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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Review: Thank goodness for Eliza in this tour of ‘My Fair Lady,’ now in Chicago by Chris Jones

The tour of the 2018 revival of "My Fair Lady," a romance-less romantic comedy, arrives in Chicago.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Review: A satire of suburbia now at Theater Wit, ‘Hurricane Diane’ struggles to make landfall by Chris Jones

The Greek god Dionysus appears in the Garden State in the guise of Diane, a lesbian permaculture landscape gardener.

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Monday, June 27, 2022

Review: Theo Ubique Theatre puts on a warm and welcome ‘Godspell’ — thankfully, sans clowns by Chris Jones

This charming musical at Theo Ubique is musical director Jeremy Ramey's swan song.

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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Review: ‘Choir Boy’ at Steppenwolf Theatre is a beautiful play with music about a gay student at an elite school, finding his way by Chris Jones

Most Tarell Alvin McCraney’s plays are more metaphoric, “Choir Boy" is closer, really, to the movie “Moonlight." This is a four-star play, now in Chicago.

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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Review: ‘Life After’ at Goodman Theatre is a stirring musical about a grieving teenager — a new show that’s going places by Chris Jones

Alice blames herself for her father’s death. She wishes she had not had that last fight. And in the talented Britta Johnson's creation, she needs to know more about his death.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Review: Lucy Darling’s classy, funny magic show opens new Rhapsody Theater in Rogers Park by Chris Jones

She's as much a comedy improviser as a magician and now she has a bigger stage to make her signature cocktails appear, vanish and morph into other libations entirely.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Review: ‘Paris’ is Steep Theatre’s can-do reopening work, a master class in putting on a play in a raw space by Chris Jones

After more than two years in the COVID-19 wilderness, Chicago’s Steep Theatre is back in action and with a new theater and free tickets to boot.

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‘Life After’ at Goodman Theatre is one of several new summer musicals on their way to Chicago by Chris Jones

"Life After," a new Canadian musical at the Goodman Theatre, is all about grief.

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Monday, June 20, 2022

Review: ‘cullud wattah’ at Victory Gardens Theater is a strong condemnation of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan by Chris Jones

Fluids drip everywhere in “cullud wattah,” the potent new drama by Erika Dickerson-Despenza about the contamination crisis of Flint, Michigan.

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Friday, June 17, 2022

Review: ‘Steel Magnolias’ is a story well worth rediscovering this summer at Drury Lane Theatre by Chris Jones

"Steel Magnolias" has returned. It's a shrewd comedy and a blast from the past, and director Johanna McKenzie Miller doesn’t mess with what works.

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Sunday, June 12, 2022

2022 Tony Awards: ‘Strange Loop’ wins best musical in an inclusive ceremony by Chris Jones

The 75th annual Tony Awards were presented Sunday by the American Theatre Wing at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The winners are ...

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Tony Awards: Who will win, what titles should win, all our predictions by Chris Jones

Michael R. Jackson’s “A Strange Loop” earned 11 nominations. Will that translate into 11 wins? What about “Girl From the North Country"?

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Thursday, June 9, 2022

Review: If you haven’t been to Second City lately, ‘Do the Right Thing, No Worries If Not’ is worth the return by Chris Jones

The new mainstage revue at Second City, "Do the Right Thing, No Worries If Not," invites the audience into the fun.

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Review: “Grandma’s Jukebox” cranks out advice in the sweet, new Black Ensemble Theater musical by Chris Jones

"Grandmas Jukebox" is a legit, original jukebox musical replete with dialogue scenes, fully-fledged characters and a dramatic through-line.

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Monday, June 6, 2022

Review: ‘Skates a New Musical’ opens in the Studebaker Theatre — a wobbly new musical about teenage memories of a roller rink by Chris Jones

“American Idol” vocalists Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young are the stars. Nostalgia is a powerful force in the theater but it relies on more truth than this musical currently delivers.

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Sunday, June 5, 2022

Review: In ‘Magnolia Ballet’ by About Face Theatre, a dance of desire amid the ghosts of racism by Chris Jones

“The Magnolia Ballet” bills itself as a ghost story, and it’s certainly an immersive, gothic tale of the Old South, a place where, for a young gay Black man, the walls are howling and …

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Review: ‘After the Blast’ by Broken Nose Theatre is a creepy dystopian drama with a dark sense of humor by Chris Jones

We often go to the theater to feel we’re not alone in our fears. Here’s that opportunity with unexpected revelations to boot.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

House Theatre of Chicago is closing after 21-year run by Chris Jones

Over the years, its most memorable and acclaimed productions included “The Sparrow,” “Death and Harry Houdini" and the show through which it shot to fame, “The Terrible Tragedy of Pe…

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Review: ‘Lookingglass Alice’ at Lookingglass Theatre is a fun and timely trip down the rabbit hole by Chris Jones

Molly Hernández is a newcomer to the role of Alice and a delightful addition, given her charming personality and warm, guileless demeanor.

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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Review: ‘Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of The Temptations’ has all the hits, but the sound disappoints by Chris Jones

The Motown group known as The Temptations navigated a truly stunning repertoire of musical styles over a 62-year history.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Marriott Theatre looks to its own for new artistic director, executive producer by Chris Jones

Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire has hired internally for its top two management positions, the longstanding North Shore venue has announced.

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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Review: ‘Two Trains Running’ at Court Theatre is a blast of an August Wilson play, set in the 1960s by Chris Jones

Having just won a Tony Award, Court Theatre delivers with a blisteringly entertaining new Ron OJ Parson production.

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Review: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ tour arrives in Chicago — the Aaron Sorkin version will have you pondering this story all over again by Chris Jones

Early in Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic, young Scout Finch starts telling us about the courtroom in fictional Maycomb, Alabama. She does so with the reverence of a chi…

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Theater Top 10 for summer: Our picks favor the musicals, from ‘Prada’ and ‘Superstar’ to a homegrown ‘Priscilla’ by Chris Jones

It’s worth noting that Chicago has four new musicals trying out this summer, all shooting toward Broadway.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Court Theatre in Hyde Park wins Regional Theatre Tony Award by Chris Jones

Court Theatre becomes the first Chicago theater to win the award in more than a decade.

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Monday, May 16, 2022

Review: Moving TimeLine play ‘The Chinese Lady’ is really about the audience’s act of watching by Chris Jones

Lloyd Suh’s play “The Chinese Lady,” now in its Chicago premiere, has a spectacular central performance from Mi Kang.

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‘Wait, Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!’ resumes live tapings in brand new Chicago location by Chris Jones

NPR's weekly hour-long quiz program will resume live audience recordings this June, hosted by Bill Kurtis and Peter Sagal.

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

Review: High school fencers go blade to blade in ‘Athena’ at Writers Theatre in Glencoe by Chris Jones

In Gracie Gardner’s two-character play, Athena is a 17-year-old who likes having a warrior moniker. Gardner has written a character study of two smart, self-reflective teenagers with the …

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Review: ‘Luckiest’ at Raven Theatre a powerful reminder of our mortality; plus ‘Last Hermanos’ at A Red Orchid by Chris Jones

These two interesting off-Loop shows are a reminder of the power of Chicago acting.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Second City has a new artistic board, with alums Tina Fey, Sam Richardson, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and others by Chris Jones

The new Second City Artistic Advisory Board, announced Tuesday, also includes Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jane Lynch and Tim Meadows. The theater currently has no artistic director.

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

Review: An uneven ‘Seagull,’ playing to too many empty seats, is a muted start for Steppenwolf’s new Ensemble Theater by Chris Jones

Anton Chekhov’s 1896 play is famous exploration of the pain and black comedy within a damaged, theatrical family, freshly adapted and directed at Steppenwolf by Yasen Peyankov,

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