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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Bloody Bathory brings an infamous (alleged) serial killer back to life by Kerry Reid

Barrens Theatre's inventive immersive church staging is just the right amount of creepy. When it comes to infamous female serial killers, Aileen Wuornos has noth…

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Three Muslim women confront polygamy in Twice, Thrice, Frice by Kerry Reid

Silk Road Rising and International Voices Project collaborate on this world premiere comedy. Three women—one an MBA student in her early 30s, one a painter and…

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In Keely and Du, a basement becomes an abortion-rights battleground by Kerry Reid

A pregnant woman seeking an abortion and her Christian captor face off in Jane Martin's still-relevant 1993 play. The pseudonymous Jane Martin (long rumored to b…

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

A streamlined version of A Doll's House races through Writers Theatre by Kerry Reid

Even without a door slam, Henrik Ibsen's classic hits home. To view Nora Helmer's girlish high spirits as proof of immaturity is as much a mistake as viewing Bla…

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Sundown, Yellow Moon does best in quiet shadows by Kerry Reid

Raven's production has heart, but doesn't fully connect the pieces. Twin sisters—an academic with a Fulbright and a struggling songwriter—return from New Yor…

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Sherlock's Last Case puts the Baker Street genius in a tight spot by Kerry Reid

As First Folio's droll and dark production demonstrates, he rather deserves it. The joke goes that someone could win the caption-a-cartoon contest in the New Yor…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

October provides a grab bag of goodies in the performing arts by Kerry Reid

Here are ten sweet options onstage this month. OCTOBER THEATER PICKS (Kerry Reid) The Brothers Size  Tarell Alvin McCraney, Oscar winner for Moonlight, first hi…

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Two Norwegian one-acts examine parental doubt in Family Drama by Kerry Reid

Akvavit Theatre's staging gets repetitive, but has some mordant wit. If you thought Ibsen's characters had family issues, wait'll you meet the Norwegians in Fami…

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In dark days, you have to treasure Every Brilliant Thing by Kerry Reid

Windy City Playhouse's production is a poignant showcase for Rebecca Spence. "#992: Knowing to jangle your keys while walking through the nature preserve so the …

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Oslo paints a picture of the personal touch in international relations by Kerry Reid

The Tony-winning play gets a smart and timely local premiere from TimeLine. If A Walk in the Woods, Lee Blessing's 1988 play about the private talks between two …

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Mother of the Maid puts Joan of Arc's mom in the spotlight by Kerry Reid

Jane Anderson's drama doesn't invest enough in the mother-daughter bond. Jane Anderson's 2018 play retells the oft-dramatized life of Joan of Arc from the point …

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A famous French actress wears the pants onstage in Bernhardt/Hamlet by Kerry Reid

Theresa Rebeck's comedy of sexual politics tests the limits of women in power. Back in 2007, New Yorker theater critic John Lahr dismissed Theresa Rebeck's play …

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In The Delicate Tears of the Waning Moon, a journalist tries to recover her memory by Kerry Reid

Water People Theater's contribution to Destinos is sobering but poetic. According to a recent NPR story, 12 journalists have been murdered in Mexico so far this …

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Dana H. is more than a true-crime story by Kerry Reid

Lucas Hnath's one-woman play about his mother's kidnapping centers the voice of the survivor. In the playwright's notes to Hillary and Clinton, which premiered a…

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Tiny Beautiful Things gives us a "Sugar" rush by Kerry Reid

Cheryl Strayed's advice column becomes a story circle in Nia Vardalos's adaptation. Before Wild vaulted her to fame and fortune, Cheryl Strayed offered literally…

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In His Shadow, a college football player tackles racism and sibling jealousy by Kerry Reid

Loy Webb's parable occasionally uses a heavy hand, but lands an emotional gut punch. Loy Webb's new play is subtitled "A Parable," and on those terms, it succeed…

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With On Notice, Site/less and Zephyr build on the connections between dance and architecture by Kerry Reid

Choreographer Michelle Kranicke and architect David Sundry's latest collaboration has echoes of 1980s postmodernism for the age of social media. Michelle Kranick…

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Friday, September 13, 2019

The Storefront Project provides a movable feast of devised theater by Kerry Reid

The Museum of Contemporary Art and Prop Thtr offer directors a chance to adapt between venues. Tara Aisha Willis and Olivia Lilley both moved into prominent posi…

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Note from an editor by Kerry Reid

Zeitgeist happens: we didn't exactly plan it this way, but nearly all the profiles and features in this special Fall Theater and Dance Issue reflect on boundaries, identity, and marginalizat…

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Grit and heart: Arnel Sancianco draws on both for his evocative theater sets by Kerry Reid

With two major shows opening this fall, the designer's career is booming—but he's focused on making audiences connect emotionally with the world of the play. B…

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Be Here Now reaches for profundity, but falls short by Kerry Reid

Deborah Zoe Laufer's existential comedy has charm, but not much staying power. For those of us who roll eyes at the accoutrements of Big Woo, Bari in Deborah Zoe…

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The Band's Visit is a road trip worth making by Kerry Reid

The Broadway hit lands for a brief but lovely touring interlude. The Band's Visit, which cleaned up with ten Tony Awards in 2018 (including nods for David Yazbek…

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

The Muslim Writers Collective pushes boundaries while building ‘Empathy’ by Kerry Reid

A two-night series at Steppenwolf gives Muslim artists a chance to reclaim their narratives. The Council on American-Islamic Relations estimates that between 300…

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Into the Woods hews a fresh, intimate path into Stephen Sondheim's musical by Kerry Reid

At Writers Theatre, Gary Griffin stages a rich and rewarding revival of the popular fairy-tale mash-up. In Look, I Made a Hat, the second volume of his lyrics an…

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Mixtape takes improv into the drama zone by Kerry Reid

Theatre Momentum's newest experiment blends music with an improvised one-act play. Theatre Momentum, which under the leadership of Tony Rielage lays claim to bei…

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

From Abbie to Yippie by Kerry Reid

Yippie Fest builds on the bones of Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins. If you can remember the first Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins festival 30 years ago at the no…

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Now or Later adds up the costs of being a politician's kid by Kerry Reid

Christopher Shinn's play about a potential scandal on Election Night feels muted in Intrinsic Theatre's staging. It's not Christopher Shinn's fault that living i…

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The Fly Honey Show hits double digits by Kerry Reid

The body-positive burlesque-inspired hive of performance queens fills the Den. It was supposed to be a one-off event in an artists' loft space. But the buzz kept…

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Black Ballerina provides a spotlight for Kara Roseborough by Kerry Reid

The dancing star of this world premiere keeps the story of Black women in dance on pointe. The story of Black women in classical dance is obscure enough that any…

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An all-female crew fight for their lives in outer space in Women of 4G by Kerry Reid

Babes With Blades take a stab at Amy Tofte's feminist sci-fi thriller. At one point in the 1999 sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest, Sigourney Weaver's exasperated commun…

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

24 Hour Mueller Report people by Kerry Reid

The Neo-Futurists host a marathon reading of the special counsel’s report. If you haven’t read the (redacted) 448-page published version of the report by spe…

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