Orange Flower Water + Speech & Debate

Nancy, the theater junkie, has been checking out local offerings lately.  See my reviews of two new plays on Chicago stages at I recommend both.  They’re interesting and enjoyable theater evenings.

Orange Flower Water: Breaking apart two families … at Interrobang Theatre Project

Orange Flower Water is a wrenching marital drama where the bed is the heart of the matter, both literally and metaphorically. The bed is the centerpiece of each scene, with quick changes of covering signaling changes of venue. The four characters are two couples who live in the same neighborhood and whose children play soccer together. One of the partners in each couple wants to end their marriages. James Yost, in his first Chicago directorial outing, directs this smartly written play by Craig Wright, author of television scripts written for “Six Feet Under,” “Lost,” “Brothers & Sisters,” and “Dirty Sexy Money.”

Please continue reading this review and see ticket info at the end.  Orange Flower Water runs through June 9 at the Raven Theatre Complex, 6157 N. Clark St.

Speech & Debate speaks to a wide audience … at American Theatre Company

Group interpretation, original oratory, extemporaneous commentary. These are some of the graphic titles projected to introduce new scenes throughout Speech & Debate at American Theatre Company (ATC). That may sound like a yawnfest for speech majors but in the hands of four talented performers, they signal funny but searing explorations of teenagers trying to sort out their identities. This is doubly tough in an era where online activities further complicate the growing-up process.

Please continue reading this review and see ticket info at the end. Speech & Debate runs through June 23 at American Theatre Company, 1909 W Byron at Lincoln Ave.