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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

'Little Fish' adapts New York stories for the stage by Kerry Reid

Deborah Eisenberg, whose short stories have been popping up in the New Yorker and in acclaimed collections since the 1980s, began writing when she stopped smoking. She stopped because her lo…

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Monday, July 17, 2017

All the world's a lovely stage in First Folio's 'As You Like It' by Kerry Reid

On a clear and pleasant July evening, with just enough breeze to keep the mosquitoes at bay, First Folio Theatre's pastoral setting gives the forest of Arden a run for its money. But that ca…

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Nothing succeeds like excess in the Shakes-spoof 'Something Rotten!' by Kerry Reid

If the Reduced Shakespeare Company and Forbidden Broadway had a musical baby, it would probably look and sound a lot like "Something Rotten!" No insult intended to the appearance of this ima…

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

'In the Soundless Awe': Terror and heroism in story of USS Indianapolis by Kerry Reid

The story of the USS Indianapolis perhaps remains best known in popular culture through "Jaws." Robert Shaw's Quint delivers an unforgettable monologue outlining his experiences in the shark…

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Friday, July 7, 2017

'The Nance': Love hides behind double-entendres in 1937 New York by Kerry Reid

In 1937, Marc Blitzstein's famous pro-labor musical, "The Cradle Will Rock" (created through the Federal Theatre Project of the Works Progress Administration) was shut down by federal author…

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Lively wit and tangled love interests in 'London Assurance' by Kerry Reid

City Lit Theater's current staging of 1841's "London Assurance" marks the first local production of Dion Boucicault's comedy in 120 years. Felicitously, it opens just a month ahead of Defini…

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Festival Theatre delivers a 'Macbeth' to the fates and the night sky by Kerry Reid

"If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me, Without my stir." In that one line, William Shakespeare lays bare the central paradox of "Macbeth" — the play and the man. Arguably …

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Political satire 'King Ubu' starts out loud and has nowhere to go by Kerry Reid

Alfred Jarry's 1896 absurd and grotesque "Ubu Roi" should be the perfect play for our current political moment. After all, it involves an impulsive vulgarian who, while utterly unacquainted …

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Our parents' secrets, lost in the 'Rain' by Kerry Reid

One of the markers of adulthood is recognizing that your parents had lives of their own that had nothing to do with you. Often you don't see it until at least one of them has died. They live…

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

'Her Majesty's Will' is a heady, silly romp that works by Kerry Reid

Nature may abhor a vacuum, but holes in the timeline offer catnip to authors of historical fiction. Where facts cannot be found, imagination runs wild. In "Her Majesty's Will," David Blixt's…

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

'King Liz' goes courtside for a story about gritty world of sports agencies by Kerry Reid

"Get out of my way. I feel like making some money today." Few of us can imagine sweeping into our workplace and making that pronouncement in anything other than an ironic tone. But Liz Rico …

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Review: 'My Way Residential' a truthful immigrant story set in a U.K. nursing home by Kerry Reid

A couple of years ago, the feel-good channels of social networking lit up with a story about a Dutch nursing home where college students live rent-free. The idea of old and young living toge…

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Review: Pip's travels are long but worth the trip in 'Great Expectations' by Kerry Reid

In "Great Expectations," Charles Dickens crafted an indelible portrait of a young man of no means whose desires to be a "gentleman" almost come true — but with tragic consequences. At its …

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Summer theater guide 2017: 30 must-see shows by Kerry Reid

Summer in Chicago focuses on outdoor fun, whether it's at music festivals, street fairs, ballgames or beaches. But Chicago's red-hot theater scene also has plenty of option. Here are 30 show…

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Luis Alfaro delves into family mythology in 'St. Jude' by Kerry Reid

As a playwright, Luis Alfaro is best known in Chicago for his contemporary updates of Greek tragedies, such as "Oedipus El Rey," which reimagines the story of Oedipus through the lens of Chi…

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Women with suitcases are on a symbolic journey in Trap Door's 'Empty Sky' by Kerry Reid

On the heels of its timely and sardonic production of "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui," Trap Door Theatre takes a turn toward the elliptical and symbolic with "Into the Empty Sky," based o…

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Watch out, Young Jean Lee's 'We're Gonna Die' will get to you too by Kerry Reid

"Everybody dies frustrated and sad and that is beautiful," They Might Be Giants sang years ago. Young Jean Lee's "We're Gonna Die," now getting a heartfelt and high-energy production with Ha…

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Can't beat the Cubs, can they join them? by Kerry Reid

We all know the litany of complaints about life near Wrigley Field. Nonexistent parking. Drunk people committing various, um, quality-of-life offenses. But for decades, the Cubs and the loca…

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Monday, May 8, 2017

No noir is left unturned in Hell in a Handbag's 'Lady X' by Kerry Reid

What's your poison? Noir? Musicals? Gender-bending camp with a twist of melodrama? Well, guys and dolls, stir your stumps upstairs to Mary's Attic, where Hell in a Handbag's "Lady X: The Mus…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tennessee Williams doesn't yet sound like himself in 'Not About Nightingales' by Kerry Reid

Before HBO's harrowing prison drama "Oz" and before "The Shawshank Redemption," there was Tennessee Williams' "Not About Nightingales." Well, sort of. Though written in 1938 for the Group Th…

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

'Firebirds' tells the real-life story of cheerleaders afflicted by mystery illness by Kerry Reid

In 2011, a group of 18 high school girls — many of them cheerleaders — in the New York town of Le Roy began exhibiting strange vocal and physical tics. The phenomenon unleashed a storm o…

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

'Silent Sky': Story of women astronomers told with warmth at First Folio by Kerry Reid

When someone has been stuck in the shadows of history, the light that finally shines on her accomplishments seems all the brighter — even if it bends and refracts through the lens of artis…

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Insightful 'Born Yesterday' clearly has stayed up all night by Kerry Reid

A businessman with a crude way of talking and an outsize — but easily bruised — ego arrives in Washington, convinced he can bully and buy his way into getting what he wants. Which is mor…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Review: Dark 'Arturo Ui' wasn't intended to be this relevant by Kerry Reid

He's petulant and greedy, surrounded by thugs who take out enemies real and perceived at the drop of a hat. He mouths populist bromides while engaging in the worst excesses of corruption and…

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review: Teens in 'Sycamore' take their cues from John Hughes by Kerry Reid

A vague whiff of a John Hughes movie hangs in the air over Sarah Sander's "Sycamore," in which three disaffected suburban teens attempt to figure out how to claim their identity without caus…

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Fleet 'Romeo and Juliet' hurries our young lovers toward their fates by Kerry Reid

What's in a name? That which we call a rose is just as bittersweet in miniature form. And so it is with Chicago Shakespeare's "Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet," now dashing through the s…

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Torture is in the eye of the beholder in 'Skin for Skin' by Kerry Reid

The ghosts of Abu Ghraib haunt the world of Paul Pasulka's "Skin for Skin," while suggesting that the recent shameful past can only be read as prologue to our present times. It's a story wor…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Review: Fast feet in 'My Brother's Keeper,' but story can't keep up by Kerry Reid

When you're basing a show around the Nicholas Brothers, who created what Fred Astaire called the greatest dance sequence ever filmed — well, brother, those are some big tap shoes to fill. …

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

'Bog of Cats': A spurned daughter comes back in angry Irish take on 'Medea' by Kerry Reid

The narrative terrain in Irish playwright Marina Carr's work bursts with ghosts. But we're far away from, say, Conor McPherson's "The Weir," where a newly arrived transplant from Dublin find…

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Monday, February 20, 2017

'Unseen': Play about conflict photographer can miss the bigger picture by Kerry Reid

If one seeks a personalized metaphor for the tortured morality of being a Western superpower, look no further than conflict photographers. They run around war zones — many of those places …

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Gender on stage or, what do 'Breakdown' and 'Men are from Mars' have in common? by Kerry Reid

The women's marches held in protest of Donald Trump's inauguration last month threw already-fraught issues of gender discrimination into high profile. Away from the pink hats, three plays on…

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