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Review: Fear and Misery in the Third Reich (Haven Theatre)

Bertolt Brecht’s series of vignettes following different characters as Germany approaches World War II is uncomfortable, sad and downright scary. It’s also important and essential viewing. Haven Theatre’s production is a little heavy...Show More Summary

Review: Nice Girl (Raven Theatre)

                       Nice Girl Written by Melissa Ross Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark (map) thru Mar 11  |  tix: $38-$46  |  more info         Check for half-price tickets               Sweet, quietly compelling Chicago premiere         Raven Theatre presents      Nice Girl Review by Lauren Whalen Stories are everywhere, and in these […]

Review: The Humans (Broadway in Chicago)

With the national tour of Stephen Karam’s The Humans, there's a amazing melding of Karam's script, Mantello’s direction and the excellent production team and cast accurately portraying the fears we all have, both everyday and existential, that come to a head when crossed with complex familial relationships. Show More Summary

Review: We’re Gonna Be Okay (American Theater Co.)

We’re Gonna Be Okay, written by playwright Basil Kreimendahl, explores America's fear and paranoia of nuclear war in the early 1960's through the eyes of two neighboring families who decide to take a big step toward a future they perceive as uncertain. Show More Summary

Review: Beautiful (Broadway in Chicago, 2017)

Throwback Thursday review - Lights! Action! Music! With that beginning, Carole King (played by local actress Sarah Bockel) takes us on a musical ride through her life, highs and lows, wins and losses, loving and losing. The supporting cast, wonderful talent all, fills the theatre with the remainder of her melodies. Show More Summary

Review: All My Sons (Court Theatre)

There's a lot to love in Arthur Miller's All My Sons. Both Johanna McKenzie Miller and Abby Pierce give nuanced performances as neighborhood women, and John Judd expertly guides us through Joe’s emotional journey with careful expertise. Show More Summary

Review: For the Loyal (Interrobang Theatre Project)

What does loyalty mean? How far does it go? And what if your loyalty (or lack of) affects your livelihood and the ability to support your family? Award-winning playwright Lee Blessing tackles these questions and more in the 80 gut-punching minutes of his latest play. Show More Summary

Review: Boy (TimeLine Theatre)

Playwright Anna Ziegler began Boy as a direct homage to David Reimer, who in1967 at 18-month-old, was left with damaged genitals due to a circumcision accident. Desperate, his parents turned to Dr. John Money, who spearheaded the John...Show More Summary

Review: Nevermore (Black Button Eyes Productions)

                       Nevermore   Book/Music/Lyrics by Jonathan Christenson at Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway (map) thru Jan 28  |  tix: $30  |  more info         Check for half-price tickets                  Creepy and cool Chicago premiere         Black Button Eyes Productions presents      Nevermore: The Imaginary Life    and Mysterious Death of […]

Review: BLKS (Steppenwolf Theatre)

Playwright and poet Aziza Barnes wrote BLKS as a self-portrait of herself and her best friends in her early 20s. Full of laugh-out-loud moments as well as dark humor and quiet poignancy, BLKS is a day in the life of three black women in New York City: their dreams, their loves and their constant screw-ups. Show More Summary

Review: Potted Potter (Broadway in Chicago, 2017)

Potted means condensed. Potter, at least in this case, means Harry Potter, a child wizard and the center of seven books that propelled J.K. Rowling from broke schoolteacher to wealthy media sensation whose work defined a generation.Show More Summary

Review: Red Velvet (Chicago Shakespeare Theater)

Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Red Velvet chronicles Ira Aldridge’s groundbreaking but ill-timed two-day run as Othello at Covent Garden in 1833, the first African-American actor to star on a professional Shakespearean stage. This sad-but-true...Show More Summary

Review: The Minutes (Steppenwolf Theatre)

When Tracy Letts' newest play, The Minutes, is good, it’s very, very good, and that’s the case for the play’s first 90-95 minutes. As a small-town transplant myself, I can verify the hilarious and almost heartbreaking accuracy of the drama within a small town's city council. Show More Summary

Review: The Nutcracker (Joffrey Ballet, 2017)

Now in its second glorious year, Joffrey Ballet's updated The Nutcracker, set during the construction of Chicago's 1893 Worlds Fair in an immigrant family's shack and their daughter's fantastical dreams, is a gentle reminder to young...Show More Summary

Review: Altar Boyz (Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre)

One of off-Broadway’s longest-running shows, the boy band parody Altar Boyz is a real-time concert of a Christian boy band who love singing and dancing - but love Jesus even more. Theo Ubique’s second-to-last production in the No Exit Café is a choreographer’s dream, with a fast-paced running time, a charismatic cast and catchy pop tunes. Show More Summary

Review: Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer (Hell in a Handbag Productions, 2017)

Based on the 1967 children’s TV special, this fun Rudolph chronicles the adventures of a North Pole reindeer (Graham Thomas Heacock) who just doesn’t fit in with his peers - he just can't conform to traditional masculine ideals, favoring instead bright red accessories and Chanel scarves. Show More Summary

Review: Wedding Band (The Artistic Home)

Alice Childress's classic play Wedding Band, a tragic love story of interracial love set in 1918 South Carolina, is marvelously done, the cast doing a superb job of employing the dialect of the time and place, lending an authentic flavor to the drama. Show More Summary

Review: Othello (Invictus Theatre Company)

In Invictus Theatre Company's inaugural production of Othello, Iago is played as a woman. Her strong performance and a largely solid ensemble are not enough, however, to save a weak lead and some very obvious production value missteps. Show More Summary

Review: Fade (Teatro Vista and Victory Gardens Theater)

Victory Gardens’ latest play, Fade, a co-production with Teatro Vista, features the relationship of two very different Latinx individuals who happen to work in the same building. Fade is funny and authentic, the newest work of ensemble playwright Tanya Saracho, featuring sharp dialogue and two dynamic performances. Highly Recommended. (review by Lauren Whalen)

Review: Tick, Tick…BOOM! (The Cuckoo’s Theater Project)

Running 90 minutes with no intermission, Tick, Tick...BOOM! is poignant but inconsistent, with a score that’s lovely and touching but also frustrating and dreary. The Cuckoo’s Theater Project takes on Jonathan Larson’s debut musical with great gusto, but with only one consistent performer out of three, doesn’t get very far. (review by Lauren Whalen)

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