Sunset 1919' taking place July 27 2022-07-16
- Lookingglass Theatre Company begins its 35th season with "Sunset 1919: A Ritual" on Wed., July 27, at the Eugene Williams Memorial Marker, 125 Ft. Dearborn Dr., at 7 p.m. The location is near 29th Street, on ...


 



Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 

Sponsor


Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.