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Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Lessons from August Wilson by Sheri Flanders

In an embarrassment of riches, two impeccable renditions of August Wilson’s plays share space in the Chicago theater community this spring: How I Learned What I Learned, produced by Congo …

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Notes From the Field is a gut-wrenching experience by Sheri Flanders

Talented director Mikael Burke has assembled a powerhouse trio to perform a series of 19 riveting and gut-wrenching monologues that attempt to cut the Gordian knot that is the school-to-pris…

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Thursday, October 26, 2023

Blackademics offers a course in code-switching by Sheri Flanders

Set in an uber-modern high-end restaurant, the three-person play Blackademics, written by Idris Goodwin, sets up a gilded cage match of the wits for two Black frenemies in academia. Newly te…

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Thursday, May 18, 2023

A refreshing October Storm by Sheri Flanders

Expertly written, exquisitely performed, steamy, and hilarious, The October Storm at the Raven Theatre offers a warm slice of south-side Chicago life in the 1960s. Joshua Allen’s play, the…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Ready to rock by Sheri Flanders

Airness, now playing at the Citadel Theatre, delivers a rocking good time, laughs, and a rock classic earworm to follow you home. Chelsea Marcantel’s play follows the journey of Nina (an e…

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Thursday, March 23, 2023

The pain of history by Sheri Flanders

I cannot recommend this play without caveats. At least to Black people.  Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad play. As a matter of fact, it’s a very good play. It’s clever, well-…

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Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Sing a song by Sheri Flanders

Black Ensemble Theater has cornered the Chicago market on excellent musical tributes to prominent Black musicians, and their latest show Reasons: A Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire (EWF) is…

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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Infatuation and identity by Sheri Flanders

When The Revival theater opened its doors in 2015 at the corner of 55th Street and University Avenue, its intent was to pay homage to improv’s earliest roots. Paul Sills formed the Compass…

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Apartheid and Antigone by Sheri Flanders

Exquisitely paced and intellectually explosive, The Island at Court Theatre is a profoundly moving work of art. From the first moment, this production (directed by Gabrielle Randle-Bent, Cou…

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Chicago Review: In must-see "LION KING" the commitment to great artistry is everywhere. Cadillac Palace to Jan.14 by Sheri Flanders

Plenty for even the most jaded theater snob to appreciate. PETER HARGRAVE is absolutely enthralling as "Scar" able to strike fear into your heart while also evoking laughter.

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Family recipes by Sheri Flanders

If you’re looking for a play to prepare you for the Thanksgiving season, you might want to check out STEW, staged by Shattered Globe and now playing at Theater Wit. […] The post Family r…

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Monday, September 19, 2022

The Woman King by Sheri Flanders

Director Gina Prince-Bythewood films through the lens of Blackness, highlighting the beauty, strength, and fierceness of Black people, unlike most stories about the slave trade that wallow i…

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Thursday, September 1, 2022

Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. by Sheri Flanders

For those who grew up with any personal proximity to the Black church or religious homophobia, this movie will hit incredibly close to home. The post Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. appeared…

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Thursday, August 18, 2022

‘Little things make a huge difference’ by Sheri Flanders

Produced by Beti Films, Any Given Day follows the story of three Chicagoans struggling to succeed despite mental health challenges. The post ‘Little things make a huge difference’ appear…

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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 …

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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 …

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards