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Friday, January 19, 2018

Theo Ubique’s cast for ‘Sweeney Todd’ to be led by opera singer by Hedy Weiss

The show, which most often is produced on vast Broadway and opera house stages, will also have a formidable cast.

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Musical ‘Yank!’ captures moment in history of gays in U.S. military by Hedy Weiss

An ironic, knowing laugh rippled through the audience Thursday night as the immensely engaging musical “Yank! A WW II Love Story,” received its Chicago premiere by Pride Films an…

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Raven’s first season under new leadership taps four plays by women by Hedy Weiss

The work of four female playwrights, including Pulitzer Prize-winners Lynn Nottage and Paula Vogel, as well as Anna Jordan and Laura Eason, will comprise Raven Theatre’s 2018-2019 seas…

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Divergent destinies fuel tension in ‘Five Mile Lake’ by Hedy Weiss

The result is an emotionally rich look at dreams pursued, dreams denied, and the struggle to forge a life of value (and values) in America.

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New documentary chronicles the brief but brilliant life of Lorraine Hansberry by Hedy Weiss

The Hansberry documentary deals extensively with the playwright's political engagement, among other topics.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

In acting showcase ‘Cal in Camo,’ the stormy lives of damaged people by Hedy Weiss

WEISS: Each of the characters in William Francis Hoffman's play is in desperate need of help, but it's a newborn baby you may want to rescue.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

‘Flamingo & Decatur’ places its bets on Vegas, and wins by Hedy Weiss

In "Flamingo & Decatur," a most winning tragicomedy of Vegas manners, homes in on generally unexamined aspects of the fabled city.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Congo Square sounds clarion call of August Wilson’s ‘Jitney’ by Hedy Weiss

From its inception, August Wilson, who died in 2005, was a fervent supporter of Congo Square. This production of "Jitney" does him proud.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Molly Regan delves into family history as an ‘Accidental Curator’ by Hedy Weiss

The show is deeply rooted in Regan's family home located on a lake outside of Mankato, Minnesota.

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Young Playwrights Festival offers frank glimpses of adolescent life by Hedy Weiss

Pegasus Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival has been in operation for 31 years, along the way capturing the shifting zeitgeist of adolescent life. Under the program, professional thea…

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Grant Park Music Festival will return with fresh (and free) sounds this summer by Hedy Weiss

Artistic director Carlos Kalmar brings rarely heard treasures as well as familiar classics to Millennium Park starting in June.

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Probing the hallucinatory mind of Edgar Allan Poe in musical ‘Nevermore’ by Hedy Weiss

WEISS: The gently campy musical burlesque seems custom-made for Black Button Productions and its affinity for the surreal.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Lookingglass Theatre names Rachel L. Fink new executive director by Hedy Weiss

Fink arrives in Chicago after serving as managing director of Theatre Bay Area.

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Court Theatre executive director Stephen J. Albert dies at 66 by Hedy Weiss

Albert, who in November announced he would be leaving his position at Court as of Fall 2018, had been quietly fighting cancer for several years.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Chicago stages: best of dance programs of 2017 by Hedy Weiss

Both the level of choreography and the dancing in the many theaters now producing musicals in this city witnessed exponential growth. 

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Chicago stages: The top ten theater productions of 2017 by Hedy Weiss

A slew of incisive and imaginative productions ignited Chicago's theater scene in 2017.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

In timely ‘Red Velvet,’ a daring actor breaks Shakespeare racial line by Hedy Weiss

WEISS: Dion Johnstone makes a remarkable transition from young and self-confident to old and bitter in handsome Chicago Shakespeare Theater staging.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Shifting politics alter the complexion of plot-heavy ‘Wicked’ by Hedy Weiss

WEISS: While touring production of the Oz musical stays true to the original staging, the meaning of its story seems to have evolved in emphasis.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

‘Beautiful – The Carole King Musical’ retains its glow by Hedy Weiss

There is far more to this show than biography.There is the vibrant sense of a musical era in the making.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Theo Ubique’s fabulous ‘Altar Boyz’ will rock your world by Hedy Weiss

The show's playful yet pungent parody seems more timely than ever.

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Lyric Opera triumphs with sumptuous ‘Turandot’ by Hedy Weiss

Puccini's melodies are beyond rapturous, with several haunting themes and variations exquisitely laced throughout the opera's three acts.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Griffin stages searing revival of Tesori’s musical, ‘Violet’ by Hedy Weiss

Clarion voices and exceptional acting reveal the full beauty of Jeanine Tesori's work.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Bob Meyer infuses color into his long history of theatrical artwork by Hedy Weiss

His haunting pencil drawings and prints became a prized feature of the Chicago theater scene in the 1980s and '90s.

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Joffrey’s ‘Nutcracker’ grows even more magical on second viewing by Hedy Weiss

WEISS: Since the debut last season of Christopher Wheeldon's production, the ballet has become clearer and deeper in its storytelling and dancing.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Like candy corns and syrup, ‘Elf The Musical’ overpowers at Paramount by Hedy Weiss

WEISS: The exuberantly performed holiday musical can't overcome its essentially annoying quality.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Saving Shakespeare according to ‘The Book of Will’ by Hedy Weiss

WEISS: A lively Northlight cast plays out the path taken to get the Bard's 36 plays on paper.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

‘Irving Berlin’s White Christmas’ a spirit-raising dance-athon by Hedy Weiss

"White Christmas" is at once a sassy romantic comedy and a patriotic homage to the post-World War II era.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Firebrand Theatre’s ‘Lizzie’ sets the stage on fire by Hedy Weiss

"Lizzie," the riveting musical about the notorious Lizzie Borden, turns out to be an ideal inaugural production for Firebrand Theatre.

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Politics is far more than local in Tracy Letts’ ‘Minutes’ by Hedy Weiss

Playwright Tracy Letts has devised a blood ritual rooted in the farcical manifestations of local government and parliamentary procedure.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Radiant voices are the charm in Lyric’s ‘Pearl Fishers’ by Hedy Weiss

Georges Bizet was just 24 years old when his opera, “The Pearl Fishers” (“Les pecheurs de perles”) — now in a new-to-Chicago production at Lyric Opera — had its p…

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Zany ‘Margaritaville’ finds the joy of living in the moment by Hedy Weiss

Think of it as a sort of "SpongeBob Square Pants" for adults.

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