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Friday, March 27, 2020

All your home's a stage by Kerry Reid

The best online options for enjoying theater from local, national, and international companies I'm compiling this list of online theater options on World Theatre…

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Stuart Gordon, legend of off-Loop theater and horror films, dies at 72 by Kerry Reid

From Warp! to Re-Animator, Gordon told the stories he wanted to see his way. When current mystery novelist and former Reader theater critic Lenny Kleinfeld (aka …

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Methtacular! returns for an online-only engagement at 16th Street by Kerry Reid

Steven Strafford's solo remains honest and hilarious, even through a screen. Steven Strafford was supposed to be live onstage at Berwyn’s 16th Street Theater t…

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Teenage Dick livestreams Shakespeare by way of high school by Kerry Reid

Theater Wit's production about a disabled schemer carries on online. I spend more evenings than most people in the dark with other people, watching yet other peo…

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Note on latest COVID-19 theater cancellations by Kerry Reid

Where to find the latest information on how companies and venues are responding to the pandemic What a difference a couple of days makes. On Tuesday, the League …

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Idle Muse's In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) amuses, but falls short by Kerry Reid

Sarah Ruhl examines old-fashioned female "hysteria" and newfangled treatments. Imagine Charlotte Perkins Gilman's short story "The Yellow Wallpaper" crossed with…

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Chicago ain't ready for reform in Her Honor Jane Byrne by Kerry Reid

Lookingglass delivers a stunning world premiere about Chicago's first woman mayor, public housing, and race. "This ain't Walter Lee Younger's Chicago no more," d…

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Friday, March 6, 2020

An Iliad returns in a stunning new setting by Kerry Reid

Court Theatre's revival puts us in the center of ancient artifacts and contemporary conundrums. "Rage—Goddess, sing the rage of Peleus’ son Achilles," begins…

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

What the Constitution Means to Me lands in Chicago by Kerry Reid

Maria Dizzia talks about playing Heidi Schreck, high school debate, and the power of the 14th Amendment. Heidi Schreck's 2017 play What the Constitution Means to…

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Middle Passage is part voyage of the damned, part picaresque by Kerry Reid

Lifeline's staging of Charles Johnson's novel has sea legs. Lighting out for the territory, as Huck Finn put it, may be central to the American dream of liberty,…

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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter is a resonant coming-of-age story by Kerry Reid

Erika L. Sánchez's novel gets a stellar stage life in Isaac Gómez's adaptation. There is a moment in I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter where Amá (Charín…

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Ghost in Gadsden's Garden is a delightful environmental fable by Kerry Reid

Actors Gymnasium combines circus arts and a poignant story of aging in their annual winter show. Actors Gymnasium primarily functions as a training school in the…

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Defending your life by Kerry Reid

How to Defend Yourself and Do You Feel Anger? ask us to consider how to survive patriarchy without losing our minds—and bodies. The fish has rotted from the he…

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Stick Fly takes flight at Writers by Kerry Reid

A wealthy Black family confronts secrets and internalized self-loathing in Lydia Diamond's acerbic drama. In 2017, First Floor Theater premiered Leah Nanako Wink…

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Invictus Theatre brings light and heat to A Raisin in the Sun by Kerry Reid

Lorraine Hansberry's classic gets a sturdy and heartfelt revival. Before Ta-Nehisi Coates laid out "The Case for Reparations" in the Atlantic in 2014, Lorraine H…

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Kiev reveals the murky depths of a family's guilt. by Kerry Reid

Aguijón's U.S. premiere of Sergio Blanco's Cherry Orchard update is dark and chilly. Anton Chekhov's famous dictum that if a gun is introduced in the first act,…

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Emma has its charming moments, but little staying power by Kerry Reid

This musical take on Austen's oft-adapted tale skims the surface. With Autumn de Wilde's new film version of Jane Austen's Emma being released next week (the sev…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Adaptation is retro fun by Kerry Reid

Theatre Above the Law produces an Elaine May deep cut. The Boys in the Band at Windy City Playhouse isn't the only 1960s counterculture show in town. Theatre Abo…

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Jeeves Saves the Day offers a midwinter escape by Kerry Reid

Bertie Wooster isn't the dimmest bulb onstage in First Folio's Wodehouse romp. If your patience with upper-class twits being bailed out by their underlings is th…

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

How to Defend Yourself wrestles with rape culture by Kerry Reid

A self-defense class reveals hidden vulnerabilities in Liliana Padilla's world premiere. Last summer, Selina Fillinger's drama Something Clean asked us to consid…

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The Leopard Play, or Sad Songs for Lost Boys examines a fractured Mexican American family by Kerry Reid

Isaac Gomez's world premiere at Steep takes us over the border of trauma and truth. If you're in the mood for some serious decolonizing after the Jeanine Cummins…

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Note From an Editor by Kerry Reid

Winter theater and dance in Chicago provides a home away from home. On nights when the temperature falls into single digits and icy sidewalks (clear that stuff, …

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Winter theater and dance in Chicago provides a home away from home by Kerry Reid

On nights when the temperature falls into single digits and icy sidewalks (clear that stuff, people!) make the public way treacherous, it's easy to find reasons to stay home.  But the month…

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Once on This Island proves it takes a village by Kerry Reid

The central romance feels overly familiar, but this touring production's ensemble creates a magical environment. Your affection for Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flahe…

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Top Girls remains heartbreakingly relevant by Kerry Reid

Remy Bumppo revisits Caryl Churchill's 1982 play with a stellar ensemble. The decision by the New York Times editorial board to endorse both Amy Klobuchar and El…

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Encounter in Englewood by Kerry Reid

Collaboraction celebrates its current neighborhood while focusing on social justice in this performance series. Collaboraction is in its 23rd season, but in some…

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Rhino Fest provides a theatrical horn of plenty by Kerry Reid

In its 31st year, Chicago's longest-running alternative theater festival celebrates old friends and new voices. When Rhinoceros Theater Festival (or in more comm…

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Nicole Kelly, Loud and Proud by Kerry Reid

National Disability Theatre member on the art of advocacy The post Nicole Kelly, Loud and Proud appeared first on Dramatics Magazine Online.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Turn Here—Sweet Corn offers an organic guide to resistance by Kerry Reid

Atina Diffley's memoir about fighting Koch Industries becomes a compelling solo show with Saltbox Theatre Collective. Atina Diffley grew up on a farm, but dreame…

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Themes of betrayal (and renewal) fill the Young Playwrights Festival by Kerry Reid

Pegasus Theatre Chicago celebrates 33 years of fostering teen writers. Pegasus Theatre Chicago has weathered some storms over the years. But one thing has remain…

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Monday, December 30, 2019

It's not easy being Mean Girls by Kerry Reid

The touring musical version of Tina Fey's 2004 film about queen bees lacks sting. The drama and intrigue of female friendships has filled works from the sublime …

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