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Thursday, August 5, 2021

TimeLine marches on by Kerry Reid

TimeLine Theatre unveils plans for their new Uptown home, while their longtime managing director transitions to a new role. TimeLine Theatre's mission is to pre…

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play reopens at the Goodman by Kerry Reid

Jocelyn Bioh's smart comedy at the Goodman examines cliques, colonialism, and colorism. From the Heathers to the Plastics, teenage girls and their cliques have p…

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Friday, July 30, 2021

A tsunami of news and a new path for Actors' Equity membership by Kerry Reid

Changes in faces, places, and union rules might carry harbingers of a shifting landscape in Chicago theater. There's been a tsunami of theater news over the past…

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Coming through the pandemic storm with The Tempest by Kerry Reid

A trash island forms the background for Oak Park Festival Theatre's outdoor staging of The Tempest. Choosing The Tempest as their first show to break the enforce…

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Friday, July 16, 2021

Henchpeople is a satisfying amuse-bouche for the return of live theater by Kerry Reid

Ross Compton's Henchpeople is a shaggy and endearing comedy about supervillain support staff. I went to a play a few days ago. In the Before Times, that would ha…

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Remy Bumppo and Teatro Vista name new artistic directors by Kerry Reid

Marti Lyons takes over at Remy Bumppo, while Lorena Diaz and Wendy Mateo share the top job at Teatro Vista. There's been a lot of changeover in top leadership at…

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Black Ensemble Theater scores big with MacKenzie Scott grant; Victory Gardens announces new playwrights ensemble by Kerry Reid

$5 million helps BET regain lost ground from COVID, while Ken-Matt Martin reignites a VG tradition. Back in 2012, just as Black Ensemble Theater was moving into…

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

PrideArts hires Jay Españo as artistic director by Kerry Reid

Jay Españo brings international perspective as the new AD for PrideArts; plus Leaders for a New Chicago awards and a new fund in honor of the late Malcolm Ewen …

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Getting back to live performances—in the fresh air by Kerry Reid

Some performing arts groups are opening their doors, but others are inviting audiences to soak up the sun. In just the past couple of weeks, theaters have starte…

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Thursday, June 3, 2021

DePaul's Theatre School reimagines its MFA acting program by Kerry Reid

DePaul's Theatre School retools the MFA acting program to be less expensive and more relevant; plus news from Collaboraction and Playmakers Laboratory Twenty yea…

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Friday, May 28, 2021

Sydney Chatman and Congo Square want to move past trauma porn by Kerry Reid

A Joyce Foundation grant paves the way for a community playmaking project at Congo Square focused on Black women and girls. "I love Black women and girls. I love…

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

Accidental Shakespeare Zooms in on a queer pandemic-era Romeo and Juliet by Kerry Reid

Director Iris Sowlat uses social isolation as a framework for the lovers; plus PARA.MAR Dance Theatre offers live classes and performances with THAWEN. In the en…

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Carlo Lorenzo García creates a solo tribute in A Portrait of My Mother by Kerry Reid

The onetime Chicago theatermaker premieres his digital show for Mother's Day; plus major awards for playwrights and designers and a tribute to Russ Tutterow Some…

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Has Laura Jacqmin broken up with theater? by Kerry Reid

The cowriter of We Broke Up talks about why she misses Chicago theater—and why it's hard to come home again. Laura Jacqmin spent "a solid ten years" (2006 to 2…

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Mercury Theater rises from the dead by Kerry Reid

The Southport corridor venue gets new life and new leadership. Retractions generally aren't fun for journalists. But the announcement last week that Mercury Thea…

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Show them the money by Kerry Reid

A movement for pay equity and transparency for theater designers scores a victory; Black Lives Black Words kicks off a new discussion series. Back in 2019, I int…

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Friday, April 2, 2021

The Dining Room provides dramatic Possibilities by Kerry Reid

Possibilities produces a live Zoom version of The Dining Room, but Melody DeRogatis has post-pandemic plans for her company. Large family gatherings may still be…

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Into the Mist takes you back in time to 1927 by Kerry Reid

Studio5's virtual speakeasy, Into the Mist, has echoes of the past and resonances for today. The temptation to time travel during the past year has been strong. …

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Friday, March 26, 2021

We're all in the same boat (alone) with Moby Dick and How Do We Navigate Space? by Kerry Reid

Two streaming shows from Theatre in the Dark and Strawdog capture the drama of obsession and isolation. Whether you're on the vast endless seas or stuck in your …

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The Neo-Futurists celebrate a year of viral videos by Kerry Reid

The Infinite Wrench marks an anniversary in shutdown; plus Refugee Rhapsody wins the Blue Ink Playwriting Award. When the shutdown hit a year ago, the Neo-Futuri…

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Ken-Matt Martin takes over at Victory Gardens by Kerry Reid

After a tumultuous year, the theater's new artistic director is ready to listen as well as lead. It's been a dramatic year for Victory Gardens Theater, even thou…

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Lanise Antoine Shelley is opening up the House by Kerry Reid

The new artistic director wants to take 'amazing feats of storytelling' into more diverse realms; Rick Bayless wants to give more money to local theaters. The st…

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Friday, March 5, 2021

Cabinet of Curiosity and 16th Street let Mickle Maher do it on the radio by Kerry Reid

The longtime Chicago playwright joins a new mini-renaissance of aural drama. In Willy Russell's 1980 play Educating Rita, the title character (a working-class ha…

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Mister Kelly's is back in the limelight by Kerry Reid

The crown jewel of Chicago nightclubs lives on at the Newberry Library and in an upcoming documentary. Back when nightclubs were smoke-filled rooms, where people…

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Celebrating Chicago Theatre Week—a year into the pandemic by Kerry Reid

This year's lineup offers a smorgasbord of online options; plus honoring Felicia P. Fields and remembering Edward S. Weil Jr. and Sally Banes As the numbers of t…

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Second City finds a buyer and its instructors form a union by Kerry Reid

Private equity firm ZMC acquires the comedy institution, while AICE advocates for representation. This has been a helluva week for Second City news. On Wednesday…

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Friday, February 12, 2021

ComedySportz moves out of its Belmont Avenue venue by Kerry Reid

But the comedy games continue online; plus Raven announces a new-play development commission. When venerable comedy institutions in Chicago get shout-outs, Comed…

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Weaving tangled webs with Constellations and Missed Connections by Kerry Reid

Theatre Above the Law and A Red Orchid Theatre dive into the physics and magic of being alive together. For the past year, I've been making the same (extremely b…

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Almost 100 years after her death, Nellie Bly is back by Kerry Reid

Chicago writer and theater artist David Blixt uncovers a trove of previously unpublished novels by the original Lois Lane. In 1885, the Pittsburgh Dispatch ran a…

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Monday, January 25, 2021

Miranda González of UrbanTheater Company on what 'cultural triage' means for BIPOC theaters by Kerry Reid

"We need to not only be trusted, but also championed." In my last column, I wrote about Brian Loevner and the white paper he's created through his company, BLVE …

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Imagine U and Chicago Children's Theatre find ways to fight the winter blahs by Kerry Reid

They're bringing kids and families together through storytelling, crafts—and a viral 80s dance video. When the COVID-19 lockdown first hit in March, a lot of …

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All that Chat

Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre