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Archived Since:June 16, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Margaret: Immature

This week the Bleader presents a series of commentaries on Kenneth Lonergan's drama Margaret (2011), which screens through Thursday at Gene Siskel Film Center. As Reader movie critic J.R. Jones noted in his review, the original version of Margaret was much longer than the one that reached theaters. Show More Summary

If you liked Manual Cinema's Ada/Ava . . .

Every once in a while you see something that makes you go, "Hunh. That's new."… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

The latest Reader performing arts reviews

Our latest performing arts reviews are here, hot off the real and virtual presses—but only a select few are positive enough to warrant a Reader recommendation. According to Tony Adler, you can't go wrong with Steppenwolf Theatre's Garage...Show More Summary

The latest Reader performing arts reviews and previews

The Green Day juke box show, American Idiot, will be hanging on through Sunday in a touring production at the Oriental Theatre. You'll probably enjoy it if you're already a Green Day fan (or simply in your 40s).… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

The latest Reader performing arts reviews and previews

Shame is an overwhelming emotion. When it mixes with religion, it becomes an explosive force.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Mamet alert: Race runs on

If you're a fan of Mamet-speak and you haven't yet made plans to see Race, here's some news: the Goodman Theatre announced today that it's adding two performances to the run, February 12 and 19. The play's not perfect—it needs a stronger...Show More Summary

Why didn't Bruce Norris play the game?

Winning the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Clybourne Park may have been the worst thing that could've happened to former Chicagoan Bruce Norris. The 51-year-old playwright and actor had spent years designing a life that left him free to beShow More Summary

Hubris Productions comes out of the closet on snarkiness

The following announcement/cri de coeur comes from Hubris Productions, which, since 2006, has been staging small-cast, mainstream dramas, a surprising number of which—Torch Song Trilogy, Steel Magnolias, Agnes of God, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Bent—date from the Reagan years. Show More Summary

The latest Reader performing arts reviews

Theater has always been at least partly about escapism, but two productions are taking that idea to the next level with downright magical plays about escape artist Eric Weiss, aka Houdini. The House Theatre of Chicago is celebratingShow More Summary

The latest Reader performing arts reviews

Curious Theatre Branch can pat itself on the back this week: its fringe theater festival, Rhinofest, is full of recommended performances. The American Drink Book is a poignant tale told at 2 AM by the last sad-eyed sap at the bar.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Remy Bumppo artistic director Timothy Douglas resigns

After a tenure of only six months, Timothy Douglas is calling it quits. His resignation as artistic director of Remy Bumppo Theatre takes effect January 31.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Last chance to see a "revolutionary Christmas Carol"

As Goodman Theatre's latest A Christmas Carol proves, you don't need to work very hard to make the equation between Charles Dickens's Ebenezer Scrooge and the current crop of one-percenters. Scrooge is already in finance.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

The latest Reader performing arts reviews

It's a desert out there. With the fall season over, the spring season a few weeks away, and most of the holiday shows already well along in their runs, there's not much that's new to review.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

The latest Reader performing arts reviews

The holiday show onslaught continues. We've reviewed another eight of them for the December 8 issue—nine, if you count the Reader-recommended Talk About God: Five Cents, a collection of monologues penned by Tom Noe in which various characters discuss their "experiences or opinions relating to the Almighty."… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

The walls talk in Sleep No More

Sleep No More is a fairly hot ticket in New York right now—and a fairly expensive one, too, considering that it's running way, way off Broadway, in a Chelsea warehouse that the current occupants have styled the "McKittrick Hotel" (possibly in homage to Kim Novak's hideaway in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo). Show More Summary

The latest Reader performing arts reviews

As we note on the cover of the Arts & Culture section this week, the Christmas rush is on. Reader critics reviewed no less than 11 holiday shows for the December 1 issue, plus a few like Theo Ubique's Pump Boys and Dinettes, the Hypocrites'...Show More Summary

Fiddler on the Roof at the Auditorium

Since it opened last night and only runs through November 27, I'm posting my review of the touring Fiddler currently ensconced at the Auditorium Theatre. For schedule information, see our listing under "Arts & Events." After nearly five...Show More Summary

The latest Reader performing arts reviews

Reader contributor Zac Thompson has a few choice words for Black Ensemble founder Jackie Taylor in his review of BE's The Jackie Wilson Story. He takes her to task for using the same jukebox bio formula over and over again.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

"Playwrights as Writers" panel this weekend at the Chicago Book Expo

When you're a critic, somebody always hates you. Just the other day I got into a big, bloated online argument with some burlesque fans who took umbrage at my insensitive, reactionary, misogynistic, ignorant, insufficiently awestruck review of Temple of Boobs.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

The latest Reader performing arts reviews

Justin Hayford has strong things to say about the Street Tempo Theatre production of Let My People Come, both positive and otherwise. On the one hand, he calls the staging "craftily mounted, stirringly sung, and shrewdly choreographed."… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

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