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Friday, September 15, 2023

A Classic American Millerdrama: A Review of “A View from the Bridge” at Shattered Globe Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

More ominous and socially observant than a typical melodrama, Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge” is hard to categorize. It’s its own thing—call it a classic American Millerdr…

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Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Pinteresque Perfection: A Review of “No Man’s Land” at Steppenwolf Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

Harold Pinter’s “No Man’s Land”—the Nobel Prize-winning writer’s 1975 play, masterfully revived at Steppenwolf—is a rich and strange theater experience.

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Friday, July 7, 2023

Stillness Is the Move: A Review of “A Distinct Society” at Writers Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

The personal good intentions and grandiose philosophizing offered here might distract us, but they won’t do much to save us.

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Friday, June 9, 2023

A Victory Against Invisibility: “Being Seen” at the Den Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

The play is a real-time portrayal of an audition, that lonely, scary ordeal for actors.

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Monday, May 22, 2023

Loveless Truths: A Review of “The Whistleblower” at Theater Wit by Hugh Iglarsh

Eli is a TV writer who has become sick of writing fictional stories about fantasy heroes, and instead decides to speak only hard, personal truths designed to free himself and others from the…

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Friday, May 5, 2023

Workplace War Zone: A Review of “In the Back/Out the Floor” at Stage Left by Hugh Iglarsh

The minimum-wage workplace as depicted in this world premiere drama is a nightmare of tedious toil, endless surveillance and absolute disrespect.

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Monday, April 24, 2023

Surface Level: A Review of the Joffrey Ballet’s The Little Mermaid by Hugh Iglarsh

The five lead dancers skillfully meld precise, athletic movement—in a contemporary ballet mode—with expressive theatricality.

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Friday, March 31, 2023

A Well-Intentioned Hell: A Review of “Babel” at Redtwist Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

The plot concerns two couples–one lesbian, the other heterosexual–who wish to have a baby in a society where childbearing is treated as a highly regulated privilege, available only to li…

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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Art Isn’t Nice: A Review of “The Threepenny Opera” at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

There’s nothing “nice” about “Threepenny,” a no-holds-barred assault on every aspect of bourgeois existence, from religion to marriage and family to the military to law and order.

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Friday, March 3, 2023

Opposing Possibilities: A Review of “Heisenberg, The Uncertainty Principle” at Griffin Theatre Company by Hugh Iglarsh

British writer Simon Stephens’ 2015 two-hander references physicist Werner Heisenberg’s 1927 discovery that it is impossible for an observer to precisely discern both the position and ve…

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Monday, February 27, 2023

Overheated: A Review of Anna in the Tropics at Remy Bumppo by Hugh Iglarsh

In Nilo Cruz’ Pulitzer Prize-winning 2003 play, cigars symbolize all kinds of things, from capitalist commodity to an older, slower lifestyle to religious burnt offering, like smoke throug…

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Monday, February 20, 2023

Gorgeous Surface, Hidden Depths: A Review of Joffrey Ballet’s “Anna Karenina” at the Lyric Opera House by Hugh Iglarsh

Joffrey Ballet’s magnificent revival, an adaptation of Tolstoy’s vast novel of illicit love among the nobility of Czarist Russia, captures the book’s tragic, inexorable power.

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Friday, February 10, 2023

Not-So-Funny Valentine: A Review of “Almost, Maine” at Oil Lamp Theater by Hugh Iglarsh

A set of nine love-themed comic vignettes presented in time for Hallmark’s and Fannie May’s favorite holiday, Valentine’s Day.

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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