June 1, 2012 |
Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between Nick Offermanand his “Parks and Recreation” character Ron Swanson. Both talk in a slow, deep, deadpan manner and are unabashedly masculine. And, like Swanson, Offerman is an expert woodcraftsman and advocates a lifestyle centered around beer, meat and the outdoors. But the real Offerman comes from the small farm town of Minooka, Ill., where he would spend his hours working outside and playing sports. It's also where he came to realize his dream of acting, which led him to University of Illinois and finally Chicago, where he started Defiant...
July 16, 2013 |
*** = Recommended shows On sale 10 a.m. Friday ***Anthony Jeselnik, Thursday, Nov. 7 ($27, 18+) at Vic Theatre. ***Nick Offerman, Thursday, Oct. 3 ($35.50, all ages) at Chicago Theatre. ***The Postal Service, Mates of State, Sunday, Aug. 4 ($40.50, 18+) at Metro. On sale noon Friday Bell X1, Wednesday, Oct. 16 ($18, 21+) at Lincoln Hall. Richard Buckner, Monday, Aug. 19 ($15, 21+) at Schubas. Centro-Matic, Monday, Sept. 23 ($10-$12, 21+) at Schubas.
September 30, 2013 |
***1/2 (out of four) You don't have to be able to properly work a table saw (I can't) or be in the market for a custom-made chair (I'm not) to buy what “Parks and Recreation” star/woodshop owner Nick Offerman is selling in his memoir, “Paddle Your Own Canoe.” The Minooka, Ill., native represents closed-off, meat-and-potatoes manliness as Ron Swanson on NBC's fantastic comedy, but in reality Offerman demonstrates a more modulated and admirable concept of what it means to live well and...
March 4, 2013 |
On NBC's fantastic “Parks and Recreation,” Nick Offerman has turned Ron Swanson into such a spectacular, hilarious symbol of contained emotion and old-fashioned, meat-and-potatoes masculinity that it feels necessary to establish that Nick Offerman is not Ron Swanson. “I love musicals like crazy,” says the 42-year-old Minooka, Ill., native, whose new film “Somebody Up There Likes Me” opens March 8. “I think I have a frustrated Broadway chorus member somewhere in me. And so while I can...
October 18, 2012 |
*** (out of four) Before heading into the first grade class she teaches, Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) takes a sip from the flask in her car. Then another. Eh, the kids'll never notice. Actually, they do, because she vomits in the middle of a lesson, which turns into a lie that she's pregnant, which eventually turns into her principal (Megan Mullally) throwing a surprise baby shower. Even when a bottle's not in her hands, Kate ain't holding any control. An effectively direct story about different ways to feel powerless,...
June 6, 2013 |
*1/2 (out of four) With all due respect to “The Kings of Summer” co-stars Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally and Alison Brie: What were you thinking? I like a good coming-of-age story as much as anyone, but this inexplicable Sundance hit (which also features brief appearances from Hannibal Buress and Tony Hale) deserves a time-out, not an allowance boost. I mean, multiple jokes act as if racism's hilarious, and there's a gag in which the film's most excruciating character says he thinks he's gay because his lungs fill...