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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Fools With Heart: A Review of The Rivals at American Players Theatre by Ted C. Fishman

"The Rivals" has burrowed deep into the culture thanks largely to the inspired character of Mrs. Malaprop, the ignorant, but intellectually confident rich aunt who continually chooses words …

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Tuesday, August 30, 2022

What Is Chicago Talking About? A Conversation with Susan Booth, Incoming Artistic Director of the Goodman Theatre by Ted C. Fishman

Booth, like Robert Falls, whose role she is taking at the Goodman, has shown how a strong, visionary director can keep a creative whirlwind in motion for decades. Over the last twenty-one ye…

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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

A Love Letter to a Love Letter: A Review of Dear Jack, Dear Louise at Northlight by Ted C. Fishman

Before the two lovers met in person, they knew each other only through letters traded during the final two harrowing years of World War II.

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Monday, July 11, 2022

A Feeling So Strong: A Review of Pearl’s Rollin’ with the Blues, A Night with Felicia P. Fields at Writers Theatre by Ted C. Fishman

Fields and her ensemble are a superb mix of musicians and entertainers. Fields, a Tony nominee ("The Color Purple") and local favorite, is a commanding contralto with a powerfully sweet rasp…

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Friday, July 8, 2022

Free As a Bird: A Review of Where We Belong at Goodman Theatre by Ted C. Fishman

Madeline Sayet, a Mohegan writer/performer brings her autobiographical one-woman show, "Where We Belong," to the Goodman’s intimate Owen Theatre.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Let’s See Together: A Review of “Choir Boy” at Steppenwolf Theatre by Ted C. Fishman

Among other compelling reasons to see "Choir Boy" is the power and musicianship on songs sung by the young men who play the students in the choir at the Black, Christian Charles R. Drew Scho…

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Monday, June 27, 2022

Fugue State: A Review of After Life at the Goodman Theatre by Ted C. Fishman

The brilliance of this musical about the family and circle of a self-help guru manifests from so many directions that the show sweeps one magically, whimsically, sometimes tragically, in a w…

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Monday, June 13, 2022

You Name It: A Review of “Do the Right Thing, No Worries If Not” at The Second City Mainstage by Ted C. Fishman

We need to laugh at the peculiar social and political currents of our time, at the purely silly and absurd and at dick and vagina jokes.

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Friday, May 27, 2022

Get Ready: A Review of “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations” by Ted C. Fishman

This supersonic super sonic musical journey through The Temptations' lives and the hits catalog of this Motown megagroup is riveting fun.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Justice Denied: A Review of “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Ted C. Fishman

Over the last seventy years, "To Kill a Mockingbird" has proved an impressively durable cultural touchstone. Playwright Aaron Sorkin retains the earlier play’s many sordid elements and add…

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

A Living Display: A Review of “The Chinese Lady” at Timeline Theatre by Ted C. Fishman

She is called Afong Moy by the white men who presented her in a “museum” beginning in the mid-nineteenth century.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Advance and Parry: A Review of “Athena” at Writers Theatre by Ted C. Fishman

Recreational fencing is an apt metaphor for the kinds of relationships where friends unrelentingly challenge each other.

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Monday, May 16, 2022

A Crueler Screwball Comedy: A Review of “The Seagull” at Steppenwolf Theatre by Ted C. Fishman

Yasen Peyankov’s translation and trimming of the script plays up the comedy, letting it flow from the Chekhovian checklist of dreadful character traits.

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Living Inside a Body: A Review of “The Luckiest” at Raven Theatre by Ted C. Fishman

Melissa Ross’ "The Luckiest" is a fully compelling, emotionally potent play.

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Friday, May 6, 2022

Gothic Glamor: A Review of “Spring Awakening” at Porchlight Music Theatre by Ted C. Fishman

Many teens will find catharsis and perhaps gothic glamor in the suffering of these teens.

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

Real Life Drama: A Review of On the Greenbelt at Strawdog Theatre Company by Ted C. Fishman

A daughter holds a bundle of secrets that she feels she must keep, but which uproot her relationship with her family.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Ritual and Reckoning: A Review of “What to Send Up When It Goes Down” by Ted C. Fishman

"WTSUWIGD" takes on a wide range of social toxins and portrays an equally wide range of how Blacks cope and respond.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Cross My Heart: A Review of Isaac’s Eye at Redtwist by Ted C. Fishman

Lucas Hnath’s quick-talking historical drama centers on Isaac Newton's hypothesize that an experiment that requires a needle to be inserted into a living human’s eye will prove his theor…

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Thursday, March 24, 2022

Fairy Tale Charm: A Review of Once Upon A Mattress at Theo Ubique by Ted C. Fishman

The show draws on the familiarity of Hans Christian Andersen’s "Princess and the Pea" but with a celebration of human character and the charms of oddballs.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Play with Heart: A Review of King James at Steppenwolf Theatre by Ted C. Fishman

It is a fascinating exploration of lives and a friendship that ends in a tie, pretty much in the state in which it started. At the same time, it is a play about the lives of men.

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Monday, March 14, 2022

Playful Lunacy: A Review of Teatro ZinZanni at the Cambria Hotel by Ted C. Fishman

The long-running, ever-changing show is a cirque du smirque that mixes song, comedy and acrobatics.

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Thursday, February 24, 2022

Tenderness in the Face of Anarchy: A Review of Ruined at Invictus Theatre by Ted C. Fishman

For all the trouble "Ruined" so powerfully captures, it also gives us the human capacity for tenderness in the face of anarchy and hellish violence.

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Thursday, February 17, 2022
Wednesday, February 16, 2022

New Beginnings: A Review of Groundhog Day, The Musical by Ted C. Fishman

The story captures God’s chief expectation, that people spend their lives bettering life for all on Earth.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022

A Soundtrack to America: A Review of “Women of Soul with a Special Tribute to Aretha” by Ted C. Fishman

Eight women and one man, vocal powerhouses all, move quickly from tune to tune.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Vaux de Ville: A Review of The Jackie Smook Program of De-Dumbification by Ted C. Fishman

Smook’s singing, puppetry, voice characterization and mugging have vaudeville polish.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Promise Her Anything, But Give Her A Moor: A Review of The Moors at A Red Orchid Theatre by Ted C. Fishman

"The Moors," plays off the mental and physical landscapes of the work of Charlotte and Emily Bronte.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Catch Your Breath: A Preview of the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival by Ted C. Fishman

This year’s fest brings in the very best from all over the United States. Nearly all of the works are new to Chicago.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Choreographed Chaos: A Review of “The Play That Goes Wrong” by Ted C. Fishman

Fans of physical comedy may find it a rare treat. This is a gentle-hearted show which calls to mind the kind of physical schtick on old TV variety programs.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

A Hurricane of Wonder: A Review of Disney’s Frozen at the Cadillac Theatre by Ted C. Fishman

When it comes to showing heart, especially in the power ballads and anthems, this show is stirring.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Rom-Com Christmas: A Review of Love Actually? The Unauthorized Musical Parody by Ted C. Fishman

"Love Actually?" shoots at the king of rom-com Christmas films and kills it.

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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