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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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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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