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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Bearing witness by Kerry Reid

Wendy Kesselman’s 1997 adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank did some things that original adapters Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett didn’t back in 1955 (slightly more than ten years …

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Coal miner’s dancer by Kerry Reid

I spent a semester studying in London in the winter of 1985, and one of the first concerts I attended was a benefit at Brixton Academy for the striking coal miners, featuring Aztec Camera an…

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Harmony in the Middle East by Kerry Reid

Scheduled long before the current conflagration in the Middle East, Writers Theatre’s lovely, intimate staging of The Band’s Visit, the multiple Tony Award–winning musical, which premi…

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Friday, February 16, 2024

Girl From the North Country brings together the Great Depression and Bob Dylan by Kerry Reid

Conor McPherson’s Girl From the North Country draws on some of the same narrative tropes that the Irish playwright has used in the past in plays like The Weir and The Seafarer. A group of …

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Waiting for Lefty delivers with Gwydion Theatre by Kerry Reid

Gwydion Theatre Company is a relatively new addition to the Chicago storefront scene (they moved here from Los Angeles last year), but their current revival of Clifford Odets’s Waiting for…

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Richard III at Chicago Shakespeare is flashy and fun by Kerry Reid

The night before seeing Edward Hall’s stylish, arresting—but not totally convincing—production of Richard III at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, I finally caught up with Danai Gurira’s …

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Antigone is a stirring conclusion to Court’s Oedipus Trilogy by Kerry Reid

Back in college, when I mentioned I was writing a paper on Antigone as presented in both the Sophoclean original and in Jean Anouilh’s 1944 French Resistance–era update, a dorm friend ro…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Mommy wars by Kerry Reid

Anna Ouyang Moench is having a moment on Chicago stages right now; her play In Quietness, about women at an evangelical Homemaking House, is playing at A Red Orchid Theatre. Now Gift Theatre…

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Dogs, kitties, and fish . . . oh my! by Kerry Reid

Dav Pilkey’s popular series of kids’ books about a crime-fighting superhero mutant dog form the basis for this touring TheaterWorks USA musical production, which has settled in at the St…

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Thursday, February 1, 2024

The best things we saw at the 6th Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival by Kimzyn Campbell, Irene Hsiao and Kerry Reid

The 6th Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival swept through Chicago as vigorously as the cold front that accompanied much of it, and puppets dominated venues all around Chicago for t…

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Her biggest fan by Kerry Reid

The deepfake AI-generated images of Taylor Swift swirling around the Internet inevitably came to mind on opening night of Goodman’s Highway Patrol—if only to make me think that, all thin…

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High water, oh mama by Kerry Reid

What if you took Winnie and Willie from Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days and ran them through a blender with a Neil Simon midlife urban comedy, like The Prisoner of Second Avenue, tossing in a …

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Champion puts the life and trauma of Emile Griffith in the ring by Kerry Reid

Seventeen blows in seven seconds.  That’s what it took to end Benny Paret’s life, and forever change Emile Griffith’s. The two men met for the third and final time in the ring on Marc…

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Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Hit Me Like a Flower lands in unexpected places by Kerry Reid

I’ve been seeing Beau O’Reilly’s plays for over 30 years. But somehow it never occurred to me until taking in the current revival of O’Reilly’s 2003 play, Hit Me Like a Flower, how…

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Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Just One of Those Things (and More) is a loving tribute to Nat King Cole by Kerry Reid

Gregory Stewart’s tribute to Nat King Cole doesn’t break the predictable mold of biographical concerts/plays, but in the cozy environment of the Venus Cabaret space at Mercury Theater Ch…

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American Blues Theater opens their new home with It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! by Kerry Reid

As small miracles go, American Blues Theater opening their lovely new two-theater venue on North Lincoln just in time for their annual presentation of It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicag…

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Dial M for Murder rings out the year at Northlight by Kerry Reid

Originally a 1952 teleplay, Frederick Knott’s thriller hit the West End before being turned into a 1954 film by Alfred Hitchcock. Dial M for Murder got another theatrical makeover from Jef…

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Thursday, December 7, 2023

Promises, Promises gets a rare revival with Blank Theatre by Kerry Reid

Don’t ask me how many times I’ve seen Billy Wilder’s Academy Award-winning 1960 film The Apartment. I honestly couldn’t tell you. I can tell you it’s my favorite movie, and it shou…

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The Other Cinderella still has soul and sparkle to spare by Kerry Reid

It’s been a minute since I’ve visited the Kingdom of Other: 13 years, to be precise. The last time I saw Jackie Taylor’s The Other Cinderella was in 2010, before Black Ensemble Theater…

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Islander loops together a minimalist but enchanting Celtic tale by Kerry Reid

If Laurie Anderson had done a mash-up of Scott O’Dell’s young adult classic Island of the Blue Dolphins and the 1994 John Sayles Celtic magic realist film, The Secret of Roan Inish, the …

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Thursday, November 30, 2023

Paramount’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory adds a touch of bitter to the sweet by Kerry Reid

Whether you’re waiting anxiously to see Timothée Chalamet in Wonka (the musical prequel to Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), or are rolling your eyes in anticipatory disg…

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Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas has charm and heart galore by Kerry Reid

If you want a charming and heartwarming family show for the holidays, look no further than Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, now bringing all the sweet quiet magic of the Jim Henson 1977 t…

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Friday, November 17, 2023

POTUS is painfully funny by Kerry Reid

There’s a memorable moment in an episode of Mad Men between office manager Joan Holloway (Christina Hendricks) and copywriter Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss). The former, fed up with the cons…

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Thursday, November 16, 2023

The Lifespan of a Fact tackles truthiness by Kerry Reid

The complicated backstory of the play The Lifespan of a Fact, now in its local premiere at TimeLine, reads like a series of “begats” out of the book of Genesis.  Ready? Here goes. John …

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Wise Guys: The First Christmas Story turns the journey of the Magi into a buddy adventure. by Kerry Reid

Leave it to Factory Theater to come up with a twist on the story of the Magi that’s smart-assed and sincere at the same time. In Chase Wheaton-Werle’s Wise Guys: The First Christmas Stor…

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Commedia Divina: It’s Worse Than That is Dante for the age of MAGA by Kerry Reid

Feel like you’ve been living in hell the past several years? The Conspirators understand. In their latest offering, Commedia Divina: It’s Worse Than That, writer Sid Feldman concocts a D…

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Twelfth Night is a perfect ten at Chicago Shakes by Kerry Reid

They couldn’t be more different in tone and setting, but Tyrone Phillips’s current gorgeous staging of Twelfth Night at Chicago Shakespeare and Robert Falls’s brilliant 2013 reimaginin…

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Friday, November 3, 2023

Neighborly nightmares by Kerry Reid

If you look at French-Canadian playwright Catherine-Anne Toupin’s Right Now with an eye toward finding narrative antecedents, you won’t be disappointed. There’s the young couple living…

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All the single ladies by Kerry Reid

Doing a gender reversal for Company, Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s 1970 ironic comedy of marriage vs. singledom, is such a great idea it’s surprising that nobody thought to do it b…

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Thursday, October 26, 2023

La Jom Atenda shows the complexities of caregiving by Kerry Reid

Plays about the relationships between caregivers and their clients aren’t new. The late Chicago playwright, actor, and disability rights activist Susan Nussbaumʼs well-received No One as …

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Highlands hijinks by Kerry Reid

On a clear day in Brigadoon, you can see Oklahoma. Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner’s 1947 Scottish romantic fantasia is set in a far more mystical and picturesque realm than the Oklaho…

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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