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Monday, September 26, 2022

Leave the Doors Open: A Review of Enough to Let the Light In at Teatro Vista by Amanda Finn

This psychological thriller lends itself wholeheartedly to the macabre.

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Crowded house by Amanda Finn

Chicago doesn’t have much in the way of immersive theater experiences like Sleep No More in NYC. So when Windy City Playhouse debuted Leslie Liautaud’s Southern Gothic in 2018 it […] T…

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Slings and arrows by Amanda Finn

Never before has my Catholic upbringing been helpful in seeing theater. And yet, my mind couldn’t help but wander back to catechism class during Refracted Theatre Company’s inaugural pro…

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Thursday, July 7, 2022

A New Path Forward? Exploring the State of Chicago Theater by Amanda Finn

Many of our city’s theatrical leaders agree that Chicago is at the forefront of defining the future of the American theater.

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Friday, July 1, 2022

The Winds of Change Are Here: Hurricane Diane at Theater Wit by Amanda Finn

madeleine george’s modern-day Greek comedy “Hurricane Diane” could not have come at a better time.

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Friday, June 24, 2022

The magic is gone by Amanda Finn

Every piece of art has a timeliness. When it is born and put into the world, it becomes part of its identity for better or worse. For Godspell, that time has come and gone. First staged in 1…

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Preps Rally: A Review of Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical at Kokandy Productions by Amanda Finn

For fellow nineties nostalgia seekers, “Cruel Intentions” is one of those quintessential teen drama romps. Chock full of nineties music you will be compelled to sing along (but seriously…

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Thursday, June 2, 2022

What Do Your Ghosts Want? A Review of “The Magnolia Ballet” at About Face Theatre by Amanda Finn

Rarely do you get such rich storytelling in just over ninety minutes.

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Thursday, April 21, 2022

The Rise and Fall of a King: Lanise Antoine Shelley Brings the “The Tragedy of King Christophe” to the House Theatre of Chicago by Amanda Finn

In a world like ours so wrought with chaos and war, what happens when freedom is finally achieved? That is something that the play “The Tragedy of King Christophe” attempts to answer.

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Friday, April 1, 2022

Sisters in Crisis: A Review of “Spay” at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble by Amanda Finn

When one in four Americans are directly impacted by opioid addiction, any art we create on the subject will have a profound effect.

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Monday, March 21, 2022

Men Need Not Apply: A Review of Wife of a Salesman at Writers Theatre by Amanda Finn

“Wife of a Salesman” is full of cogent points about being a woman that are just as relevant now as they were in the show’s 1950s setting.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Take It With You: A Review of Come From Away at Broadway in Chicago by Amanda Finn

Much like the show’s spirit, the cast of this production is an homage to togetherness.

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Friday, February 11, 2022

The Family Burdens We Bear: A Review of Queen of the Night at Victory Gardens Theater by Amanda Finn

travis tate’s play interrogates preconceived notions of ourselves and the ones we hold against others.

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Friday, November 19, 2021

Buggin’ Out: A Review of Bug at Steppenwolf Theatre by Amanda Finn

The audience is the fly on the wall of a dingy Oklahoma hotel room where Agnes White is taking refuge from her recently released, abusive ex-husband Jerry.

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Déjà Vu, I Think We’ve Seen This All Before: A Review of Mr. Burns a Post-Electric Play at Theater Wit by Amanda Finn

Playwright Anne Washburn succinctly crafted a show that demonstrated the cyclical nature of human storytelling, theater and life itself all in the span of three hours.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

A Fine Welcome Home: Kinky Boots at Paramount Theatre by Amanda Finn

The first thing you’ll notice stepping into the theater at Paramount is the electricity…. It’s the hum of anticipation.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Linking Up: Out of COVID Comes a Co-MISSION Festival  by Amanda Finn

“It’s interesting, we started conversations before the pandemic about what it might look like to create one big festival with residents and fellows presenting together,” Stephanie Pach…

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Twenty-Four Hour Spin Cycle: A Review of “The Spin” at Interrobang Theatre Project by Amanda Finn

Spenser Davis' play, written for Zoom, takes advantage of where we are to tell a compelling story about what we’re up against.

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Friday, October 9, 2020

National Political Crisis: Radio Play “It Can’t Happen Here” Is a National Theatrical Response by Amanda Finn

Nearly one hundred theater companies from around the country join forces to present a free a radio play rendition of Sinclair Lewis' frighteningly prescient novel.

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Monday, October 5, 2020

Stranger in a Strange Land: A Review of Run the Beast Down at Strawdog Theatre by Amanda Finn

Titas Halder's one-man play questions who the real villain is.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The Kids Will Play: Digitizing Theater Camp by Amanda Finn

A cornerstone in the creative development of many performers, theater camps face significant challenges from COVID-19 and shelter-in-place orders.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Creatives are doing it for themselves with the Chicago Artists Relief Fund by Amanda Finn

A GoFundMe by artists and for artists provides COVID relief. At the start of COVID-19 lockdowns, thousands of Chicago theater artists lost immediate income. In t…

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Don’t be a Dick, Richard: A Review of Teenage Dick at Theater Wit by Amanda Finn

In the wake of COVID-19, Theater Wit brings the local premiere of Mike Lew's play directly to their audience.

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Bells That Toll: A Review of Kill Move Paradise at TimeLine Theatre Company by Amanda Finn

Directed by Wardell Julius Clark, the local premiere of James Ijames play asks for only one thing: that we listen.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Vinegar and Honey: A Review of Stick Fly at Writers Theatre by Amanda Finn

Lydia R. Diamond's play of privilege and all it entails returns to Chicago fresher than ever.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Maybe Rome Was Built in a Day: A Review of Titus Andronicus at Haven by Amanda Finn

Things go to pieces in this production of Shakespeare's bloodiest play.

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Keep It Together: A Review of The Boys in the Band at Windy City Playhouse by Amanda Finn

Windy City Playhouse continues its streak of emotionally engaging immersive theater with Mart Crowley's groundbreaking 1968 play.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Money Makes the World Burn Down: A Review of Labyrinth at Broken Nose Theatre by Amanda Finn

Beth Steel’s play is itself a labyrinth of occasionally confounding design.

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Life at the Intersections: A Review of Sheepdog at Shattered Globe Theatre by Amanda Finn

Directed by Wardell Julius Clark, Kevin Artigue's play speaks truth to power in an age when power rarely speaks the truth.

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“What the Fuck,” Indeed: A Review of If/Then at Brown Paper Box Co. by Amanda Finn

IF you plan to see this musical THEN you might want to prepare for a nonsensical (and misogynistic) vision of so-called female empowerment.

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It’s Got That Swing: A Review of Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies at Porchlight  Music Theatre by Amanda Finn

An evening of toe-tapping bliss that delivers a commendation worthy of the Duke's talent.

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater