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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Don’t Wait, Go Go: A Review of Head Over Heels at Kokandy Productions by Amanda Finn

Part Go-Go's concert, part 17th century romance and part fantasmagorical fashion show, this local premiere is a love story we desperately need.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Haunted Harmonies: A Review of Ghost Quartet at Black Button Eyes Productions by Amanda Finn

Dave Malloy's "staged concept album" is a smorgasbord of delectable melodies, familiar stories and eerie feelings. 

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Nunsense: A Review of Over the Tavern at Theatre at the Center by Amanda Finn

Purportedly about a boy and a nun, Tom Dudzick's play needs more of either or less of both.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Art Should Be First: Meet Michael and Mona Heath, Patron Saints of Chicago Storefront Theater by Amanda Finn

"We have no children and no relatives we trust with money, so at a certain age we were thinking about what [our] legacy is and our bequest to the future."

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Bad Britches: A Review of Into the Breeches at Northlight Theatre by Amanda Finn

This new play by George Brandt broadly broaches feminist rhetoric without committing to, or really understanding, the realities of being a woman.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Become the Manster: A Review of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at Lookingglass Theatre by Amanda Finn

The unofficial "Year of Frankenstein" concludes with this world premiere adaptation that features Mary Shelley not just as author but player.

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Monday, May 27, 2019
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Smells Like Lean Spirit: A Review of The Undeniable Sound of Right Now at Raven Theatre by Amanda Finn

As corporate interests collude with self-interested politicians to rid our city of any remaining strains of legitimate regional music culture, Evanston-born playwright Laura Eason shows just…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Not For Sale: UrbanTheater Company Co-Founder Ivan Vega on Community, Gentrification and the Next Generation of Theater Makers by Amanda Finn

Leader of the Humboldt Park-based theater, Vega and his company are actively working to preserve their community's stories while training a new generation of theater artists.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Family Matter: A Review of Iron Kisses at Theatre Above the Law by Amanda Finn

This two-hander lays bare the bonds of siblings, forged in the fire of parental expectations.

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Friday, April 5, 2019

A Foustian Bargain: The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey at American Blues Theater by Amanda Finn

Veteran actor Joe Foust tactfully navigates the emotional landscape of this powerful one-man show about an extraordinary boy and the town that knew him.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Shine On: A Review of Bright Star at BoHo Theatre by Amanda Finn

This heartfelt musical by Steve Martin and musician Edie Brickell is a marriage of old and new.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Tipping the Scales: A Review of The Calorie Counters at The Cuckoo’s Theater Project by Amanda Finn

In its attempt to break the mold, this world premiere leaves a lot on the table.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Wilde Women: A Review of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde at Promethean Theatre Ensemble by Amanda Finn

Oscar Wilde gets a punk rock treatment in this remount of Promethean Theatre Ensemble's 2016 production of Moisés Kaufman's play.

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Bodies Politicking: A Review of Mike Pence Sex Dream at First Floor Theater by Amanda Finn

This world premiere from Dan Giles brings home the bacon of laughs but leaves audiences hungry for the meat of its subject matter.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Disassembling the System: A Review of Pipeline at Victory Gardens by Amanda Finn

Dominique Morisseau returns to Chicago with an urgent new play that maps the direct route from education to incarceration for America's youth of color.

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Stranger in a Familiar Land: A Review of The Father at Remy Bumppo Theatre Company by Amanda Finn

Florian Zeller's award-winning 2012 play gets its moving local premiere at Remy Bumppo.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

What’s in a Year: A Look Ahead at the “Year of Chicago Theatre” by Amanda Finn

The highly anticipated citywide initiative has the potential to attract new audiences to the theater and steer regular theatergoers to new companies.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Devising a Legacy: A Review of How to Catch Creation at Goodman Theatre by Amanda Finn

Memory and history entwine in this world premiere at the Goodman.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

It Is Your Destiny: A Review of All Childish Things At First Folio Theatre by Amanda Finn

Whether you're a casual fan of the franchise or you can make a convincing case for Jar Jar Binks being a Sith Lord, this is the play you're looking for.

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Triggered: A Defense of Theatrical Content Warnings by Amanda Finn

First person accounts from the Chicago theater community on a subject that has been raised to a level of national discourse well beyond the theater.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Hold for Laughs: A Review of Twelfth Night at Writers Theatre by Amanda Finn

Writers Theatre offers this Shakespeare comedy with whiplash wit and two of his finest leading ladies.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Not So Plain, Not So Simple: A Review of Plainclothes at Broken Nose Theatre by Amanda Finn

Just in time for the holiday sale season, Broken Nose Theatre presents the world premiere of this new play by Spenser Davis about the iniquities and injustices of late capitalism

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Friday, October 19, 2018

The Name’s The Thing: A Review of It’s Only a Play At Pride Films and Plays by Amanda Finn

A redux of Terrance McNally's less-than-successful "Broadway, Broadway," Pride Films and Plays' production reminds us just what's in a name: quite a lot.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

E. Faye Butler’s Turn: A Review of Gypsy at Porchlight Music Theatre by Amanda Finn

Porchlight Music Theatre launches its 2018/19 season with the dazzle and awe of a shooting star.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

A Snapshot of Reel Life: A Review of Crumbs from the Table of Joy at Raven Theatre Company by Amanda Finn

Written in the nineties and set in the fifties, the young women of Lynn Nottage's play, currently being produced at Raven Theatre, eagerly await a revolution that has still yet to materializ…

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Bleating Heart: A Review of The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? at Interrobang Theatre Project by Amanda Finn

Interrobang Theatre Project's production of Edward Albee's 2002 play is surprising only in how unsurprising it is.

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