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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Review: Fun Home (Victory Gardens Theater) by Catey Sullivan

In Victory Gardens' triumphant "Fun Home", Director Gary Griffin’s ensemble will break your heart with their ability to embody the characters in Alison Bechdel’s story, especially Rob Li…

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Review: The Taming of the Shrew (Chicago Shakespeare, 2017) by Catey Sullivan

Chicago Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew is a fine production of a play that doesn’t deserve the resources lavished on it. For all the prodigious talent on stage, Shrew remains an endorse…

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Review: Punk (The New Colony) by Catey Sullivan

Between the distracting set design, the plot holes and the ultimately ineffective performances by the rest of the cast, The New Colony's world-premiere Punk is a weak endeavor. (review by Ca…

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Review: Million Dollar Quartet (Paramount Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

Million Dollar Quartet is irresistible. Set in 1956 during the only recording session when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins were all in the same room, the juke-bo…

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Review: The Legend of Georgia McBride (Northlight Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

For most of Northlight Theatre's The Legend of Georgia McBride, audiences are treated to a whacky, audience-pleasing comedy. The plot goes for guffaws by showing the whacky plight of a stra…

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Review: The Rembrandt (Steppenwolf Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

It doesn’t matter if you don’t know Rembrandt from Renoir, Manet from Monet. In its exploration of why art moves us – and moves us to take extraordinary measures to preserve it through…

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Review: Five Guys Named Moe (Court Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

Court Theatre's Five Guys Named Moe looks and sounds terrific. Set designer Courtney O’Neill has ingeniously turned the stage into the inside of a old time radio, and sound designer Victor…

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Review: Alias Grace (Rivendell Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

Despite some shortcomings, world-premiere Alias Grace is well worth seeing. The story of Grace Mark is powerful both as history and as a commentary on history. Rivendell Theatre hasn’t cap…

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Rev‪iew: Bullets Over Broadway (NightBlue Performing Arts) by Catey Sullivan

Under Kevin Bellie’s direction, Bullets Over Broadway does have moments of charm. But between these bright spots, the acting aesthetic is cartoons on hyperdrive – loud and garish enough …

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Review: A View from the Bridge (Goodman Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

There’s a pall of suffocating dread woven through director Ivo Van Hove’s galvanizing take on Arthur Miller’s 1955 classic A View From the Bridge. Set in the 1950s, the story about imm…

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Review: Rock of Ages (Drury Lane Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

Rock of Ages just might be the most shamelessly pandering musical since, oh, the late 1980s. It revels in boobie and poop jokes and stratospherically over-the-top characters. And it’s that…

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Review: The Toad Knew (Compagnie du Hanneton) by Catey Sullivan

The story of The Toad Knew – if there is one – is left to the audience to create within their own minds. The performers – a quintet starring creator James Thierrée – are a group of …

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Review: Muthaland (16th Street Theater) by Catey Sullivan

An engaging performer, Minita Gandhi plays over a dozen characters in what initially feels like a fairly predictable story of generational and cultural differences. But roughly two-thirds of…

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Review: Little Fish (Kokandy Productions) by Catey Sullivan

The cast of Kokandy Productions' Little Fish, by Michael John LaChuisa, is capable enough, and they make beautiful music together. The show sinks, nonetheless, because it’s both predictabl…

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Review: Luzia (Cirque du Soleil) by Catey Sullivan

There is so much impossible beauty in Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia, that watching it almost hurts. Act for act, Luzia: A Waking Dream of Mexico - written and directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca wi…

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Review: An American in Paris (Broadway in Chicago) by Catey Sullivan

In all, Broadway in Chicago's An American in Paris is joyous, fascinating and moving. It is also an incredible showcase of just how much beauty an ensemble of extraordinary dancers are capab…

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Review: Hir (Steppenwolf Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

Playwright Taylor Mac has created a kitchen sink family drama whose disarray is actually anxiety-inducing. There’s chaos and trouble and pain layered into the heaps of old laundry and bowl…

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Review: Beauty’s Daughter (American Blues Theater) by Catey Sullivan

With Beauty’s Daughter, Playwright Dael Orlandersmith returns to the broken beauty of Harlem, where she came of age. Directed by Ron OJ Parson, and starring the indelible Wandachristine, t…

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Review: Something Rotten! (Broadway in Chicago) by Catey Sullivan

As national tours go, Something Rotten! is something splendid - a mindess but gleeful hoot-and-a-half. If you aren’t laughing five minutes in, you seriously need to lighten up. Highly Rec…

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Review: The School for Lies (The Artistic Home) by Catey Sullivan

Moliere penned The School for Lies more than 350 years ago, but in David Ives’ insouciant, gleefully anachronistic reboot, the satire still glitters and cuts like fine-cut diamonds. The rh…

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Review: How to Be a Rock Critic (Steppenwolf Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

Rock critic Lester Bangs didn’t live long – he died at 33 after overdosing on cough syrup – but his short career chronicling the gods of rock and roll had lasting impact. In the one-ma…

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Review: The Gin Game (Drury Lane Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

The plot of D. L. Coburn’s 100-minute, two-person drama sounds so simple you wonder how it could possibly be a compelling drama: Two people play half a dozen hands of gin. Yet within this …

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Review: Ah, Wilderness! (Goodman Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

Enter the world of most Eugene O’Neill plays and you’ll find yourself in a world of hurt. The exception that proves the rule is Ah, Wilderness!, O’Neill’s sole romantic comedy. Set o…

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Review: The King and I (Broadway in Chicago) by Catey Sullivan

Visually sumptuous and sonically gorgeous, Broadway in Chicago's opulent national tour of The King and I is a throwback to the golden era of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Highly Recommended! (rea…

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Review: Native Gardens (Victory Gardens Theater) by Catey Sullivan

Holy Virginia Creeper On a Stick. Not since before the November election have I laughed as long, hard and cathartically as I did at Karen Zacarias’ Native Gardens. But what starts as a com…

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Review: Pass Over (Steppenwolf Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

Steppenwolf's world premiere Pass Over is the rare drama that will keep you utterly rapt from start to finish, while also spinning an unforgettable commentary on the problems that plague 21s…

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Review: Relativity (Northlight Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

Playwright Mark St. Germain’s intriguing Relativity, directed by BJ Jones, goes far deeper than the famously tousled shock of white hair that Einstein will forever be associated with. As E…

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Review: Parade (Writers Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

Under Gary Griffin’s direction, the musical Parade is an exquisitely rendered ensemble piece defined by richly nuanced performances and sonic majesty. Anchored by Patrick Andrews as Leo Fr…

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Review: T. (American Theater Company) by Catey Sullivan

With the funny, perceptive T., playwright Dan Aibel’s shows that an infamous sports attack didn’t happen in a vacuum. Figure skating (and society’s) rigid rules about how women should …

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Review: Paradise Blue (TimeLine Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

There’s a fascinating, important story in Detroit’s Black Bottom community, both in its thriving heyday and in the institutionalized racism that erased it. Playwright Dominique Morisseau…

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Review: Chicago the Musical (Drury Lane Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

After over a decade of pursuing the elusive rights to the show, Drury Lane finally got the green light to put their stamp on John Kander’s and Fred Ebb’s classic musical. Director Willia…

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