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Thursday, November 30, 2023

Paramount’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory adds a touch of bitter to the sweet by Kerry Reid

Whether you’re waiting anxiously to see Timothée Chalamet in Wonka (the musical prequel to Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), or are rolling your eyes in anticipatory disg…

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Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas has charm and heart galore by Kerry Reid

If you want a charming and heartwarming family show for the holidays, look no further than Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, now bringing all the sweet quiet magic of the Jim Henson 1977 t…

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Friday, November 17, 2023

POTUS is painfully funny by Kerry Reid

There’s a memorable moment in an episode of Mad Men between office manager Joan Holloway (Christina Hendricks) and copywriter Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss). The former, fed up with the cons…

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Thursday, November 16, 2023

The Lifespan of a Fact tackles truthiness by Kerry Reid

The complicated backstory of the play The Lifespan of a Fact, now in its local premiere at TimeLine, reads like a series of “begats” out of the book of Genesis.  Ready? Here goes. John …

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Wise Guys: The First Christmas Story turns the journey of the Magi into a buddy adventure. by Kerry Reid

Leave it to Factory Theater to come up with a twist on the story of the Magi that’s smart-assed and sincere at the same time. In Chase Wheaton-Werle’s Wise Guys: The First Christmas Stor…

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Commedia Divina: It’s Worse Than That is Dante for the age of MAGA by Kerry Reid

Feel like you’ve been living in hell the past several years? The Conspirators understand. In their latest offering, Commedia Divina: It’s Worse Than That, writer Sid Feldman concocts a D…

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Twelfth Night is a perfect ten at Chicago Shakes by Kerry Reid

They couldn’t be more different in tone and setting, but Tyrone Phillips’s current gorgeous staging of Twelfth Night at Chicago Shakespeare and Robert Falls’s brilliant 2013 reimaginin…

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Friday, November 3, 2023

Neighborly nightmares by Kerry Reid

If you look at French-Canadian playwright Catherine-Anne Toupin’s Right Now with an eye toward finding narrative antecedents, you won’t be disappointed. There’s the young couple living…

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All the single ladies by Kerry Reid

Doing a gender reversal for Company, Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s 1970 ironic comedy of marriage vs. singledom, is such a great idea it’s surprising that nobody thought to do it b…

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Thursday, October 26, 2023

La Jom Atenda shows the complexities of caregiving by Kerry Reid

Plays about the relationships between caregivers and their clients aren’t new. The late Chicago playwright, actor, and disability rights activist Susan Nussbaumʼs well-received No One as …

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Highlands hijinks by Kerry Reid

On a clear day in Brigadoon, you can see Oklahoma. Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner’s 1947 Scottish romantic fantasia is set in a far more mystical and picturesque realm than the Oklaho…

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Friday, October 20, 2023

Apocalyptic vaudeville by Kerry Reid

There’s a long tradition of Black American playwrights and filmmakers subverting the tropes of vaudeville and other popular entertainments to critique white supremacy and its violent power…

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Thursday, October 19, 2023

Satchmo at the Cadillac Palace by Kerry Reid

Now in a short run with Broadway in Chicago before a hoped-for New York production, A Wonderful World still has a ways to go before it feels like a fully realized portrait of Louis Armstrong…

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Whose body? by Kerry Reid

Last year for the Destinos festival and Teatro Vista, Georgette Verdin directed Paloma Nozicka’s haunting Enough to Let the Light In, which amply demonstrated her ability to create chillin…

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Games people play by Kerry Reid

Nestled in a strip of storefronts in Marquette Park, Teatro Tariakuri (led by founder and artistic director Karla Galván) has been offering Spanish-language comedies and family shows for 20…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Junie B. Jones celebrates kids being kids by Kerry Reid

Because we live in stupid times, Barbara Park’s Junie B. Jones series of kids’ books about an enthusiastic first-grader ended up at number 71 on the American Library Association’s list…

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A third time around for Grimm by Kerry Reid

For the third year running, Theatre Above the Law in Rogers Park presents a cornucopia of fairy tales by and about the Brothers Grimm, concocted by Michael Dalberg and directed by Tony Lawry…

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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

The Last Living Gun is a dystopic spaghetti western by Kerry Reid

The Impostors have only been producing since 2018, and (like every other company) were on a hiatus from live production from March 2020 to fall of 2021. But they’ve already carved out a di…

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Wall Street bloodbath by Kerry Reid

Last year for the Halloween season, Kokandy Productions presented Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. Now they’re back with another slasher songfest: American Psycho: The Musical, adapted f…

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Friday, September 29, 2023

Sanctuary City explores the plight of DREAMers by Kerry Reid

Before Martyna Majok won the Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for her drama Cost of Living (which was planned for this season at Victory Gardens before the board decided to close up shop at the Tony A…

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Thursday, September 28, 2023

Debutantes and debacles by Kerry Reid

Pearl Cleage isn’t from Chicago, but she’s been produced enough here that she feels like an adopted playwright at least. Now-defunct Eclipse Theatre Company (dedicated to the one playwri…

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All about the Franklins by Kerry Reid

There’s a great show about a Founding Father onstage right now in Chicago who is not named Alexander Hamilton. And while it doesn’t feature an award-winning score by Lin-Manuel Miranda, …

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Thursday, September 21, 2023

You won’t be my neighbor by Kerry Reid

“Well, look who’s come to dinner!” bellows Gerald (Ronald L. Conner) to the neighbors he and wife Patricia (Sydney Charles) have invited to their home in Inda Craig-Galván’s WELCOME…

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Revolution offers small revelations by Kerry Reid

Chicago playwright Brett Neveu is so good at writing about the darker side of life (as in his 2002 play Eric LaRue, now a film directed by Michael Shannon, his fellow ensemble member at A Re…

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Harlem stories by Kerry Reid

I don’t know who came up with the idea of a Pearl Cleage festival for Chicago theater, but based on Mikael Burke’s gorgeous production of the Atlanta poet laureate’s 1995 drama, Blues …

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The room where it happens, again by Kerry Reid

At this point, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton is beyond critic-proof. (Once you’ve had an entire episode of Drunk History dedicated to your recap of the events in your musical, what else …

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Never trust the tyrants by Kerry Reid

Though it’s based loosely on a real story, John Webster’s Jacobean revenge tragedy The Duchess of Malfi plays like a cross between torture porn and Shakespeare, what with the piling up o…

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Thursday, September 14, 2023

Petty lives of desperation by Kerry Reid

When The Beauty Queen of Leenane first premiered with Galway’s Druid Theatre in 1996, it marked its author, Martin McDonagh (then just shy of age 26) as an exhilarating new voice in Celtic…

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A tale of two poets by Kerry Reid

Water People Theater’s last full-length production was The Delicate Tears of the Waning Moon, presented in September 2019 as part of the Destinos: Chicago International Latino Theater Fest…

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Camp carnage by Kerry Reid

Several years before they struck Disney gold with Beauty and the Beast, the musical team of composer Alan Menken and book writer and lyricist Howard Ashman stuck their toes into campy cult w…

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Friday, September 8, 2023

The Goodman Theatre to Present Lucha Teotl, About Mexican Masked Wrestling by Kerry Reid

The play about lucha libre is hoping to bring in new audiences to the Chicago theatre.

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Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
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