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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Carlo Lorenzo García creates a solo tribute in A Portrait of My Mother by Kerry Reid

The onetime Chicago theatermaker premieres his digital show for Mother's Day; plus major awards for playwrights and designers and a tribute to Russ Tutterow Some…

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Has Laura Jacqmin broken up with theater? by Kerry Reid

The cowriter of We Broke Up talks about why she misses Chicago theater—and why it's hard to come home again. Laura Jacqmin spent "a solid ten years" (2006 to 2…

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Mercury Theater rises from the dead by Kerry Reid

The Southport corridor venue gets new life and new leadership. Retractions generally aren't fun for journalists. But the announcement last week that Mercury Thea…

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Show them the money by Kerry Reid

A movement for pay equity and transparency for theater designers scores a victory; Black Lives Black Words kicks off a new discussion series. Back in 2019, I int…

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Friday, April 2, 2021

The Dining Room provides dramatic Possibilities by Kerry Reid

Possibilities produces a live Zoom version of The Dining Room, but Melody DeRogatis has post-pandemic plans for her company. Large family gatherings may still be…

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Into the Mist takes you back in time to 1927 by Kerry Reid

Studio5's virtual speakeasy, Into the Mist, has echoes of the past and resonances for today. The temptation to time travel during the past year has been strong. …

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Friday, March 26, 2021

We're all in the same boat (alone) with Moby Dick and How Do We Navigate Space? by Kerry Reid

Two streaming shows from Theatre in the Dark and Strawdog capture the drama of obsession and isolation. Whether you're on the vast endless seas or stuck in your …

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The Neo-Futurists celebrate a year of viral videos by Kerry Reid

The Infinite Wrench marks an anniversary in shutdown; plus Refugee Rhapsody wins the Blue Ink Playwriting Award. When the shutdown hit a year ago, the Neo-Futuri…

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Ken-Matt Martin takes over at Victory Gardens by Kerry Reid

After a tumultuous year, the theater's new artistic director is ready to listen as well as lead. It's been a dramatic year for Victory Gardens Theater, even thou…

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Lanise Antoine Shelley is opening up the House by Kerry Reid

The new artistic director wants to take 'amazing feats of storytelling' into more diverse realms; Rick Bayless wants to give more money to local theaters. The st…

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Friday, March 5, 2021

Cabinet of Curiosity and 16th Street let Mickle Maher do it on the radio by Kerry Reid

The longtime Chicago playwright joins a new mini-renaissance of aural drama. In Willy Russell's 1980 play Educating Rita, the title character (a working-class ha…

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Mister Kelly's is back in the limelight by Kerry Reid

The crown jewel of Chicago nightclubs lives on at the Newberry Library and in an upcoming documentary. Back when nightclubs were smoke-filled rooms, where people…

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Celebrating Chicago Theatre Week—a year into the pandemic by Kerry Reid

This year's lineup offers a smorgasbord of online options; plus honoring Felicia P. Fields and remembering Edward S. Weil Jr. and Sally Banes As the numbers of t…

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Second City finds a buyer and its instructors form a union by Kerry Reid

Private equity firm ZMC acquires the comedy institution, while AICE advocates for representation. This has been a helluva week for Second City news. On Wednesday…

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Friday, February 12, 2021

ComedySportz moves out of its Belmont Avenue venue by Kerry Reid

But the comedy games continue online; plus Raven announces a new-play development commission. When venerable comedy institutions in Chicago get shout-outs, Comed…

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Weaving tangled webs with Constellations and Missed Connections by Kerry Reid

Theatre Above the Law and A Red Orchid Theatre dive into the physics and magic of being alive together. For the past year, I've been making the same (extremely b…

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Almost 100 years after her death, Nellie Bly is back by Kerry Reid

Chicago writer and theater artist David Blixt uncovers a trove of previously unpublished novels by the original Lois Lane. In 1885, the Pittsburgh Dispatch ran a…

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Monday, January 25, 2021

Miranda González of UrbanTheater Company on what 'cultural triage' means for BIPOC theaters by Kerry Reid

"We need to not only be trusted, but also championed." In my last column, I wrote about Brian Loevner and the white paper he's created through his company, BLVE …

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Imagine U and Chicago Children's Theatre find ways to fight the winter blahs by Kerry Reid

They're bringing kids and families together through storytelling, crafts—and a viral 80s dance video. When the COVID-19 lockdown first hit in March, a lot of …

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Friday, January 15, 2021

Post-pandemic, will we see triage for the arts? by Kerry Reid

Brian Loevner thinks arts organizations should consider new ways to survive—and close. This is the first of two columns that will examine the ideas of "cultura…

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Zoo Motel and The Journey take us away from it all by Kerry Reid

Links Hall and Chicago Shakespeare host two virtual interactive shows on isolation and connection. Even before the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last w…

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Pegasus Theatre Chicago's Young Playwrights Festival turns 34 by Kerry Reid

Three plays by teen writers offer historical twists, absurdity, and some on-the-nose social commentary. Nothing about this past year has been normal. (You're wel…

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Retail, resistance, and rebirth in Wally World and Kickback by Kerry Reid

Christmas Eve goes to 11 in Isaac Gómez's workplace comedy; About Face celebrates Black queer lives, past and present. If you're not working retail this Christm…

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Friday, December 18, 2020

The Chimes and I Hate It Here ring out a horrible year by Kerry Reid

Charles Dickens and Ike Holter are unlikely twin spirit guides in two online shows. "Ring out the old year, ring in the new, ring-a-ding-ding," says Shirley MacL…

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The onstage season was short, but there was plenty of drama in 2020 by Kerry Reid

Getting back to normal isn't going to happen. And in many ways, it shouldn't. On Monday, March 16, I walked into a theater for the last time in 2020. It was at T…

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Ghost Gun confronts class and race by Kerry Reid

The Goodman joins the national #Enough: Plays to End Gun Violence initiative; plus a new documentary on the August Wilson Monologue Competition and an award for a dance documentarian …

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

Yule be home for Christmas with Manual Cinema and Hell in a Handbag by Kerry Reid

A Dickens chestnut and a spoof of 1970s celebrity specials join the online holiday theater lineup. For a lot of performing arts organizations, the holiday seaso…

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Friday, December 4, 2020

Changes in faces, closing up spaces, and an abolitionist playwright gets more recognition by Kerry Reid

A departure at PrideArts, an arrival at Second City, and the closing of the Frontier and Understudy; Kristiana Rae Colón wins a new prize. In late June, Pride F…

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Otherworld Theatre faces social media onslaught by Kerry Reid

Allegations of mismanagement and harassment rock the fantasy/sci-fi theater. Since its founding in 2012, Otherworld Theatre has been a haven for theater fans wh…

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Thanks and giving by Kerry Reid

Stages are dark, but Chicago theater and dance companies still keep a light on. This unholy year is winding down (or so we're told), and as we veer between image…

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

The Spin and What the Constitution Means to Me provide post-election catharsis by Kerry Reid

The good, the bad, and the ugly of our politics are on display in two streaming shows. The long national nightmare of the past four years may not be over, but as…

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All that Chat

Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre