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Review: Mary Page Marlowe (Steppenwolf Theatre)

In Tracy Letts’ 85-minute world-premiere Mary Page Marlowe, the six incarnations of the title character create a drama that pierces the heart, engages the intellect and weaves an extraordinary story from an ordinary life. Directed by Steppenwolf’s artistic director Anna D. Show More Summary

Review: The Life of Galileo (Remy Bumppo Theatre)

One of Remy Bumppo's most commendable traits is its willingness to tackle challenging productions. While I commend their initiative here, they ironically lose sight of the central conflict of Galileo's story much as those in the 17th century struggled to identify the astronomical center. (read Keith Glab's entire review....)

Review: Ulysses (The Plagiarists)

Staged in a format that just doesn’t work and employing a “collective reading” that just results in a mess, The Plagiarists' 'Ulysses' manages to be both drawn-out and forgettable, with only a couple of notable performances to its credit. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Review: Jerusalem (Profiles Theatre)

Apart from the third act, where some real action occurs, Profiles Theatre's 'Jerusalem' by Jez Butterworth consists mainly of hearing drugged-out characters tell stories. At 3 hours, the play feels like a caricature of the lower class written from a place of privilege, rather than a real story about real people. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review....)

Review: The Edge of Our Bodies (TUTA Theatre Chicago)

TUTA Theatre has been regaling Chicago audiences with innovative theatre for years. 'The Edge of Our Bodies' is no exception, and Carolyn Molloy's performance is nothing short of exceptional. Recommended! (read Keith Glab's entire review...)

Review: Arcadia (Writers Theatre)

Writers Theatre's 'Arcadia', by Tom Stoppard, is a triumph on multiple levels. It’s a celebration of the sumptuous new space and a crackling fine swath of storytelling, offering a magnificent testament to legacies that endure, long after their creators are swirling dust. Highly Recommended! (read Catey Sullivan's entire review...)

Review: Butler (Northlight Theatre)

Northlight Theatre's 'Butler' is a hidden nugget of history, Written by Richard Strand, the play is based on true events, and is not only entertaining but educational as well in that we’re also shown a key piece of African-American slave history. Highly Recommended! (read Duane Barnes' entire review...)

Review: Fooling Buddha (First Folio Theatre)

David Kovac's 'Fooling Buddha' is a deft balance of comic prowess and sleight-of-hand. Part autobiographical storytelling, part mind-boggling illusion and part philosophical musing, it's thoroughly entertaining. Recommended! (read Catey Sullivan's entire review...)

Review: Time Steps (Chicago Tap Theatre)

The Chicago Tap Theatre is a gift to the local dance scene - the group is both staggeringly talented and never afraid to take a chance. With a compelling story, a stunning score and knockout choreography, 'Time Steps' is a 75-minute emotional journey that’s not to be missed. Highly Recommended! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review....)

Review: Matilda the Musical (Broadway in Chicago)

Matilda the Musical is a indeed special show. It’s an empowering story about dealing with bullies. It is also a story that celebrates imagination. And that will make you believe, if only a little bit, in childhood magic. 4 stars! Highly Recommended! (read Catey Sullivan's entire review...)

Review: The Last Big Mistake (The Factory Theater)

The Factory Theater's 'The Last Big Mistake' combines campy acting with irreverent humor and fun/sexy wrestling moves, but it displays a lot more style than substance. If you've enjoyed other Factory Theater shows, you should enjoy this one as well. Slightly Recommended. (read Keith Glab's entire review...)

Review: The New Sincerity (Theater Wit)

Alena Smith's 'The New Sincerity' teeters between terrific and troubled. Smith does a first-rate job skewering a movement's shortcomings, but her plot is wholly unlikely and characters inconsistent. If you can overlook the the flaws, you’ve got a show well worth seeing. Recommended. (read Catey Sullivan's entire review...)

Review: Short Shakespeare! Twelfth Night (Chicago Shakespeare Theater)

Short Shakespeare! Twelfth Night, adapted and directed by Kirsten Kelly, is a fun and clever romp with deft direction, beautiful production values and talented actors. Shakespeare himself would approve. Highly Recommended! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Review: The Matchmaker (Goodman Theatre)

Ultimately, Goodman Theatre's 'The Matchmaker' is good “match” between cast and audience. In fact, the one big critique would be that sometimes, after a very funny line, actors proceed too quickly, and the next line gets swallowed up in the laughter, preventing a well-deserved follow-up laugh. Recommended. (read Duane Barnes' entire review...)

Review: Othello (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, 2016)

While not blatantly innovative, Chicago Shakes' 'Othello' subtly increases the play's relevance while staying true to the script. The tremendous cast excels in honoring Shakespeare's language while also making it their own and realizing Jonathan Munby's vision. See this compelling, well-executed production! (read Keith Glab's entire review....)

Review: 35MM – A Musical Exhibition (Circle Theatre)

Though it wobbles in the beginning, 35MM is well worth watching. A snapshot into our minds and hearts, with the angst, passion and need for connection, the show is distinctive and emotional. You’ll laugh, cry and long for love, while enjoying a cadre of striking voices and magnificent instrumentalists. Don’t miss out! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review....)

Review: after all the terrible things i do (About Face Theatre)

Director Andrew Volkoff shapes 'all the terrible things i do' into a compelling, provocative evening of theater. The production looks fantastic -b set designer Chelsea Warren’s bookstore is enticing and detailed, and Jared Gooding’s light design reinforces the shifting moods and increasing menace that propels the plot. Recommended. (read Catey Sullivan's entire review...)

Review: Christina, The Girl King (Cor Theatre)

Queen Christina’s story is a compelling one, and overall Cor Theatre's 'Christina, The Girl King' is worth the trip to Edgewater, especially as Toy Turner’s performance alone makes the production a success. Recommened! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Review: The Bachelors (Cole Theatre)

Cole Theatre's 'The Bachelors', a play penned by Caroline V. McGraw and given its world premiere with Cole Theatre, is billed as a dark comedy on misogyny. This new play paints the three men as despicable people – particularly in their behavior towards women – providing none-too-subtle gender commentary in the process. Recommended. (read Keith Glab's review...)

Review: Where Did We Sit on the Bus? (Teatro Vista)

With Teatro Vista's 'Where Did We Sit on the Bus?', creator-performer Brian Quijada presents a show that is so timely and focused that it engenders a must see command from this reviewer. 4 stars! (read Duane Barnes' entire review......

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