Thursday, April 27, 2023
Eclectic Full Contact Theatre’s first full-length production in Chicago since 2019, a world premiere penned by Maggie Lou Rader, is haunting, literally. Based on the first reported instanc…SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 02:48PM
Wednesday, April 5, 2023
It feels early to stage a play set during, and concerning the effects of, the early days of COVID-19 on its characters. We can still feel those days intimately, given the short passing of ti…SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 12:25PM
Thursday, March 23, 2023
Promethean Theatre’s world premiere of local playwright Trina Kakacek’s two-act dramedy, directed by Anna C. Bahow, is a unique and meaty thought experiment that would benefit from some …SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 12:31PM
Thursday, February 9, 2023
Alexis J. Roston’s sixth go-round playing jazz legend Billie Holiday in the last year of her life is beautifully layered, heartbreaking, and still affirming of the great vocalist’s accom…SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 11:39AM
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
For the uninitiated like I was, just entering the Chicago Magic Lounge on a chilly Wednesday evening was a thrill. Via a secret door, the faux-laundromat entry gives way to a luxe theater bo…SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 12:01PM
Wednesday, November 9, 2022
After thoroughly enjoying the shameless perversity of Kokandy Productions’s Cruel Intentions, under Adrian Abel Azevedo’s direction, I found Azevedo’s Rent at Porchlight to bring a sta…SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 11:35AM
Friday, October 28, 2022
The game Clue taught me what “confidential” means, that a conservatory is just a fancy greenhouse, and that Miss Scarlett is always the right choice. Any armchair detective that could [�…SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 09:43AM
Thursday, September 8, 2022
In partnership with the University of Illinois Chicago’s Disability Cultural Center, Babes With Blades’s interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s darkest plays is exciting and subversive…SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 04:43PM
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
More than 30 years into his second act as a mind reader and psychic performer, Ross Johnson, a former schoolteacher, is still eliciting gasps. The second performer at Rogers Park’s new Rha…SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 03:28PM
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
On its ten-year anniversary and return from a COVID-19 hiatus, Midsommer Flight is restaging A Midsummer Night’s Dream,the play that started it all in 2012. On the night I attended, the cr…SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 11:01AM
Friday, June 24, 2022
We all remember where we were when we saw Cruel Intentions. Its iconic soundtrack (anyone else melt to Counting Crows’ “Colorblind”?) and “shameless perversity” (thank you, Buzzfee…SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 10:35AM
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
The tragedy of a single elephant's death has universal implications in Griffin's production.
This Lynn Nottage drama is pure kinetic energy, exploring the illici…SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 07:20PM
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Two standout performances anchor Raven's production of the Ibsen classic.
In the Chicago premiere of this Henrik Ibsen adaptation, Raven Theatre and director Lau…SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 07:30PM
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Orlagh Cassidy centers this one-woman show, but the script needs more depth.
Nancy Pelosi is having her moment. From her literal clapback at President Trump to h…SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 05:15PM
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Kids and families are in charge at this Portage Park theater
It could have been Lord of the Flies. Filament Theatre was giving over complete control of its space…SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 05:15PM
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Lifeline Theatre KidSeries brings children and animals together for a family-friendly yarn.
Based on Annie Silvestro's children's book of the same title, this Li…SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 05:10PM
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Hell in a Handbag's Midler revue is middling.
Iconic singer Bette Midler cut her teeth at New York City's Continental Baths, earning the nickname "Bathhouse Bett…SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 05:55PM
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Githa Sowerby's long-neglected drama has a strong cast at TimeLine, but drags at times.
For a mostly forgotten 1912 play, written by Githa Sowerby (but presented…SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 07:15PM
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Forty-three years after its first production, Jackie Taylor's African American adaptation still enchants and empowers.
Now in its 43rd year, this Black Ensemble …SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 07:00AM
A coworker's suicide leads to soul-searching in Kate Tarker's darkly comic meditation.
We spend at least 40 hours a week next to them and countless more rehashin…SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 07:00AM
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Delicious acerbic drag performances spice up this whodunit.
"I think the most important thing a woman can have—next to talent, of course—is her hairdresser,"…SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 07:00AM
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Mary Bonnett's drama has intriguing subject matter, but doesn't fully connect.
The world premiere of Her Story Theater producing artistic director Mary Bonnett's…SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 07:00AM
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Filament Theatre's staging helps the audience feel right at home.
Recommended for ages four through ten, Filament Theatre's production of this one-act by Ramón …SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 07:00AM
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Glass Apple Theatre's production localizes and humanizes the opioid epidemic.
A woman struggles to reconnect with her family while battling opioid addiction in S…SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 05:00PM
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Douglas Post's new adaptation for Remy Buppo resonates in our age of class unrest and digital disconnects.
More than 100 years after its publication, E.M. Forste…SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 07:00AM
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
A lack of detail prevents the characters from appearing as complex, multifaceted personalities.
Traci Godfrey's dramedy, now in its midwest premiere at Artemisia…SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 12:00PM
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Black Ensemble Theater’s latest bio-musical tells the stories of two great jazz divas.
Lena Horne and Nancy Wilson were two iconic voices, separated by a gener…SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 12:00PM
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Halcyon Theatre goes beyond mommy issues to examine three complicated women.
The world premiere of Kari Bentley-Quinn's one-act marks Halcyon Theatre's last prod…SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 07:00AM
Thursday, March 28, 2019
It's a moving depiction of crippling homelessness and how solutions feel completely out of reach.
The world premiere of this Northlight Theatre-
commissioned wor…SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 07:00AM
Friday, March 8, 2019
A troupe of actors struggles to tell the story of the near-forgotten Herero people.
This Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) production's full title is worth shar…SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 07:00AM