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Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Not so golden by Catey Sullivan

The hardest working queen in showbiz? That’d be Ginger Minj (fight me). After three stints on RuPaul’s Drag Race (season seven, All Stars 2, and All Stars 6), the breakout star and two-t…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 11:49AM
Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Stuck in a snow globe by Catey Sullivan

Nearly 69 years since its birth as a smash movie, the seasonally ubiquitous White Christmas remains a good, old-fashioned holiday chestnut. It also remains an objectively odious, old holiday…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 09:12AM
Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Why Charles Dickens Wrote A Christmas Carol (Hint: It Wasn't to Spread Holiday Cheer) by Catey Sullivan

The ghost story of Christmas was originally a way to bring attention to the problem of poverty.

SOURCE: Playbill at 04:06PM
Wednesday, November 23, 2022

What’s new, pussy cat? by Catey Sullivan

At 25 years old, The Lion King has been seen by more than 110 million people and played every continent but Antarctica. Between global warming and ticket demand, it’s probably […] The po…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 11:09AM
Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Not a clinker by Catey Sullivan

No matter your views on Christmas and the bulging Santa’s sack of psycho/socio/political/familial drama wrapped up in the sparkle-plenty holiday, this much I know is true: If you aren’t …

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 05:02PM
Wednesday, October 19, 2022

A swing and a miss by Catey Sullivan

As the single most-produced contemporary playwright in the Goodman Theater’s history, Rebecca Gilman has provided audiences with some truly perceptive, unflinching depictions of life’s v…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 11:55AM
Thursday, October 13, 2022

As teardrops fall by Catey Sullivan

If you’re a fan of The Notebook—either the romantically waterlogged, sugary-sentimental 2004 movie or the Nicholas Sparks novel that prompted it—you’ll probably be swept away by the …

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 02:58PM
Thursday, October 6, 2022

Smile by Catey Sullivan

Any thoughtful or true exploration of mental illness and how it manifests is cast aside in favor of the increasingly gory encounters that torment Rose. The post Smile appeared first on Chica…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 03:00PM

Alma offers more than just a mother-daughter conflict by Catey Sullivan

The sound design hits you first in Alma, Benjamin Benne’s 70-minute two-hander that uses a mother-daughter relationship to depict precisely how inextricable the political is from the perso…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 10:12AM
Thursday, September 22, 2022

Attend this tale by Catey Sullivan

I’ve seen bloodier stagings of Sweeney Todd than the current incarnation from Kokandy Productions at the Chopin Theatre’s downstairs space, directed and choreographed by Derek Van Barham…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 12:50PM
Friday, September 16, 2022

Northlight plans its Evanston homecoming by Catey Sullivan

It’s a fool’s exercise, listing the Chicago theaters that have come and gone over the past quarter century. I tried but gave up when I hit 24 at 17 years […] The post Northlight plans …

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 11:04AM
Wednesday, August 17, 2022

When the swash buckles by Catey Sullivan

There’s a reason you rarely see Zorro: The Musical, the 2008 show inspired by a masked Spanish hero (conceived of by Johnston McCulley in 1919 and since the subject of numerous […] The …

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 11:26AM
Friday, August 5, 2022

Vengeance by Catey Sullivan

It’s a story about a storyteller who is creating a story about how mythology (stories) are created. It is also an acute reminder of how easy it can be to hide secrets in plain sight. The p…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 04:50PM
Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Three sisters of Failure by Catey Sullivan

The cliché has it that life is what happens when one is making other plans, but that’s clearly preposterous. In the main, it’s death that happens when we’re making other plans. Even i…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 03:14PM
Tuesday, July 19, 2022

The Sea Beast by Catey Sullivan

If you’re going to title your movie The Sea Beast, you need to commit to a beast that earns its billing. The post The Sea Beast appeared first on Chicago Reader.

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 10:30AM
Friday, July 15, 2022

Fantastic beast by Catey Sullivan

When Luis Carreon takes the stage at the Chicago Magic Lounge, he’s pure old-school vaudeville, an elegant throwback in silver-toed boots and a tuxedo subtly imprinted with crushed velvet …

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 12:11PM
Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Q for quaint by Catey Sullivan

When it took the Tony triumvirate of best musical, original score, and original book in 2004, Avenue Q (music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, book by Jeff Whitty, and based on an o…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 10:15AM
Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Fields of glory by Catey Sullivan

In Pearl’s Rollin’ With the Blues, Felicia P. Fields gets a showcase for her indomitable vocals. The Tony nominee (for The Color Purple) is a bona fide star in the land of musical theate…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 04:34PM
Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Freedom Uncut by Catey Sullivan

Watching the 80s through the lenses of its superstars is its own glossy and compelling reward, but Freedom also depicts the carnage of the decade. The post Freedom Uncut appeared first on Ch…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 08:49PM
Friday, June 10, 2022

Hustle by Catey Sullivan

Hustle spins a familiar plot into a story that’ll keep you invested even if you don’t know a hoop dream from an embroidery hoop. The post Hustle appeared first on Chicago Reader.

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 05:12PM
Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Sea legs by Catey Sullivan

Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, “The Little Mermaid,” is a load of hooey. Consider: The titular mermaid throws herself on a dagger in the end, because she can’t bear to go on a…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 11:57AM
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Song and dance, but not enough story by Catey Sullivan

Here’s the TL;DR version of what to expect from Ain’t Too Proud, the new jukebox musical about soul/blues/disco/rock hitmakers The Temptations, whose catalog of songs spans the 1960s and…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 03:25PM
Monday, August 9, 2021

God: now at the mall by Catey Sullivan

An immersive art exhibition in DuPage County brings the Sistine Chapel to the former site of the Sears store at Oakbrook Center. It had been almost exactly 30 y…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 03:19PM
Monday, July 19, 2021

A Sea Change for a time of upheaval by Catey Sullivan

Cabinet of Curiosity sets sail with a new live show about mermaids, whales, sharks, seagulls—and climate disaster It begins, as many wonderful things do, with …

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 05:15PM
Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Eschaton is a virtual cabaret with a surreal twist by Catey Sullivan

Eschaton host Tony Grayson rolls out the willkommen mat for a livestream variety show. If the great surrealist painter Salvador Dalí and iconic LSD proponent Ti…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 03:15PM
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

About Face turns 25 by nurturing the next generation of LGBTQ+ artists by Catey Sullivan

About Face Theatre takes the mystery out of training next-generation LGBTQ+ artists—while putting it into a streaming production. Read from the scroll of off-L…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 01:45PM
Monday, May 24, 2021

We Are Out There offers a sneak peek of Chicago Shakespeare's It Came from Outer Space by Catey Sullivan

The full musical at Chicago Shakes is on hold, but you can see a streaming mockumentary based on the OG aliens-in-the-desert flick. Bow down to It Came from Oute…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 03:45PM
Thursday, May 13, 2021

First Folio debuts new play by a late, great comedic playwright by Catey Sullivan

Kristine Thatcher and the late Larry Shue's Waiting for Tina Meyer celebrates barfly connections. Playwright Kristine Thatcher picked up where she and actor-play…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 03:15PM
Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Heather Chrisler emerges from the COVID 'tsunami' as a triple threat by Catey Sullivan

After a year of heartbreak, Heather Chrisler is back to acting, as well as writing and illustrating. In March 2020, playwright Heather Chrisler was holding audit…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 05:00PM
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

American Music Theatre Project turns 15 by Catey Sullivan

American Music Theatre Project unveils three student-created pieces in this year's online Capstone Festival. Since 2005, Northwestern University's American Music…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 04:00PM
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Trap Door's Decomposed Theatre breaks down ideas from a longtime collaborator by Catey Sullivan

Weirdness and wonder abound in Matei Vişniec's Decomposed Theatre at Trap Door, but be prepared for creepiness, too. With nearly 40 actors, eight directors, and…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 03:45PM

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