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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

The real Maenads of Monmouth by Kerry Reid

Back in 2014, Theater Wit presented Madeleine George’s acerbic but aching comedy, Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England, in which the denizens of a small New England college town wres…

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Girl, interrupted by Kerry Reid

Maybe it’s a sign of our times that musicals about the aftermath of loss and grief have become so prominent in 21st-century life, from Next to Normal to Dear Evan Hansen. But while both th…

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Friday, June 24, 2022

A note from an editor by Kerry Reid

This is the first time we’ve done a summer theater and arts issue, and judging by the full-to-bursting content, that’s surprising—especially given how much Chicagoans love getting outd…

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House music, Midsummer parties, and Queer Pride by Salem Collo-Julin, Micco Caporale and Kerry Reid

Here’s some events and activities to close out the month of June and start the summer right. FRI 6/24 Today the Chicago Park District cut the ribbon and officially opened the newly renovat…

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Siah Berlatsky shakes up Shakespeare by Kerry Reid

Siah Berlatsky just graduated this month from ChiArts, but though she’s taking a gap year before college, the 18-year-old playwright-director-actor isn’t letting the grass grow under her…

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Big-box blues by Kerry Reid

On the wall of the big-box retail warehouse that forms the setting for Eboni Booth’s Paris, now in a midwest premiere at Steep Theatre under Jonathan Berry’s direction, there’s a sign …

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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Lead in the water by Kerry Reid

I hardly ever start reviews this way, but trust me: stop reading this and hop online to get tickets for Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s cullud wattah, now in its local premiere at Victory Garde…

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Taking the drama and dance outdoors by Kerry Reid

I spent most of the 90s in the Bay Area, where outdoor theater in the summer is a given, and the weather generally cooperates (if you’re not facing the threat of forest fires, that is). Bu…

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Hot weather, hot shows by Kerry Reid, Irene Hsiao and Deanna Isaacs

Summer is officially here, in case the sweat and lightning bugs weren’t enough of a clue. In addition to the shows and artists we profiled in our summer arts preview issue this week, we’…

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Friday, June 17, 2022

Juneteenth, Pride, and legacies by Kerry Reid, Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

Many ways to celebrate and honor Juneteenth this week, as well as other outdoor and indoor gatherings and events—check it out! The post Juneteenth, Pride, and legacies appeared first on Ch…

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Tonys, tech awards, and terpsichore by Kerry Reid

Lots of behind-the-scenes news in Chicago theater, and some well-deserved plaudits to note as well this week! At the Tony Awards this past Sunday, longtime Chicago sound designer and compose…

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

The political is personal by Kerry Reid

Like the rest of the world, Second City has been through its share of upheavals in the past two years. Longtime owner, CEO, and executive producer Andrew Alexander stepped down in June 2020 …

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Friday, June 10, 2022

Penguins, Pride events, and Pivot Arts by Kerry Reid, Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

So many outdoor events to share with you this week, so make sure you wear sunscreen (everyone needs a little at least, even you) and stay hydrated (you’ll feel better, seriously). And trea…

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Home is where the heart is by Kerry Reid

Samm-Art Williams’s Home, first produced in 1979 with the seminal Negro Ensemble Company and then in a Tony-nominated run on Broadway in 1980, is considered a contemporary American classic…

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Ghost bride by Kerry Reid

Noel Coward’s 1941 comedy about a socialite writer who finds himself haunted by his vivacious (if annoying) dead wife—while his living wife first questions his sanity, then finds herself…

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Friday, June 3, 2022

Art, records, and the great outdoors by Micco Caporale, Kerry Reid and Salem Collo-Julin

Looking for stuff to do this weekend and beyond? Read on! FRI 6/3 Do-Division Street Fest (Division between Damen and Leavitt) benefits from handing over its music programming to outside loc…

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Thursday, June 2, 2022

Latino arts organizations tell funders: ‘Here we are’ by Kerry Reid

Back in 1996, the late playwright August Wilson delivered an address at the annual conference for Theatre Communications Group, the national service organization for theaters in the U.S. Ent…

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Get on the bus by Kerry Reid

The Uvalde school massacre put a somber hue on my mood going into 57 Blocks, Free Street Theater’s latest ensemble-created piece that takes a sharp look at public education. But by the end…

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Friday, May 27, 2022

A skateboarding symposium, drag performances, and art talks by Kerry Reid, Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

Happy days are here again with these upcoming events and things to do in the week ahead! FRI 5/27 This weekend the Martin (2500 W. Chicago) is hosting an exhibition by Tigray Art Collective …

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

The incredible journey by Kerry Reid

Six years ago, Brian Quijada and Teatro Vista teamed up to present Quijada’s solo show, Where Did We Sit on the Bus?, an endearing and poignant portrait of growing up in the Chicago suburb…

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Friday, May 20, 2022

Sales, sanctuaries, giardiniera, and Mortified by Micco Caporale, Salem Collo-Julin and Kerry Reid

Looking for some things to do? Consider these options! We found some happenings all over the map this time around, including Evanston, Back of the Yards, downtown, Logan Square, South Shore,…

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The Studebaker gets ready to roll by Kerry Reid

Last August, I caught up with Jacob Harvey just as he was taking over as the new (and first-ever) managing artistic director of theaters for the Fine Arts Building. At the time, he noted tha…

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

This bird has flown by Kerry Reid

Aaron Sorkin’s gonna Sorkin, even when he’s working off someone else’s material. In his new adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, now in a short touring stop with Broadwa…

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Babes with blades by Kerry Reid

Whether by design or happenstance, Writers Theatre has focused on the theme of women in competition and collaboration this season. In Eleanor Burgess’s Wife of a Salesman, two actors portr…

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Immigrant song by Kerry Reid

If you’re a fan of Henry Louis Gates’s Finding Your Roots on PBS, then you can probably relate to Annabelle Lee Revak’s impulse to create a musical out of the World War I-era letters o…

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The play about the baby by Kerry Reid

Reproductive rights cuts both ways: the government deciding that you may not have a child comes from the same authoritarianism that tells you that you must continue an unwanted pregnancy. Gi…

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Friday, May 13, 2022

Broken Nose, American Writers Festival, and a Crystal Ball by Kerry Reid, Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

Looking for some mid-month fun? Check out the following events and ideas. FRI 5/13 Broken Nose Theatre continues its season with the Chicago premiere of Zoe Kazan’s dystopic drama After th…

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Ele Matelan tells stories with sound effects by Kerry Reid

Ele Matelan didn’t plan on making a career out of sound effects. Like a lot of Chicago theater artists, she moved here after college (at Southern Methodist University) to pursue acting. Sh…

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The bones of grief by Kerry Reid

Laura Schellhardt’s Digging Up Dessa was commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center as part of its Theater for Young Audiences program in 2018. But this play, now in its Chicago premiere w…

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Steppenwolf’s Seagull opens a lovely new space by Kerry Reid

“Here is a theater. No curtain, no wings, no scenery. Just an empty space.” Konstantin Treplev, the young and hungry artist manqué in Anton Chekhov’s Seagull, intones these words befo…

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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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