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Review: The Letters (Writers’ Theatre)

In this two-actor play, produced in Writers’ intimate back-of-the-bookstore theater, directed by Kimberly Senior, Kate Fry and Mark L. Montgomery create a tension-filled, paranoia-tinged Cold War era dance. (read more...)

Review: Lady M. (Side Project Theatre)

With this Shakespeare adaption, one feels less ambivalence toward Lady Macbeth. Where once I interpreted her as a pawn of the patriarchy, she is given more power of choice in Lady M., and it makes for a compelling re-visioning of the story. (read more...)

Review: American Wee-Pie (Rivendell Theatre)

At first glance, it seems that Rivendell, with a mission dedicated to the work of female theatrical artists, has chosen an antithetical play which features twice as many male characters as female characters. Nevertheless, Lisa Dillman’s script provides interesting roles for the two female cast members and a humor-laden story with a strong message. (read more...)

Review: Three Viewings (Oil Lamp Theater)

Put this one on your "don't miss list." Yes, it's worth schlepping out to Glenview from the city for. Go early to mingle in Oil Lamp's comfortable lobby-bar area, where Executive and Artistic Director Keith Gerth serves his homemade cookies, and patrons are welcome to enjoy their own wine. (read more...)

Review: Flare Path (Griffin Theatre)

FGriffin Theatre presents the first Chicago production of Terrence Rattigan's masterful wartime drama-slash-love story, thankfully avoiding the potentially melodramatic crisis at the heart of this work. (read more...)

Review: Side Effects May Include (MadKap Productions)

Side Effects May Include is expertly written, superbly acted, refreshingly straightforward, and genuinely hilarious. Side effects from attending may include side-splitting laughter and thoughtful introspection. (read more...)

Review: The Mystery of the Pirate Ghost (Lifeline Theatre)

Lifeline Theatre’s adaptation brings us all of the excitement, suspense, and spookiness of a ghost hunt, complete with delightful characters and thrilling visuals. It all adds up to a fun time for kids of all ages. (read more...)

Review: The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Promethean Theatre Ensemble)

The Caucasian Chalk Circle has all the elements of first-class fairy tale: a young woman at odds with society, a voyage that’s often fraught, sneaky political commentary and some bathroom humor thrown in for good measure. (read more...

Review: Pygmalion (Stage Left Theatre and Boho Theatre)

George Bernard Shaw’s play contains such rich characters that it merits exploration from a variety of angles. Director Vance Smith and the two collaborating companies (Stage Left and Boho) have given us a worthy interpretation of Pygmalion on its 100th birthday. (read more...)

Review: Henry Moore Is Melting (Cold Basement Dramatics)

There’s a fascinating nugget of an idea here that might be better served being totally divorced from the reality that inspired it. Trying to conform to scant events that no one knows about anyway is only hampering the freedom needed to make these people a compelling portrait of desperation and dreams for a better life. Less may be more, but Moore is too little. (read more...)

Review: Memphis (Marcus Center for the Arts, Milwaukee)

Director Christopher Ashley understands what makes Memphis shine, and that’s the singing and dancing. He keeps the show moving amid David Gallo’s smartly designed set of subterranean clubs to newly emerging TV studios. (read more......

Review: The Motherfker with the Hat (Steppenwolf Theatre)

Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis and Director Anna D. Shapiro never condescend to these fiery Neo Ricans as they succumb to their worst impulses or astonish themselves, rising above a bad occasion. Caught up in confusion and contradictions...Show More Summary

Review: Sugarward (Side Project Theatre)

Graney’s incredibly trenchant piece wrestles with the same socioeconomic issues that have dominated American public and political discourse for the past four years: social injustice, loss of jobs, the decline of the middle class, unfair distribution of wealth (and therefore power). I loved everything about this show. (read more...)

Review: Allotment Annie (Infusion Theatre)

Despite some questionable staging choices, Allotment Annie is still thought-provoking. It provides such a different perspective on untold war crimes. The Nazis weren’t the only bad guys! (read more...)

Top 10 Chicago Plays of 2012

Taking into account the nearly 700 productions that we reviewed this year, here are our picks of the best of the best. Bravo!! (FYI: We’re humbled that the national website Huffington Post has seen fit to use our choices for their Chicago section.)

Review: Sense and Sensibility (Milwaukee Repertory Theater)

The Milwaukee Rep does well by Jane Austen - the adaptation by Mark Healy trades off the wide expanse of literary panorama of Austen’s late 18th Century realm for a more intimate portrait, resulting in the double-casting of actors with mixed results, along with the paring of related storylines and other sundry characters. (read more...)

Happy New Years from Blue Man Group!

VIDEO: For New Year’s Eve, Blue Man Group will perform “Auld Lang Syne” on their tubulum as part of their special night of celebration!

Review: Dinner with the Family (The Family Shoe Players)

What Chicago-based show would be complete without a Northside/Southside rivalry? Dinner With The Family plays on the contention between two Italian Dons of the '30s: Don Dino (Brian Plazas), the buffoonish lord of all of two blocks of the Southside, and Sonnyboy (Robert Young), the marginally more competent leader of a Northside gang. (read more....)

Review: The Sound of Music (Skylight Music Theatre)

When it comes to The Sound of Music on stage at the Skylight Music Theatr, the best way to enjoy it is to sit back and listen. You’ll learn a new tune or two to hum as you leave the theater – a perfect addition to your wish list. (read more...)

Review: Purple Heart (Redtwist Theatre)

We’ve all heard that appearances can be deceiving. In Bruce Norris’s Purple Heart, even the appearance of appearances is deceiving. This well-written play is billed as a dark comedy, but while there are certainly funny moments, it’s too heavy overall to wear that badge. (read more...)

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