Critics RAVE about MISALLIANCE!

Critics RAVE about MISALLIANCE!

Praise for Misalliance

Critics have nothing but praise for Misalliance! Check out what the critics are saying!

“[T]horoughly enjoyable from opening curtain to the final bow.”

-Jaime Bunnell, The Local Tourist,
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“[T]op-notch actors…. [A] well-spoken concert reading.”

-Albert Williams, Chicago Reader
Highly Recommended

“[S]uperbly cast, clear, engaging, and full of surprises.”

-Paul Kuritz, Paul Kuritz Theatre and Film

 

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Jack Hickey Returns to ShawChicago in Misallaince! #GirlsFlyToo

Jack Hickey Returns to ShawChicago in Misallaince! #GirlsFlyToo

We at ShawChicago are SUPER PUMPED to bring you an all star cast for Bernard Shaw’s fine feminist farce, Misalliance! Directed by Barbara Zahora, travel with us and this Chicago all-star cast to 1909 when a woman broke through the glass ceiling! We are so excited to welcome Chicago theatre star Jack Hickey to our stage!

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1.       What is your role in Misalliance?
John Tarleton

 2.       What is your favorite thing about your character?
He’s fun. Well read. He is whimsical and enjoys it.

 3.       What’s your favorite thing about acting?
Wow. The way a performance can be shaped and nuanced by the engagement and reactions of the audience.

4.       What are you most looking forward to in this production?
Working with Barbara Zahora. Of course, I love working with Bob Scogin, and while I have acted with Barbara many times, I have not worked with her as a director, so I am looking forward to that.

 5.       If you could describe Misalliance in three words, what would they be?
Marriage, Women, Independence.

 6.       What’s your favorite food/s?
I would have to say steak.

 7.       When you’re not acting, what are you doing?
I spend as much time as I can with my three grandchildren.

 8.       Who’s your biggest inspiration?
So many really, Jonathon Winters, Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Peter O’Toole.

 9.       What is your favourite play and why?
My favorite Shaw play is Candida, maybe Shaw’s most romantic play. My all time favorite play is Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand. About a man who is so amazing, as a soldier, poet, musician, friend and yet because of one flaw, in his case his big nose, he is insecure about speaking to the woman he loves. I think we all have a flaw like that, maybe not so obvious, but it’s such a shame to let those insecurities get in the way of happiness.

 10.    Anything you want to say to the audience?
Thanks for supporting us. Help us spread the word. Make ShawChicago a household name!

 

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Please Welcome Michelle Shupe to the ShawFam! Misalliance #GirlsFlyToo

Please Welcome Michelle Shupe to the ShawFam! Misalliance #GirlsFlyToo

We at ShawChicago are SUPER PUMPED to bring you an all star cast for Bernard Shaw’s fine feminist farce, Misalliance! Directed by Barbara Zahora, travel with us and this Chicago all-star cast to 1909 when a woman broke through the glass ceiling! Please welcome Michelle Shupe to the ShawFam!

Michelle Shupe

1.       What is your role in Misalliance?
Lina Szchepanovska

2.       What is your favorite thing about your character?
She is free. She is not a sheep. And she’s kind of a bad a**. Who doesn’t love a woman like that?

3.       What’s your favorite thing about acting?
Figuring out what motivates the character and discovering how they pursue their desires. Being able to slip inside a role and disappear.

4.       What are you most looking forward to in this production?
The collaboration. I love to work together to create magical theatrical experiences. And Shaw’s text. He was a brilliant playwright.

5.       If you could describe Misalliance in three words, what would they be?
‘Dare to live,’ or ‘Live your truth.’

6.       What’s your favorite food/s?
Tomatoes, graham crackers, cheese, homemade dill pickles. (Not all together at the same time, obviously)

7.       When you’re not acting, what are you doing?
Having fun fermenting foods. Gardening. Discussing creative projects and exploring new ideas. I love to read and write.

8.       Who’s your biggest inspiration?
Not who but what: Intelligence and emotional poetry inspires me. Courage and compassion inspires me. Music inspires me.

9.       What is your favourite play and why?
This changes a lot based on where I am in life. But King Lear has long been a favorite of mine because of the main character. He touches our humanity.

10.   Anything you want to say to the audience?
Shaw Chicago audiences are amazing! You elevate observation to a super power.

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Gary Alexander Is Back!

Gary Alexander Is Back!

We at ShawChicago are SUPER PUMPED to bring you an all star cast for Bernard Shaw’s fine feminist farce, Misalliance! Directed by Barbara Zahora, travel with us and this Chicago all-star cast to 1909 when a woman broke through the glass ceiling! We are so excited to welcome Chicago theatre star Gary Alexander to our stage!

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GARY ALEXANDER (Julius Baker) is very pleased to be back with ShawChicago where he has appeared in 13 previous productions, including, most recently: Geneva, Major Barbara, The Importance of Being Earnest, Man and Superman, Saint Joan, James Barrie’s Quartets, Widowers’ Houses, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, and The Millionairess.  Last season, Gary appeared as Will in the hit comedy, The Book Club Play, at the 16th Street Theater and as Autolycus in Winter’s Tale for the Shakespeare Project of Chicago.  For SPC, he also created and directed Spooky Shakes, an original adaptation, for the Chicago Cultural Mile Association’s 2015 Halloween Happening in Millennium Park.  Other acting credits include: guest artist for Loyola University’s McElroy Shakespeare Celebration; King Lear, Fair Maid of the West, and Merchant of Venice for the Shakespeare Project; Drury Lane’s A Christmas Carol; the Goodman Theatre’s Binky Rudich; the Ravinia Festival’s Anyone Can Whistle, Sunday in the Park with George, A Little Night Music, and the revue, The Music of Rodgers and Hart. He has appeared in leading roles with Light Opera Works (Carnival, Candide, and Student Prince); and in Lion in Winter for Rising Moon; Vikings and Mirandolina at Noble Fool; and Burying the Bones at Stage Left.

1.       What is your role in Misalliance?
Mr. Gunner, aka John Brown, aka Julius Baker

2.       What is your favorite thing about your character?
I love how he’s such a mix of moral certitude and complete and utter insecurity.  Playing contrasts like that is always a blast.

3.       What’s your favorite thing about acting?
It’s  a challenge and a joy to be able to enter into the life of a character–to know everything about them. And to draw on my own experiences to make everything they experience as grounded in truth as possible.  The process (which begins when you first read the script and doesn’t end until the last word of the last performance) is always challenging and can be incredibly exhilarating–especially when I discover something completely unexpected about a character I’m playing.  And ACTORS!  They are some of the funniest most delightful people around.

4.       What are you most looking forward to in this production?
Playing with these fine, fine actors and working with multi-talented Barbara Zahora as director.  Oh, and that amazing Shaw language.  And the great, smart ShawChicago audiences!  Pretty much the whole shebang.

5.      If you could describe Misalliance in three words, what would they be?
Highbrow screwball comedy.

6.       What’s your favorite food/s?
True to my Italian roots, I love good authentic Italian food.  (I cook a lot!)

7.       When you’re not acting, what are you doing?
Probably teaching a yoga class.  Or singing (I have a regular singing job at an Episcopal church).  Or cooking.  Or watching political news. Or at the opera–I go to the opera a lot.

8.       Who’s your biggest inspiration?
From an acting perspective, probably the great Uta Hagen.  I had the privilege of doing a week-long master class with her almost 20 years ago.  It was an amazing experience–she had (and instilled in us) such a respect for the craft of acting.  Like any great teacher, she was demanding and incredibly generous at the same time.

9.       What is your favourite play and why?
Often it’s the play I’m in.  But I would have to list the following:   Mrs. Warren’s Profession, St. Joan, Angels in America, The Seagull,  August Osage County, King Lear, Twelfth Night.

10.   Anything you want to say to the audience?
It’s such a privilege to have you along for the crazy ride that is Misalliance!  Thank you for supporting ShawChicago and the work we do.

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Jesse Dornan Returns to ShawChicago!

Jesse Dornan Returns to ShawChicago!

We at ShawChicago are SUPER PUMPED to bring you an all star cast for Bernard Shaw’s fine feminist farce, Misalliance! Directed by Barbara Zahora, travel with us and this Chicago all-star cast to 1909 when a woman broke through the glass ceiling! We are so excited to welcome Chicago theatre star Jack Hickey to our stage!

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JESSE DORNAN (Joseph Percival) is thrilled to be back for the second time with Shaw Chicago. He played Walter Bohun in You Never Can Tell last season. Other Chicago credits: Oak Park Festival, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Remy Bumppo, Trap Door, 16th Street, Brown Paper Box Company, Fox Valley, Chicago Dramatist’s, Boho, Backroom Shakespeare, and One Year Chekhov, Regional credits include: Door Shakespeare FestivalMilwaukee Repertory, Pioneer Memorial Theater, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Utah Opera Company, Banyan Theatre Company, and Nebraska Shakespeare. Jesse has an MFA from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training.

 

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