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Friday, April 28, 2017

Review: The Most Happy Fella (Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

Frank Loesser’s score has some fine moments, Adam Veness' vineyard set is impressive, and newcomer Molly Hernandez’ powerful soprano and radiant stage presence is a huge new talent who s…

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Review: Queen (Victory Gardens Theater) by Catey Sullivan

Madhuri Shekar's Queen a is fascinating, provacative world premiere about the science and research surrounding bee ecology. The dialogue is witty and insightful that delves both the sense a…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Review: Marry Me a Little (Porchlight Music Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

In Porchlight Music Theatre's 70-minutes two-hander romance of Stephen Sondheim out-takes, Austin Cook and Bethany Thomas deliver sonic wonders and emotional depth. The songs of Marry Me a L…

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: Linda Vista (Steppenwolf Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

Playwright Tracy Letts certainly knows how to deliver dialogue that’s balanced on a razor-wire between edgy and Neil Simon. With Linda Vista, he’s does this deftly, scoring numerous audi…

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Review: The Mystery of Love and Sex (Writers Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

Director Marti Lyons deploys a deft hand with Bathsheba Doran's The Mystery of Love and Sex. She keeps the pacing taut and elegantly navigates the thin line between humor and pathos. What sh…

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Review: Odysseo by Cavalia by Catey Sullivan

Make no mistake - Odysseo is breathtaking from start to finish. Starring 65 horses and 48 human aerialists, acrobats and riders, the tech-heavy production is a staggeringly beautiful and imp…

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Review: Born Yesterday (Remy Bumppo Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

After a rather uneventful first act, Born Yesterday picks up the steam of a runaway downhill freight train in the second act, powering through to a finale that feels downright prophetic. Pla…

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Review: The Wiz (Kokandy Productions) by Catey Sullivan

Kokandy director Lili-Anne Brown takes a literal stance on The Wiz, billing it as an urbanization of L. Frank Baum’s beloved tale, setting it in the amongst the graffiti-strewn Kansas Home…

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Review: Beyond Caring (Lookingglass Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

It’s been over a century since the publishing of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, the seminal, muckraking expose of working conditions in Chicago’s stockyards. Alexander Zeldin’s Beyond C…

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Review: Destiny of Desire (Goodman Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

With Goodman Theatre's Destiny of Desire, playwright Karen Zacarias might have invented a new theatrical genre. The unabashedly histrionic production is part Greek tragedy, part frantic sex …

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Review: The Hard Problem (Court Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

Court Theatre's The Hard Problem, by Tom Stoppard, is sleek, smart and beguiling. Director Charles Newell’s sharp and luminous cast keeps you engaged both intellectually and emotionally, e…

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Review: Circus 1903 (Broadway in Chicago) by Catey Sullivan

The real stars of Circus 1903 are not humans. The show’s signature is its life-sized puppet elephants, created by designer Melvyn Millar. But while the elephants are wonderful, Circus 1903…

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Review: Straight White Men (Steppenwolf Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

At 90 minutes, Steppenwolf's Straight White Men, written and directed by Young Jean Lee, zips by at the pace of an expertly timed sitcom, but plumbs depths worthy of a dissertation. By expos…

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Review: Urinetown (BoHo Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

Boho Theatre’s budget may be small compared to the well-oiled musical theater machines found elsewhere in Chicago, but make no mistake, their production of Urinetown packs a mighty punch. …

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Review: Love’s Labor’s Lost (Chicago Shakespeare, 2017) by Catey Sullivan

Director Marti Maraden does as well as anyone could with Love’s Labor’s Lost, a production that looks gorgeous on stage, but the script itself is lacking. If nothing else, the productio…

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Review: Sweeney Todd (Paramount Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

It’s clear from Sweeney Todd's opening number that Director Jim Corti understands both the scope of the show, and how to make it work within the soaring spaces of the Paramount. Several ba…

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Review: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Broadway in Chicago) by Catey Sullivan

For the national tour of John Cameron Mitchell's Hedway and the Angry Inch, the production has been gussied up and deeply commercialized. That it still works in terms of both potent storytel…

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Review: A Disappearing Number (TimeLine Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

Devised by the London-based Theatre de Complicite and conceived by Simon McBurney, A Disappearing Number is at once a mathematical mystery thriller, a romance, and a tragedy rooted in histor…

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Review: The Scottsboro Boys (Porchlight Music Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

In Kander and Ebb's "The Scottsboro Boys," powerfully presented by Porchlight Music Theatre, the juxtaposition of the antic shenanigans and the tragic story they’re telling creates the sen…

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Review: A Wonder in My Soul (Victory Gardens Theater) by Catey Sullivan

There’s an important, provocative and entertaining story buried within Marcus Gardley’s A Wonder in My Soul. The world premiere drama is filled with joy, strength and fascinating charact…

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Review: The Wolf at the End of the Block (Teatro Vista) by Catey Sullivan

Teatro Vista's world premiere by Ike Holter's never comes out and identifies just who the real wolf is, and that is to the play’scredit. It could be any of us. And that’s what helps make…

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Review: The Illusionists – Live from Broadway (Broadway in Chicago by Catey Sullivan

The Illusionists is terrific escapist entertainment. Each of the magicians showcased have their own gimmick, look and shtick. Over the course of two hours or so, they provide a range of illu…

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Review: The Nether (A Red Orchid Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

Director Karen Kessler has shaped a vividly realized world with Jennifer Haley's haunting, futuristic thriller The Nether. The production is at once an escape from the real, and a vivid comm…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Review: Captain Blood (First Folio Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

Swarthy pirates, saucy wenches and ridiculously coiffed villains - all-in-all there’s much to applaud in Captain Blood. David Rice’s adaptation of Rafael Sabatini’s 1922 adventure nove…

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Review: Bootycandy (Windy City Playhouse) by Catey Sullivan

At times funny, at others disturbing and increasingly intriguing the deeper you get into the two-hour production, Windy City Playhouse's Bootycandy sneaks up on you, drawing you into the cha…

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Review: Blues for an Alabama Sky (Court Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

Pearle Cleage's Blues for an Alabama Sky offers pretty much everything you could want in a drama - thrilling story, unforgettable character and mesmerizing dialogue. The emotional spectrum i…

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Review: The Tall Girls (Shattered Globe Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

If you look hard enough, there are glimmers of potential buried in Meg Miroshnik’s Depression-era drama of teenage girls trying to escape an oppressive world by teaming up to play basketba…

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Review: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Pride Films and Plays) by Catey Sullivan

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is an unapologetic campfest of fabulous drag-queen proportions, and an homage to 70's disco music. Though Honey West does a star turn in this produciton, Pris…

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Review: Winter (Rivendell Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

Winter is coming - we all reach the point where there is far more behind us than ahead. Rivendell Theatre's Winter, by Julie Jensen, exploring one woman's personal winter as she comes to gri…

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Review: The Christians (Steppenwolf Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

Lucas Hnath’s latest drama, The Christians, is packed with the sort of provocative questions that fuel all-night philosophical discussions. As a debate, Steppenwolf's production has merit.…

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Review: Her America (Greenhouse Theater, Solo Celebration) by Catey Sullivan

Part of Greenhouse Theater's Solo Celebration! series, Her America, by Brett Neveu, has a troubling premise regarding women's choices. That being said, Kate Buddeke is an actor of fierce ab…

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