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Chicago's big, ongoing festival presents an excellent opportunity to sample a vast range of artistry from around the world. Not just for kids.
I’ve now seen the North American tour of Dear Evan Hansen twice in Chicago, and both times I’ve come up short trying to feel the emotional connection that so many fans have with this sho…
In Larry Yando's hands, it's Scrooge’s transformation from hardhearted miser into “as good a friend … and as good a man, as the good old city knew” that makes makes this a classic.
On paper, the 2003 holiday movie comedy starring Will Ferrell seems like a great candidate for a screen-to-stage adaptation.
It is a universal truth that mothers must meddle in their children’s love lives, and the Syrian American family in Omer Abbas Salem’s new play is no different.
Michael Curry designed part of the look of the original Broadway production with Julie Taymor. The touring show is in Chicago for the fifth time.
Accompanied by a live band, the cast performs with such charisma that many audience members were clapping along — and some were dancing.
Teenagers tend to be reckless, sure, but few would gather in a spooky tree house to summon the spirit of Colombian drug cartel leader Pablo Escobar. But then, most aren’t […]
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This story about human connection across differences provides a hopeful, aspirational glimpse at our better selves.
Two-hander plays starring Latinas are having a moment in this year’s Destinos Festival.
Two couples settle into side-by-side suites, only for one half of each pair to discover that their ex-spouse is staying next door.
Eventually, it becomes clear that the source of their conflict is that both mother and daughter are trying to protect one another.
What if the person you love—the one you want to spend the rest of your life with—were to confess a secret so bizarre, so disturbing, that it makes you question […]
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The multimedia production blends puppetry, cinematic techniques and original music to tell this sweet, quirky story.
Larry Yando has been a prominent presence on stages in Chicago and beyond for many years, including as Ebenezer Scrooge in the Goodman’s annual production of A Christmas Carol (this […]
Both actors playing Elphaba and Glinda fell in love with “Wicked” at a young age and long have hoped to play these roles.
Katie McLean Hainsworth is quite good as Miss Holmes — suitably cerebral and stiff, with understated physical tics that suggest a constantly active mind.
“My Brother Langston” truly shines when the spotlight is on Langston Hughes’ own words.
Actors and audience members take a three-mile journey through the streets of North Lawndale in Theatre Y’s “Laughing Song: A Walking Dream.”
Nerds of many stripes will feel at home entering the magical portal that is Otherworld Theatre, a Wrigleyville-based theater company that specializes in science fiction and fantasy. Fancy a …
The nostalgic period drama by Ken Ludwig is based on the real-life romance of his parents, who wrote to each other for three years during World War II before meeting in person.
At the play’s heart are a flawed patriarch straining against an inequitable society and resilient family members fighting generational trauma.
The reopening for this storied youth theater borrows from "Feast," “Home/Land” and others, scenes staged with music.
Madeline Sayet moved to England in 2015 to pursue a doctorate degree in Shakespeare, a journey that led her to question her identity and place in the world.
If “The Play That Goes Wrong” had a raunchier older sister, it might look like “A Fine Feathered Murder.”
The show co-stars “American Idol” alumni Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young, and features a cast of Chicago theater veterans and newcomers.
Brian Quijada transforms this tale into a different kind of American story: that of a young woman from El Salvador making the dangerous trek to the United States.
The current play opened in New York in 2018 and became the highest-grossing American play in Broadway history.
Joel Drake Johnson's play centers on a middle-aged Black woman who returns to her job at Northwestern Memorial Hospital after days off to recover from an illness attributed to chemicals from…
Playwright Naomi Iizuka frames single moments in the lives of ordinary people, transforming them into images rich with meaning and memory.
With the help of a dandelion, a child’s imagination takes flight in this world premiere adaptation of the book by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson.