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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Mishkan Chicago puts an interactive spin on High Holiday rituals by Josh Flanders

Sing-along Selichot and shofar pop-ups: how a "radically inclusive" Jewish community celebrates in a pandemic. As a child, the High Holidays—Rosh Hashanah (the…

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

A couple faces a becalmed relationship in The Gulf by Josh Flanders

About Face's two-hander boasts stellar performances. Anyone who has weathered a long-term relationship will relate to the passion and struggles in About Face The…

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Queen of Sock Pairing pushes boundaries by Josh Flanders

Red Tape Theatre's production traces a woman's empowerment through role-playing. With ambitious productions that push the boundaries of subject matter, Red Tape …

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Effect asks if passion is real in an age of pharmaceuticals by Josh Flanders

Strawdog's production leaves a mark in this Chicago premiere. In Nick Hornby's High Fidelity, Rob Fleming asks, "What came first—the music or the misery? Do al…

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

A closeted gay man finds love and community onstage in A Man of No Importance by Josh Flanders

Pride Films and Plays provides an emotionally engaging production of this set-in-Dublin musical. Oscar Wilde wrote "most people are other people . . . their live…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Space madness descends in X by Josh Flanders

A group of stranded space explorers confront their mortality and humanity in Sideshow's U.S. premiere. Space. The final frontier.…

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Midsummer (A Play With Songs) takes us on a wild tour of Edinburgh by Josh Flanders

Love, music, and a little bit of crime add up to a madcap midlife caper in David Greig's comedy. Who hasn't had a weekend of drunken debauchery in Edinburgh? For…

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Camino Project combines pilgrimage and theater by Josh Flanders

Theatre Y's ambulatory production stretches over six hours and five miles—and it's worth your time and effort. In 2017, members of Chicago's Theatre Y made an …

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Kiss takes risks, but Haven Chicago’s production falls short by Josh Flanders

Guillermo Calderón’s meta soap opera toggles between farce and sincerity. There is a great deal to like about Haven's Kiss by Guillermo Calderón, directed by…

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Les Misérables storms the barricades again. by Josh Flanders

Thirty-four years later, the blockbuster musical still packs a potent political message with the melodrama. Given its blockbuster history, it may be hard to reme…

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

For a good time, come all over the dating satire Grindr the Opera by Josh Flanders

Pride Films and Plays' new musical gleefully skewers the modern gay-dating scene. Looking for a good time? One night of fun that you will likely soon forget?…

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Impostors’ first season ends with the thoroughly enjoyable anthology Footholds by Josh Flanders

The evening includes five short plays written by Chicagoans. The Impostors Theatre Company wraps up its inaugural season with Footholds, an anthology of five sho…

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Miracle is the theatrical equivalent of a no-stakes late-season game by Josh Flanders

We waited 108 years for this? If you love the Cubs and don't see many musicals, then Miracle is the show for you. Like watching a mediocre baseball game, it's pr…

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La Havana Madrid returns, bringing cha cha, salsa, and love by Josh Flanders

Sandra Delgado's immersive musical about a legendary 1960s Latinx nightclub is as heartfelt as ever. La Havana Madrid, Sandra Delgado's award-winning immersive m…

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Too Heavy for Your Pocket weighs the cost of making a difference by Josh Flanders

A Black college student’s decision to join the Freedom Riders has unexpected consequences for his wife and friends. Eminently engaging and candid, Too Heavy fo…

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Corona boldly embraces every space opera cliche by Josh Flanders

Otherworld's mashup of Greek mythology and Star Trek is campy fun. Campy and fun, Elizabeth A.M. Keel's Corona follows the voyage of the starship Corona Borealis…

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Medusa Undone argues that even gorgons suffer from rape culture by Josh Flanders

Otherworld retells the old myth from a feminist perspective. Greek myths are essentially ancient soap operas, and such is the case with Medusa Undone, which reex…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Like the absinthe that inspired it, The Ruse of Medusa is an acquired taste by Josh Flanders

There is nothing like it onstage anywhere else in Chicago. When you enter the Chopin Theatre for The Ruse of Medusa, it may sound like a half-dozen wild monkeys …

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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