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Friday, June 10, 2022

Ms. Marvel by Sheri Flanders

Marvel does a great job of spotlighting facets of American culture that often go underrepresented, and Ms. Marvel’s spotlight of Islam is incredibly well done. The post Ms. Marvel appeared…

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Thursday, June 2, 2022

New generation, old family stories by Sheri Flanders

Change is afoot at Black Ensemble Theater as it prepares to embark on a new era, leveraging a $5 million grant to implement founder and CEO Jackie Taylor’s longtime vision of a Free To Be …

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Friday, May 20, 2022

The price of exposure by Sheri Flanders

In Viola Spolin’s seminal work Improvisation for the Theater, the very first exercise listed is named “exposure.” During this exercise, a group of actors are divided into halves and in…

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Pivot Arts Festival offers reflection after a year of upheaval by Sheri Flanders

"Reimagining Utopia" focuses on multidisciplinary artists and visions of a better future. Recently, several articles appeared about the phenomenon of “Hygiene …

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 03:00PM
Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Hit 'Em on the Blackside melds social justice and sketch comedy by Sheri Flanders

Congo Square launches a new online series. Chicago theater has been forced to improvise. When COVID-19 caused Congo Square's production of Douglas Turner Ward's …

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 06:00PM
Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Elsa Hiltner advocates for transparency in theater design salaries by Sheri Flanders

A crowdsourced spreadsheet pulls back the curtain on who makes what at theaters across the country. This past week, Theatre Communications Group (TCG) announced…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 04:20PM
Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Black artistic leaders take charge at several Chicago theaters by Sheri Flanders

"There is no other way forward": reflecting on those who shaped them and the future they envision Chicago theater is in the midst of a historic transition, with …

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 04:00PM
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Beyond the Canon highlights BIPOC playwrights by Sheri Flanders

If you want to decolonize theater, start with the script. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Renisha McBride, Atatiana Je…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 05:50PM
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Remembering Michael McCarthy by Sheri Flanders

Tributes from actors, comedians, and friends of the Chicago comedy legend. Maya Angelou once said: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 10:15AM
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Sandra Bland's life and death provides the inspiration for graveyard shift by Sheri Flanders

The Goodman's production is lyrical and heartbreaking. Quentin Tarantino's movie Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood is in part a gauzy wish fulfillment fantasy …

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 10:00PM
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Barbara Jordan's story takes center stage in Voice of Good Hope by Sheri Flanders

City Lit's docudrama captures some of the “moral muck” facing the south's first Black Congresswoman. Clocking in at 95 minutes, City Lit's production of Voic…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 01:05PM
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them is Christopher Durang at his darkest by Sheri Flanders

Eclipse Theatre's all-Durang seasons finishes strong with a brutal black comedy about post-9/11 paranoia. Christopher Durang's Why Torture Is Wrong, and the Peop…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 07:23PM
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

N gets lost in both sides’ debates over the use of racial epithets. by Sheri Flanders

Sturdy performances can't hide the faulty premise underlying David Alex's new play. N at the Greenhouse Theater is based on a faulty premise: that a white actor …

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 07:00AM
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Despite some flaws, The Master Comic offers a compelling portrait of a predator by Sheri Flanders

The grimy legacy of Bill Cosby haunts this world premiere at MPAACT. MPAACT's latest world premiere, The Master Comic, dives headfirst into controversial waters …

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 07:00AM
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Hope: Part II of A Mexican Trilogy shows the 1960s through the eyes of an immigrant family by Sheri Flanders

Teatro Vista presents Evelina Fernández's play as part of the 2019 Destinos festival. Stretched tight between the residue of the saccharine sweetness of the Ame…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 07:00AM
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

August Wilson's King Hedley II shows the ravages of the 1980s by Sheri Flanders

Ron OJ Parson's production for Court Theatre hits with torrential force. In his epic masterpiece King Hedley II, the penultimate play in his Century Cycle, Augus…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 07:00AM
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

It's a silly place, but you should go to Spamalot by Sheri Flanders

Your quest for a comedy master class ends at the Mercury Theater. Whether or not you're familiar with the beloved British humor of the Monty Python universe, Spa…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 05:15PM
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Wrong Way Journey takes a trip through the life of one Black, queer, Christian woman by Sheri Flanders

In R.C. Riley’s solo show, a rape and a crisis of faith lead to self-acceptance. Chicago-based writer-performer R.C. Riley was raised with conservative Christi…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 07:00AM

International Falls brings a Seinfeld twist to a stand-up tragedy by Sheri Flanders

A comedian and a desk clerk in a podunk town share laughs and secrets. A tight script with the dark, quirky feel of a Twilight Zone episode, International Falls …

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Teatro ZinZanni proves that variety shows are the spice of life by Sheri Flanders

Love, Chaos & Dinner offers a delicious feast of comedy, thrills, and music. Teatro ZinZanni's Chicago premiere of Love, Chaos & Dinner is a delightfully…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 07:00AM
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Histories Repeating: A Review of If I Forget at Victory Gardens Theater by Sheri Flanders

This new play from Steven Levenson sees the past and present as a continuum of conflict.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 11:45AM
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Bad Gal Annie: A Review of Queen of the Mist at Firebrand Theatre by Sheri Flanders

Michael John LaChiusa's musical could have been an empowering feminist adventure based on a true story. Instead it's a tepid moral dirge.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 02:29PM
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

In Six, Henry VIII's wives come back as pop divas by Sheri Flanders

Divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived—and slaying. History hasn't been this much fun since Hamilton. With its high-energy score, stadium light…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 12:00PM
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Black women and the city by Sheri Flanders

'Ain't nobody want to hear us,' say the stars of the joyous Single Black Female. Part Sex and the City parody and all celebration of Black female culture, Single…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 07:00AM
Thursday, April 25, 2019

The I Am . . . Fest celebrating women of color comes to the Goodman Theatre by Sheri Flanders

Three days of performances and workshops encourages participants to become leaders in their communities. This weekend the Goodman Theatre will present the I Am .…

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

First Love is the Revolution examines the brutal nature of humans and other animals by Sheri Flanders

In Rita Kalnejais's modern fable, parents pass on their prejudices to their children. Whimsical, brutal, and evocative of The Secret of NIMH, First Love is the R…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 07:00AM
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Drawing a Line on the Stage: A Review of A Chorus Line at Porchlight Music Theatre by Sheri Flanders

Among the longest running shows in Broadway history, this Pulitzer Prize-winning musical continues to get better with age.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 05:00PM
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Lottery Day brings Ike Holter’s Chicago Cycle to a triumphant close by Sheri Flanders

It promises hope on the other side of defeat. A meditation on endings and new beginnings, Lottery Day is a fitting capstone for Ike Holter's seven-play Chicago C…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 05:30PM
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

After 40 years, Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem for colored girls remains a stunner by Sheri Flanders

Court Theatre’s production is one of the highlights of the season. "I found god in myself and I loved her fiercely." African-American feminist poet and playwri…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 07:00AM
Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Bridges of Madison County remembers that romance is about the journey by Sheri Flanders

Theo Ubique's production is a sweet, sweet piece of Iowa cheese. Hermetically sealed inside the idyllic heartland like a Kraft Single, The Bridges of Madison Cou…

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

SoCo in Time: A Review of Southern Comfort at Pride Films and Plays by Sheri Flanders

This heartfelt new musical feels like the first signs of spring: hopeful and encouraging.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 05:00PM