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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

‘Skates’ musical taps into Chicago’s roller rink nostalgia, and stars ‘American Idol’ couple Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young by Emily McClanathan

The show co-stars “American Idol” alumni Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young, and features a cast of Chicago theater veterans and newcomers.

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Friday, May 20, 2022

Review: In the new musical ‘Somewhere Over the Border’ by Teatro Vista, the ‘Wizard of Oz’ story gets a new kind of magic by Emily McClanathan

Brian Quijada transforms this tale into a different kind of American story: that of a young woman from El Salvador making the dangerous trek to the United States.

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Monday, May 16, 2022

Actor Richard Thomas is Atticus in the ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ tour. This new adaptation ‘takes Atticus down off his pedestal a little bit.’ by Emily McClanathan

The current play opened in New York in 2018 and became the highest-grossing American play in Broadway history.

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

Review: ‘Rasheeda Speaking’ by Shattered Globe Theatre is about a toxic workplace, both the fumes and the coworkers by Emily McClanathan

Joel Drake Johnson's play centers on a middle-aged Black woman who returns to her job at Northwestern Memorial Hospital after days off to recover from an illness attributed to chemicals from…

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Review: ‘At the Vanishing Point’ at Gift Theatre explores how the past and present are linked by memory by Emily McClanathan

Playwright Naomi Iizuka frames single moments in the lives of ordinary people, transforming them into images rich with meaning and memory.

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Sunday, April 24, 2022

Review: ‘Carmela Full of Wishes’ invites audiences at Chicago Children’s Theatre to see the world through her eyes by Emily McClanathan

With the help of a dandelion, a child’s imagination takes flight in this world premiere adaptation of the book by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson.

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Sunday, April 17, 2022

Review: ‘Spay’ by Rivendell Theatre is a powerful story about opioid abuse and families, as well as a real-world proposed remedy by Emily McClanathan

Noah is fresh out of the hospital after overdosing on heroin, Harper is her sister and legal guardian of the son Noah bore in high school. Looming over both women is the legacy of their moth…

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