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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter is a resonant coming-of-age story by Kerry Reid

Erika L. Sánchez's novel gets a stellar stage life in Isaac Gómez's adaptation. There is a moment in I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter where Amá (Charín…

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Ghost in Gadsden's Garden is a delightful environmental fable by Kerry Reid

Actors Gymnasium combines circus arts and a poignant story of aging in their annual winter show. Actors Gymnasium primarily functions as a training school in the…

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Defending your life by Kerry Reid

How to Defend Yourself and Do You Feel Anger? ask us to consider how to survive patriarchy without losing our minds—and bodies. The fish has rotted from the he…

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Stick Fly takes flight at Writers by Kerry Reid

A wealthy Black family confronts secrets and internalized self-loathing in Lydia Diamond's acerbic drama. In 2017, First Floor Theater premiered Leah Nanako Wink…

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Invictus Theatre brings light and heat to A Raisin in the Sun by Kerry Reid

Lorraine Hansberry's classic gets a sturdy and heartfelt revival. Before Ta-Nehisi Coates laid out "The Case for Reparations" in the Atlantic in 2014, Lorraine H…

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Kiev reveals the murky depths of a family's guilt. by Kerry Reid

Aguijón's U.S. premiere of Sergio Blanco's Cherry Orchard update is dark and chilly. Anton Chekhov's famous dictum that if a gun is introduced in the first act,…

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Emma has its charming moments, but little staying power by Kerry Reid

This musical take on Austen's oft-adapted tale skims the surface. With Autumn de Wilde's new film version of Jane Austen's Emma being released next week (the sev…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Adaptation is retro fun by Kerry Reid

Theatre Above the Law produces an Elaine May deep cut. The Boys in the Band at Windy City Playhouse isn't the only 1960s counterculture show in town. Theatre Abo…

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Jeeves Saves the Day offers a midwinter escape by Kerry Reid

Bertie Wooster isn't the dimmest bulb onstage in First Folio's Wodehouse romp. If your patience with upper-class twits being bailed out by their underlings is th…

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

How to Defend Yourself wrestles with rape culture by Kerry Reid

A self-defense class reveals hidden vulnerabilities in Liliana Padilla's world premiere. Last summer, Selina Fillinger's drama Something Clean asked us to consid…

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The Leopard Play, or Sad Songs for Lost Boys examines a fractured Mexican American family by Kerry Reid

Isaac Gomez's world premiere at Steep takes us over the border of trauma and truth. If you're in the mood for some serious decolonizing after the Jeanine Cummins…

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Note From an Editor by Kerry Reid

Winter theater and dance in Chicago provides a home away from home. On nights when the temperature falls into single digits and icy sidewalks (clear that stuff, …

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Winter theater and dance in Chicago provides a home away from home by Kerry Reid

On nights when the temperature falls into single digits and icy sidewalks (clear that stuff, people!) make the public way treacherous, it's easy to find reasons to stay home.  But the month…

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Once on This Island proves it takes a village by Kerry Reid

The central romance feels overly familiar, but this touring production's ensemble creates a magical environment. Your affection for Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flahe…

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Top Girls remains heartbreakingly relevant by Kerry Reid

Remy Bumppo revisits Caryl Churchill's 1982 play with a stellar ensemble. The decision by the New York Times editorial board to endorse both Amy Klobuchar and El…

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Encounter in Englewood by Kerry Reid

Collaboraction celebrates its current neighborhood while focusing on social justice in this performance series. Collaboraction is in its 23rd season, but in some…

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Rhino Fest provides a theatrical horn of plenty by Kerry Reid

In its 31st year, Chicago's longest-running alternative theater festival celebrates old friends and new voices. When Rhinoceros Theater Festival (or in more comm…

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Nicole Kelly, Loud and Proud by Kerry Reid

National Disability Theatre member on the art of advocacy The post Nicole Kelly, Loud and Proud appeared first on Dramatics Magazine Online.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Turn Here—Sweet Corn offers an organic guide to resistance by Kerry Reid

Atina Diffley's memoir about fighting Koch Industries becomes a compelling solo show with Saltbox Theatre Collective. Atina Diffley grew up on a farm, but dreame…

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Themes of betrayal (and renewal) fill the Young Playwrights Festival by Kerry Reid

Pegasus Theatre Chicago celebrates 33 years of fostering teen writers. Pegasus Theatre Chicago has weathered some storms over the years. But one thing has remain…

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Monday, December 30, 2019

It's not easy being Mean Girls by Kerry Reid

The touring musical version of Tina Fey's 2004 film about queen bees lacks sting. The drama and intrigue of female friendships has filled works from the sublime …

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

To tell the truth by Kerry Reid

Four plays in 2019 recast history—collective and personal—with searing defiance. To pick the most memorable moments or productions in Chicago theater any yea…

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Working does more than punch the clock by Kerry Reid

Theo Ubique's staging celebrates the dignity of everyday labor. As the populist question goes, "If work's so great, how come they have to pay you to do it?" That…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Midsommer Flight's Twelfth Night offers hijinks and insight by Kerry Reid

The beautiful Lincoln Park Conservatory setting is just one reason to see this returning production. William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night is only nominally a holi…

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The Santaland Diaries offers diminishing returns by Kerry Reid

Steven Strafford's Crumpet is delightful, but the material feels dated. In the season opener of Abby McEnany's new Showtime series, Work in Progress, McEnany run…

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Q Brothers Christmas Carol makes even Navy Pier bearable this season by Kerry Reid

An 80-minute 'ad-rap-tation' tells Scrooge's story without missing beats. The "ad-rap-tation" of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, created by the Q Brothers C…

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Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins gives a trickster twist to the holiday by Kerry Reid

Strawdog's family-friendly holiday show returns for a second year. Hanukkah shows are hard to find, relatively speaking, but there are two running locally right …

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Grace and the Hanukkah Miracle combines one family's history with a scavenger hunt by Kerry Reid

The inaugural show from Chicago Immersive is empathetic and wise. Immersive holiday shows in Chicago usually mean Halloween fare—haunted houses lend themselves…

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The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes—Holiday Edition, Vol. 2 adds some sweet dirty fun to the holidays by Kerry Reid

Hell in a Handbag's franchise decks the halls with campy good feelings. Trivia time: what Golden Girls character still believes in Santa? You don't need multiple…

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Beyond the tinsel by Kerry Reid

December performing arts aren't just about the holly jolly. THEATER PICKS (KERRY REID) Good Grief…

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Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish offers families a sweet holiday outing by Kerry Reid

A rag doll yearns for a forever friend in this new musical. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer's Dolly isn't the only rag doll hoping for a forever home. In Eleanor'…

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