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Review: Posh (Steep Theatre)

With Posh, acclaimed Chicago director Jonathan Berry brings Playwright Laura Ward's words to roaring, disturbing life. Ward’s writing is both beautiful and brutal, always showing and never telling, and gloriously illustrating the class divides of Britain in ways both hilarious and fierce. Highly Recommended. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Review: Sunset Baby (TimeLine Theatre)

TimeLine Theatre's Sunset Baby, directed by Ron OJ Parsons, provides insight into how a life of hustling can be difficult to escape, how familial strife can be difficult to reconcile, and how dependent relationships can be tenuous. Recommended. (read Keith Glab's entire review...)

Review: No Wake (Route 66 Theatre)

Although Route 66 Theatre's No Wake is a mere 80 minutes long, Playwright William Donnelly reveals the themes and crises of the play in such a excruciatingly slow, meticulous manner that there seems little at stake to hold our attention. As the script stands now, it seems more like a treatment for a play rather than a fully formed script. (read John Olson's entire review....)

Review: A Widow of No Importance (Rasaka Theatre)

Rasaka Theatre Company's Midwest premiere of Shane Sakhrani's romance, A Widow of No Importance, is a baffling mash up of Oedipal tension with a comedic style reminiscent of an average Big Bang Theory episode. And just when it's getting interesting, it ends... (read Clint May's entire review....)

Review: Animals Out of Paper (Shattered Globe Theatre)

Shattered Globe's Animals Out of Paper is an unconventional story of romance, friendship and loss centered on an art that’s unfamiliar to many - origami. Pulitzer Prize nominee Rajiv Joseph’s script is funny, fresh and only occasionally frustrating, the bumps smoothed over by a compelling cast and a set that borders on genius. Show More Summary

Review: Spring Awakening (Marriott Theatre)

As directed by Marriott Theatre Artistic Director Aaron Thielen, Spring Awakening is an explosion of youthful passion that should provide a rush for all demographics, reveling in the furious emotion that propels the story toward transcendence. Highly Recommended! (read Catey Sullivan's entire review....)

Review: London Wall (Griffin Theatre)

Aside from minimal quibbles, I recommend attending London Wall. The story and characters may not come off as truly unique, but they manage to grip the audience with relatability. Recommended. (read Keith Glab's entire review...)

Review: Satchmo at the Waldorf (Court Theatre)

Dynamically distilled by Louis Armstrong biographer Terry Teachout, "Satchmo at the Waldorf" is a one-man, 90-minute portrait of the artist as a performer playing with pain. Masterfully helmed by Court Theatre artistic director Charles Newell, screen star Barry Shabaka Henley plays the legend. Highly Recommended. (read Lawrence Bommer's entire review...)

Review: Mutt (Stage Left Theatre and Red Tape Theatre)

Being election season, Mutt is especially timely. And the Midwest premiere by Red Tape Theatre and Stage Left Theatre is a winner, thanks to smart direction, phenomenal production values and a stellar cast. Recommended. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Review: Bruise Easy (American Theater Company)

Joanie Schultz and her young acting duo do more than could ever be needed to bring Dan LeFranc’s still life to stage life. But the resentments never resonate, and the character conflict is ill-defined and unmotivated throughout. Not recommended. (read Lawrence Bommer's entire review...)

Review: Brontë (Promethean Theatre Ensemble)

Brontë is a fitting tribute to Charlotte, Emily and Anne in their brilliant, complex glory, and Promethean’s production is nothing short of excellent and memorable. The sisters would be proud. Highly Recommended. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Review: Ten Dollar House (Pride Films and Plays)

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Review: Byhalia, Mississippi (The New Colony & Definition Theatre)

This world premiere collaboration is a beautifully acted and brutally realistic exploration of betrayal and the price of truth. Byhalia, Mississippi is a must see. Highly Recommended! (read Clint May's entire review....)

Review: Year of the Rooster (Red Theater Chicago)

A bad script can overwhelm even the best of productions, which is the case for Year of the Rooster. It’s lazy and completely unnecessary: a far departure from the overwhelming brilliance of their previous (and soon to be remounted) R+J: The Vineyard. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Review: Play (Glass Apple Theatre)

The idea of a play within a play has obviously been around for hundreds of years, and Playwright Brian McKnight's spin on it isn't unique enough to warrant rushing out to see it. We've seen this play done more successfully overall. (read Keith Glab's entire review...)

Top 10 Chicago Plays of 2015

Another year, another 12 months of great Chicago theater! Taking into account the 700+ productions that were produced in the Windy City over the last year, here are our reviewer’s picks for the best of the best. Bravo!! (all summaries by Lauren Whalen)

Chicago’s Best Theater of 2015

2015 was a great year for theater in Chicago, making it a difficult task to whittle down all 500+ productions to our best and most memorable productions. That being said, here's a list (in alphabetical order) of our theater revierwer's top 25 stage productions for the year. (all summaries by Lauren Whalen)

Review: Gotta Dance (Broadway in Chicago)

Director Jerry Mitchell and company’s energy is infectious - Gotta Dance radiates positivity and sweetness from beginning to end. The inspiring story of a group of determined seniors is perfect fodder for a musical comedy. The seasoned elders of Gotta Dance demand respect and admiration. And they earn it, and then some. Highly Recommended! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Review: Guys and Dolls (Light Opera Works)

With Light Opera Works' Guys and Dolls, director Rudy Hogenmiller, scenic designer Adam Veness and costume designer Brenda Winstead give us a colorful picture of the 1930s Times Square. Even though it opened in 1950, Guys and Dolls is as funny, tuneful and touching as ever. Recommended! (read John Olson's entire review)

Review: My Way – A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra (Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre)

My Way is a delight from beginning to end. Fans of Theo Ubique will adore the show’s classic, intimate style, and newbies will enjoy an introduction to one of Chicago’s best-kept theater secrets. Highly Recommended! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

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