Fragments of Heartbreak Reassembled Here

Please join me at the 30th Annual RhinoFest 2019 at Prop Thtr for a reboot of my solo show. I’m so happy to be a part of this exciting festival which has made it’s mark on Chicago Theater over so many years!
Fragments of Heartbreak Reassembled Here:
How an empty nesting divorcée journeys out of the dark winter of the soul to rekindle her creative spirit – only to find that she may no longer exist. A cheeky desolation in story, poetry, and song.
Written and performed by Wendy Parman, Justin Bernard Bowse on keyboard
Directed by Jill Daly
All Sundays at 7:00 p.m. Jan 20-Feb-24
All Rhinofest performances are $15 or pay what you can.
Here is a review of “Fragments of Heartbreak Reassembled Here” by (New City) critic and man about town Robert Rodi. Sadly, it wont be printed due to the genre bending nature of the show, but he was kind enough to write and share it with me, so I am sharing it with you.

Taking Charge: A Review of Fragments of Heartbreak Reassembled Here at Prop Thtr


Wendy Parman has been a presence on the cabaret scene for a while, most notably as the host and curator of Singer Salon, an ongoing vocal series. Her new show, part of the Rhinoceros Festival lineup, is called “Fragments of Heartbreak Reassmbled Here,” and it while it’s about the length of an average cabaret show, running somewhere beyond an hour, it covers a wide swath of emotional ground, and expands Parman’s onstage prowess to include spoken-word pieces, poetry and a fair amount of acting. (Though her collaborator, the gifted pianist Justin Bernard Bowse, shares the stage with her, all her dialogue is directed to a telephone.)

There’s also singing, of course. Parman wrote the tunes for this show, which begins at the nadir of her life, as she endures a post-divorce depression during an especially frigid Chicago winter. The lyrics throughout are satisfyingly wry and occasionally land a solid emotional punch, as when she sings about her mother, “An extraordinary woman, difficult, creative, beautiful and critical / And whimsical and natural and punishingly critical / Unable to have friends / Now I’m fifty-five years old, now I understand.”

The  show’s staging is minimal though effective (it’s directed by Jill Daly); but what will make it especially revelatory for women is that Parman charts her self-rehabilitation through creative work, ultimately taking charge of her own creative destiny. She first returns to the auditioning circuit after decades, which leads to disillusionment, not only over how young her competition is but how venal  (“Oh, the chatterers. I hate the chatterers! I forgot about the chatterers!”). Unable to find, much less land, roles to fit her age, Parman writes and produces her own web sitcom, “Callie’s Solo,” and  then… well, she writes and performs this show. Which means that “Fragments of Heartbreak Reassembled Here” is itself part of the story of “Fragments of Heartbreak Reassembled Here.” Cabaret was never quite that meta.

Sunday, February 17 and 24, 7pm, at Prop Thtr, 3502 North Elson, (773)742-5420. $15 or pay what you can.

Join us November 15th for a Benefit Reading of The Flora And Fauna
The Apollo Theater is proud to host a One-Night Only reading to benefit the #MeToo movement.
Please join us in support of this cause on Thursday November 15th at 7pm,
at the Apollo Theater (2540 N. Lincoln Ave).
General Admission Tickets are $20.
(Student and Senior Tickets are $15)
To purchase tickets, visit Ticketmaster* or
call the Apollo Theater Box Office at (773) 935-6100
* Ticketmaster is generously waiving their per order fee for this event! 
Ginnie and Adele’s friendship was forged under a dark secret. But twenty-eight years later, an inescapable event puts them both in jeopardy again. Can they help each other move on from loss before it’s too late?
Fragments of Heartbreak Reassembled Here -Soon to be reassembled at RHINOFEST 2019!!!! Stay tuned for updates!
Venere, a film exploring women’s reproductive issues, soon to be finished in post.
This crazy trio will be back! We had so much fun with our last two shows at Davenports’s!
Wendy Parman at Chill for the SuperNova Event 2017, first hints at the storytelling to come.