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Review: Muse of Fire (Genesis Theatricals & Redtwist Theatre)

Muse of Fire, by Playwright Jacob Rosenberg, concerns itself with the a man trying to keep humanity alive in hell (a.k.a. Auschwitz) in the form of humor. Guy F. Wicke plays Georg, the director and playwright who has enlisted his fellow blockmates to do a farcical retelling of Dreyfus Affair, the infamous landmark in anti-Semitism. Show More Summary

Review: Pinocchio–A Folk Musical (Filament Theatre)

With a beautifully lyrical score and a talented cast, Filament Theatre's Pinocchio-A Folk Musical is a perfect way to introduce young audiences to live theater. Recommended! (read John Olson's entire review...)

Review: Other Letters (The Other Theatre Co.)

The Other Theatre Company aims to explore the epistolary tradition of letter writing through a new lens in its world premiere of Other Letters. Boiled down to two chairs, two tables and two actors, the play is a pleasant way to spend 80 minutes and a fresh spin on letter-based stories. Recommended! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Review: Messina 3004 (Otherworld Theatre)

Otherworld Theatre's Messina 3004 is ambitious, colorful, energetic, athletic, sexy, and manages to achieve all of this in a brisk 90 minutes. You don't need to love Shakespearean comedies to enjoy Messina 3004 - just bring your love of unique theatrical experiences. Recommended! (read Keith Glab's entire review....)

Review: High Fidelity (Refuge Theatre Project)

Refuge Theatre Project is a company to watch - not even two seasons in, and their performers are strong, their ideas fresh, and their enthusiasm plentiful. High Fidelity is an indie delight. Highly Recommended! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review....)

Review: Fifty Shades of Shakespeare–(re)discover theatre

This is a company that really enjoys both playing with Shakespeare and throwing gender roles out the window. Upsetting the norm is part of the mission. Fifty Shades is a delightful romp that purely embodies these ideals. Recommended! (read Clint May's entire review...)

Review: The Great and Terrible Doctor Faustus (Striding Lion Performance Group)

The brainchild of Striding Lion Performance Group, this Doctor Faustus takes the age old tale and infuses details new, old and extremely physical. It’s part theater, part physical workout, and wholly absorbing. Doctor Faustus is an eerie, thoroughly artistic foray into the realm of neo-noir escapism.

Review: A Loss of Roses (Raven Theatre)

William Inge's A Loss of Roses has old-school characteristics, but carries a quiet resonance that’s still very appealing. Raven Theatre’s production boasts strong direction, production values and actors, resulting in a lovely evening at the theater. Highly Recommended! (see review for half-price tickets)

Review: The 39 Steps (Theatre at the Center)

In true Monty Python spirit, The 39 Steps takes an overly serious Alfred Hitchcock film, underscores its classic absurdity, then adds in numerous ridiculous elements and a few pop culture references. Additionally, the seasoned 4-member cast is flawless, as is the technical design. Highly Recommended! (read Keith Glab's entire review....)

Review: Sister Act (Marriott Theatre)

Sister Act will never be lauded as particularly profound, or even intelligent. It’s a goofy tale involving Vegas-style nuns. But by God, we’re going to come right out and say it: Sister Act is a praise worthy effort all around. It’d be a sin to miss it. Highly Recommended! (half-price tix available - link in review...)

Review: Pop Waits (The Neo-Futurists)

For all of The Neo-Futurists production's problems, the world premiere Pop Waits is, in the end, supremely innovate, and maintains high energy throughout, with very physical performances from Malic White and Molly Brennan and the three-person back-up band. (read Keith Glab's entire review....)

Review: Mothers and Sons (Northlight Theatre)

Terrence McNally's Mothers and Sons at Northlight Theatre is a valuable play for giving voice to the survivors that have been neglected and urging compassion, but it’s a frustrating one in the way it oversimplifies some issues and under-explores others. Recommended. (read John Olson's entire review....)

Review: Cabaret (Broadway in Chicago)

This darker and edgier interpretation of Cabaret took Sam Mendes from artistic directorship of a small London non-profit fringe theater to worldwide acclaim on Broadway and Hollywood. This tour offers a great chance to see this very smart take on a very important musical. Highly Recommended! (read John Olson's entire review....)

Review: King Lear (Belarus Free Theatre at Chicago Shakespeare)

Flaws and all, there’s an urgency and a joyous, subversive spirit throughout King Lear. Directed by the adapter, the actors are ferociously committed to the raw physicality of the piece. The show’s sensibility is that of a massive middle finger gleefully flipped in the face of tyrants. Recommended. (read Catey Sullivan's entire review...)

Review: The Drawer Boy (Redtwist Theatre)

Michael Healey’s writing in the late 90s was inspired by his experiences with The Farm Show. The Drawer Boy is an alternately humorous and poignant memorial to the lives of these people. Don’t miss this powerfully acted, moving production. Highly Recommended! (read Clint May's entire production...)

Review: Estrella Cruz–the junkyard queen (Halcyon Theatre)

Charise Castro Smith's Estrella Cruz balances parody admirably and, in doing so, presents a fun and unusual story about the underworld. Halcyon's production has a lot to offer, and its refreshing to witness a theatre company hold fast to its mission statement and core values so well. Recommended. (read Keith Glab's entire review...)

Review: The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes (Mercury Theater Chicago)

Mercury Theater's "The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes" is a classically styled musical that is sweet to the core. Tinged with the real life loss of Louise, its ending is a valentine to the power of the creative force to overcome grief in what one imagines was Reeger’s own response to the loss of Julie Shannon. Show More Summary

Review: God Bless Baseball (Public Theatre at MCA Stage)

This abstract theatre work from Japanese playwright Toshiki Okada intermittently features stylized movements, particularly with regards to appendages moving independently from the characters' bodies. This at least proves visually interesting as opposed to the sitting around looking disinterested motif. (read Keith Glab's entire review...)

Review: Measure for Measure (Cheek by Jowl & Pushkin Theatre)

This collaboration from British and Russian sister companies interprets Shakespeare’s story of sexual liberty and political corruption in the context of present-day Russia. Using expressive movement to reinforce character relationships, The Bard's high level of story telling is elevated even further. Highly Recommended! (read Oliver Sava's entire review...)

Review: Nabucco (Lyric Opera of Chicago)

Given that Verdi's Nabucco has only come to Lyric three times now, this show is worth recommending for the cast alone, which is all encapsulated beautifully in Carlo Rizzi’s perfectly energetic Italian direction. It’s still a stunner of a show, sure to conquer hearts even with flaws. Recommended. (read Clint May's entire review...)

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