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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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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Stick Fly takes flight at Writers by Kerry Reid

A wealthy Black family confronts secrets and internalized self-loathing in Lydia Diamond's acerbic drama. In 2017, First Floor Theater premiered Leah Nanako Wink…

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Invictus Theatre brings light and heat to A Raisin in the Sun by Kerry Reid

Lorraine Hansberry's classic gets a sturdy and heartfelt revival. Before Ta-Nehisi Coates laid out "The Case for Reparations" in the Atlantic in 2014, Lorraine H…

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Kiev reveals the murky depths of a family's guilt. by Kerry Reid

Aguijón's U.S. premiere of Sergio Blanco's Cherry Orchard update is dark and chilly. Anton Chekhov's famous dictum that if a gun is introduced in the first act,…

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Emma has its charming moments, but little staying power by Kerry Reid

This musical take on Austen's oft-adapted tale skims the surface. With Autumn de Wilde's new film version of Jane Austen's Emma being released next week (the sev…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Adaptation is retro fun by Kerry Reid

Theatre Above the Law produces an Elaine May deep cut. The Boys in the Band at Windy City Playhouse isn't the only 1960s counterculture show in town. Theatre Abo…

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Jeeves Saves the Day offers a midwinter escape by Kerry Reid

Bertie Wooster isn't the dimmest bulb onstage in First Folio's Wodehouse romp. If your patience with upper-class twits being bailed out by their underlings is th…

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

How to Defend Yourself wrestles with rape culture by Kerry Reid

A self-defense class reveals hidden vulnerabilities in Liliana Padilla's world premiere. Last summer, Selina Fillinger's drama Something Clean asked us to consid…

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The Leopard Play, or Sad Songs for Lost Boys examines a fractured Mexican American family by Kerry Reid

Isaac Gomez's world premiere at Steep takes us over the border of trauma and truth. If you're in the mood for some serious decolonizing after the Jeanine Cummins…

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Note From an Editor by Kerry Reid

Winter theater and dance in Chicago provides a home away from home. On nights when the temperature falls into single digits and icy sidewalks (clear that stuff, …

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Winter theater and dance in Chicago provides a home away from home by Kerry Reid

On nights when the temperature falls into single digits and icy sidewalks (clear that stuff, people!) make the public way treacherous, it's easy to find reasons to stay home.  But the month…

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