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Wednesday, July 24, 2024

War of the words by Albert Williams

Amy Crider’s entertaining and stimulating new play Wells and Welles, receiving its world premiere in a very well-acted non-Equity production by Lucid Theater at the City Lit Theater space …

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Thursday, December 7, 2023

The Golden Girls Save Xmas is festive, raunchy, and heartwarming by Albert Williams

Hell in a Handbag Productions serves up a hefty helping of Christmas camp in this new episode of its “The Golden Girls: Lost Episodes” franchise, which purports to feature never-broadcas…

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Friday, November 3, 2023

City Lit’s The Night of the Hunter is a satisfying dark yarn by Albert Williams

City Lit Theater’s stage adaptation of Davis Grubb’s 1953 novel has a dark, homespun, campfire-tale feel that suits the folksy tone of its suspenseful Southern Gothic narrative. The Nigh…

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Friday, July 7, 2023

‘Storefront Sondheim at its best’ by Albert Williams

“It’s our time, breathe it in: / Worlds to change and worlds to win. / Our turn coming through, / Me and you, pal, / Me and you!” So proclaims “Our Time,” the soaring choral finale…

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Thursday, June 8, 2023

Faith and memory by Albert Williams

John Pielmeier’s 1979 drama Agnes of God—whose title is a reference to “Agnus Dei,” Latin for “Lamb of God”—is an intriguing if somewhat murky mystery that asks both “whoduni…

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Thursday, March 30, 2023

Guineverean legend by Albert Williams

Idle Muse Theatre Company’s The Last Queen of Camelot, scripted and directed by Idle Muse artistic director Evan M. Jackson, plays like an Arthurian fantasy graphic novel come to life. Jac…

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Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Villainy and vindication by Albert Williams

Every superhero saga needs a villain, and Mark Pracht’s new play The Mark of Kane—an origin story for the comic-book character Batman—provides one in the figure of Bob Kane. In […] T…

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Thursday, October 27, 2022

Democracy under siege by Albert Williams

Invictus Theatre Company delivers a solid, sometimes stirring, and strikingly relevant rendition of William Shakespeare’s 1599 tragedy. It’s the story of Marcus Brutus (played by Invictu…

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Thursday, October 13, 2022

The Scottish play, abridged by Albert Williams

Director Dusty Brown, who makes their Chicago directing debut with Three Crows Theatre’s storefront staging of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, has trimmed the tragedy down to a fast-paced, interm…

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Sexy screwball comedy with a twist by Albert Williams

“Extraordinary,” muses Amanda, the heroine of Noël Coward’s Private Lives, “how potent cheap music is.” Her rueful observation, uttered while she is standing on the terrace of a h…

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Split personality with a twist by Albert Williams

Idle Muse Theatre Company’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is good, dark Halloween-season entertainment, especially if you’re a fan of the Hammer/Amicus/American Internation…

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022

A ‘fully flavoured’ Playboy by Albert Williams

“In a good play every speech should be as fully flavoured as a nut or apple,” wrote Irish playwright John Millington Synge in the preface to his 1907 comedy The Playboy of the Western Wo…

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

An Antigone for our times by Albert Williams

The central characters of Redtwist Theatre’s current production are a conservative male government leader determined to impose his laws on everyone around him and a radical young woman pas…

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Living room absurdism by Albert Williams

It may be difficult to comprehend today just how shocking Edward Albee’s drama Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was when it premiered in October 1962, the same week that the Cuban missile…

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Judy and Liza—Once in a Lifetime shows the bond between two divas by Albert Williams

A cabaret homage to Garland and Minnelli lights up the Greenhouse. This cabaret by singer-actors Nancy Hays and Alexa Castelvecchi pays homage to two of the grea…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Boys in the Band returns for the first time in decades to Chicago by Albert Williams

The action in Mart Crowley's landmark gay play surrounds the audience at Windy City Playhouse. The Boys in the Band is a groundbreaking work in American theater …

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Congo Square celebrates its roots with the satirical Day of Absence by Albert Williams

Douglas Turner Ward's classic one-act kicks off their 20th season. Derrick Sanders and Reginald Nelson arrived in Chicago in 1999 with a singular goal: to start …

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Whisper House makes its spooky and intimate Chicago debut by Albert Williams

A young boy and his reclusive aunt face down old ghosts during World War II One might have thought that a ten-year-old show with libretto by Kyle Jarrow (author …

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Tall Boy brings Tandy Cronyn back to Chicago—and Germany by Albert Williams

Current events have caught up with this solo play about refugee children. Actor Tandy Cronyn, whose one-woman show The Tall Boy plays at Stage 773 for a limited …

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Nothing happens (twice) in Waiting for Godot by Albert Williams

Dennis Začek's solid staging lets Samuel Beckett's existential comedy be. Written in the wake of World War II, with its carnage and cruelty committed by all sid…

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Hollis Resnik is big, but the score stays small in Porchlight's Sunset Boulevard by Albert Williams

A great star turn can't quite overcome the limitations of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1993 musical. In a city whose theater scene is rooted in an "ensemble" aesthetic,…

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Hound of the Baskervilles gets a faithful and atmospheric staging by Albert Williams

Terry McCabe's adaptation for City Lit is minimalist but effective. Arthur Conan Doyle's 1902 thriller is one of those classics most people are more familiar wit…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Equus explores how media fantasies feed a young man's violence by Albert Williams

A 46-year-old play contains contemporary resonance in AstonRep's staging. A haunted and haunting lead performance by the excellent Sean William Kelly drives Asto…

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

20/20 celebrates being young, gifted, and queer by Albert Williams

About Face Youth Theatre turns 20 with this contemporary look at LGBTQ history. About Face Youth Theatre's company-created work explores the lives of LGBTQ young…

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Redtwist’s King Lear creates a tempest-torn world in an intimate setting by Albert Williams

Steve Scott's bare-bones production is storefront Shakespeare at its best. William Shakespeare's 1606 tragedy is often regarded as the Mount Everest of English d…

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The frothy fantasy Flower of Hawaii blooms again by Albert Williams

Folks Operetta revives a lost hit from pre-World War II Berlin. This operetta by composer Paul Abrahám and librettists Alfred Grünwald, Fritz Löhner-Beda, and…

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The new farce Prophet$ looks back on the good old days of corrupt televangelists by Albert Williams

It's firmly rooted in the 80s, in more ways than one. Anthony Tournis's new farce is based on the premise that televangelists are hypocritical crooks who fleece …

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Essential plays for Pride Month by Albert Williams

Out of the closets and onto the stage Lanford Wilson's 1964 one-act The Madness of Lady Bright, a dynamic character study of an aging drag queen, is frequently c…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

A ‘freaking fag revolutionary’ remembers the early years of gay liberation in Chicago by Albert Williams

And a new exhibit at Gerber/Hart Library and Archives provides the visual aids. When the annual Pride Parade steps off from the intersection of Broadway and Mon…

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Take Me is undermined by its own whimsy by Albert Williams

Guilt and grief lead a woman to imagine she's been contacted by aliens. Imaginative and often beautiful visual projections by designer Tony Churchill transform S…

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

City Lit presents not one, but Two Days in Court by Albert Williams

The Devil and Daniel Webster and Trial by Jury make up the musical doubleheader. The two short, rarely-seen comedies on this engaging bill share a common plot po…

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