Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Catch Barrymore's Ghost this Weekend at Jackson Junge Gallery

(story, below, by Pat J. Daily. In addition to Barrymore's ghost, there is a Spring Dance in the gallery's pipeline, and more, per the gallery's latest e-newsletter)

Jeffrey Baumgartner and Diann Squiers formed Chicago City Creatives in 2010 to "to develop and promote a collective of artists from all disciplines including the visual arts, music, theatre and performance, film, and installation in an effort to explore and exploit the dialogue between them." So now they're doing a play in an art gallery.

Jason Miller (Father Karras in The Exorcist; he won a Pulitzer for his play That Championship Season) wrote the one-man play and toured it extensively. In it actor John Barrymore is a ghost doomed to haunting a theater during rehearsals for a new play. Local actor Baumgartner says in his press release, "I had the good fortune to play Hamlet about fifteen years ago, as well as having appeared as Barrymore in the wonderful comedy I Hate Hamlet. and with Barrymore's Ghost I get an opportunity to tap into that particular and extraordinary energy that is Hamlet, a role for which Barrymore was quite famous, if not infamous. Too, it is tremendously exciting to have a go of it while being surrounded by all of this original artwork."

The show runs Fri-Sat 4/15-4/23, 8 PM, Sun 4/17, 5 PM, at Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N. Milwaukee. Tickets are $25; group sales and dinner theatre packages are available at Tocco Chicago, 1266 N. Milwaukee. Call 773-227-7900 for reservations and more information. --Pat J. Daily

[ED. Note/Disclosure: Jackson Junge Gallery is a valued Pipeline sponsor. Just say 'Pipeline' for a special discount on tickets to Barrymore's Ghost-- and smile at our ad if you see it in the play's playbill!]

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