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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Strength in Vulnerability: A Review of How to Defend Yourself at Victory Gardens Theater by Erin Shea Brady

Liliana Padilla's play speaks to the current climate without just quoting headlines and allows us to escape into another world without neglecting our own.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Pursuit of Perfection: A Review of Dance Nation at Steppenwolf Theatre Company by Erin Shea Brady

A provocative and powerful new play by Clare Barron, told with equal parts joy and seriousness.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Sweet and Savored: A Review of Tiny Beautiful Things at Victory Gardens by Erin Shea Brady

Based on the book by "Dear Sugar" columnist Cheryl Strayed, this attentive adaptation showcases the eternally-complicated task of being a person.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

New Side, Same Story: A Review of West Side Story at Lyric Opera of Chicago by Erin Shea Brady

Tactfully drawing out the ethnic tension and socio-political context in which it was born, Lyric's production evinces the perpetually incisive quality of this iconic musical.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Through Thick and Thin: A Review of I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble by Erin Shea Brady

Directed by Jessica Fisch, this regional premiere evinces just how starved the theater world is for fat-positive representation.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Woman on the Edge: A Review of Photograph 51 at Court Theatre by Erin Shea Brady

Double standards and double helix collide in this timely history play.

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Domestic Import: A Review of Familiar at Steppenwolf Theatre by Erin Shea Brady

Star of Broadway and MCU alike, Danai Gurira ("Eclipsed") turns her talents back to playwriting with this portrait of an intergenerational immigrant family negotiating the expectations of tr…

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

A Call for Change : A Review of Small Mouth Sounds at A Red Orchid Theatre by Erin Shea Brady

Silence speaks where words fail in this Chicago premiere from Bess Wohl at A Red Orchid Theatre.

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Unpacking a Diva : A Review of Master Class at TimeLine Theatre Company by Erin Shea Brady

TimeLine Theatre Company's revival of Terrence McNally's 1995 play demonstrates the resilience of Maria Callas' story and pedagogy.

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

A Long Time Coming: A Review of Caroline, Or Change or Firebrand Theatre & TimeLine Theatre Company by Erin Shea Brady

Firebrand Theatre and TimeLine Theatre Company's co-produce this stirring revival with book and lyrics by Tony Kushner and music Jeanine Tesori.

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

The Journey to Sisterhood : A Review of A Shayna Maidel at TimeLine Theatre Company by Erin Shea Brady

While the script sometimes gets in its own way, this TimeLine Theatre production is affecting and engaging thanks in large part to Vanessa Stalling's direction

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Discomfort Over Oppression: A Conversation On Non-Binary Inclusion with Emilie Modaff, Avi Roque and Catherine Miller by Erin Shea Brady

Erin Shea Brady talks with casting director Catherine Miller and actors Emilie Modaff and Avi Roque about breaking down the binary in theater and performance.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A Call To Engage: A Review of This Boat Called My Body at For Youth Inquiry by Erin Shea Brady

This justice-charged work from For Youth Inquiry proves that art for change and art for joy are not mutually exclusive.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Penguins—They’re Just Like Us: A Review of Birds of a Feather at Greenhouse Theater Center by Erin Shea Brady

This Chicago premiere at Greenhouse Theater Center is sure to waddle its way right into your heart.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Outrage and Arugula: A Review of Women Laughing Alone With Salad at Theater Wit by Erin Shea Brady

An internet meme turned first rate feminist farce gets its Chicago premiere at Theater Wit.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Getting Away With Murder: A Review of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre by Erin Shea Brady

Despite being untethered from any kind of context, Theo Ubique's final production at No Exit Cafe transcends.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Finding A Way Through: A Review of Surely Goodness and Mercy at Redtwist Theatre by Erin Shea Brady

This National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere at Redtwist Theatre delivers exactly what its title promises.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Battle of History: A Review of Row After Row at The Comrades by Erin Shea Brady

The Comrades pit historical accuracy against the possibilities of progress in this Chicago premiere from Jessica Dickey.

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