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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...)

Review: Le Switch (About Face Theatre)

In Philip Dawkins' new romantic comedy, the familiar gay tropes must react to the switch in their own unique way. Though it treads on familiar ground and some on-the-nose metaphors, About Face's world premiere is a winsome and clever look at love in the time of redefinition. Recommended. (read Clint May's entire review...)

Review: The Consultant (Signal Ensemble Theatre)

After 13 years of innovative theater, Signal Ensemble Theatre will close for good in February, The Consultant being their final production. Heidi Schreck’s play doesn’t seem to have much of a point, and is so weak that even a willing director and capable cast can’t do much to salvage it. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Review: Vices and Virtues (Profiles Theatre)

For Vices & Virtues, Profiles Theatre performs 11 short plays from resident playwright Neil LaBute in repertory, and each work's degree of success is heavily influenced by how well it observes this key tenet of scene establishment. Slightly Recommended. (read Keith Glab's entire review...)

Review: Another Word for Beauty (Goodman Theatre)

In this New York-based world premiere from director Steve Cosson and his troupe, The Civilians, Goodman Theatre creates a sympathetic showcase for José Rivera’s depiction of a Colombian women’s prison. In the end, there's lots of glitz but little that's profound. (read Lawrence Bommer's entire review...)

Review: Bye Bye Birdie (Drury Lane Theatre)

Drury Lane Theatre's Bye Bye Birdie is executed impeccably and, through projections designed by Christopher Ash, recreates the period nicely. Director-Choreographer Tammy Mader’s take is funny, flashy and thoroughly professional, but it loses some of the piece’s charm. Recommended. (read John Olson's entire review...)

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...)

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