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Review: Little Shop of Horrors (American Blues Theater)

With American Blue's production of Little Shop of Horrors, we find a reliably fun vehicle with a stellar Equity cast, and Jonathan Berry’s direction presents it with all the skill and care this entertaining show deserves. Recommended! (read John Olson's entire review....)

Review: The Secretaries (About Face Theatre)

About Face Theatre's The Secretaries is a bloody good time, though a bit inconsistent. Grab your most-twisted friends, order a few drinks, tuck in and wait patiently through exposition and setup for some genuinely funny jokes and an even funnier cast. Recommended. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Review: In the Heat of the Night (Shattered Globe Theatre)

The foundation of the production – Matt Pelfrey’s script – is rock-solid. But Louis Contey’s cast never fully captures either the heat or the darkness so crucial to the story. They deliver their lines and hit their marks, but there’s little punch or momentum to the production. (read Catey Sullivan's entire review....)

Review: Taste (Red Theater Chicago)

Taste is absolutely not for the faint of heart, and is like nothing I’ve ever seen. If you have a strong stomach and a sick sense of humor, I highly recommend this Chicago premiere. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Review: A Red Line Runs Through It (Second City e.t.c.)

A Red Line Runs Through It is a funny commentary on the anxiety-laden life in Chicago specifically, with a definite bias toward northside-near-the-lakefront crowd. It has a good share of improv along with the scripted material devised by the diverse and talented cast, all culminating in an enjoyable evening for all. Recommended! (read John Olson's entire review...)

Review: Dry Land (Rivendell Theatre)

The Midwest premiere of Ruby Rae Spiegel's 'Dry Land' is a bold new work that takes on the thorny issue of abortion with brutal honesty and surprising notes of grace and humor. Highly Recommended! (read Clint May's entire review...)

Review: Even Longer and Farther Away (The New Colony)

Complete with traditional Appalachian songs, some bizarre choral dialogue and an older woman telling very symbolic stories, New Colony's Even Longer and Farther Away is a genuine attempt at a folksy parable. The trek's results are mixed. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review....)

Review: Evita (Marriott Theatre, 2016)

With a stronger lead, Marriott Theatre's 'Evita' would have been much more memorable. Nonethelss, the ensemble and other principals do fantastic work, especially in their warm blending and generous dance numbers. Recommended. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review....)

Review: The House of Blue Leaves (Raven Theatre)

With Raven Theatre's 'House of Blue Leaves' by John Guare, director JoAnn Montemurro’s shows her deftness and keen insight into staging Guare's pathetic characters. The show's superb cast, especially Steinhagen, Strickland and Hayes, tackle the play's tricky tones to great success. Highly Recommended! (read Clint May's entire review....)

Review: Sender (A Red Orchid Theatre)

Despite a talented playwright and cast, Ike Holter's newest production at A Red Orchid Theatre, 'Sender' has an overarching problem in that nobody on stage acts in a way that feels true. (read Catey Sullivan's entire review....)

Review: The Women of Lockerbie (AstonRep Theatre)

There’s no denying that AstonRep Theatre's 'The Women of Lockerbie' is a special story. Unfortunately, Deborah Brevoort’s script doesn’t do the powerful real-life women justice. Slightly Recommended. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Review: 180 Degree Rule (Babes With Blades)

Babes With Blades' 180 Degree Rule is a triple dose of nostalgia, intrigue and humor, and a story that could easily be true, and Babes With Blades is an ideal match for presenting these complex characters with love and respect. Recommended. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review....)

Review: Dreamgirls (Porchlight Music Theatre)

Measure for measure, Dreamgirls has more star turns in its first 15 minutes than many musicals have in their entirety. And Porchlight Music Theatre's production, directed by Brenda Didier, does not disappoint. Recommended! (read Catey Sullivan's entire review....)

Review: Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train (Eclipse Theatre)

Eclipse Theatre's Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train is a treasure in every sense of the word. Then embrace the encrusted grime as part of the tarnished gold. Engross yourself in Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis' stunning work, and leave forever changed. Highly Recommended! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Review: Bullets Over Broadway (Broadway in Chicago)

Broadway in Chicago's 'Bullets Over Broadway' is a bizarre, cartoonish musicalization of the 1994 movie of the same name. By the time the show wraps up, it’s abundantly clear why this Woody Allen production lasted less than three weeks on Broadway. (read Catey Sullivan's entire review....)

Review: Hillary and Clinton (Victory Gardens Theater)

Victory Gardens Theater's world-premiere 'Hillary and Clinton' is at once very broad and very niche. Playwright Lucas Hnath’s play challenges the audience to imagine a parallel universe almost exactly like our own, but not quite. The results aren’t always successful, but remains interesting and relevant throughout the entire play. Show More Summary

Review: Paper City Phoenix (Tympanic Theatre)

Walt McGough’s baffling, juvenile commentary 'Paper City Phoenix' is truly one of the most inscrutable plots this critic has ever had to try and parse, filled with shallow characters and vapid, borrowed language. Tympanic Theatre would do well to shutter this one quickly and move on to more fruitful pastures. (read Clint May's entire review...)

Review: Jabari Dreams of Freedom (Chicago Children’s Theatre)

The subject matter of Chicago Childrens Theatre's world premiere 'Jabari Dreams of Freedom' is essential and timely. The talent is excellent, the production values beautiful. If Nambi E. Kelley’s script weren’t just the slightest bit patronizing, it would be a perfect show. Recommended! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review....)

Review: Kill Floor (American Theater Company)

Abe Koogler’s 'Kill Floor' is filled with complex, dynamic characters whose damaged lives will intrigue you from the stark, eerie, opening image. As the piece winds through a series of fraught/funny/disturbing two-person scenes, director...Show More Summary

Review: Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin (Royal George Theatre, 2016)

Royal George Theatre's 'Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin,' directed by Trevor Hay and performed on a gorgeous set designed by Hay and Felder that represents Berlin’s last home, is a marvelous history lesson as well as an entertaining and moving show. Highly Recommended! (read John Olson's entire review....)

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