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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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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

A search for a missing gay teen reveals The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by Albert Williams

Joe Foust deftly portrays the detective and all the parties in the investigation. American Blues Theater presents the Chicago premiere of this 2016 play by James…

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Friday, March 29, 2019

ShawChicago goes out the way it came in, with The Doctor's Dilemma by Albert Williams

The company ends its run with the same play with which it first debuted in 1994. For 25 seasons, ShawChicago has been entertaining lovers of classic Anglo-Irish …

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Doubt: A Parable explores the Catholic Church at a crisis point by Albert Williams

The 2004 Pulitzer-winner is relevant once again. John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize-winning 2004 play is timely now, in the wake of last month's long-overdue …

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Sulie Harand, legendary arts educator, has died at 97 by Albert Williams

Arts educator, singer, actress, and entrepreneur Sulie Harand passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, August 6, four days after her 97th birthday. Sulie, born August 2, 1919, was co…

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