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Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Chicago Theater Is Home: An Interview with Marissa Lynn Ford About Her Plans for the League of Chicago Theatres by Amanda Finn

Now the new executive director of the League of Chicago Theatres, Ford’s love of the theater shines on in a unique way.

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Monday, December 19, 2022

A Shadow of Ourselves: A Review of Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol by Amanda Finn

Manual Cinema’s amalgamation of puppetry, mixed between shadow and light, is the perfect homage to this beloved Victorian ghost story.

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Thursday, December 15, 2022

Saving Hanukkah by Amanda Finn

During the holiday season there are traditions all over the world. I hope that Strawdog’s Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins maintains its place as a Chicago seasonal perennial. Now in its f…

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Friday, December 2, 2022

No Humbugs: A Review of A Christmas Carol at Goodman Theatre by Amanda Finn

Equal parts imaginative holiday magic, Dickensian gothic style, and honest-to-goodness humanity.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Monologuing: Title Ten at Artemisia Theatre by Amanda Finn

Int. messy Chicago apartment, unseasonably hot end of November.  Being a theater critic can be so isolating when you don’t fit the story being told. Most of the time, I […] The post Mon…

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Get Sparklejollytwinklejingley: A Review of Elf the Musical at Drury Lane by Amanda Finn

The show is everything you’d imagine for a staged version of Buddy the Elf’s coming-of-age story. You can practically taste the gooey gumdrop goodness from any seat in the house, even if…

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

A death in the family by Amanda Finn

Death is an often unwelcome teacher. It descends into our lives suddenly, without warning, or takes its sweet time. No matter when it finds us, Grief is right behind Death, […] The post A …

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Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Then There Was Music: A Review of Measure for Measure at Chicago Shakespeare Theater by Amanda Finn

“Measure” is one of those bizarre Shakespearean plays that resides in the space between comedy and tragedy—something that few of the Bard’s works do. Yet you will find yourself mesme…

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Thursday, October 13, 2022

Rich family fare by Amanda Finn

As someone whose older sisters are over a dozen years her senior, Sancocho (presented by Visión Latino Theatre Company as part of the fifth Destinos: Chicago International Latino Theater Fe…

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We Didn’t Start the Fire: A Review of Botticelli in the Fire at First Floor Theater by Amanda Finn

This play is super-duper-ultra queer. And I’m here for it.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2022

A Eulogy for Eugene: A Review Of 1919 At Steppenwolf Theatre Company by Amanda Finn

Eve L. Ewing’s 2019 collection of poems deep dives into the archives of the 1919 Chicago Race Riots—the most noted moment of the country’s Red Summer.

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Monday, September 26, 2022

Leave the Doors Open: A Review of Enough to Let the Light In at Teatro Vista by Amanda Finn

This psychological thriller lends itself wholeheartedly to the macabre.

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Crowded house by Amanda Finn

Chicago doesn’t have much in the way of immersive theater experiences like Sleep No More in NYC. So when Windy City Playhouse debuted Leslie Liautaud’s Southern Gothic in 2018 it […] T…

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Slings and arrows by Amanda Finn

Never before has my Catholic upbringing been helpful in seeing theater. And yet, my mind couldn’t help but wander back to catechism class during Refracted Theatre Company’s inaugural pro…

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Thursday, July 7, 2022

A New Path Forward? Exploring the State of Chicago Theater by Amanda Finn

Many of our city’s theatrical leaders agree that Chicago is at the forefront of defining the future of the American theater.

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Friday, July 1, 2022

The Winds of Change Are Here: Hurricane Diane at Theater Wit by Amanda Finn

madeleine george’s modern-day Greek comedy “Hurricane Diane” could not have come at a better time.

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Friday, June 24, 2022

The magic is gone by Amanda Finn

Every piece of art has a timeliness. When it is born and put into the world, it becomes part of its identity for better or worse. For Godspell, that time has come and gone. First staged in 1…

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Preps Rally: A Review of Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical at Kokandy Productions by Amanda Finn

For fellow nineties nostalgia seekers, “Cruel Intentions” is one of those quintessential teen drama romps. Chock full of nineties music you will be compelled to sing along (but seriously…

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Thursday, June 2, 2022

What Do Your Ghosts Want? A Review of “The Magnolia Ballet” at About Face Theatre by Amanda Finn

Rarely do you get such rich storytelling in just over ninety minutes.

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Thursday, April 21, 2022

The Rise and Fall of a King: Lanise Antoine Shelley Brings the “The Tragedy of King Christophe” to the House Theatre of Chicago by Amanda Finn

In a world like ours so wrought with chaos and war, what happens when freedom is finally achieved? That is something that the play “The Tragedy of King Christophe” attempts to answer.

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Friday, April 1, 2022

Sisters in Crisis: A Review of “Spay” at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble by Amanda Finn

When one in four Americans are directly impacted by opioid addiction, any art we create on the subject will have a profound effect.

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Monday, March 21, 2022

Men Need Not Apply: A Review of Wife of a Salesman at Writers Theatre by Amanda Finn

“Wife of a Salesman” is full of cogent points about being a woman that are just as relevant now as they were in the show’s 1950s setting.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Take It With You: A Review of Come From Away at Broadway in Chicago by Amanda Finn

Much like the show’s spirit, the cast of this production is an homage to togetherness.

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Friday, February 11, 2022

The Family Burdens We Bear: A Review of Queen of the Night at Victory Gardens Theater by Amanda Finn

travis tate’s play interrogates preconceived notions of ourselves and the ones we hold against others.

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Friday, November 19, 2021

Buggin’ Out: A Review of Bug at Steppenwolf Theatre by Amanda Finn

The audience is the fly on the wall of a dingy Oklahoma hotel room where Agnes White is taking refuge from her recently released, abusive ex-husband Jerry.

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Déjà Vu, I Think We’ve Seen This All Before: A Review of Mr. Burns a Post-Electric Play at Theater Wit by Amanda Finn

Playwright Anne Washburn succinctly crafted a show that demonstrated the cyclical nature of human storytelling, theater and life itself all in the span of three hours.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

A Fine Welcome Home: Kinky Boots at Paramount Theatre by Amanda Finn

The first thing you’ll notice stepping into the theater at Paramount is the electricity…. It’s the hum of anticipation.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Linking Up: Out of COVID Comes a Co-MISSION Festival  by Amanda Finn

“It’s interesting, we started conversations before the pandemic about what it might look like to create one big festival with residents and fellows presenting together,” Stephanie Pach…

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Twenty-Four Hour Spin Cycle: A Review of “The Spin” at Interrobang Theatre Project by Amanda Finn

Spenser Davis' play, written for Zoom, takes advantage of where we are to tell a compelling story about what we’re up against.

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Friday, October 9, 2020

National Political Crisis: Radio Play “It Can’t Happen Here” Is a National Theatrical Response by Amanda Finn

Nearly one hundred theater companies from around the country join forces to present a free a radio play rendition of Sinclair Lewis' frighteningly prescient novel.

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Monday, October 5, 2020

Stranger in a Strange Land: A Review of Run the Beast Down at Strawdog Theatre by Amanda Finn

Titas Halder's one-man play questions who the real villain is.

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