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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Can love and music still change the world? Stoppard's 'Rock ’N’ Roll' gets another spin at Artistic Home by Kerry Reid

What’s more dangerous than a heretic? A pagan. At least, that’s the view propounded by Jan, the young Czech sorta-dissident in Tom Stoppard’s 2006 “Rock ’N’ Roll.” First seen l…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

In Lynn Nottage's warm 'Crumbs From the Table of Joy,' a 1950s New York family fights loneliness, doubt by Kerry Reid

Lynn Nottage may be one of the most humane playwrights in our contemporary canon. Her plays give breathing space for her characters to find their voices, no matter how constricted their own …

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Friday, October 5, 2018

'Oxy, Ohio' tells a mother-daughter story of opioid addiction in Dayton — but could be anywhere by Kerry Reid

In June 2017, an article by Mark Gokavi in the Dayton Daily News mentioned that one man in the Ohio city had been revived via Narcan by police 20 times after overdosing on opioids. An office…

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Taking a cue from Charles Ludlam, David Cerda camps it up in 'The Artificial Jungle' by Kerry Reid

The late Charles Ludlam and his Ridiculous Theatrical Company provided the blueprint for David Cerda’s Hell in a Handbag Productions, purveyors of quality camp since 2002. So it’s perhap…

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Monday, September 24, 2018

'Legally Blonde' at the Paramount is pink, silly and plenty of fun by Kerry Reid

Omigod you guys! Sisterhood is awesome! If you want a show that celebrates female friendship with flying colors (mostly on the pink end of the spectrum), then have no fear — Elle Woods is …

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Monday, September 17, 2018

'Frankenstein' story is a powerful allegory for loss in Lifeline's adaptation by Kerry Reid

The Modern Prometheus is getting quite a workout on Chicago stages this year, with three adaptations of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” opening this fall and a fourth in the spring. The …

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

'The Shipment': Young Jean Lee's play about racism has only gotten stronger and more uncomfortable by Kerry Reid

Years before she put herself in the world of “Straight White Men” (the play that gave her the distinction of being the first Asian-American playwright to get a Broadway production), Youn…

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A fall full of theater: 30 shows, from classics to 'Legally Blonde' to 'Frankenstein' by Kerry Reid

Days get shorter, weather gets brisker — and the stages get busier. The fall theater season is always filled with more shows than anyone could possibly see. But here are a few of our best …

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Monday, August 13, 2018

'African Company Presents Richard III' review: The true story of a 19th century theater company in New York by Kerry Reid

Director Ron OJ Parson’s staging of Athol Fugard’s “Blood Knot” caused a stir earlier this summer at Wisconsin’s American Players Theatre due to the casting of a white actor in the…

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Free, fun, outdoor and short: This is a perfect pop 'Midsummer Night’s Dream' by Kerry Reid

Here’s something that’s hard to believe, but absolutely true: Chicago Shakespeare’s current Shakespeare in the Parks tour of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” marks the first time Barb…

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

'The Hero’s Wife' review: A couple wrestles with a veteran's PTSD, and what to do about it by Kerry Reid

The costs of warfare on the home front come into sharp — and at times almost unbearable — focus in “The Hero’s Wife,” Aline Lathrop’s taut two-character piece at Berwyn’s 16th …

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Monday, July 23, 2018

'Shrew’d!' review: New musical now outdoors at First Folio flips Shakes' story and wins us over by Kerry Reid

Tackling a musical adaptation of “The Taming of the Shrew” in the nearly 70-year-old footsteps of “Kiss Me, Kate” takes chutzpah. While Cole Porter can rest easy that “Shrew’d!,…

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

'Bus Stop' review: Stranded in Kansas, trying to make sense of Inge's relationships by Kerry Reid

“This is the Plains, a state of mind, right, some spiritual affliction, like the blues” says Barbara, the eldest daughter of the Oklahoma Weston clan in Tracy Letts’ “August: Osage C…

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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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