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Review: Interrogation (The Artistic Home)

Though it had plenty of potential, Artistic Home's Interrogation Interrogation is a gratuitous, mean-spirited disappointment, with gaping plot holes, a dull framework and cliché after cliché. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Review: D.O.A. (Strawdog Theatre)

Fans of film noirs from the ‘40’s and early ‘50’s will love this play. Elizabeth Lovelady's adaptation and direction of D.O.A. is fast-paced and true to the genre. And at an intermission-less 60 minutes, this world-premiere will quickly sew up all loose ends, leaving you plenty of times for after-play socializing. Recommended! (read Duane Barnes' entire review....)

Review: In A Word (Strawdog Theatre)

With Lauren Yee's In A Word, reality is bent to the point of fracturing by the loss of a child, words become nearly meaningless and incredibly meaningful in approximately equal measure. Director Jess McLeod brings out strong performances throughout. (read Clint May's entire review...)

Review: 42nd Street (Broadway in Chicago)

Broadway in Chicago's 42nd Street brims with a giddy celebration of song and dance, mixed with the power of believing in your dreams. Too bad the actors aren't getting paid the union salaries to match the high ticket prices.... Recommended. (read Catey Sullivan's entire review....)

Review: Fugitive Songs (BoHo Theatre)

Shows like BoHo Theatre's Fugitive Songs are a living, breathing reminder that everyone has a story worth telling. Each song is a self-contained jewel, with the facets and messiness of humanity. Recommended! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Review: Cocked (Victory Gardens Theater)

Sarah Gubbins’ new play "Cocked" deals with issues of racial violence, this time in modern-day Chicago through the eyes of an interracial lesbian couple. Cocked has good ideas – a great concept, really – and its heart is always in the right place. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite get there. (Read Lauren Whalen's entire review....)

Review: Beautiful Autistic (Chicago Dramatists)

Reviewer Keith Glab: Scott Woldman's Beautiful Autistic brims with humor that the cast is able to realize well. The play avoids clichés and doesn't offer up any easy answers to the problems faced by those with autism, or the difficulties faced by their friends and family. Unfortunately, the lead performance lets down this promising premise.

Review: From These Fatal Loins (Ruckus Theater)

From These Fatal Loins presents a clever concept that just doesn't follow through with clarity. What could have been a poignant exploration of the false ideals surrounding love too often devolves into senseless sex and violence. (read Keith Glab's entire review...)

Review: The Compass (Steppenwolf For Young Adults)

Steppenwolf's The Compass, conceived and directed by Michael Rohd, is targeted towards young adults. But make no mistake, this production delves into some extremely existential philosophies in a uniquely interactive and engaging way. Audience members of any age will enjoy this challenging and thought-provoking material. Highly Recommended! (read Keith Glab's entire review...)

Review: 2666 (Goodman Theatre)

Just the story of how Roberto Bolaño's massive-yet-still-unfinished book was adapted by Goodman's artistic director Robert Falls over ten years could be the subject of a documentary. In the meantime, seeing all 5+ hours of 2666 is your call - you may or may not like it. Show More Summary

Review: Julius Caesar (Brown Paper Box Co.)

Brown Paper Box Co.'s eight-person cast is diverse in race and gender, and acclaimed director Lavina Jadhwani guides her cast in intelligent choices from beginning to end. This Julius Caesar will have you thinking for days afterwards. Highly Recommended! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Review: Nothing of Me (Akvavit Theatre)

Arne Lygre's work Nothing of Me serves as a powerful commentary on the ephemeral nature of life and relationships. Akvavit Theatre's skilled production remains focused and engaging in a symbolically brief performance that doesn't wear out its welcome. Recommended! (read Keith Glab's entire review...)

Review: Far From Heaven (Porchlight Music Theatre)

Even with director Rob Lindley’s passionate direction, Porchlight Music Theatre's Far From Heaven suffers from the inherent problem—this wasn’t a source that demanded reinterpretation. Gilding the lily just flattens the petals. (read Clint May's entire review...)

Review: The Awake (First Floor Theater)

Hallucinogenic, paranoid and borderline schizoid, the Chicago premiere of Ken Urban’s The Awake throws audiences into the deep end and doesn’t offer a hand to help you navigate its deeply troubling waters. Recommended! (read Clint May's entire review....)

Review: Midnight Cowboy (Lifeline Theatre)

Chris Hainsworth new adaptation of James Leo Herlihy's novel Midnight Cowboy has grand scope but fizzles trying to create the appropriate atmosphere for the action. (read Clint May's entire review....)

Review: In A Little World Of Our Own (Irish Theatre of Chicago)

Nobody sets out to put on a gawdawful show, or so the old adage insists. But sometimes that just seems highly improbable. So it is with Irish Theatre of Chicago’s In a Little World of Our Own, playwright Gary Mitchell’s tepid mess of a non-starter. (read Catey Sullivan's entire review...)

Review: Mary Poppins (Nightblue Performing Arts Company)

NightBlue Performing Arts’ interpretation of the new stage version of Mary Poppins has a handful of strong performances and the best of intentions, but comes across as amateurish in more ways than one. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Review: Heathers – The Musical (Kokandy Productions)

Directed by James Beaudry, Heathers the Musical wears out its welcome within the first few scenes. The show has an inconsistent tone throughout as its very young ensemble veers uneasily between camp and playing it straight, never fully committing to either. In all, Kokandy Productions falls way short. (read Catey Sullivan's entire review...)

Review: The Old Friends (Raven Theatre)

Raven Theatre's The Old Friends received its world premiere in 2013, but had probably lost its relevance decades prior. Though there are some expcellent performances accented by a great set, the play overall is such an antiquated melodrama that it struggles to find relevance. (read Keith Glab's entire review....)

Review: Looking Over the President’s Shoulder (American Blues Theater)

With James Still’s one-man drama Looking Over the President’s Shoulder, American Blues Theater offers the audience a rich, compelling first-person access to Alonzo Fields’ historic stint in service at the White House. Directed by Timothy...Show More Summary

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