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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Ritual and Reckoning: A Review of “What to Send Up When It Goes Down” by Ted C. Fishman

"WTSUWIGD" takes on a wide range of social toxins and portrays an equally wide range of how Blacks cope and respond.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Cross My Heart: A Review of Isaac’s Eye at Redtwist by Ted C. Fishman

Lucas Hnath’s quick-talking historical drama centers on Isaac Newton's hypothesize that an experiment that requires a needle to be inserted into a living human’s eye will prove his theor…

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Thursday, March 24, 2022

Fairy Tale Charm: A Review of Once Upon A Mattress at Theo Ubique by Ted C. Fishman

The show draws on the familiarity of Hans Christian Andersen’s "Princess and the Pea" but with a celebration of human character and the charms of oddballs.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Play with Heart: A Review of King James at Steppenwolf Theatre by Ted C. Fishman

It is a fascinating exploration of lives and a friendship that ends in a tie, pretty much in the state in which it started. At the same time, it is a play about the lives of men.

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Monday, March 14, 2022

Playful Lunacy: A Review of Teatro ZinZanni at the Cambria Hotel by Ted C. Fishman

The long-running, ever-changing show is a cirque du smirque that mixes song, comedy and acrobatics.

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Thursday, February 24, 2022

Tenderness in the Face of Anarchy: A Review of Ruined at Invictus Theatre by Ted C. Fishman

For all the trouble "Ruined" so powerfully captures, it also gives us the human capacity for tenderness in the face of anarchy and hellish violence.

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Thursday, February 17, 2022
Wednesday, February 16, 2022

New Beginnings: A Review of Groundhog Day, The Musical by Ted C. Fishman

The story captures God’s chief expectation, that people spend their lives bettering life for all on Earth.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022

A Soundtrack to America: A Review of “Women of Soul with a Special Tribute to Aretha” by Ted C. Fishman

Eight women and one man, vocal powerhouses all, move quickly from tune to tune.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Vaux de Ville: A Review of The Jackie Smook Program of De-Dumbification by Ted C. Fishman

Smook’s singing, puppetry, voice characterization and mugging have vaudeville polish.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Promise Her Anything, But Give Her A Moor: A Review of The Moors at A Red Orchid Theatre by Ted C. Fishman

"The Moors," plays off the mental and physical landscapes of the work of Charlotte and Emily Bronte.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Catch Your Breath: A Preview of the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival by Ted C. Fishman

This year’s fest brings in the very best from all over the United States. Nearly all of the works are new to Chicago.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Choreographed Chaos: A Review of “The Play That Goes Wrong” by Ted C. Fishman

Fans of physical comedy may find it a rare treat. This is a gentle-hearted show which calls to mind the kind of physical schtick on old TV variety programs.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

A Hurricane of Wonder: A Review of Disney’s Frozen at the Cadillac Theatre by Ted C. Fishman

When it comes to showing heart, especially in the power ballads and anthems, this show is stirring.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Rom-Com Christmas: A Review of Love Actually? The Unauthorized Musical Parody by Ted C. Fishman

"Love Actually?" shoots at the king of rom-com Christmas films and kills it.

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Thursday, November 11, 2021

A Dose of Soul: A Review of Pump Boys & Dinettes at Porchlight Music Theatre by Ted C. Fishman

The show is a small miracle, surviving four decades and its corn-poney Southern-ish roots and emerging largely free of the pre-woke landmines rife in musical theater of "Pump Boys’" vintag…

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Friday, October 22, 2021

Fields of Love: A Review of “As You Like It” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater by Ted C. Fishman

A pastoral comedy is just what the doctor ordered to ease our way out of our recent confinement. Chicago Shakespeare Theater obliges with its bright, energetic tale of souls fleeing death an…

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