REVIEW: Factory Theatre’s “Hunky Dory”

A little less loud. a bit more funny.

HunkyDory 

The Factory Theatre presents:

Hunky Dory

by Joe Gehr
directed byJosh Graves
thru December 19th (ticket info)

review by Aggie Hewitt

The Factory Theatre is a quirky little theatre that produces comedic farcical productions. Hunky Dory, their late night show, introduces us to a Texas family that is part “Deliverence”, part “Rosanne”. But this family is not just poor, trashy and evil – they own a coach house that is absolutely irresistible to retired Sarah Lawerence professors and Chicago doctors looking for a quiet place to write their memoirs. Why? It doesn’t matter. All that matters is that this family is going to kill those upper-crust Northerners and collect their social security checks.

Performers at the Factory Theatre like to yell. They seem to have picked up the idea that this is how humor is communicated. In the world outside the theatre, a lot of people have this misconception as well, and I have never understood it. What is there about loud noises that is so funny to these people? Are they just all fighting for one’s attention? If that’s the case I have news for the Factory Theatre bombasts: all of the chairs in the house face the stage. If you are on stage, someone will pay attention to you. Please stop screaming.

Apart from that, the whole production just seems lazy; as if no thought at all were put into any aspect of it. The story, staging and writing in this show are unfortunately equally bland – monotone and without heart. Chicago performers, writers and directors looking to work in comedy have to understand that big does not equal funny. (Of course, big can be funny if it is an aspect of the entire joke, but it’s not a secret formula for it). 

My advice? Steer clear from this production, but please do not write off the Factory Theatre. They’re a smart group that perhaps lost some guidance on this particular show. I look forward to smaller and brighter things to come in future productions.

Rating: ½

 

Cast

Elmer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blake Dalzin
Char . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sarah Rose Graber*
Momma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christine Jennings*
Aunt Sue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jennifer Pompa*
Guj . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Christopher Marcum
Grandpa Freddy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steve Welsh
Mr. Thompson/Snyder/Russell . . . . . . . .Justin Cagney
Mrs. Thompson/Snyder/Russell . . . . Erin Elizabeth Orr

Crew:

Director……………….…….…Josh Graves*
Writer……………………………Joe Gehr*
Executive Producer……………Carrie J. Sullivan*
Producer………………..……………Allison Cain*

Sound Design…………………………….Nick Booth*
Stage Manager………………….Elizabeth Boros-Kazai

* connotates Ensemble Member

for cast bios, click on “Read More”

Nick Booth* (Sound Designer) is a redeemable coupon.  Step right up.
Elizabeth Boros-Kazai (Stage Manager) has been freelancing in Chicago since graduating in 2006 from Beloit College, and since returning from Hungary where she enjoyed country living and improving her Hungarian language skills. Anyu & Apu, love & thanks!

Justin Cagney (Mr. Thompson/Snyder/Russell) won an Academy Award for his performance in the filmed version of The Vagina Monologues.
Blake Dalzin (Elmer) is very excited to be back doing theatre again after a 9 year hiatus.  He has been playing music and doing the 9-5 thing since.

Joe Gehr* (Playwright) has been an ensemble member with the Factory since 2004. Up until this point he has never said a word to an audience member during a show. Now he’s probably said too much.

Sarah Rose Graber* (Char) is good at giving high fives! She’ll even give you one if you ask nicely.

Josh Graves* (Director) is uber-pumped to be directing this show.  He would like to thank his friends and Factory family for all their support.  Much, much love to Joie.

Christine Jennings* (Momma) We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.

Christopher Marcum (Guj) is giddy with joy about working with the Factory again. Thanks to Josh, Joe, Factory Theatre, and especially to Samantha for her patience, love and support.
Erin Elizabeth Orr (Mrs. Thompson/Snyder/Russell) loves The Factory very, very much. She would snuggle them lots. And Greg is the cutest boy ever. The end.

Jennifer Pompa* (Aunt Sue) has been a proud Factory member for ten years.  Well, a member for ten years, proud for about five.  Go Hunky Dory Joe!

Steve Welsh (Grandpa Freddy) has been acting around Chicago for many years with many, many theatre companies. Though he’s from the South, he loves the cold; it makes him be creative with what he wears beneath his pants.

Factory Gear

Get Factory Gear here!

Get Factory Gear here

One Response

  1. […] Hunky Dory – The Factory Theater (our review) […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: