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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.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
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.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
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…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 11:28AM
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…

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
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.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
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.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
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.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
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.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
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.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
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.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
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.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
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.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
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.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
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…

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
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.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
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.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
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.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 04:30PM
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The Kids Will Play: Digitizing Theater Camp by Amanda Finn

A cornerstone in the creative development of many performers, theater camps face significant challenges from COVID-19 and shelter-in-place orders.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Creatives are doing it for themselves with the Chicago Artists Relief Fund by Amanda Finn

A GoFundMe by artists and for artists provides COVID relief. At the start of COVID-19 lockdowns, thousands of Chicago theater artists lost immediate income. In t…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 07:25PM
Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Don’t be a Dick, Richard: A Review of Teenage Dick at Theater Wit by Amanda Finn

In the wake of COVID-19, Theater Wit brings the local premiere of Mike Lew's play directly to their audience.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 11:30AM
Monday, March 2, 2020

Bells That Toll: A Review of Kill Move Paradise at TimeLine Theatre Company by Amanda Finn

Directed by Wardell Julius Clark, the local premiere of James Ijames play asks for only one thing: that we listen.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 12:30PM
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Vinegar and Honey: A Review of Stick Fly at Writers Theatre by Amanda Finn

Lydia R. Diamond's play of privilege and all it entails returns to Chicago fresher than ever.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 02:30PM
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Maybe Rome Was Built in a Day: A Review of Titus Andronicus at Haven by Amanda Finn

Things go to pieces in this production of Shakespeare's bloodiest play.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 02:00PM
Friday, February 14, 2020

Keep It Together: A Review of The Boys in the Band at Windy City Playhouse by Amanda Finn

Windy City Playhouse continues its streak of emotionally engaging immersive theater with Mart Crowley's groundbreaking 1968 play.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 01:00PM
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Money Makes the World Burn Down: A Review of Labyrinth at Broken Nose Theatre by Amanda Finn

Beth Steel’s play is itself a labyrinth of occasionally confounding design.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 03:30PM
Monday, February 3, 2020

Life at the Intersections: A Review of Sheepdog at Shattered Globe Theatre by Amanda Finn

Directed by Wardell Julius Clark, Kevin Artigue's play speaks truth to power in an age when power rarely speaks the truth.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 05:00PM

“What the Fuck,” Indeed: A Review of If/Then at Brown Paper Box Co. by Amanda Finn

IF you plan to see this musical THEN you might want to prepare for a nonsensical (and misogynistic) vision of so-called female empowerment.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 04:30PM

It’s Got That Swing: A Review of Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies at Porchlight  Music Theatre by Amanda Finn

An evening of toe-tapping bliss that delivers a commendation worthy of the Duke's talent.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 12:00PM
Thursday, January 30, 2020

The Body Remembers: A Review of The Leopard Play or sad songs for lost boys at Steep Theatre by Amanda Finn

Isaac Gomez's latest play centers confidently and lovingly on the generational effects of colonialism and masculinity.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 12:30PM
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

An Unforgettable Gift: A Review of The Land of Forgotten Toys at CPA Theatricals by Amanda Finn

An endearing world premiere musical for kiddos and kiddos at heart.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 12:00PM
Friday, December 13, 2019

Phoning It In: A Review of Cold Town/Hotline at Raven Theatre Company by Amanda Finn

This well-intentioned seasonal sitcom misdials.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 02:30PM

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