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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Attend this tale by Catey Sullivan

I’ve seen bloodier stagings of Sweeney Todd than the current incarnation from Kokandy Productions at the Chopin Theatre’s downstairs space, directed and choreographed by Derek Van Barham…

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Friday, September 16, 2022

Northlight plans its Evanston homecoming by Catey Sullivan

It’s a fool’s exercise, listing the Chicago theaters that have come and gone over the past quarter century. I tried but gave up when I hit 24 at 17 years […] The post Northlight plans …

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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

When the swash buckles by Catey Sullivan

There’s a reason you rarely see Zorro: The Musical, the 2008 show inspired by a masked Spanish hero (conceived of by Johnston McCulley in 1919 and since the subject of numerous […] The …

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Friday, August 5, 2022

Vengeance by Catey Sullivan

It’s a story about a storyteller who is creating a story about how mythology (stories) are created. It is also an acute reminder of how easy it can be to hide secrets in plain sight. The p…

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Three sisters of Failure by Catey Sullivan

The cliché has it that life is what happens when one is making other plans, but that’s clearly preposterous. In the main, it’s death that happens when we’re making other plans. Even i…

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022

The Sea Beast by Catey Sullivan

If you’re going to title your movie The Sea Beast, you need to commit to a beast that earns its billing. The post The Sea Beast appeared first on Chicago Reader.

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Friday, July 15, 2022

Fantastic beast by Catey Sullivan

When Luis Carreon takes the stage at the Chicago Magic Lounge, he’s pure old-school vaudeville, an elegant throwback in silver-toed boots and a tuxedo subtly imprinted with crushed velvet …

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Q for quaint by Catey Sullivan

When it took the Tony triumvirate of best musical, original score, and original book in 2004, Avenue Q (music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, book by Jeff Whitty, and based on an o…

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Fields of glory by Catey Sullivan

In Pearl’s Rollin’ With the Blues, Felicia P. Fields gets a showcase for her indomitable vocals. The Tony nominee (for The Color Purple) is a bona fide star in the land of musical theate…

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Freedom Uncut by Catey Sullivan

Watching the 80s through the lenses of its superstars is its own glossy and compelling reward, but Freedom also depicts the carnage of the decade. The post Freedom Uncut appeared first on Ch…

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Friday, June 10, 2022

Hustle by Catey Sullivan

Hustle spins a familiar plot into a story that’ll keep you invested even if you don’t know a hoop dream from an embroidery hoop. The post Hustle appeared first on Chicago Reader.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Sea legs by Catey Sullivan

Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, “The Little Mermaid,” is a load of hooey. Consider: The titular mermaid throws herself on a dagger in the end, because she can’t bear to go on a…

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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Song and dance, but not enough story by Catey Sullivan

Here’s the TL;DR version of what to expect from Ain’t Too Proud, the new jukebox musical about soul/blues/disco/rock hitmakers The Temptations, whose catalog of songs spans the 1960s and…

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Monday, August 9, 2021

God: now at the mall by Catey Sullivan

An immersive art exhibition in DuPage County brings the Sistine Chapel to the former site of the Sears store at Oakbrook Center. It had been almost exactly 30 y…

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Monday, July 19, 2021

A Sea Change for a time of upheaval by Catey Sullivan

Cabinet of Curiosity sets sail with a new live show about mermaids, whales, sharks, seagulls—and climate disaster It begins, as many wonderful things do, with …

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Eschaton is a virtual cabaret with a surreal twist by Catey Sullivan

Eschaton host Tony Grayson rolls out the willkommen mat for a livestream variety show. If the great surrealist painter Salvador Dalí and iconic LSD proponent Ti…

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

About Face turns 25 by nurturing the next generation of LGBTQ+ artists by Catey Sullivan

About Face Theatre takes the mystery out of training next-generation LGBTQ+ artists—while putting it into a streaming production. Read from the scroll of off-L…

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Monday, May 24, 2021

We Are Out There offers a sneak peek of Chicago Shakespeare's It Came from Outer Space by Catey Sullivan

The full musical at Chicago Shakes is on hold, but you can see a streaming mockumentary based on the OG aliens-in-the-desert flick. Bow down to It Came from Oute…

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

First Folio debuts new play by a late, great comedic playwright by Catey Sullivan

Kristine Thatcher and the late Larry Shue's Waiting for Tina Meyer celebrates barfly connections. Playwright Kristine Thatcher picked up where she and actor-play…

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Heather Chrisler emerges from the COVID 'tsunami' as a triple threat by Catey Sullivan

After a year of heartbreak, Heather Chrisler is back to acting, as well as writing and illustrating. In March 2020, playwright Heather Chrisler was holding audit…

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

American Music Theatre Project turns 15 by Catey Sullivan

American Music Theatre Project unveils three student-created pieces in this year's online Capstone Festival. Since 2005, Northwestern University's American Music…

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Trap Door's Decomposed Theatre breaks down ideas from a longtime collaborator by Catey Sullivan

Weirdness and wonder abound in Matei Vişniec's Decomposed Theatre at Trap Door, but be prepared for creepiness, too. With nearly 40 actors, eight directors, and…

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

An inspector calls: The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries messes with a critic's head by Catey Sullivan

This interactive performance-piece-by-phone offers a daily dose of oddness. The operatives at The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries (now making their Chicago debut w…

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Fillet of Solo reminds us that no one is alone by Catey Sullivan

The annual festival of storytelling offers the freshest catches for COVID days. In the Before Times—before the Moth, before the Stoop, before the phrase "live …

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Quantum physics and romance collide in the streaming production of Constellations by Catey Sullivan

Theatre Above the Law's production lets its leads drop the masks for one moment in time. In COVID times, gestures that would have been banal and forgettable a ye…

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Missed Connections starts with the human, not the trick by Catey Sullivan

Jon Tai's intimate take on magic and storytelling comes (virtually) to A Red Orchid. Jon Tai is something of an antimagician. Tricking you, he says, isn't exactl…

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Broken Nose passes the Bechdel Test by Catey Sullivan

This year's Bechdel Fest realigns online. Alison Bechdel’s iconic eponymous Bechdel Test isn't the same exam it was when the award-winning graphic writer (Fun …

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

The Evanston Performing Arts Collective kicks off with "A New World" on New Year's by Catey Sullivan

Fleetwood-Jourdain spearheads a new collaboration "Celebrating Life, Community and the Arts." Shortly after the pandemic shut down the theaters, Fleetwood-Jourda…

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Pride & Prejudice Productions gives Austen a makeover by Catey Sullivan

Melissa Leilani Larson and Lavina Jadhwani reimagine a classic for BIPOC voices. More than 30 years into this gig, I've lost track of how many times I've seen Ja…

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Walkie Talkies brings together history, nature, and storytelling by Catey Sullivan

With a trio of walkabout podcasts, Chicago Children’s Theatre urges kids to go take a hike. Aztec deities. Sistine Chapel replicas.…

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Alexis Hex casts spells—and yarn by Catey Sullivan

The crafty, supernatural queen hosts the webseries Knitting’s A Drag. The queendom of drag is vast and diverse: There are comedy queens and look queens and ins…

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