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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Heather Chrisler emerges from the COVID 'tsunami' as a triple threat by Catey Sullivan

After a year of heartbreak, Heather Chrisler is back to acting, as well as writing and illustrating. In March 2020, playwright Heather Chrisler was holding audit…

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

American Music Theatre Project turns 15 by Catey Sullivan

American Music Theatre Project unveils three student-created pieces in this year's online Capstone Festival. Since 2005, Northwestern University's American Music…

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Trap Door's Decomposed Theatre breaks down ideas from a longtime collaborator by Catey Sullivan

Weirdness and wonder abound in Matei Vişniec's Decomposed Theatre at Trap Door, but be prepared for creepiness, too. With nearly 40 actors, eight directors, and…

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

An inspector calls: The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries messes with a critic's head by Catey Sullivan

This interactive performance-piece-by-phone offers a daily dose of oddness. The operatives at The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries (now making their Chicago debut w…

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Fillet of Solo reminds us that no one is alone by Catey Sullivan

The annual festival of storytelling offers the freshest catches for COVID days. In the Before Times—before the Moth, before the Stoop, before the phrase "live …

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Quantum physics and romance collide in the streaming production of Constellations by Catey Sullivan

Theatre Above the Law's production lets its leads drop the masks for one moment in time. In COVID times, gestures that would have been banal and forgettable a ye…

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Missed Connections starts with the human, not the trick by Catey Sullivan

Jon Tai's intimate take on magic and storytelling comes (virtually) to A Red Orchid. Jon Tai is something of an antimagician. Tricking you, he says, isn't exactl…

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Broken Nose passes the Bechdel Test by Catey Sullivan

This year's Bechdel Fest realigns online. Alison Bechdel’s iconic eponymous Bechdel Test isn't the same exam it was when the award-winning graphic writer (Fun …

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

The Evanston Performing Arts Collective kicks off with "A New World" on New Year's by Catey Sullivan

Fleetwood-Jourdain spearheads a new collaboration "Celebrating Life, Community and the Arts." Shortly after the pandemic shut down the theaters, Fleetwood-Jourda…

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Pride & Prejudice Productions gives Austen a makeover by Catey Sullivan

Melissa Leilani Larson and Lavina Jadhwani reimagine a classic for BIPOC voices. More than 30 years into this gig, I've lost track of how many times I've seen Ja…

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Walkie Talkies brings together history, nature, and storytelling by Catey Sullivan

With a trio of walkabout podcasts, Chicago Children’s Theatre urges kids to go take a hike. Aztec deities. Sistine Chapel replicas.…

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Alexis Hex casts spells—and yarn by Catey Sullivan

The crafty, supernatural queen hosts the webseries Knitting’s A Drag. The queendom of drag is vast and diverse: There are comedy queens and look queens and ins…

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

From ghostly to gothic to goofy, theater artists celebrate the season by Catey Sullivan

Random Acts, Unwell, and PlayMakers Laboratory create scary stories to share (online) in the dark. Exal Iraheta grew up listening to tales from Central American …

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Monday, October 5, 2020

45 Plays for America’s First Ladies puts the wives (and nieces) in the spotlight by Catey Sullivan

The Neo-Futurists create short digital plays about the often-overlooked women in the White House. Time was when the future looked rather grim indeed for the late…

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Monday, September 21, 2020

After the shutdown, Lips is unsealed by Catey Sullivan

Fire, break-ins, and COVID: the Motor Row drag palace has had a bumpy first year. Like many drag queens, Chicago’s Tori Sass has been through it this year. It …

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Destinos al Aire brings Latinx culture to the drive-in by Catey Sullivan

Their annual festival is on pandemic pause, but CLATA still celebrates the diversity of local theater companies. When Myrna Salazar founded the Chicago Latino Th…

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

In the wake of controversy, Chicago Human Rhythm Project adds new leadership by Catey Sullivan

Emmanuel Neal joins CHRP as interim managing director, but the founder's comments on Black Lives Matter spark outrage. Add the Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP…

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Joel Grey (virtually) headlines PorchlightPalooza by Catey Sullivan

The 88-year-old musical theater icon talks about staying home—and coming out. Back in early March, Broadway icon Joel Grey, 88, was finalizing his plans to vis…

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Monday, July 27, 2020

Online alchemy with the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival by Catey Sullivan

Zoom past the COVID doldrums with these August workshops. Shadow and light. Wood and paper.…

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Shea Couleé, here to stay and slay by Catey Sullivan

The Drag Race all-star challenges racism both onstage and off. To describe the driving ethos of Chicago’s drag house Maison Couleé, you need look no further t…

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

COVID can't stop the Pride celebration by Catey Sullivan

This year, queer performers dismantle digital boundaries while creating their own spaces. As Pride Month unfurls amid plague and long-overdue global upheaval, yo…

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Victory Gardens playwrights ensemble resigns by Catey Sullivan

Restructuring at the top causes an exodus—again. Friday’s resignation of seven playwrights from Chicago’s Tony-winning, 46-year-old Victory Gardens Theater…

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Uprising Theater shifts focus from Palestine to PPE by Catey Sullivan

The company's interest in the marginalized led them to Mask-er-Aid. Since founding Uprising Theater Company in 2014, Iymen Chehade and Maren Rosenberg have worke…

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Nora Dunn on our first and worst presidents by Catey Sullivan

Her show at Steppenwolf is off for now, but the 'difficult' SNL vet still has plenty to say. Two weeks ago, Saturday Night Live alum and west-side native Nora Du…

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Kill Move Paradise imagines an afterlife for victims of police killings by Catey Sullivan

James Ijames puts the audience on trial in this TimeLine production. Of all the inescapable truths that James Ijames bombards his audience with in Kill Move Para…

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The Chicago Musical Theatre Festival makes the numbers work by Catey Sullivan

Underscore Theatre Company survives in a challenging landscape for new-works festivals. New musicals are inherently fragile. Festivals devoted to them, exponenti…

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Sophisticated Ladies means all the things at Porchlight by Catey Sullivan

The Duke Ellington revue is pure fire and joy. I'm no fan of imperatives, but on occasion one simply must make an exception. To wit: Stop reading this.…

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Roe is a history lesson and a warning by Catey Sullivan

Lisa Loomer's docudrama examines the landmark abortion rights case. In 1984, my roommate drove across two states so she could get a legal abortion. It took a wee…

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Verböten has some sharp songs, but the book sags by Catey Sullivan

Jason Narducy and Brett Neveu's portrait of a 1983 teen punk band needs more edge. The opening tune Jason Narducy penned for his autobiographically inspired musi…

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Pure Lies gives us magic with a touch of malarkey by Catey Sullivan

Trent James lights up Wednesdays at the Chicago Magic Lounge. The intersection of comedy and magic has ballooned since the art form's vaudevillian heyday. Case i…

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Her Honor Jane Byrne remembers when the mayor moved to Cabrini by Catey Sullivan

Lookingglass produces the first in J. Nicole Brooks's planned quartet of Chicago plays. Playwright-actor-director J. Nicole Brooks wasn't yet in kindergarten whe…

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