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Friday, July 31, 2020

Prop Thtr gives up its longtime Avondale home by Kerry Reid

But the company remains true to its focus on new work and egalitarian principles. Prop Thtr will probably never produce Stephen Sondheim's Follies. Yet somehow, …

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

From Greenhouse to hotbed by Kerry Reid

A show reopens and closes under fire; plus new leadership and a new funding initiative for Black theater makers Last weekend, Judy and Liza—Once in a Lifetime:…

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Chicago theater on the page by Kerry Reid

A very incomplete guide on what to read (or listen to) now from Chicago's theater scene. So you can't go to the theater because (gestures weakly toward everythin…

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

A manifesto, a performance art protest, and the return of (some) live theater by Kerry Reid

We See You W.A.T. and Honk for Justice focus on anti-racism; Greenhouse and Random Acts of Theater dip into live performance again. Back in June, a coalition of …

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Streaming theater goes beyond Hamilton by Kerry Reid

The Public Theater, Black Lives, Black Words, and Hell in a Handbag put it all online. In the first days of the COVID-19 shutdown, many theaters scrambled to fin…

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Steep Theatre searches for a new home by Kerry Reid

The company's leadership discusses how to create community in times of COVID. Since its founding in 2001, Steep Theatre has spent most of its institutional life …

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Friday, July 3, 2020

Ghost Light: a roundup of offstage performing arts news and notes by Kerry Reid

Victory Gardens and Raven name new leadership; J. Nicole Brooks wins a prestigious playwriting grant. It's been a tumultuous couple of months for Victory Gardens…

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Summer camp is back—online and in person by Kerry Reid

Storytelling, circus arts, and social justice all find a place in youth training programs. Summer performing arts camps and training programs usually provide a p…

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Friday, June 5, 2020

Andrew Alexander out at Second City by Kerry Reid

In the wake of backlash on institutional racism, the longtime owner announces his departure. In response to worldwide protests over the killing of George Floyd a…

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Pivot Arts Festival switches it up online by Kerry Reid

The annual celebration of multidisciplinary performance adjusts for the times. Pivot Arts has been an incubator for multidisciplinary performance for nearly a de…

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

A trilogy for times of terror by Kerry Reid

Three streaming productions give us plenty to ponder in the pandemic. The world of quarantine is paradoxical, with our immediate environments smaller and more co…

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Otherworld Theatre unites gamers and theater nerds by Kerry Reid

With VALHA11A, they've created their first online LARP. Role-playing games and theater seem so closely aligned that it’s surprising more companies haven’t fu…

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Aloft Circus Arts and Actors Gymnasium bring the circus from their homes to yours by Kerry Reid

Sanctuary in Place! and Isolated prove you don't need a big top. Flying high and fearlessly in front of awestruck spectators is what circus is all about, right? …

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Improvising at a distance by Kerry Reid

Instructors adapt to online comedy and improv courses. When the Upright Citizens Brigade announced that it was closing its training center and theater in Manhatt…

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

When online drama is good for kids by Kerry Reid

Virtual classes and activities keep the theater bug alive for young artists. With schools in Illinois closed for the remainder of the year, families may be scram…

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Theater of isolation by Kerry Reid

Online theater pieces, both new and old, remind us to connect. When you’re used to seeing at least three or four shows a week at the theater, adjusting to onli…

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Scott Silberstein talks about catching live-performance magic onscreen by Kerry Reid

Relationships and 'yes, and' guide HMS Media's approach to filming live shows. If COVID-19 hadn't shuttered all the theaters in town about a month ago, Scott Sil…

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Monday, April 6, 2020

Arts funds respond to COVID-19 by Kerry Reid

Arts for Illinois offers short-term assistance. Will it have long-term implications for funding? It came in waves last month. At first, we had a trickle of annou…

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Friday, March 27, 2020

All your home's a stage by Kerry Reid

The best online options for enjoying theater from local, national, and international companies I'm compiling this list of online theater options on World Theatre…

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Stuart Gordon, legend of off-Loop theater and horror films, dies at 72 by Kerry Reid

From Warp! to Re-Animator, Gordon told the stories he wanted to see his way. When current mystery novelist and former Reader theater critic Lenny Kleinfeld (aka …

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Methtacular! returns for an online-only engagement at 16th Street by Kerry Reid

Steven Strafford's solo remains honest and hilarious, even through a screen. Steven Strafford was supposed to be live onstage at Berwyn’s 16th Street Theater t…

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Teenage Dick livestreams Shakespeare by way of high school by Kerry Reid

Theater Wit's production about a disabled schemer carries on online. I spend more evenings than most people in the dark with other people, watching yet other peo…

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Note on latest COVID-19 theater cancellations by Kerry Reid

Where to find the latest information on how companies and venues are responding to the pandemic What a difference a couple of days makes. On Tuesday, the League …

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Idle Muse's In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) amuses, but falls short by Kerry Reid

Sarah Ruhl examines old-fashioned female "hysteria" and newfangled treatments. Imagine Charlotte Perkins Gilman's short story "The Yellow Wallpaper" crossed with…

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Chicago ain't ready for reform in Her Honor Jane Byrne by Kerry Reid

Lookingglass delivers a stunning world premiere about Chicago's first woman mayor, public housing, and race. "This ain't Walter Lee Younger's Chicago no more," d…

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Friday, March 6, 2020

An Iliad returns in a stunning new setting by Kerry Reid

Court Theatre's revival puts us in the center of ancient artifacts and contemporary conundrums. "Rage—Goddess, sing the rage of Peleus’ son Achilles," begins…

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

What the Constitution Means to Me lands in Chicago by Kerry Reid

Maria Dizzia talks about playing Heidi Schreck, high school debate, and the power of the 14th Amendment. Heidi Schreck's 2017 play What the Constitution Means to…

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Middle Passage is part voyage of the damned, part picaresque by Kerry Reid

Lifeline's staging of Charles Johnson's novel has sea legs. Lighting out for the territory, as Huck Finn put it, may be central to the American dream of liberty,…

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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter is a resonant coming-of-age story by Kerry Reid

Erika L. Sánchez's novel gets a stellar stage life in Isaac Gómez's adaptation. There is a moment in I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter where Amá (Charín…

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Ghost in Gadsden's Garden is a delightful environmental fable by Kerry Reid

Actors Gymnasium combines circus arts and a poignant story of aging in their annual winter show. Actors Gymnasium primarily functions as a training school in the…

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Defending your life by Kerry Reid

How to Defend Yourself and Do You Feel Anger? ask us to consider how to survive patriarchy without losing our minds—and bodies. The fish has rotted from the he…

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