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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Much Ado dissects Shakespeare line by line by Michael Miner

Schoolchildren are introduced to Shakespeare as literature, which might not be the best idea. I slogged through King Lear in college, and then again this summer on behalf of my book group.…

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

What does Nat Turner have to say to today’s America? by Michael Miner

The arts section, no less, of a recent New York Times carried two stories on American racism at its roots. There was an admiring review of a new play, Underground Railroad Game, a kind of …

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Friday, August 26, 2016

From book’s blurbs, you’d never know these critics slammed the play by Michael Miner

This Is Modern Art, a provocative play about graffiti artists, ran for a few weeks early last year as a Steppenwolf for Young Adults production. The play, by Idris Goodwin and Kevin Coval, …

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Porchlight casting raises questions on the nature of 'authentic' theater by Michael Miner

In 2010, when the young actor Corbin Bleu took over the lead role of Usnavi in In the Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda, who'd written the show's score and also originated the role, hailed him in…

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Bitter Lemons editor blames Profiles Theatre victims, loses job by Michael Miner

The Reader's exposé of Profiles Theatre triggered something in Chicago that one theater-world friend calls "incredibly important"—an overdue acknowledgement and fierce repudiation of abu…

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Grease is the show nobody wrote, according to the New York Times by Michael Miner

Grease belongs to the ages. Well, it obviously doesn't belong to Jim Jacobs and the late Warren Casey, who wrote and composed the show that debuted at Chicago's old Kingston Mines in 1971.�…

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

John Conroy's drama about police torture gets published not a moment too soon by Michael Miner

The newest book from a writer the Reader thinks of as one of our own is actually a play. Chicago Dramaworks has published My Kind of Town, John Conroy's drama inspired by the police torture …

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Chris Jones wins national honor for drama criticism by Michael Miner

Congratulations and praise is rolling in for Chris Jones, the Tribune drama critic who just won the George Jean Nathan Award for drama criticism. The announcement of Jones's award hails his …

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Taking Bialystock of Donald Trump by Michael Miner

This isn't working for Donald Trump, and I'm concerned about him. No matter what he does he can't stop running for president. A man of his talents would be confined, hamstrung, …

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