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Review: Uncle Philip’s Coat (Greenhouse Theater)

In Greenhouse Theater's Uncle Philip's Coat, by Matty Selman, actor Gene Weygandt gives excellent interpretations of struggling actor Selman, his loving but judgmental father and his eccentric uncle, but it’s not enough to overcome the clichés of the source material. Slightly Recommended. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Review: Tonya and Nancy—The Rock Opera (Underscore Theatre)

Unless you made your home under a rock in the early 90’s, or weren’t born yet, you remember the ice-skating drama of Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan. Underscore Theatre's Tonya and Nancy - A Rock Opera is more satire than based-on-a-true-story, but it is hilarious, saucy camp with surprising intelligence. Recommended! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review....)

Review: This Way Outta Santaland (Theater Wit)

Mitchell Fain is putting his pointy-toed, jingle-belled foot down. Instead of yet another foray into Sedarisland, Fain is offering up his own take on Christmas. Theater Wit's This Way Outta Santaland, directed by Jeremy Wechsler, marks the advent of a brand new, indispensable tradition. Recommended! (read Catey Sullivan's entire review....)

Review: The Little Mermaid (Paramount Theatre)

Though not produced by Disney, it clearly feels and looks like a Disney-style production in the tradition of their big shows. The original film score has been greatly (and nicely) expanded by Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater. Director/choreographer...Show More Summary

Review: Pygmalion (Remy Bumppo Theatre)

Most people know George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion through its musical adaptation My Fair Lady. Fortunately, thanks to Shawn Douglass’ elegant direction and two phenomenal leads in Nick Sandys and Kelsey Bernnan, not to mention excellent...Show More Summary

Review: STOMP (Broadway in Chicago, 2016)

Created in 1991 by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, STOMP is an hour and forty-five minutes of pure energy and stage craft. No special effects, just movement and music with ordinary household objects, including zippo lighters, newspapers, kitchen sinks, brooms, hands clap and fingers snap. Show More Summary

Review: Electra (Court Theatre)

In Sophocles' Electra at Court Theatre, Director Seret Scott makes all of the over-the-top grandeur and affectation work. The talented cast goes huge, creating a beautiful exploration into the monstrous depths of the human soul. Highly Recommended! (read Catey Sullivan's entire review....)

A stockingful of holiday shows in Chicago for 2016!

The Chicago theater community will again produce a wide array of holiday plays, musicals, ballets and comedies in 2016, all to put you in a festive mood. Find the entire list of holiday offerings below!

Review: Finding Neverland (Broadway in Chicago)

With Broadway in Chicago's Finding Neverland about J.M. Barrie's journey to write Peter Pan, director Diane Paulus has conceived the piece as a most family-friendly entertainment. There’s even a real dog on stage, Sammy, playing “Porthos,” the model for Peter Pan’s Nana. Recommended! (read John Olson's entire review...)

Review: Cinderella at the Theater of Potatoes (The Hypocrites)

Sometimes loud, sometimes garish, and never especially subtle, The Hypocrites' world premiere Cinderella at the Theater of the Potatoes is a confection of an operetta. Throughout, it makes joyful noise as it moves from the ridiculous to the sublime. Show More Summary

Christmas Theaters offer up stocking-full of holiday shows in 2016!

The Chicago theater community will again produce a wide array of holiday plays, musicals, ballets and comedies in 2016, all to put you in a festive mood. Find the entire list of holiday offerings below!

Review: The Nutcracker (House Theatre of Chicago, 2016)

The House Theatre of Chicago's "The Nutcracker", directed and choreographed by Tommy Rapley, is a beloved annual production, and this year its message is more important than ever. With a mostly new cast and more original music, this year’s presentation is a beacon of holiday hope and light for the children in all of us. Show More Summary

Review: [Trans]formation (Nothing Without A Company)

The goal of world-premiere [Trans]formation, co-produced and co-developed by Nothing Without A Company and The Living Campus, was to celebrate the diversity of identity, to have the spectators be an audience to it. In that, they fully succeed, partly due to Chris Owens' beautiful projections and Gaby Labotka's steady direction. Show More Summary

Review: The Fundamentals (Steppenwolf Theatre)

At first, Erika Sheffer's world premiere The Fundamentals seems as if it will be a razor-sharp parody/expose of the grimy inner workings of an outwardly gleaming luxury hotel. But the drama, directed by Yasen Peyankov, never fulfills its early promise. Slightly Recommended. (read Catey Sullivan's entire review...)

Review: Roz and Ray (Victory Gardens Theater)

Victory Garden's Roz and Ray, by Karen Hartman, is both sobering and upsetting. It is also commands your attention. Hartman has captured a world of Big Pharma injustice in the two-person drama, and in her characters, a pair of mighty warriors. Recommended. (read Catey Sullivan's entire review)

Review: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Northlight Theatre)

With Northlight Theatre's Miss Bennet-Christmas at Pemberley, playwrights Margot Melcon and Lauren Gunderson craft a sparkling, witty, feel-good world premiere rom-com that is also a sharp, trenchant commentary on the perils of institutionalized misogyny. A new perfect holiday production - Highly Recommended! (read Catey Sullivan's entire review...)

Review: King Charles III (Chicago Shakespeare Theater)

As clever and gorgeous as King Charles III is to behold, Mike Bartlett's tale about what would happen if Prince Charles took the throne falters in the storytelling. The Royal family never seems quite real, and their 1-percent problems seem as cold and distant as another planet. Slightly Recommended. (read Catey Sulllivan's entire review....)

Review: Rutherford’s Travels (Pegasus Theatre Chicago)

Filled with fights, shipwrecks, mutiny and requited love, Rutherford’s Travels resembles an action movie. Based on the award-winning novel Middle Passage by Charles Johnson, the play was adapted by Ilesa Duncan (also the director) and David Barr, III. Show More Summary

Review: A Charlie Brown Christmas (Broadway Playhouse, 2016)

Thanks to the late, great Charles M. Schulz, the Peanuts gang lives on – and Emerald City Theatre’s glowing adaptation of A Charlie Brown Christmas is a sweetly existential reminder that there’s meaning beyond endless merchandising, and even in feelings of deep despair, life really does go on. Highly Recommended! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review....)

Review: Deer and the Lovers (First Floor Theater)

Farce is hard to do well: it’s a strange balance of comedy and satire that often falls flat. With First Floor Theater’s world premiere of Emily Zemba’s Deer and the Lovers, sadly this is the case. And despite excellent set and violence design, this farce is still just not there. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

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