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Friday, March 1, 2024

Stage Top 5: March 2024 by Brian Hieggelke

Classics, riffs on classics, and Broadway's hottest playwright hit Chicago stages in March.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Stage Top 5: February 2024 by Brian Hieggelke

February is a month of debuts—new artistic directors, new spaces and world premieres.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Players 2024: The Fifty People Who Really Perform for Chicago by Brian Hieggelke

As the curtain rises on 2024, whether we're in the front row or the balcony, we are trepidatious. If anything uplifts the performing-arts realm of Chicago to a thriving state, it's the talen…

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Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Stage Top 5: January 2024 by Brian Hieggelke

It's an especially star-studded January on and off Chicago stages.

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Friday, December 8, 2023

In Living Color: A Review of “Boop! The Betty Boop Musical” at Broadway in Chicago by Brian Hieggelke

No one compares to Jasmine Amy Rogers, who is Betty Boop, from the voice to the mannerisms to the can-do spirit tempered by vulnerability. And can she dance and sing? Yes. 

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Friday, December 1, 2023

Stage Top 5: December 2023 by Brian Hieggelke

Here's five shows with nary a, um, Shrek of Christmas in them. If you want a holiday show, you know where to find it.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Stage Top 5: November 2023 by Brian Hieggelke

A lot of musical fun and a little bit of darkness fill November stages.

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Saturday, October 14, 2023

To Build A Dream: A Review of “A Wonderful World” at Broadway in Chicago by Brian Hieggelke

Louis Armstrong completely filled the world he lived in. He was a one-of-a-kind singer and trumpet player. But it was his life as a cultural star, whose story tracks big movements of the twe…

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Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Stage Top 5: October 2023 by Brian Hieggelke

Two plays featuring seven women each and a gender-swapped Sondheim give October feminist flavor.

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Friday, September 1, 2023

Stage Top 5: September 2023 by Brian Hieggelke

The fall season kicks off with some laughs, some music and some heavy themes about America, race and capitalism.

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Thursday, August 31, 2023

Can’t-Miss Stage Events (Fall Arts Preview 2023) by Brian Hieggelke

Fall festivals in comedy and Latino theater? Boop-Oop-a-Doop!

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Monday, July 31, 2023

Stage Top 5: August 2023 by Brian Hieggelke

Big musicals, star comedians and a show on the beach: summer's last dance.

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Thursday, June 29, 2023

Stage Top 5: July 2023 by Brian Hieggelke

Shakespeare outdoors, or Pinter and more in the theater.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Woke Up: A Review of “Don’t Quit Your Daydream” at The Second City Mainstage by Brian Hieggelke

"Don't Quit Your Daydream" is one of the most consistently funny shows—maybe the funniest—I've ever seen on The Second City's stage.

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Friday, May 26, 2023

Stage Top 5: June 2023 by Brian Hieggelke

Take your pick: musical or off-center romantic comedy

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Friday, April 28, 2023

Stage Top 5: May 2023 by Brian Hieggelke

May is for musical comedy and edgy new work.

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Thursday, March 30, 2023

Stage Top 5: April 2023 by Brian Hieggelke

April musicals contemplate bluegrass music, serial killers and Alanis Morissette.

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Thursday, March 2, 2023

Stage Top 5: March 2023 by Brian Hieggelke

Four world premieres and one fond farewell make March a must-go month for theater and opera fans.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Stage Top 5: February 2023 by Brian Hieggelke

Considerations of race, gender and the music of Earth, Wind and Fire make February a fierce month on Chiicago stages.

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Friday, January 6, 2023

Players 2023: Who Really Performs for Chicago Right Now by Brian Hieggelke

The spirit of art on our stages is undaunted, the quality of work unsurpassed.

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Thursday, January 5, 2023

Stage Top 5: January 2023 by Brian Hieggelke

The new year kicks off with gusto, with opera, performance and theater both local and global.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Stage Top 5: December 2022 by Brian Hieggelke

If you've had enough holiday theater already, here are five shows that are not about Christmas.

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Friday, October 28, 2022

Stage Top 5: November 2022 by Brian Hieggelke

The month starts serious and ends with farce, with a bit of comedy and opera in between.

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Thursday, October 6, 2022

Almost Heaven: A Review of Luminaire at Cabaret ZaZou by Brian Hieggelke

The thought popped into my head that if there was a heaven, it could not be better than this.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Stage Top 5: October 2022 by Brian Hieggelke

Four world premieres and "Rent" — now that's a good month in theater.

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Friday, September 30, 2022

Can’t-Miss Stage Events (Fall Arts Preview 2022) by Brian Hieggelke

This season brings out bold new work by some of the city's most creative

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

One Sick Family: Playwright Brett Neveu Channels Orson Welles, Sort of, with “The Malignant Ampersands” at A Red Orchid by Brian Hieggelke

Brett Neveu debuts his "unofficial sequel" to the Welles film, "The Magnificent Ambersons."

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Mother American Dream: A Review of The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington at Steppenwolf by Brian Hieggelke

Playwright James Ijames makes the case that there's more than one way to tear down a monument with his fever dream of a play about a fever dream.

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Friday, August 26, 2022

Stage Top 5: September 2022 by Brian Hieggelke

A vibrant month in Chicago theater with all the major stages coming back to life, almost at once.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Welcome to the Jungle: A Review of Campaigns, Inc. at TimeLine Theatre by Brian Hieggelke

Will Allan's "Campaigns, Inc." is an origin story of modern political mendacity, found in the 1934 governor's race between the incumbent buffoon Frank Merriam and the visionary progressive U…

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Monday, August 8, 2022

After A Fashion: A Review of “The Devil Wears Prada, The Musical” at the James M. Nederlander Theatre by Brian Hieggelke

Early in the first act of "The Devil Wears Prada,The Musical," Andy, a frumpy self-important recent college grad, is up for a job as a personal assistant to Miranda Priestly (a thinly veiled…

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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