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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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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Review: Shakespeare in Love (Chicago Shakespeare) by Catey Sullivan

Sparkling wit, a feel-good romance and a sexy, sassy, intelligent heroine - with those elements firmly in place, Chicago Shakespeare's Shakespeare in Love is just the thing to usher in the s…

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Review: She Loves Me (Marriott Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

As romances go, She Loves Me, by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock, is as pretty as a glossy-page perfume insert. In the Marriott Lincolnshire production, It is also just about as deep. Slightl…

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Review: Objects in the Mirror (Goodman Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

As a piece of storytelling, Objects in the Mirror is riveting. Playwright Charles Smith’s world premiere drama about a Liberian refugee is so fraught with tension that it makes you forget …

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Review: Jesus Christ Superstar (Paramount Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

It’s tough to find words to describe the the vocal magnificence and dramatic intensity of Paramount Theatre’s extraordinary production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Andrew Lloyd Webber (mus…

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Review: My Fair Lady (Lyric Opera of Chicago) by Catey Sullivan

There’s no denying that My Fair Lady is a sonic masterpiece. For a gloriously full-throated, lushly orchestrated rendition of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s 1956 classic, the Lyri…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Review: 3C (A Red Orchid Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

With 3C, David Adjmi deconstructs the inherent hatefulness of the 70's sitcom Three’s Company. Watch the show today, and you’ll cringe at how it dehumanizes gay men, turning them into n…

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Review: Aladdin (Broadway in Chicago) by Catey Sullivan

There's not a child in the land who wouldn’t love Disney's Aladdin. The music is terrific, from the adventuresome romance of “Whole New World,” to the splendor-on-steroids treasure cav…

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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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