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A poignant and pertinent exploration of the pursuit of happiness.
Intelligently scripted, deftly directed, capably acted, this production is less than the sum of its well-crafted parts.
In an effort to bring its subject into the 21st century, this stylized adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's 1928 novel loses much of the original's austere power.
"In my heart of hearts, I’ve never left. I never will leave.”
This morbid tragicomedy is unable to land its punchlines.
Lauren Gunderson's 2015 play comes off as the awkward love child of Jane Austen and Bill Nye the Science Guy.
Too affectionate to be satire and too broad to be drama, this world premiere can’t decide what it is or what, if anything, it believes.
Inspired by James Joyce's "Ulysses," Steven Dietz's play is structured as a chord of simultaneity rather than a sequence of events.
As the corpses pile up, the question arises of what exactly is irritating Ionesco: human folly or human existence itself?
While clearly aimed at an older demographic, this world premiere will appeal to people of all ages interested in the still-relevant question of how to live life with poise, class and style.
This revival of Kate Fodor's 2003 play demonstrates the evil of banality at a time when fascism is once again on the rise.
This world premiere is a modern-day vision of hell that outstrips the imaginings of Dante or Hieronymus Bosch. It's also a comedy.
Millennial mores take center stage against the backdrop of intragalactic travel in this local premiere by MJ Kaufman.
Hardly seen stateside, this tautly silly production of Erik Satie's play is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
This quixotic adaptation of G.K. Chesterton's novel is both reverent and ridiculous.
By going with the padded Broadway version, rather than the tighter TV or movie screenplay, this production of Rod Serling's noirish melodrama delivers something less than a knockout.
Come for the legacy, stay for the songs.
Windy City Playhouse's revival of Michael Frayn’s backstage comedy is exactly what it satirizes: a soulless execution of entertainment industry mores.
Written more than four hundred years ago, this play about collective resolve against singular authority remains urgently contemporary.
This world premiere at Strawdog Theatre Company provides much-needed holiday fare for families of the non-Noel persuasion.
There's no moral message or social insight to bog down this heart-pounding holiday journey at The Royal George Theatre.
Theatre Y presents the English-language premiere of this disquieting exploration of sacrifice and parenting.
The Goodman Theatre stages the world premiere of this bland and meandering reflection on the life of an artist who was anything but.
Combining his years as an improv artist with the storytelling possibilities of radio, Nate Herman's Films for the Ears produce one-of-a-kind, off-the-cuff events.
The latest from Northlight Theatre follows a "ragtag little group of humans" through an increasingly contrived familial plot.
Black Button Eyes Productions captures the misanthropy in John Collier's stories but misses his sly take on the shadows surrounding civilized life.
There is not enough dramatic scaffolding to support the bulk of thematic materials in this world premiere from Promethean Theatre Ensemble.
Returning to the Goodman Theatre a year after suffering a heart attack while on its stage, Stacy Keach consummates his performance of the tumultuous, iconic Ernest Hemingway in this affectin…
Like the fields tilled by the victims of Holodomor, Abbey Fenbert’s new play at Red Theater Chicago needs air and space in order to properly grow.
The Conspirators present a multi-level satire of just about everything in this sharp-edged and in touch production.
Performed in cramped quarters, BoHo Theatre's production of Sondheim's rarely revived musical reveals an ugliness beneath its polished, polyphonic surface.