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Review: The Price (TimeLine Theatre)

TimeLine Theatre Company’s superb production is living proof that The Price deserves to be regarded a classic. Highly Recommended! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review....)

Broadway-bound Spongebob Musical to premiere in Chicago

The end is near! Only one sponge can save the day. But he's going to need help from some of the greatest songwriters in rock and pop music history!

Review: Ring of Fire – The Music of Johnny Cash (Mercury Theater)

It’s Cory Goodrich as the love of Johnny Cash's life, June Carter Cash, that steals the show with charm and sass, particularly with her literally-breathtaking rendition of I’ve Been Everywhere. Backed by the rousing skill of four talented musicians, this revue becomes utterly transportive. Recommended. (read Clint May's entire review...)

Review: October Sky (Marriott Theatre)

In its current form, October Sky is definitely an entertaining show, with much credit due to Rachel Rockwell’s sharp direction and consistently winning cast. The show’s similarities to Billy Elliott may hurt its chances of getting to Broadway, but it could be a real winner for regional productions for years to come. Recommended. (read John Olson's entire review...)

Review: After Miss Julie (Strawdog Theatre)

               After Miss Julie Written by Patrick Marber Strawdog Theatre, 3829 N. Broadway (map) thru Sept 28  | tickets: $28  | more info         Check for half-price tickets                  A trio of great actors makes this remake remarkable         Strawdog Theatre Company presents      After Miss Julie Review by Clint May […]

Review: Twisted Melodies (Congo Square Theatre)

In 100 minutes, writer-performer Kelvin Roston Jr.’s explosive one-person-show Twisted Melodies examines the tragic life of Donny Hathaway, exploring this troubled composer from the inside out. Recommended. (read Lawrence Bommer's entire review...)

Review: Kurios (Cirque du Soleil)

From trapeze to clowning to acrobatics, Kurios is part old-school circus and part new wave entertainment that will surprise and gratify young and old alike. Highly Recommended! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Review: Assassination Theater (Museum of Broadcast Communications)

Assassination Theater is a brilliantly packaged, fiercely forensic and seamlessly debated indictment of the Chicago mob as brazen history-changers who got away with the biggest murder of the 20th century. Recommended. (read Lawrence Bommer's entire review....)

Review: South Pacific (Light Opera Works)

South Pacific is one of Light Opera Works’ liveliest productions to date, thanks to the energy of the young and sexy cast as well as the upbeat songs, particularly in the first act. Highly Recommended! (read John Olson's entire review...)

Review: The Boy from Oz (Pride Films and Plays)

This Boy From Oz is definitely worth watching - composer-performer Peter Allen experiences a compelling journey, punctuated by catchy music and dance, and just enough poignancy that doesn’t descend into sap. Strong performances only make the show better, and Boy from Oz has these in spades. Recommended. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Review: Loving Repeating (Kokandy Productions)

Loving Repeating is a precious gift from a groundbreaking author brought to light by stunning adaptation, direction and onstage talent. This production is a true labor of love, and should be received as such by anyone who values poetry, poignancy and a moving, breathing painting. 4 stars! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Review: Last Train to Nibroc (Haven Theatre)

Last Train to Nibroc is a sweet, pleasant reminder that two dynamic actors and a lovely script is all one needs for a wonderful audience experience. It’s nice to know these plays still exist. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review....)

Review: Truth in Context (The Agency Theater Collective)

If this piece were even a little bit different from the standard workplace drama, it would be enjoyable. The potential exists, as dies the talent. Unfortunately, the writer doesn’t take chances, and relies on the all-too-familiar, resulting in 90 minutes that disappoint. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review....)

Review: Hamlet (Muse of Fire Theatre)

The talented cast does a beautiful job concentrating on dialogue and acting, and is more than up to the Shakespearean challenge. There’s a reason Hamlet has lasted through the ages - it’s a sad but dynamic story written in the most beautiful way, and Muse of Fire, quite simply, gets it. Highly Recommended. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review....)

Review: Bette, Live at the Continental Baths (Hell in a Handbag Productions)

Whether you’re a casual listener or a devotee, Bette represents some of Handbag’s strongest work to date, and is an utterly unmissable accolade for a living legend. Highly Recommended. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Review: A Perfect Ganesh (Eclipse Theatre)

A Perfect Ganesh suffers prominently from a case of the overs, but is ultimately saved by the splendid cast, most particularly Jeannie Affelder as Katherine. Slightly Recommended. (read Clint May's entire review...)

Review: Feast (Albany Park Theater Project, 2015)

Everyone should see Feast, especially those who worry about the future of our country. Listening to snapping fingers, cheering and clapping hands, witnessing the glorious work of 25 smart and capable youth, you'll agree that we are in very good hands. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review....)

Review: [title of show] (The Brown Paper Box Company)

As a deconstructionist riff on the entire musical genre, [title of show] is almost critic-resistant since it critiques itself. Don't miss [title of show] if you're looking for some frisky fun this weekend! (read Clint May's entire review....)

Review: Anne of Green Gables (Provision Theater)

Anne of Green Gables is a wonderful novel for all ages, that’s withstood the test of time. Unfortunately, Provision Theater’s adaptation is disappointing at best and borderline sacrilege at worst.

Review: Kinky Boots (Broadway in Chicago, 2015)

Kinky Boots returns to its birthplace a bit more mature and riding a wave of goodwill and awards. Kinky's a great, feel-good musical and a crowd pleasing contribution to the conversation we continue to have about the importance of being your true self, all while dancing and singing up a kinky storm! Highly Recommennded!

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