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A music-infused month of theater
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…
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…
A big month for new musicals
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 …
March is such a robust month, we did not even have room for Hades Town, Moulin Rouge and Six at Broadway in Chicago.
"Sons of Hollywood" tells the story of little-remembered Ramon Novarro, in parallel with that of his close friend and former lover William Haines.
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…
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 …
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…
Highlights of 2021
Theater comes roaring back from its holiday hangover.
"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.
Family, immigration and the American dream.
Theater and comedy highlights for December.
"Her Honor Jane Byrne," is a powerful new play written and directed by J. Nicole Brooks, which recently reopened on the Lookingglass stage.
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…
This is powerful, heartbreaking theater.
A big month in pre-Broadway and opera, plus the return of Steppenwolf and Lookingglass.
Heidi, played with vigor in this production by Cassie Beck, is a fifteen-year-old student debating the Constitution in hopes of an American Legion scholarship.
Overall, this particular revue feels more improv-infused than I remember in past iterations, incorporating suggestions texted in by the audience rather than shouted out as in the past.
The play is the story of shoemaker Wayland Early and his wife Della Rose, set in two times and two places: 1921 Mississippi and 1939 Chicago.
"American Mariachi" is ninety minutes of musical joy.
More of the big theaters get back into the business of live shows in October