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Friday, October 28, 2022

Seeking sanctuary in Routes by Kaylen Ralph

Nearly a decade after it debuted at the Royal Court Theatre in 2013, Rachel De-lahay’s Routes has landed at Theater Wit for its American premiere. Presented by Remy Bumppo, Routes […] Th…

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Friday, September 16, 2022

A new home, a new energy by Kaylen Ralph

When I first set out to profile gallerist and art dealer Mariane Ibrahim, she didn’t exactly decline, but she didn’t immediately say yes, either.  After being heavily profiled over the …

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Southern gothic heat by Kaylen Ralph

For their inaugural production, Violet Sky Theatre company has chosen Tennessee Williams’s Summer and Smoke from 1948. As is expected with any of Williams’s canonical works, Summer and S…

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Monday, May 10, 2021

E. Faye Butler brings the Goods to Artemisia by Kaylen Ralph

Chicago musical theater star E. Faye Butler helms an online sci-fi feminist drama. Sometimes, we just don't give ourselves the space. That's something E. Faye Bu…

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Monday, April 12, 2021

For Your (Re)Consideration finds dramatic gems from the past with resonances for today by Kaylen Ralph

Ghostlight Ensemble's online festival celebrates overlooked women playwrights. A group of unmarried women decide to encloister together on an idyllic estate inhe…

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Independently connected: Fefu and Her Friends meet virtually by Kaylen Ralph

Maria Irene Fornés’s feminist masterpiece Zooms in to help Season of Concern. Fefu and Her Friends, written and directed in 1977 by Cuban American playwright …

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Nightmare fuel by Kaylen Ralph

What we՚re watching and thinking about heading into Halloween and the election A couple of weeks ago, Reader contributors Kaylen Ralph and Catey Sullivan wrote …

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Friday, October 9, 2020

Dystopia on the air by Kaylen Ralph

A trifecta of radio plays examines the present through the lens of the past. Is life on Earth doomed? That’s the question at the heart of H.G. Wells’s scienc…

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

14 East tackles the wilderness of isolation by Kaylen Ralph

The DePaul-based online magazine adapts its annual live storytelling event for quarantine. On May 29, 11 DePaul students will present a series of their written a…

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Plano provides a loopy look at three sisters by Kaylen Ralph

Authentic dialogue grounds First Floor Theater's dark comedy. As one of three sisters, I feel uniquely qualified to review the chaotic choreography of dialogue t…

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Gown girl by Kaylen Ralph

How do you cut the cord when you’re surrounded by couples tying the knot? It reached almost 100 degrees in Minnesota on the day that Erica and Adam got marrie…

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Art expands the world of Juliet by Kaylen Ralph

An exhibit accompanying Theatre Y’s latest production puts motherhood front and center. In Theatre Y's most recent production of Juliet—the company's third t…

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Bug still gets under the skin by Kaylen Ralph

David Cromer's production for Steppenwolf taps into our current conspiracy-theory culture. The lobby of Steppenwolf Theatre should have been filled with the ping…

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Steppenwolf's LookOut series opens its doors to younger companies by Kaylen Ralph

First Floor's Plano and Definition's White connect emerging companies and established artists. Since the early 90s, Steppenwolf Theatre has hosted local performi…

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Feminist Fairy Tales gives a new spin to princess power by Kaylen Ralph

The New York-based femme comedy troupe makes their Chicago debut at Sketchfest. Sleeping Beauty becomes an allegory about consent, Peter Pan is recast as a "cree…

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Broken Bone Bathtub immerses us in intimacy by Kaylen Ralph

Siobhan O'Loughlin's touring solo uses actual bathrooms to explore vulnerability and community. Siobhan O'Loughlin is tired. As her "cast" of friends files into …

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Believable: changing the story on how plays address violence against women by Kaylen Ralph

The fall theater season has brought several shows about women surviving trauma—and reclaiming their stories. The fall theater season has brought several shows about women surviving trauma�…

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Of shoes and sugarplums by Kaylen Ralph

The company's shoe manager tells us what it takes to keep the company on its toes. After two decades of performances at the Auditorium Theatre, the Joffrey Balle…

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

‘Setting the Stage’ tells the story of Chicago theater in 56 objects by Kaylen Ralph

Lights! Costumes! Props! They’re all here at the Design Museum of Chicago A new exhibit at the Design Museum of Chicago pushes visitors through the theater's p…

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