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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Artful ‘Trevor the musical’ ably explores middle-school miseries by Hedy Weiss

The Oscar-winning short film has been expanded into a fervent, surprisingly playful, fully musicalized two-hour show.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Vivid, yet minimalist ‘Machinal’ an extraordinary emotional journey by Hedy Weiss

The 1928 play by Sophie Treadwell was in many ways far ahead of its time in both style and substance,

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Ghoulish punishments prevail in shocking ‘Shockheaded Peter’ by Hedy Weiss

WEISS: As sick and twisted as the Black Button Eyes production is, its depiction of domestic horror is so imaginative that you cannot look away.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

‘Hamilton’ stage musical launches an official app by Hedy Weiss

Neither Alexander Hamilton, nor any of such scientifically-minded Founding Fathers as Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, had an app, although they certainly had “appetites.”…

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

All-star female cast set for Chicago Shakespeare’s ‘Taming of Shrew’ by Hedy Weiss

Gaines' re-imagined production, with Shakespeare's script featuring additional dialogue by Second City's Ron West, is set in 1919 Chicago.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Full lineup announced for International Latino Theater Festival by Hedy Weiss

The festival will run Sept. 29 through Oct. 29 at various venues.

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New ‘Trevor’ musical takes on teen sexual identity, suicide by Hedy Weiss

The musical is based on the 1994 Oscar-winning short film.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

A revival of ‘Hair’ that sings out in a new age of discontent by Hedy Weiss

WEISS: Mercury Theater Chicago production is at once grand-scale yet intimate, aiming to capture the fashion, attitudes and anxieties of the era.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

A neat balancing act in Black Ensemble’s ‘Last Dancer Standing’ by Hedy Weiss

WEISS: The reality TV takeoff also delves into backstage drama, a variety of musical styles and even contemporary politics.

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Repaving the Yellow Brick Road in ingenious “Bricklayers of Oz” by Hedy Weiss

Since its publication in 1900, L. Frank Baum’s novel, ‘The Wonderful of Wizard of Oz,” has been the source of countless iterations, from the magical 1939 MGM film, to the u…

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

With ‘Monticello,’ lawyer tries to come to terms with Thomas Jefferson by Hedy Weiss

The play's author, Thomas R. Geoghagen, pairs the Founding Father with Edgar Allan Poe as a way to examine Jefferson's contradictions.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Three Chicago actors cast in Broadway-bound Harry Potter show by Hedy Weiss

Let’s just say that three Chicago actors – Alex Weisman, Jessie Fisher and James Romney – will probably be taking very long leases on New York apartments soon. And why is t…

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

‘Funny, strong’ Steppenwolf actress Mariann Mayberry has died at 52 by Hedy Weiss

Steppenwolf says the actress, who appeared in Chicago and on Broadway in "August: Osage County," was "at the center of who this company is."

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Friday, July 28, 2017

In ‘An Octoroon,’ everything old is made new again by Hedy Weiss

The pre-Civil War era melodrama by Dion Boucicault is receiving a smartly staged production by director Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

A trio of Chicago premieres set for Shattered Globe’s 2017-2018 season by Hedy Weiss

The plays will be presented at Shattered Globe's resident home at Theater Wit.

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Dancing into post-war rebirth in glorious ‘An American in Paris’ by Hedy Weiss

The peerless songs of George and Ira Gershwin are paired with the sinuous direction and brilliantly varied choreography by Christopher Wheeldon.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Steppenwolf announces its LookOut Series lineup for Fall 2017 by Hedy Weiss

The lineup will also inaugurate the Chicago International Latino Theater Festival, dubbed “Destinos."

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‘Madagascar’ cast exudes animal magnetism at Chicago Shakespeare by Hedy Weiss

A family musical at heart, the show might just be the ideal tonic for any grownup in search of a brief, zany escape from news of the real world.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Cirque du Solei’s gorgeous ‘Luzia’ a steady stream of wonderments by Hedy Weiss

Consistently true to its title, "Luzia" is infused with dazzling effects of light, color, texture and water that evoke Mexico in the most poetic ways.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Musing on the music in Shakespeare’s ears (and ours) by Hedy Weiss

Early on in “Something Rotten!,” the irreverent musical farce that imagines the birth of the Broadway musical as it might have happened during the Elizabethan era, a character su…

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Dance, romance and history propel ‘An American in Paris’ on stage by Hedy Weiss

Compile a list of some of the most famous directors of Broadway musicals — Jerome Robbins, Gower Champion, Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett, Susan Stroman, Tommy Tune, Graciela Daniele, Kathleen…

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

‘Beauty’s Daughter’ conjures one woman’s world in six characters by Hedy Weiss

Wandachristine who masterfully brings her characters to life under the fluid, incisive direction of Ron OJ Parson.

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Founders of Raven Theatre announce a major life change by Hedy Weiss

Raven Theatre will begin a national search for a new artistic director immediately.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

In ‘Lela & Co.,’ a harrowing look at one victim of war by Hedy Weiss

As you enter Steep Theatre you instantly become part of designer Joe Schermoly's genteel living room set.

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Gift Theatre’s 2018 season to include David Rabe play and more by Hedy Weiss

The season will include the Midwest debut of David Rabe's "Cosmologies" and Stacy Amma Osei-Kuffour's "Hang Man."

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Scrambling Shakespeare and inventing a musical in ‘Something Rotten!’ by Hedy Weiss

"Something Rotten!" is no serious meal of a musical. It's an elaborate dessert that might have been cooked up by a popular chain.

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Searching for a Jewish-American identity in potent ‘God of Isaac’ by Hedy Weiss

Has time been kind to "God of Isaac"? The answer requires a bit of a Talmudic approach.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Cirque’s ‘Luzia’ a Mexican fantasy of light and water by Hedy Weiss

As the show's title suggests — Luzia fuses the sound of “luz” ("light" in Spanish) and “lluvia” ("rain").

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‘Hir’ conjures a darkly dysfunctional family for the non-binary era by Hedy Weiss

Taylor Mac's play receives one of those take-no-prisoners, anything goes Steppenwolf productions.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

‘How to Be a Rock Critic’ plays on the passion of Lester Bangs by Hedy Weiss

The one-man show features co-author Erik Jensen in a bravura turn as the dissipated but fervent Lester Bangs.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

‘The Nance’ strips away hidden pain of pre-liberation gay life by Hedy Weiss

Douglas Carter Beane's poignant yet high-spirited play-with-music is now receiving a terrific Chicago premiere by Pride Films & Plays.

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