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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Avner Landes’s Meiselman gets it right by Dmitry Samarov

Even though its titular character always does just the opposite Meiselman is put-upon. Everything and everyone in his world is bent on humiliating and belittling…

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Casanova at the Corner Bar by Dmitry Samarov

An excerpt from Dmitry Samarov’s Old Style, an illustrated book set in Chicago bars I pay the guy no mind the first couple times he comes up. Young, kind of co…

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Amy Sillman breaks down art barriers by Dmitry Samarov

In her book Faux Pas, the painter makes a rarified field approachable with humor and profundity. “You take a picture, but you make a drawing.” I’ve tried f…

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Friday, January 22, 2021

The sad, funny monster in Running the Light by Dmitry Samarov

Stand-up comedian Sam Tallent’s hilarious novel follows a dumpster fire of a man looking for redemption. Is a monster still a monster if it knows it’s a mons…

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Monday, January 18, 2021

Finding happiness in letting go by Dmitry Samarov

Empty bookshelves aren’t a bad thing. No one has ever used the words joy or spark to describe me and I haven't read Marie Kondo's book or seen her TV show. Yet…

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

An Alphabet for Joanna is a lyrical look at memory loss by Dmitry Samarov

Poet Damian Rogers explores her relationship with her mother in her new memoir. Do you know your mother? I don't mean her identity but who she is as a person.…

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Monday, November 2, 2020

Cuyahoga brings long ago midwest back to life by Dmitry Samarov

In his debut novel, Pete Beatty fashions historical fantasy that feels contemporary. Ours is a time ripe for tall tales. So Pete Beatty’s yarn about two brothe…

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

A load of Crap by Dmitry Samarov

Wendy Woloson’s book dives deep into America’s obsession with cheap stuff. Crap is a fun and easy word to say. But what crap is is a lot harder to pin down.…

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Friday, August 14, 2020

Plague time at the Art Institute by Dmitry Samarov

What it’s like to explore a familiar place under unfamiliar circumstances. When it was announced the Art Institute of Chicago was reopening I swore I wouldn't …

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Hedda Gabler: A Play With Live Music shows us a woman fighting for her voice by Dmitry Samarov

TUTA gives Ibsen's classic a contemporary musical update. Lauren Demerath rages, leers, screams, flirts, and, best of all, sings her way through an unforgettable…

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Rabbit Summer addresses complex subjects with a sure hand by Dmitry Samarov

The cast in Redtwist's drama about a police shooting makes the heavy lifting look easy. Ruby (Brooke Reams) and Wilson (Kevin Tre'Von Patterson) seem to have a p…

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Jasmon Drain joins the ranks of Chicago’s greatest authors by Dmitry Samarov

His debut collection, Stateway’s Garden, captures the city’s unique, ugly beauty. It's not often that a writer will make me see Chicago in a new way, but wit…

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Lipstick Lobotomy looks at a Kennedy tragedy by Dmitry Samarov

JFK's eldest sister pays the price for nonconformity in Trap Door's production. Kate Hendrickson directs the Chicago premiere of Krista Knight's Lipstick Lobotom…

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Office and gender politics collide in Do You Feel Anger? by Dmitry Samarov

An "empathy coach"' tries to fix a toxic workplace in A Red Orchid's latest. Jess McLeod directs the Chicago premiere of Do You Feel Anger?, Mara Nelson-Greenber…

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The Mousetrap puts on fun house finery at Court by Dmitry Samarov

Sean Graney's production offers a visually clever update of Agatha Christie's classic whodunit. Sean Graney directs a revival of the most commercially successful…

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Juliet is a naked cry of pain by Dmitry Samarov

But Theatre Y's staging covers up the Romanian prison camp story with too many needless additions. As the audience enters The Ready storefront space in Lincoln S…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The White Plague follows the clash between fascism and pacifism by Dmitry Samarov

Karel Čapek's rarely produced parable feels like a timely tragedy at Trap Door. Nicole Wiesner directs Karel Čapek's 1937 parable (translated by Peter Majer an…

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Exit, Pursued by a Bear lacks teeth by Dmitry Samarov

Lauren Gunderson's 2012 play trades in tropes, but Joy Productions' cast is strong. Joy Productions' inaugural show, Exit, Pursued by a Bear, begins with a compe…

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The Steadfast Tin Soldier remains delightful in its second year by Dmitry Samarov

Mary Zimmerman's adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale is moving and magical. Marionette-like figures in colorful, exaggerated costumes dance on a…

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

I Am Going to Die Alone and I Am Not Afraid offers Holocaust stories of resistance with universal power by Dmitry Samarov

Prop Thtr's devised ensemble piece is a timely reminder of the importance of remembering the past. Anna Gelman directs the world premiere of I Am Going to Die Al…

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Accidental Death of a Black Motorist gives a contemporary spin to Dario Fo by Dmitry Samarov

Sid Feldman's adaptation has relevance on its side, but not brevity. Wm. Bullion directs Sid Feldman's update of a 1970 Dario Fo comedy about a chameleon-like ch…

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Desperate debauchery haunts this Cabaret by Dmitry Samarov

Encroaching fascism and gender fluidity make for a timely revival with Cowardly Scarecrow. Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company turns Chief O'Neill's Attic Bar int…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Theatre L'Acadie makes a promising debut with 70 Scenes of Halloween by Dmitry Samarov

Jeffrey M. Jones's 1990 play about the horrors of disintegrating relationships gets a rare revival with a brand-new company. For its inaugural production, direct…

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Pakalolo Sweet has a mellow vibe, but the narrative goes up in smoke by Dmitry Samarov

Hannah Ii-Epstein's second play in a trilogy about the Hawaiian drug trade dances around the issue of mental illness. Staged in the coach house of a Chicago Park…

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Love and Information takes us through the digital looking glass by Dmitry Samarov

Trap Door's production captures the narrative of no narrative in the Internet age. Kim McKean directs Caryl Churchill's 2012 assault on the senses disguised as a…

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Hunchback of Notre Dame seeks sanctuary in the saccharine by Dmitry Samarov

A large cast and full orchestra can't breathe life into the Disney musical at Music Theater Works. Music Theater Works presents a stage musical adaptation of the…

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Ghost Quartet offers four musical “sides” to love, loss, and friendship by Dmitry Samarov

Black Button Eyes gives Dave Malloy’s gleefully haunting song cycle an absorbing production. Black Button Eyes Productions presents the Chicago premiere of Dav…

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Beyond Therapy rises from an early 80s boneyard by Dmitry Samarov

Eclipse Theatre Company can’t resolve the ancient problems with Christopher Durang’s early comedy. Eclipse Theatre Company presents Christopher Durang's badl…

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Bury Me bogs down in issues by Dmitry Samarov

Too many hot-button topics pile up in Dandelion Theatre's world premiere. Dandelion Theatre presents the world premiere of Brynne Frauenhoffer's plaintive, often…

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The Killer needs a little less conversation and a little more action, please by Dmitry Samarov

Trap Door's production of Ionesco's absurdist farce works best when no one is talking. Eugène Ionesco's loud, absurdist farce about an everyman desperately atte…

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

It Is Magic takes a sympathetic look at the world of storefront theater by Dmitry Samarov

How and why do you go on making art in the face of indifference? Theater Oobleck presents the world premiere of Mickle Maher's latest hilarious tragedy. In the b…

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All that Chat

Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre