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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Daughter's story is her strength in 'Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery' by Kerry Reid

For those who grow sick and tired of being sick and tired about patriarchy and its abuses (so much in the spotlight in recent weeks, but never out of the picture), Pegasus Theatre Chicago ha…

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

'Black Renaissance' works best as show of musical defiance by Kerry Reid

Earlier this month, Ta-Nehisi Coates appeared on “The Late Show,” where he seemed to rattle Stephen Colbert by refusing to say that he had hope for the United States. As Coates rightly p…

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

World premiere 'Two Mile Hollow' takes on the white-family plays by Kerry Reid

A troubled family gathers one last time at their ancestral home after the death of the patriarch. Over the course of the play, drinks are guzzled, grievances are aired and revelations are re…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Antrobus family is a stand-in for the rest of us in 'Skin of Our Teeth' by Kerry Reid

Global climate change, cataclysmic hurricanes, the threat of world war — with headlines like those, who wouldn’t want to escape to the theater? Kidding aside, Remy Bumppo has picked a fi…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fine time for a werewolf story in 'The Man-Beast' at First Folio by Kerry Reid

Lycanthropes, rejoice. (You know how to rejoice, don’t you? Just throw your head back and howl.) There’s a werewolf story prowling Mayslake Peabody Estate in a DuPage County forest prese…

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Race, mental health care issues fuel drama in 'Blue/Orange' by Kerry Reid

The relationship between psychiatrist and patient offers a wealth of dramatic possibilities. You’ve got the power dynamic between an authority figure and a person whose fate may well rest …

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

What about these voices? First-time 'Destinos' theater fest has an answer by Kerry Reid

Last month’s Emmy Awards may have represented a stride toward diversity for many artists of color. But as Patricia Garcia of Vogue (and many others) noted, “Where were the awards and nom…

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

'Muthaland' is Minita Gandhi’s not-so-simple solo show about homelands by Kerry Reid

Elizabeth Gilbert’s popular 2006 healing-heartbreak-through-travel memoir, “Eat, Pray, Love,” earned backlash from those who saw it as a high-profile example of privileged Western wome…

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Period romance plays out as a board game in clever 'Sylvester' by Kerry Reid

Using your socially connected friends and acquaintances as models for your fictional characters often leads to blowback. Just ask Truman Capote, who became an outcast when excerpts from his …

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Monday, September 18, 2017

On a bigger stage, 'Million Dollar Quartet' is still a blast by Kerry Reid

For nearly eight years, “Million Dollar Quartet” packed the intimate Apollo Theater in Lincoln Park. The story of the fabled night that four giants of popular music all turned up in Memp…

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Friday, September 15, 2017

'The Heavens Are Hung in Black' is a play set during Lincoln's darkest hours by Kerry Reid

Early 2009 seems like a lifetime ago — a point when the inauguration of the first African-American president signaled that, while racism was far from over, it at least couldn’t keep all …

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

The cast is willing but the laughs are cheap in '90210: The Musical' by Kerry Reid

Sandwiched between the 1980s teen-angst comedies of John Hughes and the famous-for-being-famous post-millennium reality television antics of the Kardashians, the kids of “Beverly Hills, 90…

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Theater 30: Our long list for fall, big musicals to storefront dramas by Kerry Reid

Last year, the fall theater season had to compete with the Cubs’ historic journey to the World Series. We don’t know if they’ll repeat that feat this year. But we do know that there ar…

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Conor McPherson’s 'The Veil' leaves mysteries unanswered by Kerry Reid

Conor McPherson’s work shows up regularly on Chicago stages. So it’s puzzling that his 2011 play, “The Veil,” has been missing until now. However, Idle Muse Theatre Company’s stagi…

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Wrestling play 'Chad Deity' returns in a world that's even more foreign by Kerry Reid

Kristoffer Diaz’s “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” caused a bone-shaking, brain-tickling sensation when it premiered nearly nine years ago at Victory Gardens. It transferred to o…

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Rose has us believing too in Music Theater's 'Gypsy' by Kerry Reid

“Everybody needs something impossible to hope for” sounds like an inspirational sentiment you’d find embroidered on a throw pillow. But cozy domesticity and its accouterments have litt…

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bold casting only part of what makes this 'Virginia Woolf' go by Kerry Reid

In May of this year, Edward Albee’s 1962 classic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” became controversial all over again, when the late playwright’s estate withheld the rights for a …

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

'Last Dancer Standing' at Black Ensemble Theater provides the reality TV experience by Kerry Reid

Reality television has come in for more than its usual share of shaming as a blight on the body politic since November — though in fairness, populist entertainment throughout history has b…

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Maidens and distress in ‘Fair Maid of the West,' just the thing for a summer stage by Kerry Reid

Buckle up, Buttercup — there’s a new “Princess Bride” in town. Well, actually — she’s not new. And she’s not a princess. But Thomas Heywood’s 16th-century swashbuckling roman…

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

'Fight City' works when it's an action flick on stage by Kerry Reid

The future is female — but it's still an unholy mess. That's the dystopic premise in Scott OKen's "Fight City," now in a slam-bang world premiere with Factory Theater. Set in 2077, where a…

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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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