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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Mother American Dream: A Review of The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington at Steppenwolf by Brian Hieggelke

Playwright James Ijames makes the case that there's more than one way to tear down a monument with his fever dream of a play about a fever dream.

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Friday, August 26, 2022

Stage Top 5: September 2022 by Brian Hieggelke

A vibrant month in Chicago theater with all the major stages coming back to life, almost at once.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Welcome to the Jungle: A Review of Campaigns, Inc. at TimeLine Theatre by Brian Hieggelke

Will Allan's "Campaigns, Inc." is an origin story of modern political mendacity, found in the 1934 governor's race between the incumbent buffoon Frank Merriam and the visionary progressive U…

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Monday, August 8, 2022

After A Fashion: A Review of “The Devil Wears Prada, The Musical” at the James M. Nederlander Theatre by Brian Hieggelke

Early in the first act of "The Devil Wears Prada,The Musical," Andy, a frumpy self-important recent college grad, is up for a job as a personal assistant to Miranda Priestly (a thinly veiled…

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Thursday, July 28, 2022

Stage Top 5: August 2022 by Brian Hieggelke

August stages are filled with famous people, both living and dead.

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Friday, June 24, 2022

Stage Top 5: July 2022 by Brian Hieggelke

An eclectic month of performances culminates with the Broadway-bound "The Devil Wears Prada"

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Friday, June 17, 2022

Sign of the Times: The Story Behind Natalie Moore’s Playwriting Debut, “The Billboard: A Play About Abortion” by Brian Hieggelke

Moore's show is set in Englewood, mostly at the fictional Black Women's Health Initiative, inspired loosely by an amalgamation of real-life events back in 2011 that she covered as a journali…

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Thursday, June 9, 2022

All Alone in the Moonlight: A Review of “Skates” at Studebaker Theater by Brian Hieggelke

"Skates," the creation of Chicago native Christine Rea (book and lyrics) and her husband Rick Briskin (music and lyrics) has its heart in the seventies, at a South Side roller rink called Wi…

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Friday, June 3, 2022

Stage Top 5: June 2022 by Brian Hieggelke

A music-infused month of theater

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Thursday, May 26, 2022

The Dreams That You Dare to Dream: A Review of “Somewhere Over the Border” at Teatro Vista by Brian Hieggelke

A mashup of a mother's memories of crossing the border with the "Wizard of Oz" is a masterpiece in the making. "Somewhere Over the Border" reminds us that the world is full of common folks j…

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Dueling in Dystopia: A Review of “Last Hermanos” at A Red Orchid Theatre by Brian Hieggelke

Two Mexican American brothers who've grown up separately in the United States are together on the run, hoping  to make it across the border to Mexico and escape the unfriendly confines that…

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Monday, May 2, 2022

Stage Top 5: May 2022 by Brian Hieggelke

A big month for new musicals

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Thursday, March 31, 2022

Stage Top 5: April 2022 by Brian Hieggelke

April highlights.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

When Mad Men Ruled the Airwaves: A Review of “Good Night, Oscar” at the Goodman Theatre by Brian Hieggelke

Doug Wright's brilliant new play, "Good Night, Oscar," in its hilarious and heartbreaking world-premiere production at the Goodman Theatre, is set in 1958. It's more than twenty years since …

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Friday, February 25, 2022
Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Stage Top 5: March 2022 by Brian Hieggelke

March is such a robust month, we did not even have room for Hades Town, Moulin Rouge and Six at Broadway in Chicago.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Tuesday, February 15, 2022

We’ll Have A Gay Old Time: A Review of “Sons of Hollywood” at Windy City Playhouse by Brian Hieggelke

"Sons of Hollywood" tells the story of little-remembered Ramon Novarro, in parallel with that of his close friend and former lover William Haines.

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Thursday, February 3, 2022

Not Without A Fight: A Review of “Relentless” at TimeLine Theatre by Brian Hieggelke

Though the characters in "Relentless" are educated and well-to-do, they are far from reserved in world view—their rage seethes, hidden only by the comfort of their surroundings and the dec…

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Stage Top 5: February 2022 by Brian Hieggelke

February highlights.

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Friday, January 7, 2022

Players 2022: The Fifty People Who Really Perform for Chicago by Brian Hieggelke

In the return of the Players 50 list, we tried to honor those who came back, who've already been putting shows on stages, while crossing our fingers that those we've not heard from are just …

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Thursday, January 6, 2022

Players of the Moment: Parisa Jalili and Jon Carr of The Second City by Brian Hieggelke

The Second City is back in operation with new out-of-town owners and new leadership here in Chicago. And while it might seem pretty much the same, the organization is in the midst of profoun…

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Monday, December 27, 2021

Theater Top 5 of 2021 by Brian Hieggelke

Highlights of 2021

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Thursday, December 23, 2021

Stage Top 5: January 2022 by Brian Hieggelke

Theater comes roaring back from its holiday hangover.

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Thursday, December 16, 2021

Everything Is Beautiful: A Review of “8-Track: The Sounds of the ’70s” at Theo Ubique by Brian Hieggelke

"8-Track: The Sounds of the '70s" is exactly what it sounds like, a fun, light musical revue that plumbs the breadth of a transformative decade in music.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Stage Top 5: December 2021 by Brian Hieggelke

Theater and comedy highlights for December.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Plus c’est la même chose: A Review of “Her Honor Jane Byrne” at Lookingglass by Brian Hieggelke

"Her Honor Jane Byrne," is a powerful new play written and directed by J. Nicole Brooks, which recently reopened on the Lookingglass stage.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

The Harmony of Discord: A Review of Paradise Square at the James M. Nederlander Theatre by Brian Hieggelke

It's far too early to know if this is one for the ages, but no doubt this is the most important musical of our times, drawing from American history to depict the kind of racial harmony we st…

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Thursday, November 4, 2021

Stage Top 5: November 2021 by Brian Hieggelke

A big month in pre-Broadway and opera, plus the return of Steppenwolf and Lookingglass.

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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
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
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
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards