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Archived Since:April 27, 2010

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Review: The Nutcracker (The House Theatre of Chicago)

This magical, ingenious retelling of a classic tale assures The House Theater’s The Nutcracker a well-earned place in Chicago’s holiday-entertainment pantheon. (read more...)

Review: Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter! (Next Theatre)

Playwright Julie Marie Myatt wanted to write about our forgotten veterans returning home and trying – not always successfully – to re-integrate into society. This lovely piece, in fact, erases the line between soldier and civilian, making us realize that the pain of a soldier is not something we should segregate from the state of being human. (read more...)

Review: Santaland Diaries (Theater Wit)

Sly and effortlessly endearing, Mitchell Fain as the elf plays the audience like a mouth harp, mischievously relishing the delicious details and shock effects of David Sedaris’ naughty confession. (more info...)

Review: Santa’s Dead! & Dirty Carol’s Christmas: A Holiday Double Feature (MidTangent Productions)

This campy theater company aims to bring good old-fashioned Christmas cheer – well, if by “Christmas cheer” you mean “murdered Santa Claus and off-kilter TV special” in their set of one-acts, this holiday double feature is, for the most part, joyously irreverent and well worth the price of admission. (read more....)

Review: The Gifts of the Magi (Porchlight Music Theatre)

Book author Mark St. Germain, of Freud’s Last Session fame, apparently didn’t trust the source material enough to leave it at that. There’s an inexplicable choice to add a vaudevillian character who provides some theoretically funny interludes as a wandering tramp trying unsuccessfully to get arrested for a free warm bed during the holidays. (read more...)

Review: James Joyce’s “The Dead” (Court Theatre)

After sitting through 100 minutes of meaningless, mediocre karaoke, it's hard to focus on the show's positives. James Joyce’s story lands weakly in terms of conflict/resolution, and this adaptation is utterly devoid of it. (read more...)

Review: Bah, Humbug (Piccolo Theatre)

All in all, this re-telling of the old Christmas favorite stands out and is a great way to kick-off the holiday season. Full of pantomime fun, tongue-in-cheek jokes and Christmas spirit, Bah, Humbug is certainly (as the cliché goes) fun for the whole family! (read more...)

Review: Sister Act (Broadway in Chicago)

I wonder what my Catholic school teachers/nuns would think of this funny, touching, and slightly bawdy show? I may never know for sure but I think that they would certainly approve of the music and how good prevails over evil. (read more...)

Review: At the Flash (Pride Films and Plays)

Succeeding most as an accurate and heartfelt piece of gay history, At the Flash can be shared with audiences of all types. This one-man show would also be a great primer on gay history for younger members of the community or anyone else...Show More Summary

Review: Momentum (River North Dance Chicago)

Artistic Director Frank Chaves celebrates 20 years with River North this fall, successful in his never ending quest to make dance accessible. With seven different pieces – including two works by Chaves and two by emerging choreographers – Momentum is enjoyable for dance newbies, veterans and everyone in between. (read more...)

Review: Waiting for Pierrot (TriArts Commedia Dell’Arte Ensemble)

In just an hour, Waiting for Pierrot makes you laugh more than many full-length comedies. It also features some tender moments that make you stop and think. This is an affordable way to have some fun with a rare art form performed by masters of their craft. (read more...)

Review: American Storm (Theatre Seven)

Director Brian Golden takes on this ambitious, world premiere project. Most of the pacing trots right through the complex script, but some scene transitions get clunky as sidebar action gets a delayed lighting cue. Golden’s direction...Show More Summary

Review: Evanston, Which Is Over There (Curious Theatre Branch)

Evanston…Which Is Over There… is beautifully written and the cast is quite captivating. The only problem I have with the show is the length. There needs to be some serious trimming so that the dialogue doesn’t fall flat in the third hour – yes, I said third hour. (read more...)

Review: My One and Only (Marriott Theatre)

We all tend to get a little nostalgic at this time of year, and The Marriott Theatre’s look back at George and Ira Gershwin’s bouncy show tunes and the nearly forgotten art of tap dancing are great reasons to go to the theater this holiday season. (check out photos and read more....)

Review: The Burnt Part Boys (Griffin Theatre)

Avoiding hokey traps, Griffin Theatre instead presents us with a touching bluegrass musical with a Big River-esque soundtrack that rarely gets maudlin, with a story of family ties and the aftershocks of a horrible tragedy. (see full review and pictures...)

Review: breaks & bikes (Pavement Group)

Lives intertwine and collide when a 31-year-old finds himself in a coma after a motorcycle accident. Expected and unexpected faces surround his hospital bed, and breaks & bikes astutely explores the relationships that bind and separate them as they deal with the blow all their lives have been dealt. (read more...)

Review: Potted Potter (Broadway Playhouse)

More madcap than magic, these wack-a-doodles from London captivate the kids and their families. Though starting out slow, show ends with evil-squashing, fun-loving finale. (read more...)

Review: Joy to the World! (Theo-Ubique Cabaret Theatre)

Take time out to check out Joy To The World this year as part of your holiday planning, where you’ll listen to some great Christmas classics in a cozy setting. (read more...)

Review: The Feast (Prop Thtr)

A timely play by Tony Fiorentino makes its world premiere at the Prop Thtr. Set at a Thanksgiving dinner around the advent of Obamacare, The Feast depicts a family struggling with the ethics of the insurance industry and our nation’s health care system. (read more...)

Review: Why Not Me: Love, Cancer…and Jack White (Stage 773)

A lot of people in the midst of the troubles of life ask, “Why me?” Chicagoland native Jen Bosworth has a more interesting question, and it’s the title of her one-woman (and back-up musician) show, Why Not Me. (read more...)

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