Brooks: “It is rather daunting to play an iconic character that everyone feels they know. The Queen is just so visible and there are expectations.”
The 1928 play by Sophie Treadwell was in many ways far ahead of its time in both style and substance,
Smothers says he follows today’s political satirists and feels they’re doing “a great job.”
WEISS: As sick and twisted as the Black Button Eyes production is, its depiction of domestic horror is so imaginative that you cannot look away.
Gaines’ re-imagined production, with Shakespeare’s script featuring additional dialogue by Second City’s Ron West, is set in 1919 Chicago.
The festival will run Sept. 29 through Oct. 29 at various venues.