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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Can’t Keep Up: A Review of The Realistic Joneses at Shattered Globe Theatre and Theater Wit by Ben Kaye

The latest from wordsmith Will Eno concerns the limitations of language.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Broken Keys: A Review of Cardboard Piano at Timeline Theatre Company by Ben Kaye

What is broken and what can be fixed are essential and uneasy questions in this local premiere from playwright Hansol Jung.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Going Down: A Review of Elevator Girl at Vanguard Arts Collective by Ben Kaye

This world premiere from Vanguard Arts Collective suggests that the best tool for fighting sexual assault is...more sexual assault.

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Friday, December 28, 2018

Creating Moonlight: A Review of Burning Bluebeard at The Ruffians and The Neo-Futurists by Ben Kaye

Returning to its original home at The Neo-Futurarium, The Ruffians' annual holiday tradition remains as anarchic, hilarious, and deeply terrifying as ever.

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Friday, December 21, 2018

The Little Things That Keep Her Alive: A Review of La Ruta at Steppenwolf Theatre Company by Ben Kaye

This Steppenwolf Theatre Company world premiere from local playwright Isaac Gomez serves as a promise to keep alive the true stories upon which this play is based.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Things Could Be Better ‘Round Here: A Review of The Full Monty at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre by Ben Kaye

Theo Ubique christens their new home in Evanston with a production that shows just how far they haven't come.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

#NotMyQueen: A Review of The Revolutionists at Strawdog Theatre Company by Ben Kaye

The ideas in Lauren Gunderson's play may not be new but they are still revolutionary.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Always Be Steadfast: A Review of The Steadfast Tin Soldier at Lookingglass Theatre Company by Ben Kaye

This world premiere adaptation from Mary Zimmerman at Lookingglass Theatre Company is not so much an escape as an embrace of wonder.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

That’s Too Long for a Play: A Review of Love’s Labour’s Lost at Invictus Theatre Company by Ben Kaye

At nearly three hours, this production from Invictus Theatre Company desperately needs shaking up.

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Terrestrial Ruckus: A Review of Cosmologies at The Gift Theatre by Ben Kaye

This Midwest premiere from David Rabe at The Gift Theatre reaches for the stars but falls in blank space.

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