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Review: The Mars Assignment (Collaboraction)

Simply put, I was really impressed with what Collaboraction's The Mars Assignment, a world premiere by Elsa Hiltner and Ronan Marra, was trying to do in exploring depression and how it affects people day to day. Unfortunately, however, the script is clumsy and needed rewrites before its public opening. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Review: End of the Rainbow (Porchlight Music Theatre)

End of the Rainbow is a sad but respectful tribute to the end of an icon, Judy Garland, and the end of an era. Rich with beautiful music and nuanced portrayals, Porchlight Music Theatre’s latest is a haunting two and a half hours that will stay with you long after curtain call. Highly Recommended! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

Review: Betrayal (Raven Theatre)

Betrayal explores an affair from all angles: primal, emotional and intellectual. A Last Five Years of infidelity, Harold Pinter's Betrayal gives both woman and man the respect they deserve, but never lionizes their less-than-perfect decisions. Show More Summary

Review: The Magic Play (Goodman Theatre)

The Magic Play, Andrew Hinderaker's world premiere at Goodman Theatre, is embedded with stunning magic and aerial stunts. It's also full of distracting side stories and underdeveloped characters. Nonetheless, you'll still be enterained, especially with the jaw-dropping final scene. Recommended. (read Catey Sullivan's entire review...)

Review: Fun Home (Broadway in Chicago)

"Fun Home" is a moving musical that’s delivered through sheer, enthralling storytelling. Based on Alison Bechdel's autobiographical graphic novel, it has more emotion-per-measure than most large musicals in their entirety. Highly Recommended!

Review: East Texas Hot Links (Writers Theatre)

Eugene Lee's East Texas Hot Links is a Brutal, lyrical play that immediately hits you on a visceral level. With a superb design and masterful direction, Writers Theatre has created a must see. Don't miss it! (read Catey Sullivan's entire review....)

Review: Saturn Returns (The Neo-Futurists)

With Saturn Returns, Tif Harrison and company present a thoughtful, comprehensive look at the major life changes of one’s late twenties. If only the show weren’t bogged down by superfluous scenes, overly twee devices and stumbling through dialogue, the production would be that much stronger and more memorable. (read Lauren Whalen's review...)

Review: Red Velvet (Raven Theatre)

Strong cast tell fascinating story of the first black actor to play Othello that contains strong parallels to today. Recommended. (read Duan Barnes' entire review....)

Review: Still (Interrobang Theatre Project)

Interrobang Theatre Project's Still, by Jen Silverman, deftly explores the phenomenon of the stillborn child with a distinctive twist - it is told from the perspective of the child himself. The dialogue and action build nicely to a powerful climax and a simply beautiful final scene. Recommended. (read Lauren Whalen's entire review....)

2016 Equity Jeff Awards Announced

Check out Chicago theater's 2016 Equity Jeff Awards. Big winners include Chicago Shakespeare's The Tempest, Porchlight Music Theatre's Dreamgirls, Paramount Theatre's West Side Story, and House Theatre's United Flight 232.

2016 Equity Jeff Awards Announced

Now in its 48th Equity season, the Jeff Awards has been honoring outstanding theatre artists annually since it was established in 1968.  The Jeff Awards Committee judged the opening nights of 158 productions from 58 producing organizations from August 1, 2015 through July 31, 2016.  Of these, 112 productions were “Jeff Recommended”, which made them […]

Review: A Life Extra Ordinary (The Gift Theatre)

With Gift Theatre's world premiere of Melissa Ross' A Life Less Extraordinary we get an amazingly strong director in John Gawlik and his mighty seven-person cast that cohesively elevate this mostly mediocre material far higher than it has any business going. Recommended. (read Catey Sullivan's entier review....)

Review: Merge (The New Colony)

The New Colony's world-premiere Merge makes a promising first impression as the audience is immediately transported into a 1970’s arcade game, complete with neon tones, lights and the telltale screen. However, Spenser Davis' intriguing story about the rise and fall of Atari lacks a crucial ingredient: the play cannot decide what it wants to be. Show More Summary

Review: Apartment 3A (Windy City Playhouse)

Windy City Playhouse's "Apartment 3A" by Jeff Daniels, directed by Ron OJ Parsons is an off-kilter romantic comedy with a touch of the surreal. Recommended! (read Duane Barnes' entire review....)

Review: The Burials (Steppenwolf for Young Adults)

Written and directed by female powerhouses Caitlin Parrish and Erica Weiss respectively, The Burials updates Sophocles’ Antigone with strong grace and an even stronger anti-gun credo. Smart, true and timely, The Burials is ideal for the high school students it strives to reach. Highly Recommended! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review....)

Review: Visiting Edna (Steppenwolf Theatre)

With Playwright David Rabe's poetic world-premiere, Steppenwolf Theatre and director Anna D. Shapiro have created a thoughtful world-premiere with a stellar cast that explores end-of-life issues. Highly Recommended! (read John Olson's entire review....)

Review: Man in the Ring (Court Theatre)

Court Theatre's Man in the Ring, by Michael Cristofer, dances and spars at the intersection of violence and love, two things that are inextricably twined in Emile Griffith’s world. It’s a world well-worth immersing yourself in. It’s the rare world premiere that you hope has a long life on stages the world over. Highly Recommended! (read Catey Sullivan's entire review...)

Review: Miss Holmes (Lifeline Theatre)

Lifeline Theatre's world-premiere Miss Holmes, by Christopher M. Walsh, is a refreshing female-driven portrayal of the classic detective. Katie McLean Hainsworth and Mandy Walsh are wily, mature leading ladies and Walsh’s script is funny, suspenseful and ultimately moving. Recommended! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review....)

Review: The Happiest Place on Earth (Sideshow Theatre, Greenhouse Theater)

Sideshow Theatre's The Happiest Place on Earth, written and performed by Philip Dawkins for Greenhouse Theater's Solo Celebration! series, is an essential theatrical experience, a twisted fairy tale of a mother and four sisters, where everything can change in an instant shorter than a catchphrase. Highly Recommended!

Review: I Do Today (The Other Theatre Company, Greenhouse Theater)

I Do Today is a loving and lighthearted collaboration of playwright Sarah Myers, director Jacob Harvey and solo actor (and Other Theatre Company artistic director) Carin Silkaitis, who is utterly at home in the role of the outrageous yet sympathetic main character. Recommended! (read Lauren Whalen's entire review...)

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