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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Vengeance is hers by Kerry Reid

Swiss playwright Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s The Visit has found many reimaginings since it was first produced in 1956. The story of a wealthy woman returning to the town that once scorned her…

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Native Son gets a stirring revival at Lifeline by Kerry Reid

First coproduced in 2014 by Court Theatre and American Blues Theater, Nambi E. Kelley’s adaptation of Richard Wright’s 1940 novel Native Son is now in a stirring revival at Lifeline unde…

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TimeLine exits their longtime home with a Dust Bowl drama by Kerry Reid

With stories of migrants and climate change in the news every day, Chicago playwright Dolores Díaz’s Black Sunday couldn’t be more timely—even if it is set in 1935. TimeLine Theatre�…

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Monday, May 20, 2024

Doing it for the gaze by Kerry Reid

What was in the water in Hollywood in the late 80s and early 90s to instigate so many films (Fatal Attraction, She-Devil, Soapdish) about obsessed and vengeful women? Was it just part of the…

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Friday, May 17, 2024

Levi Holloway’s Turret is a 21st-century Endgame by Kerry Reid

If you’ve been looking for the 21st century’s answer to Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, your wait is over. Levi Holloway’s Turret, now in a world premiere (also directed by the playwright)…

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Friday, May 10, 2024

The play that goes wrong by Kerry Reid

My only memory of a Thanksgiving play from my school days stretches back to first grade, when I was asked to play a young Pilgrim boy instead of a girl—because there were more girls than b…

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A Barrie Cole festival lays the table for a thoughtful feast by Kerry Reid and Catey Sullivan

Editor’s Note: Since all the plays presented in Hamburgers & Disappointment are for two people, we thought it made some sense to have two critics writing about the festival. Capacity a…

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Judgment Day is amusing but slight by Kerry Reid

“Jerry, just remember, it’s not a lie, if you believe it.” Jason Alexander doesn’t repeat this famous George Costanza line from Seinfeld in Rob Ulin’s morality comedy, Judgment Day…

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Jump bridges painful family memories by Kerry Reid

There have been several intriguing plays about siblings dealing with loss onstage this year, including Leah Nanako Winkler’s The Brightest Thing in the World at About Face Theatre and the …

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Dane in the mirror by Kerry Reid

A one-person take on Hamlet starring a famous comedian sounds like a recipe for self-indulgence. (Or the opening premise for a deliberately off-kilter affair, as in the ridiculous and sublim…

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Simple Simon by Kerry Reid

It’s tempting to say that Neil Simon’s 1963 romantic comedy Barefoot in the Park hasn’t aged well. But even when it premiered on Broadway with Robert Redford and Elizabeth Ashley as ne…

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Friday, April 19, 2024

Amphibian friendship by Kerry Reid

Chicago Children’s Theatre’s (CCT) first production, back in 2006, was the Tony Award-nominated A Year With Frog and Toad, created by brothers Robert (music) and Willie Reale (book and l…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Mazurkas of memory by Kerry Reid

Hershey Felder first played Frédéric Chopin at the now-closed Royal George Theatre in 2005—one of several solo shows about great composers that Felder has created over the years (he’s …

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

A hero’s journey, without the shiny gadgets by Kerry Reid

British playwright Simon Stephens has been produced here so often, he’s practically an honorary Chicagoan. So it’s perhaps puzzling that his adaptation of Mark Haddon’s 2003 novel, The…

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Sign of love by Kerry Reid

All the ingredients for a whimsical look at unlikely love are in place in Nick Robideau’s Inanimate, now in its local premiere at Theater Wit under Jeremy Wechsler’s direction. But like …

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024

The Brightest Thing in the World shines the light of love by Kerry Reid

The early moments of Leah Nanako Winkler’s The Brightest Thing in the World, now in a heartfelt midwest premiere with About Face Theatre under Keira Fromm’s direction, reminded me a bit …

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

Looking at Cloud Man from both sides now by Kerry Reid

As her name suggests, Cloudia has been obsessed with clouds her entire life. In particular, she’s always wanted to see a legendary Cloud Man for herself. So she moves into a cabin on Cloud…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Riding the waves by Kerry Reid

The same day I saw Aurora Real de Asua’s Wipeout at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, I read an essay by onetime Reader staffer Heather Kenny about women finding midlife empowerment in outdoor s…

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The birth of the 12 steps by Kerry Reid

Ronnie Marmo has been extremely candid about his struggles with addiction, especially in the context of playing Lenny Bruce, as he has for several years in his show I’m Not a Comedian . . …

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Movement and memories by Kerry Reid

Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble’s Meditations on Being is a sampler platter of eight pieces that in some way “reflects on what one remembers.” Not all the work on display here necessarily…

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Science, faith, and Elvis by Kerry Reid

Deborah Zoe Laufer’s 2007 dramedy, End Days, has intermittent moments of charm woven into a premise that is trying way too hard for profundity and whimsy. (When a show begins with someone …

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Reclaiming history by Kerry Reid

Charles Smith writes historical plays with lively consciences that provide ample opportunities for his characters to debate. But first and foremost, he writes plays about people who are nego…

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Jackalope’s The Smuggler is a mix of thriller and morality play by Kerry Reid

Ronán Noone’s 2019 solo play, The Smuggler, now in a local premiere with Jackalope Theatre Company, seems to carry the DNA of early Conor McPherson plays in its bones. In particular, Noon…

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Bearing witness by Kerry Reid

Wendy Kesselman’s 1997 adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank did some things that original adapters Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett didn’t back in 1955 (slightly more than ten years …

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Coal miner’s dancer by Kerry Reid

I spent a semester studying in London in the winter of 1985, and one of the first concerts I attended was a benefit at Brixton Academy for the striking coal miners, featuring Aztec Camera an…

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Harmony in the Middle East by Kerry Reid

Scheduled long before the current conflagration in the Middle East, Writers Theatre’s lovely, intimate staging of The Band’s Visit, the multiple Tony Award–winning musical, which premi…

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Friday, February 16, 2024

Girl From the North Country brings together the Great Depression and Bob Dylan by Kerry Reid

Conor McPherson’s Girl From the North Country draws on some of the same narrative tropes that the Irish playwright has used in the past in plays like The Weir and The Seafarer. A group of …

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Waiting for Lefty delivers with Gwydion Theatre by Kerry Reid

Gwydion Theatre Company is a relatively new addition to the Chicago storefront scene (they moved here from Los Angeles last year), but their current revival of Clifford Odets’s Waiting for…

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Richard III at Chicago Shakespeare is flashy and fun by Kerry Reid

The night before seeing Edward Hall’s stylish, arresting—but not totally convincing—production of Richard III at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, I finally caught up with Danai Gurira’s …

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Antigone is a stirring conclusion to Court’s Oedipus Trilogy by Kerry Reid

Back in college, when I mentioned I was writing a paper on Antigone as presented in both the Sophoclean original and in Jean Anouilh’s 1944 French Resistance–era update, a dorm friend ro…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Mommy wars by Kerry Reid

Anna Ouyang Moench is having a moment on Chicago stages right now; her play In Quietness, about women at an evangelical Homemaking House, is playing at A Red Orchid Theatre. Now Gift Theatre…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards