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Friday, July 6, 2018

'View UpStairs' goes back in time to tragic fire in the gay community of 1973 New Orleans by Kerry Reid

After the 2016 massacre of 49 people at Orlando’s Pulse dance club, fresh attention landed on a tragedy in the gay community decades earlier. On June 24, 1973, an arsonist set fire to the …

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

'Waitress' in Chicago: We know this recipe, played here with real warmth by Kerry Reid

“Easy as pie” doesn’t apply to the life of Jenna, the anguished-but-still-warmhearted baking whiz at the heart of “Waitress.” But then, the colloquialism refers not to the act of c…

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Monday, June 25, 2018

'You Can’t Take It With You' is a soothing island in Oak Park by Kerry Reid

Is “You Can’t Take It With You,” that nuttiest of chestnuts in the classic American comedy canon, the play we need right now? Arguably, no. Given the current stakes for our democracy, …

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Clever greatest-hit connections between Shakes and song in Len Cariou's 'Broadway & the Bard' by Kerry Reid

Combining Shakespeare and songcraft is a Broadway tradition — whether it be “Kiss Me, Kate” or “Something Rotten!” But Len Cariou’s “Broadway & the Bard” brings the two toget…

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

What are we doing here? Gentrification issues and real scares in 'The Displaced' by Kerry Reid

Smart horror is turning out to be the piquant flavor of the season in smaller theater offerings. On the heels of Ike Holter’s “The Light Fantastic” at Jackalope (running through June 1…

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Monday, June 4, 2018

'Monsieur D’Eon is a Woman': Spies, diplomats, intrigue — and based on a true story by Kerry Reid

If Virginia Woolf’s time-traveling, gender-shifting “Orlando” had crash-landed in the French courts of Louis XV and Louis XVI, the result might be a bit like Canadian playwright Mark B…

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Our Top 25 in Chicago theater for summer 2018 by Kerry Reid

When spring comes so late, we know it’s even harder to take time away from beaches and barbecues, street fairs and sunshine. But great theater happens year-round in Chicago. Here are 25 pi…

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Monday, May 21, 2018

First Floor's 'Refrigerator' aims big with dystopian sci-fi story of the IceBox by Kerry Reid

If class and social status determine how we live, why shouldn’t it determine how we die? That premise is the jumping-off point for Lucas Baisch’s “Refrigerator,” now in a world premi…

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

'Birds of a Feather' is based on true story of same-sex penguin couple Roy and Silo by Kerry Reid

When are penguins — those adorable, tuxedo-clad flightless waddlers — the stuff of controversy? When they’re in a same-sex relationship, of course. The true story of Roy and Silo, two …

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Monday, May 7, 2018

'Columbinus' at Steppenwolf: As shootings continue, this play just gets more difficult to watch by Kerry Reid

Nothing has changed, but everything is changing. That’s the first gut reaction to “Columbinus,” the docudrama about the 1999 attacks at Columbine High School that ended with 15 dead, i…

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

'Ofrenda': 'Home' and 'offering' get the distinctive Albany Park Theatre treatment by Kerry Reid

The young artists of Albany Park Theater Project have explored the theme of “home” many times in the past, including in their celebrated production of “Home/Land,” which looked at th…

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Kokandy stages a jazzy, grand musical farewell in the Berlin-set 'Grand Hotel' by Kerry Reid

When it first opened in 1989, “Grand Hotel” won more plaudits for Tommy Tune’s stylish direction and choreography than for its score (by Robert Wright, George Forrest and Maury Yeston)…

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Monday, April 23, 2018

'A Home on the Lake': Real estate and racism surface from Evanston's past by Kerry Reid

The American dream of home ownership is indelibly entwined with our shameful history of racial discrimination. That’s particularly true in Chicago, which has served as a laboratory for seg…

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Monday, April 2, 2018

In 'Mary’s Wedding,' dreams of a wedding mix with trench warfare, 100 years after WWI by Kerry Reid

Caught in a poetic no man’s land between Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s “The Charge of the Light Brigade” and Wilfred Owen’s grim battlefield verses, Stephen Massicotte’s World War I-er…

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

In 'Women Laughing Alone with Salad,' a playwright hilariously slices and dices questions of sex, advertising and body image by Kerry Reid

“What does a woman want?” Sigmund Freud famously asked. If he’d taken a glance at 21st-century advertising featuring women, he might well have answered “salad!” The Hairpin, a femi…

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Do you want your songs or success? 'Next Big Thing' asks that music-scene question in a Chicago studio in the grungy '90s by Kerry Reid

The recording studio as the crucible of creative dreams figures in a lot of plays and movies. Sam Phillips’ legendary Sun Studios alone gave us the jukebox musical “Million Dollar Quarte…

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Monday, March 12, 2018

'Cyrano' gets a witty update at BoHo without losing the fun swordplay by Kerry Reid

“The most defiant nose in France” gets a contemporary makeover in BoHo Theatre’s “Cyrano.” But though Edmond Rostand’s script has been sculpted and contemporized in places, the o…

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Perfectly-timed 'You for Me for You' is about sisters trying to escape an upside-down North Korea by Kerry Reid

Much as we might prefer living in less interesting times, Sideshow Theatre Company’s opening of Mia Chung’s “You for Me for You” — on the night that the White House announced a mee…

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Monday, February 26, 2018

'Hail, Hail Chuck: A Tribute to Chuck Berry' is more about the music than the man by Kerry Reid

Nearly a year after his death at 90, Chuck Berry is getting the bio-musical treatment at Black Ensemble Theater. The man who helped create rock and roll music (as well as writing, well, “R…

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

'Time Stands Still': Play about a war photographer is in good hands in Glen Ellyn by Kerry Reid

The gritty romance of the war photographer/correspondent has long cast a spell for writers and filmmakers. (Think “The Year of Living Dangerously” or “The Bang Bang Club.”) Often, th…

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Monday, February 5, 2018

A death unwraps some family secrets in 'Moon Man Walk' by Kerry Reid

The premise is familiar — a young man confronts his own past (including long-held secrets) in the aftermath of a parent’s death. But like the celestial satellite that provides part of it…

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

'The Antelope Party': We live in a world where 'bronies' can be radicalized by Kerry Reid

Where have you gone, Princess Celestia? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you. And we need the Elements of Harmony now more than ever. If you got those references, then you’ve probably s…

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Monday, January 29, 2018

'Women in Jeopardy' cast knows how to make the most of loopy plot by Kerry Reid

During the Great Feminist Backlash of the 1980s (not to be confused with the feminist backlash in every other decade), a Newsweek cover story proclaimed that a single white woman over 40 wit…

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Real questions of race invite themselves into 'Wonderful Birthday Suit' by Kerry Reid

On the surface, children’s birthday parties are loud, joyous affairs. But if you’ve had a child, or been a child, you know how fraught they can be. They provide us with some of our earli…

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

'For the Loyal' inspired by the real-life Penn State Sandusky case by Kerry Reid

Not long after Oprah Winfrey’s rousing speech at the Golden Globes, a meme began circulating on social media showing her at previous Hollywood functions with Harvey Weinstein, bearing the …

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Young Playwrights Festival: 'Bullet' to college admissions, different takes on conflict by Kerry Reid

Thought pieces abound on the newest generation of young adults — the first raised entirely in the age of the internet. What do they think about the world and their place in it? Whether tha…

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Bumppo to Haven, the top-10 best in off-Loop theater of 2017 by Kerry Reid

In a year when the political and international drama went up to 11, Chicago theaters offered up a raucous and rousing array of productions, from world premieres to classic revivals. Here are…

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Remy Bumppo's 'Puff' makes hay with alternative truth by Kerry Reid

Through political turmoil, social unrest and roller-coaster economic developments, one thing remains true: There’s always a bull market for alternative facts. Fakery-as-commodity in many h…

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Our list of 40: Holiday entertainment for 2017 by Kerry Reid

Attention, residents of Whoville! It’s that time of year again. And while we know you’re busy with your snoof and your fuzzles, your tringlers and trappings, don’t forget to take time …

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

In 'Welcome to Jesus,' the scary Other lurks in a small Texas town by Kerry Reid

Take the football culture of “Friday Night Lights,” mix it with the supernatural clamminess of “The X-Files,” and strain it through the satiric/horror filter of “Get Out,” and yo…

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Daughter's story is her strength in 'Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery' by Kerry Reid

For those who grow sick and tired of being sick and tired about patriarchy and its abuses (so much in the spotlight in recent weeks, but never out of the picture), Pegasus Theatre Chicago ha…

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