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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Twenty-Four Hour Spin Cycle: A Review of “The Spin” at Interrobang Theatre Project by Amanda Finn

Spenser Davis' play, written for Zoom, takes advantage of where we are to tell a compelling story about what we’re up against.

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Friday, October 9, 2020

National Political Crisis: Radio Play “It Can’t Happen Here” Is a National Theatrical Response by Amanda Finn

Nearly one hundred theater companies from around the country join forces to present a free a radio play rendition of Sinclair Lewis' frighteningly prescient novel.

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Monday, October 5, 2020

Stranger in a Strange Land: A Review of Run the Beast Down at Strawdog Theatre by Amanda Finn

Titas Halder's one-man play questions who the real villain is.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The Kids Will Play: Digitizing Theater Camp by Amanda Finn

A cornerstone in the creative development of many performers, theater camps face significant challenges from COVID-19 and shelter-in-place orders.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Creatives are doing it for themselves with the Chicago Artists Relief Fund by Amanda Finn

A GoFundMe by artists and for artists provides COVID relief. At the start of COVID-19 lockdowns, thousands of Chicago theater artists lost immediate income. In t…

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Don’t be a Dick, Richard: A Review of Teenage Dick at Theater Wit by Amanda Finn

In the wake of COVID-19, Theater Wit brings the local premiere of Mike Lew's play directly to their audience.

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Bells That Toll: A Review of Kill Move Paradise at TimeLine Theatre Company by Amanda Finn

Directed by Wardell Julius Clark, the local premiere of James Ijames play asks for only one thing: that we listen.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Vinegar and Honey: A Review of Stick Fly at Writers Theatre by Amanda Finn

Lydia R. Diamond's play of privilege and all it entails returns to Chicago fresher than ever.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Maybe Rome Was Built in a Day: A Review of Titus Andronicus at Haven by Amanda Finn

Things go to pieces in this production of Shakespeare's bloodiest play.

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Keep It Together: A Review of The Boys in the Band at Windy City Playhouse by Amanda Finn

Windy City Playhouse continues its streak of emotionally engaging immersive theater with Mart Crowley's groundbreaking 1968 play.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Money Makes the World Burn Down: A Review of Labyrinth at Broken Nose Theatre by Amanda Finn

Beth Steel’s play is itself a labyrinth of occasionally confounding design.

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Life at the Intersections: A Review of Sheepdog at Shattered Globe Theatre by Amanda Finn

Directed by Wardell Julius Clark, Kevin Artigue's play speaks truth to power in an age when power rarely speaks the truth.

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“What the Fuck,” Indeed: A Review of If/Then at Brown Paper Box Co. by Amanda Finn

IF you plan to see this musical THEN you might want to prepare for a nonsensical (and misogynistic) vision of so-called female empowerment.

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It’s Got That Swing: A Review of Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies at Porchlight  Music Theatre by Amanda Finn

An evening of toe-tapping bliss that delivers a commendation worthy of the Duke's talent.

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

The Body Remembers: A Review of The Leopard Play or sad songs for lost boys at Steep Theatre by Amanda Finn

Isaac Gomez's latest play centers confidently and lovingly on the generational effects of colonialism and masculinity.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

An Unforgettable Gift: A Review of The Land of Forgotten Toys at CPA Theatricals by Amanda Finn

An endearing world premiere musical for kiddos and kiddos at heart.

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Phoning It In: A Review of Cold Town/Hotline at Raven Theatre Company by Amanda Finn

This well-intentioned seasonal sitcom misdials.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

She’s Got Her: A Review of Always… Patsy Cline at Firebrand Theatre by Amanda Finn

This terrific two-hander is both a jukebox musical and a tribute to female friendship.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Speak Your Truth: A Review of Tru at Stage 773 by Amanda Finn

A new musical by local production team of Gosz & Fotos tackles the personal effects of mental illness with generosity and insight.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Love is in the Cards: A Review of Hoodoo Love at Raven Theatre by Amanda Finn

No magic is required to fall in love with Katori Hall's singular play, masterfully directed by Wardell Julius Clark.

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Whose Side (of History) Are You On: A Review of Latin History For Morons at Broadway In Chicago by Amanda Finn

You don't have to be a moron to enjoy John Leguizamo's new one-man show. But it does help to keep an open mind about just how little you might know about Latin American history.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Intersectional Friendship: Twice, Thrice, Frice… at Silk Road Rising and International Voices Project by Amanda Finn

A discussion about polygamy in modern Muslim culture gives way to an exploration of female friendship in this stirring though incomplete world premiere.

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Never Again is Now: A Review of I am Going to Die Alone and I am Not Afraid: A Furious History of the Holocaust at Prop Thtr by Amanda Finn

In this urgent and excellent devised piece, the Prop Thtr ensemble lays bare the personal costs of standing up to fascism.

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Monday, October 28, 2019

The Neither Nether: A Review of Grey House at A Red Orchid Theatre by Amanda Finn

You know The Sunken Place and The Upside Down, but this skin-crawling world premiere introduces something both new and old as time: The Inbetween.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019
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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Anguish and Rage: A Review of Keely and Du at Redtwist Theatre by Amanda Finn

Jane Martin's 1993 play retains its disturbing realities and takes on some new ones in this production at Redtwist.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Hamlet Her Live: A Review of Bernhardt/Hamlet at Goodman Theatre by Amanda Finn

Theresa Rebeck's latest takes a page from two dramas: "Hamlet" and the woman who first dared to play him.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Scandal-less: A Review of Five Presidents at American Blues Theater by Amanda Finn

A veteran TV writer turns his attention to the presidency.

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Not Dead Yet: A Review of Spamalot at Mercury Theater Chicago by Amanda Finn

An endearing and indebted parody of iconic British parodists returns to Chicago.

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All that Chat

Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre