Two of the finest sketch teams in the city, Oh Theodora and Drew's Tumbler, have teamed up to produce a new monthly show at The Public House Theatre, an exciting new theater space catered towards sketch comedy. The show is called Finish Your Dinner and the show's seven producers sent over this exclusive look behind the scenes at their most reverential preshow ritual. The first Finish Your Dinner is tonight, April 4th, at 8pm; each ticket comes with a free can of PBR and can be purchased here.Read More
Oh Theodora's Trevor Martin is a five year veteran of the annual Chicago SketchFest, which just wrapped up it's 12th edition this past weekend. The city's independent sketch scene is small (but growing), so a festival boasting over 150 sketch shows in eight days is obviously going to be a big to-do amongst all involved. Some sketch folks sit it out entirely (like Brian from the Mike's Hard Festivade), and others fully embrace it. Trevor's sent over some thoughts about the festival and how his relationship with it has changed.Read More
With Christmas less than a week away (and our big Christmas Show tonight!), myself and the rest of Oh Theodora understand you’re probably getting sick of all the same old songs playing in every store/car/car store you’ve been in the last two months. So, in order to keep you in the Christmas Spirit, here’s a playlist I’ve created of some lesser known Christmas gems to play while wrapping your brother’s Gift Card to Kenny Roger’s Roasters.Read More
The Steamroller's live music correspondent Conor Sullivan (of Oh Theodora & Collectors Edition) saw Eve 6 and Everclear last weekend. I'm on a bunch of mailing lists for PR companies that represent bands both big-time and small (mostly small). A lot of the time, these messages get ignored, but when I received a press release highlighting an upcoming tour featuring coheadliners Eve 6 and Everclear, with a stop in nearby Joliet, something clicked. I knew Conor to be long-time, unironic fan of both bands and thought this would be a nice opportunity to check in with few bands most folks haven't given a second thought to in years. Check out the full review after the jump!Read More
The Steamroller's Theatrical Critic (and Oh Theodora member) Trevor Martin checks in with a review of last month's landmark staging of Phillip Glass' Einstein On The Beach in New York City.
I’m the type of person who will readily admit to enjoying surrealist or absurdist theater. I should point out, though, that the key word to that previous sentence is “admit”. While I like the challenge of deciphering puzzling performance art, I know there are connotations that come with declaring one’s interest in “theatery theater”: that I turn my nose up at linear storytelling, or regard “funny ha-ha” as leagues below “funny, ah yes”, or that I use words like “connotations” and “aligning” when writing for local comedy blogs. In reference to me, such assumptions would only be 33.3% correct. But I know that they much more accurately describe a certain collection of theatergoers, which keeps me from talking about my interest in the abstract with just anyone.
So when I heard that Robert Wilson was remounting his legendary avant-garde opera Einstein on the Beach, I immediately knew that 1) I absolutely had to see it and 2) I was absolutely going to be seeing it by myself. The things I knew about Einstein were limited to passing mentions in Theater classes and a few YouTube clips. But the show’s reputation--coupled with the fact that it won’t be remounted for decades, if ever again--was enough to push me to buy a ticket, hop a plane to New York City and bear witness to an event that truly left me at a loss for words.
Oh no wait, here’s one: Garbage. Pompous, unforgivable garbage.Read More
Local sketch monsters Oh Theodora produce a monthly comedy/variety show called Show Theodora on the third Wednesday of each month at the Pub Theatre above Fizz Bar in Lakeview. The show is a wholly unique mix of bits from sketch teams both local and otherwise, comedy shorts from burgeoning filmmakers, and music from a wildly eclectic slew of musicians, as well as a set of new sketches from OT. It's also happens to be one of my favorite shows in the city.
This month's Show Theodora features comedy from Rabbit Rabbit and music from from Bubbles Erotica (the self-proclaimed "PREMIER System of a Down tribute band in the Chicagoland Area"), plus the aforementioned new material from Oh Theodora.
In advance of each month's show, OT releases a short video. Watch the exclusive premiere of this month's spooky promo clip below!
You might know Conor Sullivan from his work as one quarter of local absurdist sketch group Oh Theodora, or as a burgeoning screenwriter (his first screenplay, Sandkicker, was a finalist in 2011's Chicago Screenwriters Competition). Conor is also a huge fan of classic MGM movie musicals from the '40s and '50s, like Singin' In The Rain, Anchors Aweigh!, and Ziegfeld Follies.
While these films are generally regarded by critics and cinéastes as classics, they're hardly fashionable today; with their deliberately crafted and expertly choreographed dance numbers and physical comedy standing out in stark contrast to the modern ambling, overtly improvised mainstream comedy picture. I talked to Sullivan all about his unique passion, and got a few recommendations for those looking to explore this genre further.Read the full interview after the jump. Read More