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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Midsommer Flight's Twelfth Night offers hijinks and insight by Kerry Reid

The beautiful Lincoln Park Conservatory setting is just one reason to see this returning production. William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night is only nominally a holi…

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The Santaland Diaries offers diminishing returns by Kerry Reid

Steven Strafford's Crumpet is delightful, but the material feels dated. In the season opener of Abby McEnany's new Showtime series, Work in Progress, McEnany run…

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Q Brothers Christmas Carol makes even Navy Pier bearable this season by Kerry Reid

An 80-minute 'ad-rap-tation' tells Scrooge's story without missing beats. The "ad-rap-tation" of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, created by the Q Brothers C…

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Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins gives a trickster twist to the holiday by Kerry Reid

Strawdog's family-friendly holiday show returns for a second year. Hanukkah shows are hard to find, relatively speaking, but there are two running locally right …

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Grace and the Hanukkah Miracle combines one family's history with a scavenger hunt by Kerry Reid

The inaugural show from Chicago Immersive is empathetic and wise. Immersive holiday shows in Chicago usually mean Halloween fare—haunted houses lend themselves…

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The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes—Holiday Edition, Vol. 2 adds some sweet dirty fun to the holidays by Kerry Reid

Hell in a Handbag's franchise decks the halls with campy good feelings. Trivia time: what Golden Girls character still believes in Santa? You don't need multiple…

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Beyond the tinsel by Kerry Reid

December performing arts aren't just about the holly jolly. THEATER PICKS (KERRY REID) Good Grief…

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Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish offers families a sweet holiday outing by Kerry Reid

A rag doll yearns for a forever friend in this new musical. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer's Dolly isn't the only rag doll hoping for a forever home. In Eleanor'…

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Always . . . Patsy Cline is a honky-tonk treat with Firebrand by Kerry Reid

Harmony France and Christina Hall trade off the two roles in this warmhearted story based on real events. Since Firebrand's production of Always . . . Patsy Clin…

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The First Deep Breath rattles the family skeletons at Victory Gardens by Kerry Reid

Lee Edward Colston II's play leaves it all on the table—and the floor. "Go back to where you started, or as far back as you can, examine all of it, travel your…

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The Nutcracker retains its hold on the heart by Kerry Reid

The House Theatre's annual tradition remains one of Chicago’s best seasonal offerings. It took me nine years to get out to the House Theatre's annual nonballet…

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Lindiwe is at its best when it lets the music do the talking by Kerry Reid

Steppenwolf's latest collaboration with Ladysmith Black Mambazo has too much story, not enough song. Steppenwolf's long association with Ladysmith Black Mambazo,…

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Romeo and Juliet is only halfway there at Chicago Shakes by Kerry Reid

The central characters feel like an afterthought in Barbara Gaines's contemporized version. Setting Romeo and Juliet in a contemporary urban setting inevitably d…

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A heart transplant reveals old heartaches in Exquisita Agonía by Kerry Reid

Aguijón Theater's production of Nilo Cruz's drama is searing and sharp. Nilo Cruz's plays often center on people suffering displacement and trying to find distr…

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Do You Believe in Madness? is more befuddled than angry by Kerry Reid

In its 108th main-stage revue, Second City tries to get a handle on our crazy times. A year ago, Second City unveiled Algorithm Nation or the Static Quo, a grim …

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P.Y.G. or the Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle cuts with double-edged satire by Kerry Reid

A white Canadian pop star and two Black hip-hop artists share a reality-TV crib. There are two specific places in Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm's P.Y.G. or the Mis-…

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

TimeLine uncovers a "lost" play from 1912 with Rutherford and Son by Kerry Reid

Githa Sowerby's tale of a grasping patriarchal capitalist still has resonance today. If you've never heard of Githa Sowerby, don't feel bad. When she died at 93 …

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Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership by Kerry Reid

Prop Thtr and Haven When the big theaters have a changing of the guard in artistic directors, it's understandably big news.…

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Magic and music combine in the Memphis-set Hoodoo Love by Kerry Reid

Katori Hall's play takes its time but weaves a spell. "I lost my song. I lost it because I didn't know what it was worth," laments a young bluesman freshly retur…

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The Merchant of Venice remains an ugly play for ugly times by Kerry Reid

1938 Italy provides the fascist framework for this Invictus staging. With anti-Semitism on the rise in the U.S. and Europe, it might make perfect sense to revisi…

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Teatron: Chicago's Jewish Theatre Festival makes its inaugural bow by Kerry Reid

Shpiel Performing Identity produces this eight-day event as part of the Alliance for Jewish Theatre Conference. The attack on Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue…

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You Are Happy offers parallel plays by Kerry Reid

American Sign Language adds a cunning layer of commentary to Red Theater Chicago's dark romantic fable. Jeremy wants a girlfriend more than anything, but can't g…

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Underscore Theatre's Proxy has some promise, but misses the heart of its story by Kerry Reid

A musical based on the true-life "Slender Man" attack raises more questions than it answers. Last week, Payton Leutner, the victim in the Wisconsin "Slender Man"…

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Give thanks for some promising November live performances by Kerry Reid

The table is set this month with theater world premieres, dance works in progress, and comedy with cured meat. NOVEMBER THEATER PICKS (Kerry Reid) Laura and the …

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Kentucky puts the "blue" in the Bluegrass State by Kerry Reid

Leah Nanako Winkler's raucous and poignant family drama gets a stellar local premiere with the Gift Theatre. The homecoming prompted by weddings and funerals is …

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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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