Big Lake Big City | Lookingglass Theatre Company | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Big Lake Big City Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 25 2013

Because theater and TV seem at first glance to be variations on the same performing art—people act out a story; we watch—lots of actors, directors, and writers assume they can leap easily between the mediums. But they're different enough that it doesn't always work. A script meant for the stage can come out cramped and talky on TV; something created with TV in mind—easy-to-read characters, an emphasis on visuals, dialogue enhanced by the camera—can feel underwritten or empty in a theatrical production. That may be what's wrong with Big Lake Big City, Chicago writer Keith Huff's latest effort. Now a successful TV writer, Huff cut his teeth in the Chicago theater. He slaved for 20 years at a regular job, writing plays in the evening and on weekends, before getting his break: a two-man police drama called A Steady Rain, which got the kind of ecstatic reviews in the dailies that propel a show to New York and a writer to LA. A Steady Rain ended up in a 2009 Broadway production starring Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman; Huff ended up writing for shows like Mad Men and House of Cards. Continue reading >>

Price: $36-$70


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