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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Giveth and Taketh: A Review of Prophet$ at The Factory Theater by Hugh Iglarsh

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.

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Love Blooms Eternal: A Review of Bloomsday at Remy Bumppo Theatre Company by Hugh Iglarsh

Inspired by James Joyce's "Ulysses," Steven Dietz's play is structured as a chord of simultaneity rather than a sequence of events.

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Less Dead, More Pan: A Review of Killing Game at A Red Orchid Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

As the corpses pile up, the question arises of what exactly is irritating Ionesco: human folly or human existence itself?

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Set Your Heart at Ease: A Review of Sentimental Journey at Citadel Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

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.

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Monday, April 29, 2019

History Repeating: A Review of Hannah and Martin at Shattered Globe Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

This revival of Kate Fodor's 2003 play demonstrates the evil of banality at a time when fascism is once again on the rise.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

After All: A Review of Small World at The New Colony by Hugh Iglarsh

This world premiere is a modern-day vision of hell that outstrips the imaginings of Dante or Hieronymus Bosch. It's also a comedy.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Failure to Launch: A Review of How to Live on Earth at Chimera Ensemble by Hugh Iglarsh

Millennial mores take center stage against the backdrop of intragalactic travel in this local premiere by MJ Kaufman.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Dado Does Dada: A Review of The Ruse of Medusa at Facility Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

Hardly seen stateside, this tautly silly production of Erik Satie's play is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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Monday, March 4, 2019

What a Bomb: A Review of The Man Who Was Thursday at Lifeline Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

This quixotic adaptation of G.K. Chesterton's novel is both reverent and ridiculous.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Welt Upon the Soul: A Review of Requiem for a Heavyweight at The Artistic Home by Hugh Iglarsh

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.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

On Nothing: A Review of Noises Off at Windy City Playhouse by Hugh Iglarsh

Windy City Playhouse's revival of Michael Frayn’s backstage comedy is exactly what it satirizes: a soulless execution of entertainment industry mores.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

A Will for the People: A Review of Fuente Ovejuna at City Lit Theater by Hugh Iglarsh

Written more than four hundred years ago, this play about collective resolve against singular authority remains urgently contemporary.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Challah Days: A Review of Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins at Strawdog Theatre Company by Hugh Iglarsh

This world premiere at Strawdog Theatre Company provides much-needed holiday fare for families of the non-Noel persuasion.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

One Ghost Will Do: A Review of The Woman in Black at Royal George Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

There's no moral message or social insight to bog down this heart-pounding holiday journey at The Royal George Theatre.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Balance in the Labyrinth: A Review of Malaga (or the Inner Ear) at Theatre Y by Hugh Iglarsh

Theatre Y presents the English-language premiere of this disquieting exploration of sacrifice and parenting.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

No Holiday: A Review of Lady in Denmark at the Goodman Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

The Goodman Theatre stages the world premiere of this bland and meandering reflection on the life of an artist who was anything but.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Easy on the Ears: Nate Herman’s Latest Enterprise Fuses Radio, Classic Hollywood Cinema and the Anything-Goes Attitude of Improv by Hugh Iglarsh

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.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Slow Curve: A Review of Curve of Departure at Northlight Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

The latest from Northlight Theatre follows a "ragtag little group of humans" through an increasingly contrived familial plot.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Dig A Little Deeper: A Review of Nightmares & Nightcaps: The Stories of John Collier at Black Button Eyes Productions by Hugh Iglarsh

Black Button Eyes Productions captures the misanthropy in John Collier's stories but misses his sly take on the shadows surrounding civilized life.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Jersey By Way Of Athens: A Review of BLISS (Or Emily Post Is Dead!) at Promethean Theatre Ensemble by Hugh Iglarsh

There is not enough dramatic scaffolding to support the bulk of thematic materials in this world premiere from Promethean Theatre Ensemble.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

A Moveable Feast: A Review of Pamplona at the Goodman by Hugh Iglarsh

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…

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Hunger Porn: A Review of Sickle at Red Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

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.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Ship of Fools: A Review of The Deck Chairs (or Make the Titanic Great Again) at The Conspirators by Hugh Iglarsh

The Conspirators present a multi-level satire of just about everything in this sharp-edged and in touch production.

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Not Very Rich: A Review of A Little Night Music at Boho Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

Performed in cramped quarters, BoHo Theatre's production of Sondheim's rarely revived musical reveals an ugliness beneath its polished, polyphonic surface.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Dream A Little Dream: A Review of Cry It Out at Northlight Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

Molly Smith Metzler's new play at Northlight Theatre explores the realities of modern motherhood.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Making Imperialism Great Again: A Review of The Explorers Club at Citadel Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

Nell Benjamin's play at Citadel Theatre attempts to pose reactionary nostalgia as feminist provocation.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Good History: A Review of A Home on the Lake at Piven Theatre Workshop and Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

Piven Theatre Workshop and Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre co-produce this place-based world premiere about Evanston's racially-charged history.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

A Lane Worth Staying In: A Review of How I Learned to Drive at The Artistic Home by Hugh Iglarsh

The Artistic Home's production of Paula Vogel's Pultizer Prize-winning play is storefront theater at its very best.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Sadistic Pageantry: A Review of The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Northlight Theatre by Hugh Iglarsh

Even the formidable leads of this Northlight Theatre production cannot rescue it from Martin McDonagh's bone-deep cynicism.

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Farewell, Hedy: An Open Letter to the Theater Community, Meaning All of Us by Hugh Iglarsh

Theater and art in general feed on attention and die of neglect.

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