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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

The Spin and What the Constitution Means to Me provide post-election catharsis by Kerry Reid

The good, the bad, and the ugly of our politics are on display in two streaming shows. The long national nightmare of the past four years may not be over, but as…

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Friday, November 6, 2020

A new DAWN for arts funding? by Kerry Reid

Matthew-Lee Erlbach wants to cut the creative sector in on a new deal; the Equity Jeff Awards go virtual. When he was a kid in Rogers Park, Matthew-Lee Erlbach s…

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Monday, November 2, 2020

'Night, Mother asks 'Whose death is it anyway?' by Kerry Reid

Invictus's streaming production brings new angles to Marsha Norman's real-time drama. Embarrassing Theater Critic Admission: I've never seen Marsha Norman's 1983…

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Black Magic and Call for the Wailing Women offer two views on grief by Kerry Reid

Black women deal with loss in new digital plays by Perceptions Theatre and Black Lives Black Words. Starting a theater company any time is tough. Starting one ri…

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Friday, October 16, 2020

Ladies and Martians by Kerry Reid

The Neo-Futurists and Theatre in the Dark offer shows for the spookiest of election seasons. After the uproar around Bill Burr's recent SNL monologue taking whit…

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Friday, October 9, 2020

Bending the arc of theatrical liberation by Kerry Reid

Thinking about The Boys in the Band, Broadway, and Chicago Last weekend, I watched Ryan Murphy’s Netflix production of The Boys in the Band, adapted from Mart …

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

16th Street and Strawdog examine racism and dystopia by Kerry Reid

Rastus and Hattie and Run the Beast Down bring nightmarish scenarios to virtual life. How do you write dramas about dystopia and alienation in the middle of a pa…

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Our favorite things for fall arts, part two by Kerry Reid

Visual arts and architecture highlights break us out of our screen life. Last week, we offered a (very partial) guide to some theater and dance events (as well …

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Friday, October 2, 2020

Our favorite things for fall arts, part one by Kerry Reid

An overview of theater, dance, music, pop-up performances, and other artists and activists that you should know about—this season and year-round The 2020 fall…

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Friday, September 25, 2020

Finding her spine by Kerry Reid

Chicago-based dancer Paige Fraser advocates for those with scoliosis; plus Fly Honey brings the dance party online. Paige Fraser started dancing when she was fou…

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

BoHo and Lifeline examine the public and private split by Kerry Reid

The Pursuit of Happiness and Pride and Prejudice confront the limitations of Zoom culture with exhilarating results. The age of Zoom has created a split-screen m…

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Friday, September 11, 2020

The MCA provides tool kits for plague times by Kerry Reid

Yanira Castro and Meshell Ndegeocello create performance pieces for the at-home audience; Pride comes out of the closet with a new name. The Museum of Contempora…

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Youth theater ensembles? They're Essential by Kerry Reid

Free Street, Collaboraction, and TimeLine put young theater artists in the frame. The long hot summer is winding down, according to the calendar, but youth theat…

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The founder of Pride Films and Plays is gone. What happened? What's next? by Kerry Reid

PFP's story contains lessons about board oversight and artist empowerment. There are no shows to speak of happening on Chicago stages, but the offstage drama ha…

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Cabinet of Curiosity offers a walk on the hopeful side by Kerry Reid

A partnership with Little Red Schoolhouse brings art and nature together; plus a new home for Joel Hall Dancers and Collaboraction's virtual season Frank Maugeri…

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

ALAS and Of Dice and Men examine the vulnerability of social bonds by Kerry Reid

Trap Door reimagines its aesthetic for film; Otherworld films a onetime live performance (sans audience). As sacrifices go, staying home when possible and wearin…

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Friday, July 31, 2020

Prop Thtr gives up its longtime Avondale home by Kerry Reid

But the company remains true to its focus on new work and egalitarian principles. Prop Thtr will probably never produce Stephen Sondheim's Follies. Yet somehow, …

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

From Greenhouse to hotbed by Kerry Reid

A show reopens and closes under fire; plus new leadership and a new funding initiative for Black theater makers Last weekend, Judy and Liza—Once in a Lifetime:…

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Chicago theater on the page by Kerry Reid

A very incomplete guide on what to read (or listen to) now from Chicago's theater scene. So you can't go to the theater because (gestures weakly toward everythin…

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

A manifesto, a performance art protest, and the return of (some) live theater by Kerry Reid

We See You W.A.T. and Honk for Justice focus on anti-racism; Greenhouse and Random Acts of Theater dip into live performance again. Back in June, a coalition of …

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Streaming theater goes beyond Hamilton by Kerry Reid

The Public Theater, Black Lives, Black Words, and Hell in a Handbag put it all online. In the first days of the COVID-19 shutdown, many theaters scrambled to fin…

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Steep Theatre searches for a new home by Kerry Reid

The company's leadership discusses how to create community in times of COVID. Since its founding in 2001, Steep Theatre has spent most of its institutional life …

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Friday, July 3, 2020

Ghost Light: a roundup of offstage performing arts news and notes by Kerry Reid

Victory Gardens and Raven name new leadership; J. Nicole Brooks wins a prestigious playwriting grant. It's been a tumultuous couple of months for Victory Gardens…

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Summer camp is back—online and in person by Kerry Reid

Storytelling, circus arts, and social justice all find a place in youth training programs. Summer performing arts camps and training programs usually provide a p…

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Friday, June 5, 2020

Andrew Alexander out at Second City by Kerry Reid

In the wake of backlash on institutional racism, the longtime owner announces his departure. In response to worldwide protests over the killing of George Floyd a…

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Pivot Arts Festival switches it up online by Kerry Reid

The annual celebration of multidisciplinary performance adjusts for the times. Pivot Arts has been an incubator for multidisciplinary performance for nearly a de…

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

A trilogy for times of terror by Kerry Reid

Three streaming productions give us plenty to ponder in the pandemic. The world of quarantine is paradoxical, with our immediate environments smaller and more co…

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Otherworld Theatre unites gamers and theater nerds by Kerry Reid

With VALHA11A, they've created their first online LARP. Role-playing games and theater seem so closely aligned that it’s surprising more companies haven’t fu…

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Aloft Circus Arts and Actors Gymnasium bring the circus from their homes to yours by Kerry Reid

Sanctuary in Place! and Isolated prove you don't need a big top. Flying high and fearlessly in front of awestruck spectators is what circus is all about, right? …

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Improvising at a distance by Kerry Reid

Instructors adapt to online comedy and improv courses. When the Upright Citizens Brigade announced that it was closing its training center and theater in Manhatt…

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

When online drama is good for kids by Kerry Reid

Virtual classes and activities keep the theater bug alive for young artists. With schools in Illinois closed for the remainder of the year, families may be scram…

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