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Friday, January 15, 2021

Post-pandemic, will we see triage for the arts? by Kerry Reid

Brian Loevner thinks arts organizations should consider new ways to survive—and close. This is the first of two columns that will examine the ideas of "cultura…

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Zoo Motel and The Journey take us away from it all by Kerry Reid

Links Hall and Chicago Shakespeare host two virtual interactive shows on isolation and connection. Even before the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last w…

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Pegasus Theatre Chicago's Young Playwrights Festival turns 34 by Kerry Reid

Three plays by teen writers offer historical twists, absurdity, and some on-the-nose social commentary. Nothing about this past year has been normal. (You're wel…

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Retail, resistance, and rebirth in Wally World and Kickback by Kerry Reid

Christmas Eve goes to 11 in Isaac Gómez's workplace comedy; About Face celebrates Black queer lives, past and present. If you're not working retail this Christm…

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Friday, December 18, 2020

The Chimes and I Hate It Here ring out a horrible year by Kerry Reid

Charles Dickens and Ike Holter are unlikely twin spirit guides in two online shows. "Ring out the old year, ring in the new, ring-a-ding-ding," says Shirley MacL…

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The onstage season was short, but there was plenty of drama in 2020 by Kerry Reid

Getting back to normal isn't going to happen. And in many ways, it shouldn't. On Monday, March 16, I walked into a theater for the last time in 2020. It was at T…

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Ghost Gun confronts class and race by Kerry Reid

The Goodman joins the national #Enough: Plays to End Gun Violence initiative; plus a new documentary on the August Wilson Monologue Competition and an award for a dance documentarian …

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

Yule be home for Christmas with Manual Cinema and Hell in a Handbag by Kerry Reid

A Dickens chestnut and a spoof of 1970s celebrity specials join the online holiday theater lineup. For a lot of performing arts organizations, the holiday seaso…

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Friday, December 4, 2020

Changes in faces, closing up spaces, and an abolitionist playwright gets more recognition by Kerry Reid

A departure at PrideArts, an arrival at Second City, and the closing of the Frontier and Understudy; Kristiana Rae Colón wins a new prize. In late June, Pride F…

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Otherworld Theatre faces social media onslaught by Kerry Reid

Allegations of mismanagement and harassment rock the fantasy/sci-fi theater. Since its founding in 2012, Otherworld Theatre has been a haven for theater fans wh…

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Thanks and giving by Kerry Reid

Stages are dark, but Chicago theater and dance companies still keep a light on. This unholy year is winding down (or so we're told), and as we veer between image…

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

The Spin and What the Constitution Means to Me provide post-election catharsis by Kerry Reid

The good, the bad, and the ugly of our politics are on display in two streaming shows. The long national nightmare of the past four years may not be over, but as…

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Friday, November 6, 2020

A new DAWN for arts funding? by Kerry Reid

Matthew-Lee Erlbach wants to cut the creative sector in on a new deal; the Equity Jeff Awards go virtual. When he was a kid in Rogers Park, Matthew-Lee Erlbach s…

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Monday, November 2, 2020

'Night, Mother asks 'Whose death is it anyway?' by Kerry Reid

Invictus's streaming production brings new angles to Marsha Norman's real-time drama. Embarrassing Theater Critic Admission: I've never seen Marsha Norman's 1983…

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Black Magic and Call for the Wailing Women offer two views on grief by Kerry Reid

Black women deal with loss in new digital plays by Perceptions Theatre and Black Lives Black Words. Starting a theater company any time is tough. Starting one ri…

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Friday, October 16, 2020

Ladies and Martians by Kerry Reid

The Neo-Futurists and Theatre in the Dark offer shows for the spookiest of election seasons. After the uproar around Bill Burr's recent SNL monologue taking whit…

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Friday, October 9, 2020

Bending the arc of theatrical liberation by Kerry Reid

Thinking about The Boys in the Band, Broadway, and Chicago Last weekend, I watched Ryan Murphy’s Netflix production of The Boys in the Band, adapted from Mart …

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

16th Street and Strawdog examine racism and dystopia by Kerry Reid

Rastus and Hattie and Run the Beast Down bring nightmarish scenarios to virtual life. How do you write dramas about dystopia and alienation in the middle of a pa…

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Our favorite things for fall arts, part two by Kerry Reid

Visual arts and architecture highlights break us out of our screen life. Last week, we offered a (very partial) guide to some theater and dance events (as well …

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Friday, October 2, 2020

Our favorite things for fall arts, part one by Kerry Reid

An overview of theater, dance, music, pop-up performances, and other artists and activists that you should know about—this season and year-round The 2020 fall…

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Friday, September 25, 2020

Finding her spine by Kerry Reid

Chicago-based dancer Paige Fraser advocates for those with scoliosis; plus Fly Honey brings the dance party online. Paige Fraser started dancing when she was fou…

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

BoHo and Lifeline examine the public and private split by Kerry Reid

The Pursuit of Happiness and Pride and Prejudice confront the limitations of Zoom culture with exhilarating results. The age of Zoom has created a split-screen m…

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Friday, September 11, 2020

The MCA provides tool kits for plague times by Kerry Reid

Yanira Castro and Meshell Ndegeocello create performance pieces for the at-home audience; Pride comes out of the closet with a new name. The Museum of Contempora…

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Youth theater ensembles? They're Essential by Kerry Reid

Free Street, Collaboraction, and TimeLine put young theater artists in the frame. The long hot summer is winding down, according to the calendar, but youth theat…

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The founder of Pride Films and Plays is gone. What happened? What's next? by Kerry Reid

PFP's story contains lessons about board oversight and artist empowerment. There are no shows to speak of happening on Chicago stages, but the offstage drama ha…

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Cabinet of Curiosity offers a walk on the hopeful side by Kerry Reid

A partnership with Little Red Schoolhouse brings art and nature together; plus a new home for Joel Hall Dancers and Collaboraction's virtual season Frank Maugeri…

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

ALAS and Of Dice and Men examine the vulnerability of social bonds by Kerry Reid

Trap Door reimagines its aesthetic for film; Otherworld films a onetime live performance (sans audience). As sacrifices go, staying home when possible and wearin…

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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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