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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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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Civics Lesson: A Review of What the Constitution Means to Me by Brian Hieggelke

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.

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Friday, October 29, 2021
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Elephant Hunting: A Review of “Together At Last” at The Second City Mainstage by Brian Hieggelke

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.

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

A South Side Story: How Joshua Allen’s “The Last Pair of Earlies” Chronicles the Struggles of the Great Migration by Brian Hieggelke

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.

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Thursday, October 7, 2021
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Stage Top 5: October 2021 by Brian Hieggelke

More of the big theaters get back into the business of live shows in October

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

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