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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Something Clean looks at the aftermath of a rape trial from an unexpected angle by Kerry Reid

Selina Fillinger's drama gets in some good shots in at quick-fix concepts of closure, healing, and even justice. The 2016 Brock Turner rape trial, which ended wi…

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

If I Forget is a powerful portrait of a family trying to survive in a changing world by Kerry Reid

An intellectual debate escalates into the unwinding of tightly-coiled fears. Steven Levenson's family drama, set in the months immediately before and after the 2…

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Monday, June 17, 2019

'Elizabeth Rex' at Oak Park Festival Theatre is a worthy 'distraction' for Shakespeare fans by Kerry Reid

The play’s the thing wherein to catch the conscience of the queen in Timothy Findley’s 2001 drama “Elizabeth Rex,” now in an al fresco staging with Oak Park Festival Theatre. Fitting…

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‘Elizabeth Rex’ at Oak Park Festival Theatre is a worthy ‘distraction’ for Shakespeare fans by Kerry Reid

The play’s the thing wherein to catch the conscience of the queen in Timothy Findley’s 2001 drama “Elizabeth Rex,” now in an al fresco staging with Oak Park Festival Theatre. Fitting…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

We Are Pussy Riot (or) Everything Is P.R. questions the role of spectators in protest art by Kerry Reid

There is method to the mess in this Red Tape Theatre production. The YouTube video of Pussy Riot's brief provocation—about 48 seconds—at Moscow's Cathedral o…

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

'Four Places' at Den Theatre: As their parents age, old secrets break their silences by Kerry Reid

Forget the fiery passions and howling heartbreaks of youth. If you want to stare into the real abyss of human rage, loss and despair, try figuring out how to take care of the people who rais…

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

'Emma' at Lifeline Theatre: Jane Austen's matchmaking story is played for warmth and laughs by Kerry Reid

Back before Tinder and OKCupid, making a suitable match — for single men in possession of a good fortune and the single women depending upon finding them — was a fraught proposition. One…

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

'The Killer' is a fine absurdist introduction to those curious about Trap Door Theatre by Kerry Reid

On Monday, Trap Door Theatre received a special citation at the Non-Equity Jeff Awards, recognizing the company’s “endeavors in opening a magical door to an evocative and surreal world o…

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After AIDS, love endures—and so does Falsettos by Kerry Reid

The glorious Broadway revival makes a quick stop in Chicago. Halfway through the first act of Falsettos, Trina, a woman whose husband has left her for a younger …

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

'Style and Grace' at Black Ensemble is a brief history of Lena Horne and Nancy Wilson — then come the songs by Kerry Reid

Style and grace fill the stage with abundance in Black Ensemble Theater’s latest show. When you’re focusing on Lena Horne and Nancy Wilson, how could they not? But if you’re looking fo…

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Summer theater 2019: Our top 25 shows to see by Kerry Reid

As always, it takes long enough to get here — and summer in Chicago can be gone before we know it. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make time for great theater, which never takes time o…

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Court Theatre’s adaptation of The Adventures of Augie March joyfully embraces every moment by Kerry Reid

The men may kick and scream, but it’s the women who lead. Whether Augie March turns out to be the hero of his own play, or whether that station is held by the …

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'Bloomsday' by Remy Bumppo is about a love, and a James Joyce story, worth a trip back in time by Kerry Reid

Molly Bloom has come unstuck in time. All right, not the real Molly Bloom. She’s fictional, after all. But in Steven Dietz’s 2015 time-travel romance, “Bloomsday,” James Joyce’s he…

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

The Undeniable Sound of Right Now enables an aging rockist with dying dreams by Kerry Reid

The nostalgic tones don't resonate quite as fully with the modern music scene as they could. In his 2004 New York Times essay "The Rap Against Rockism," Kelefa S…

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

'Mushroom Cure' at the Greenhouse: Laughs and pain in solo show about trying to treat his OCD with psychedelics by Kerry Reid

Obsessive-compulsive disorder and comedy aren’t strangers to each other, as fans of Tony Shalhoub’s “Monk” can attest. But comedian and solo performer Adam Strauss’s detective work…

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Nostalgia and no surprises in 'Miracle on South Division Street' by Buffalo Theatre Ensemble by Kerry Reid

In the early years of this century, Tom Dudzick’s meat-and-potatoes (or should that be “kielbasa-and-cabbage?”) nostalgic comedy “Over the Tavern,” about a Polish-Catholic working-…

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

In Language Rooms, an Egyptian American interrogator struggles to prove his loyalty to the U.S.A. by Kerry Reid

“Unless your being innocent is as interesting to them as being guilty, you will not be believed.” Egyptian American playwright Yussef El Guindi is mostly kno…

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Friday, April 19, 2019

'Footloose' at the Marriott keeps it light — it's about the kids and their music by Kerry Reid

Small towns afraid of dancing and alternative lifestyles (such as … enjoying dancing, I guess) have provided a fair amount of fodder for musicals. “The Prom,” the sweet-and-snarky musi…

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

'Hannah and Martin' at Shattered Globe asks, why would a Jewish theorist defend a former Nazi, her former lover? by Kerry Reid

Kate Fodor set the stakes high in her first play, 2003’s “Hannah and Martin,” which debuted at TimeLine Theatre (and enjoyed a reprise with them the following season). By putting the t…

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

There are worse 90s nostalgia trips than Cruel Intentions by Kerry Reid

The cast elevates the production beyond karaoke night. Fans of both the 1999 film riff on Pierre Choderlos de Laclos's 1782 novel Les Liaisons dangereuses and of…

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Monday, April 8, 2019

'Hopelessly Devoted' at Piven an unflinching look at picking up the pieces of life by Kerry Reid

Many years ago, I had the privilege of watching theater artist and activist Rhodessa Jones work with incarcerated women through her Medea Project in San Francisco. The women’s stories, whi…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Sideshow Theatre goes into the heart of The Ridiculous Darkness by Kerry Reid

The horror! The horror! Wolfram Lotz's fractured take on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness (and its famous cinematic version, Apocalypse Now) started out as a ra…

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Monday, April 1, 2019

'The Firestorm' at First Folio: What do you do when your husband, a white politician, turns out to have a racist scandal in his past? by Kerry Reid

A white — and putatively liberal — politician with a rising profile finds his career threatened when a story about a racist act he committed in college comes to light. No, it’s not the…

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Poseidon! is still shipshape by Kerry Reid

A stellar cast keeps the parody musical cruising. The dramatic footage from the Norwegian cruise ship stranded in rough waters this past weekend was cool, but yo…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Adventures of Augie March, Six, and Queen of the Mist bring defiance and derring-do to Chicago stages by Kerry Reid

Kerry Reid’s top picks for spring theater Three new shows this season celebrate defiance and derring-do, from the poetic grit of Saul Bellow to the feminist s…

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Monday, March 25, 2019

'Good Enough' at 16th Street: How to be a 'good' person? It comes from our everyday decisions by Kerry Reid

In Season 3 of NBC’s afterlife comedy, “The Good Place,” the quartet of humans who’ve dubbed themselves “The Soul Squad” find out (spoiler alert!) that getting into heaven has be…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A Bronx Tale covers up moral quandaries with feel-good doo-wop by Kerry Reid

But the performances in this touring production are fresh and assured. This 2016 musical based on Chazz Palminteri's 1989 solo show (which itself became a Robert…

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Monday, March 18, 2019

'Detour Guide' at Silk Road: His Egyptian roots, he found, were very different from Hollywood's version of Egypt by Kerry Reid

The terrorist murders at the mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand cast an understandable pall Friday night at the opening of Silk Road Rising’s latest offering. But Karim Nagi’s spirited…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

'Mahalia Jackson: Moving Through the Light': Just the music of the Queen of Gospel at Black Ensemble Theater by Kerry Reid

Longtime patrons of Black Ensemble Theater are probably familiar with the post-curtain speech sometimes heard there. “Going to Black Ensemble is just like going to church — because there…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Steppenwolf for Young Adults tries to stage the story of a forgotten genocide in 'We are Proud to Present a Presentation ...' by Kerry Reid

The first genocide of the 20th century — the German extermination of the Herero people in what is now Namibia — remains largely ignored and untaught, at least in America. Playwright Jack…

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Monday, February 25, 2019

'The Man Who Was Thursday' at Lifeline: There's an anarchist plot, a Scotland Yard plant and a deeper satirical message that never gets in the way by Kerry Reid

Chaos is dull. That which goes right is poetry,” declares Gabriel Syme, the protagonist in G.K. Chesterton’s 1908 metaphysical/satirical novel, “The Man Who Was Thursday.” But in Bil…

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