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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Humdrum Horror: A Review of “The Birthday Party” at City Lit by Hugh Iglarsh

Harold Pinter’s “The Birthday Party” suggests that what we think of as the habits of ordinary life are often a kind of smokescreen designed to block awareness of underlying arrangement…

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Polarized in Paradise: A Review of “Cabin Fever” at Adamson Road Theatre Company by Hugh Iglarsh

Four couples have gathered together for a weekend retreat designed to strengthen their marriages and reset their moral and spiritual compasses, under the soothing, cliché-laden guidance of …

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Predictable Chaos: A Review of “It Runs in the Family” at Citadel Theatre Company by Hugh Iglarsh

Ray Cooney’s 1987 British farce, offers unredeemed silliness of the slamming-door and double-take variety. More of a live-action cartoon than a play, it will appeal mainly to those who fav…

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Wanting to Be Seen: A Review of “Trouble in Mind” at TimeLine Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

“Trouble” is a backstage work set during the rehearsal period for a new and controversial race-themed play, written by a white man, that’s set to open on Broadway.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Thursday, November 10, 2022

Full Frontal Satire: A Review of “The Conspirators’ 125th Anniversary Jubilee, Featuring ‘The Ineptidemic,’” at Otherworld Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

The show affords a fine introduction to what The Conspirators call “The Style,” the group’s robotically jerky, audience-facing, hyperbolic acting method that stirs together Chinese ope…

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Thursday, October 27, 2022

Dreary But Not Scary: A Review of The Gift Theatre’s “The Locusts” at Theater Wit by Hugh Iglarsh

As depicted in “The Locusts,” life in Vero Beach, Florida is so nasty and brutish that it almost seems a not-totally-bad thing that it’s short, too, at least for the victims of the ser…

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Fatally Fractured Fairy Tales: A Review of “Grimm” at Theatre Above the Law by Hugh Iglarsh

These fables do manage to teach some important morals.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Weaponizing the American Dream: “Alma” at American Blues Theater by Hugh Iglarsh

“Alma" sensitively weaves together the personal and political in this tale of an immigrant single mother originally from Mexico and her rebellious U.S.-born teenage daughter.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Thursday, September 8, 2022

Slumming in Bohemia: A Review of “Hay Fever” at City Lit Theater by Hugh Iglarsh

Under Terry McCabe’s crisp direction, this 1925 play comes saucily to life, its portrayal of showbiz self-absorption and social insensitivity as fresh and stinging as an Oscar-night slap.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Friday, July 22, 2022

Magical Realism, Shakespeare-Style: A Review of The Winter’s Tale at Oak Park Festival Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

Well cast and imaginatively staged by adapter/director Kevin Theis, Oak Park Theatre Festival’s telling of “The Winter’s Tale” is a consistently engaging and occasionally enthralling…

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Coarse Contrasts: Antigone at Redtwist Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

“Antigone” is perhaps the oldest depiction we have of civil disobedience, focusing on the tension between the state and the individual conscience.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Monday, June 6, 2022
Thursday, May 5, 2022

World Without Pity: A Review of “Rasheeda Speaking” at Shattered Globe Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

A real minefield of a drama, focusing on how the macro issues of race, class and gender affect the micro world of workplace relationships.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Complementary Opposites: A Preview of “Serenade” and “Of Mice and Men” by the Joffrey Ballet by Hugh Iglarsh

“Both [ballets] are trying to deal with a particular time: One by healing with the beauty of dance, the other by trying to create empathy for beaten-down humanity. Right now, we’re facin…

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Friday, April 15, 2022

Pass This One Over: A Review of “In Every Generation” at Victory Gardens by Hugh Iglarsh

The drama takes place over a non-sequential series of Passovers, beginning in 2019 Los Angeles, as three generations of a Sephardic Jewish clan come together.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Monday, March 28, 2022

Theater Is Participation: A Review of Stand Up If You’re Here Tonight at American Blues Theater by Hugh Iglarsh

Featuring a bravura performance by Jim Ortlieb, this show is all about getting reacquainted with the joys, stresses and sheer sensation of real life after a too-long hibernation.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Friday, March 4, 2022

Journey to Inner Space: A Review of Solaris at Griffin Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

“Solaris” takes us on a mind-bending philosophical and spiritual journey, probing into the nature of reality and identity.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Friday, February 18, 2022

Reluctant Romance: A Review of Outside Mullingar at Citadel Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

The play focuses on Anthony and Rosemary, forty-ish neighbors whose farms and personal histories are deeply enmeshed.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Friday, February 4, 2022

A Jewel of a Show: A Review of Gem of the Ocean at the Goodman Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

As with the epic tales of the ancient world, the characters’ stories blend together into one complex, interrelated narrative that gives insight into the past and offers moral and practical…

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Sheer Wonderment: A Review of The Joffrey Ballet’s The Nutcracker at The Lyric Opera House by Hugh Iglarsh

Joffrey Ballet performs a miracle, turning this holiday chestnut into something not just fresh and new, but also relevant and provocative.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM

All Hat and No Dickens: A Review of Mr. Dickens’ Hat at Northlight Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

The story revolves around Kit, a loyal young daughter struggling to pay off the debts of her father, who as the play opens is languishing in a debtors prison.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Bodily Grace, Spiritual Fire: A Review of Joffrey Ballet’s “Home: A Celebration” at the Lyric Opera House by Hugh Iglarsh

The Joffrey Ballet's triumphal return to live performance is a multi-sensory delight that serves as a joyful homecoming for a crown jewel of Chicago’s cultural scene.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Thursday, June 24, 2021

Drama of Survival: A Preview of Teatron 2021, A Festival of Jewish Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

The festival is a testament to the resourcefulness and survival skills of the theater community at a tough moment.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Radical Wonder: ShPIeL-Performing Identity and Bunbury Theatre Co-Present “Imagining Heschel” by Hugh Iglarsh

A new production reflects on the life of the twentieth-century Jewish scholar and activist who was moved by faith to confront injustice.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 08:00AM
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Doomed to Live: A Review of The Two Character Play at Theatre L’Acadie by Hugh Iglarsh

The great test facing the fearful protagonists of this rarely produced Tennessee Williams play—simply going outside—is disturbingly pertinent at this moment.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 11:00AM
Monday, February 24, 2020

Toxic: A Review of Poison at The Plagiarists by Hugh Iglarsh

The real poison at work here isn’t strychnine or hemlock, it’s a dreary self-seriousness that leaches the play of any hint of wit, humor and humanity.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 02:00PM
Friday, February 14, 2020

Adapt and Perish: A Review of Adaptation at Theatre Above the Law by Hugh Iglarsh

Hardly seen in the past fifty years, the enterprising thespians at TATL offer a timely revival of this biting one-act satire by comic genius Elaine May.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 01:30PM
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

With a Thud: A Review of How a Boy Falls at Northlight Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

Underneath the well-wrought exterior of this gratuitously convoluted, neo-noir drama is a conspicuous absence of heart, soul and meaning.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 04:00PM
Monday, January 27, 2020

Something to Chew On: A Review of The Tasters at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble by Hugh Iglarsh

The world premiere of Meghan Brown's play seems less a futurist fantasy than a parable of life in a failed state turned patriarchal prison-house.

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 03:00PM
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Commedia Delight: The Conspirators’ Wm. Bullion and Sid Feldman on Their Stylized Approach to Theatricality by Hugh Iglarsh

"Theater should be an intimate experience. It's supposed to feel dirty and rough."

SOURCE: www.newcitystage.com at 09:00AM

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