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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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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Review: Honky Tonk Angels (Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

Despite a winning roster of country favorites and powerful, talented voices to serve them up, Honky Tonk Angels is all but done in by the barrage of clichés that creator Ted Swindley has mu…

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Review: Men on Boats (American Theater Company) by Catey Sullivan

There’s power in the image of women working together to ensure each other’s survival, all the while refusing to be categorized in terms of traditional gender norms. Unfortunately, that p…

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Broadway in Chicago) by Catey Sullivan

Playwright Simon Stephens never explicitly mentions autism in the drama inspired by Mark Haddon’s novel. But as this alternately funny, wrenching, riveting, and ultimately inspiring story …

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Review: This Way Outta Santaland (Theater Wit) by Catey Sullivan

Mitchell Fain is putting his pointy-toed, jingle-belled foot down. Instead of yet another foray into Sedarisland, Fain is offering up his own take on Christmas. Theater Wit's This Way Outta …

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Review: Electra (Court Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

In Sophocles' Electra at Court Theatre, Director Seret Scott makes all of the over-the-top grandeur and affectation work. The talented cast goes huge, creating a beautiful exploration into t…

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Review: Cinderella at the Theater of Potatoes (The Hypocrites) by Catey Sullivan

Sometimes loud, sometimes garish, and never especially subtle, The Hypocrites' world premiere Cinderella at the Theater of the Potatoes is a confection of an operetta. Throughout, it makes j…

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Review: The Fundamentals (Steppenwolf Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

At first, Erika Sheffer's world premiere The Fundamentals seems as if it will be a razor-sharp parody/expose of the grimy inner workings of an outwardly gleaming luxury hotel. But the drama,…

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Review: Roz and Ray (Victory Gardens Theater) by Catey Sullivan

Victory Garden's Roz and Ray, by Karen Hartman, is both sobering and upsetting. It is also commands your attention. Hartman has captured a world of Big Pharma injustice in the two-person dra…

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Review: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Northlight Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

With Northlight Theatre's Miss Bennet-Christmas at Pemberley, playwrights Margot Melcon and Lauren Gunderson craft a sparkling, witty, feel-good world premiere rom-com that is also a sharp, …

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Review: King Charles III (Chicago Shakespeare Theater) by Catey Sullivan

As clever and gorgeous as King Charles III is to behold, Mike Bartlett's tale about what would happen if Prince Charles took the throne falters in the storytelling. The Royal family never se…

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Review: Singin’ in the Rain (Marriott Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

As musicals go, Marriott Theatre's Singin’ in the Rain is entertaining. The songs are marvelous, the dancing is terrific, the cast is likable. But pull back the covers on this nearly 65-y…

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