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Friday, November 30, 2018

Stage Top 5: December 2018 by Kevin Greene

Hot, bothered and blue collared, these world premieres and classic mishaps will keep the dawning reality of yet another Midwest winter at bay, at least temporarily.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Thirst Entrapment: A Review of Rightlynd at Victory Gardens Theater by Kevin Greene

The first of three world premieres by Ike Holter scheduled for this season is also the thirstiest play he's ever written. And that's saying something.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

All Eyes On He: A Review of Hooded, Or Being Black for Dummies at First Floor Theater by Kevin Greene

A complex story of identity conjugation at First Floor Theater.

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Stage Top 5: November 2018 by Kevin Greene

The latest from Ike Holter, a pop-inspired musical about the cultural constraints placed on women and a universe-crossing Afrofuturist fable are just a few of the consciousness-expanding sho…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Making The Case: A Review of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Steppenwolf for Young Adults by Kevin Greene

In a major coup, Steppenwolf for Young Adults lands the first local-originating production of Simon Stephens' Tony Award-winning play and makes the most of it.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Girl Who Came in from the Cold: A Review of Phoebe in Winter at Facility Theatre by Kevin Greene

Jen Silverman’s play about the absurd world and its power dynamics burns an indelible image into the mind at Facility Theatre.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Death Is A Salesman: A Review of Witch at Writers Theatre by Kevin Greene

The world premiere of Jen Silverman's play at Writers Theatre is a must-see for anyone who has ever considered the value of burning it all to the ground and starting again.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

I Believe You, Bruce: A Review of Downstate at Steppenwolf Theatre Company by Kevin Greene

In this world premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Bruce Norris attempts to redress the power imbalance between the disenfranchised and those who wield …

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Humanizing a Legend: A Review of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill at Congo Square Theatre by Kevin Greene

Alexis J. Roston fully embodies the beauty and tragedy of Billie Holiday in Congo Square Theatre's reprised production.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Stage Top 5: October 2018 by Kevin Greene

This month features a slate of local, regional and national premieres as well as a feminist opera celebrating its twentieth anniversary.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

No One Gets Out Alive: A Review of We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time at Goodman Theatre by Kevin Greene

David Cale returns to the Goodman with this autobiographical story of trauma and survival.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Sporting Life: A Review of Radio Golf at Court Theatre by Kevin Greene

Court Theatre continues their push to become the premiere destination for August Wilson's work.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Seeing Seventy: A Select Slice of This Fall’s Theater Season by Kevin Greene

A selection of some of the fall's most anticipated stage openings.

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Stage Top 5: September 2018 by Kevin Greene

The 2018/19 theater season gets off to an exciting start with a timely revival as well as local and world premieres, mixing established artists and ambitious up-and-comers.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Can’t-Miss Fall Theater by Kevin Greene

Newcity Stage's three most anticipated productions of the 2018 fall season.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Friday, July 27, 2018

Stage Top 5: August 2018 by Kevin Greene

Looking ahead to a few of Chicago's theater highlights for August.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Winter to Winter: A Review of Sagittarius Ponderosa at Redtwist Theatre by Kevin Greene

Love and intimacy remain elusive in the Chicago premiere of MJ Kaufman's play at Redtwist Theatre.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Guildenstern and Rosencrantz and Everyone We Know Are Dead: A Review of Guards at the Taj at Steppenwolf by Kevin Greene

Receiving its Chicago premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Rajiv Joseph's latest panders to its audience under the guise of challenging their assumptions about despotism and loyalty.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Stage Top 5: July 2018 by Kevin Greene

Some of July's Chicago theater highlights.

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Lost At Sea: A Review of 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas at Lookingglass Theatre Company by Kevin Greene

Lookingglass Theatre Company's adaptation of Jules Verne's novel feels its every league.

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Blood & Rain: A Review of Mies Julie at Victory Gardens Theater by Kevin Greene

Yaël Farber's adaptation of Strindberg's "Miss Julie" arrives with uncomfortable urgency at Victory Gardens Theater.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Worth A Curse: A Review of Waiting for Godot at Chicago Shakespeare Theater & Druid Theatre Company by Kevin Greene

Druid Theatre Company's production of Beckett's most well-known work, produced by Chicago Shakespeare Theater as a part of their WorldStages initiative, begs the question: what exactly are w…

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Stage Top 5: June 2018 by Kevin Greene

June brings tension, vengeance, tragedy and rebellion to the Chicago stage.

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Monday, May 7, 2018

This Is “us”: A Review of columbinus at The Yard and Steppenwolf Theatre Company by Kevin Greene

In collaboration with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Yard returns with their most ambitious and urgent project to date.

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Friday, May 4, 2018

The Slates Are Never Clean: A Review of The Madres at Teatro Vista by Kevin Greene

Starring Ivonne Coll (of "Jane the Virgin"), this world premiere at Teatro Vista is tragic and triumphant simultaneously.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Machina Ex Deo: Playwright Lucas Baisch Explores the Boundaries of Taste, Trash and Technology by Kevin Greene

Baisch's voracious appetite produces work that is greater than the sum of its individual parts, more multiplication than addition.

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Stage Top 5: May 2018 by Kevin Greene

Past, present and future collide with reality and its alternatives in a wild month of premieres.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

The Not-So-Carefree Life: A Review of Grand Hotel at Kokandy Productions by Kevin Greene

Harking back to the early forties and the late eighties, this revival at Kokandy Productions is not so much timely as full of time.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Let Them Eat: A Review of The Cake at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble by Kevin Greene

No amount of frosting can sweeten the bitter aftertaste of this Midwest premiere at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Light Going Out: A Review of 33 to Nothing at A Red Orchid Theatre by Kevin Greene

This music/theater hybrid from A Red Orchid takes some creative risks but reinforces some tired stereotypes in the process.

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