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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Elderberry wine in new bottles by Kelly Kleiman

Long before the term “meta” entered common parlance there was Arsenic and Old Lace, a 1939 play by Joseph Kesselring about how plays are ridiculous. It’s also a play about […] The po…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 12:13PM
Thursday, September 8, 2022

Cool Kids vs. Normies by Kelly Kleiman

If you didn’t know that Noël Coward was an actor as well as a playwright, you’d figure it out within minutes of seeing any of his plays: how else to […] The post Cool Kids vs. Normies…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 04:10PM
Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Teaching to the test by Kelly Kleiman

If National Merit had to be pitched as a movie, it would be “The Breakfast Club in a test prep class.” Competing for high scores and the scholarship that goes […] The post Teaching to …

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 12:16PM
Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Great Altercations needs alterations by Kelly Kleiman

There are half a dozen exceptionally talented individuals in the new Second City e.t.c. revue, Great Altercations. But that turns out to be a problem: they remain individuals rather than for…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 03:35PM
Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Heat in August by Kelly Kleiman

It is a truth universally acknowledged that it’s actually harder to write a rave review than it is to write a pan. How to communicate the thrill of seeing a show that’s just exactly what…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 10:28AM
Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Choice debates by Kelly Kleiman

Natalie Y. Moore’s play The Billboard, now in a world premiere with 16th Street Theater, is subtitled “A Play About Abortion.” In the spirit of Chicago improv, allow me to say: Yes, an…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 11:10AM
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Diner dialogues by Kelly Kleiman

This is an impeccable production of a play whose weaknesses outweigh its considerable strengths. It’s the 1960s episode of August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, tracing a century of life in …

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 01:06PM
Thursday, May 12, 2022

People who need people by Kelly Kleiman

When everyone on the stage is excellent, it shows a director fully in command of the material. That’s the case with Cody Estle’s production of The Luckiest by Melissa Ross, receiving its…

SOURCE: chicagoreader.com at 07:00AM
Tuesday, March 10, 2020

What the Constitution Means to Me means a lot for all of us by Kelly Kleiman

Heidi Schreck weaves together civics, feminism, and personal history in this vital production. At the very start of What the Constitution Means to Me, author Hei…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 05:05PM
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Day of Absence gets a rare revival with Congo Square by Kelly Kleiman

Douglas Turner Ward's 1965 satirical one-act holds more historic than contemporary interest. Day of Absence is a show with one joke and two audiences. The joke i…

SOURCE: www.chicagoreader.com at 05:50PM

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