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Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Star-cross’d lovers by daylight by Kerry Reid

Romeo and Juliet has been on my mind lately, ever since I saw the lovely made-in-Chicago indie film Ghostlight earlier this summer. In that movie, Dan, a middle-aged construction worker (Kei…

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Blank! The Musical builds a brand-new show each night by Kerry Reid

The Revival celebrates its new South Loop location with Blank! The Musical, an off-Broadway hit created a decade ago by Michael Girts, T.J. Shanoff, and Mike Descoteaux. Shanoff, who also di…

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Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Community kitchen by Kerry Reid

Cooking as the crucible for family and friendship, as well as self-discovery, is familiar territory in theater and film. Whether it’s Jenna in Waitress working out her personal angst throu…

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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

The Devil Is in the Detours takes us away from the numbing news by Kerry Reid

Going into a Second City revue during an election year always feels like an anxiety-making proposition and that feels even more true this year. We already know what’s at stake—do we real…

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Moving through Black American history by Kerry Reid

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre moves into movement (and movements) for their summer season; next month, they open Ntozake Shange’s classic choreopoem For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suic…

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The Kite Runner could use more heart by Kerry Reid

Khaled Hosseini’s 2003 novel, The Kite Runner, about the diverging paths of two boys in Kabul during the 1970s and after, is a moving and sorrowful story of how geopolitical, class, and re…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Going Wilde in the 21st century by Kerry Reid

If you’ve ever imagined how Oscar Wilde would fare in contemporary queer Chicago life, look no further than Strawdog Theatre’s sparkling and delightful adaptation of The Importance of Be…

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Who Is Anna? by Kerry Reid

Martin Crimp’s 1997 play, Attempts on Her Life, won international acclaim. But Crimp, like fellow controversial 90s Brit playwright Sarah Kane, remains more talked about than seen onstage,…

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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Stokely: The Unfinished Revolution gives a complicated activist his due by Kerry Reid

Kwame Ture (formerly Stokely Carmichael) has seemingly existed in popular culture mostly as a footnote to other, better-known civil rights figures. In George C. Wolfe’s Rustin and Ava DuVe…

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Stage Door, but make it porn by Kerry Reid

Right after the curtain call at First Floor Theater’s world premiere of Pro-Am, a colleague sitting behind me leaned over and asked, “Have you ever seen Stage Door?” Despite the fact t…

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Red Summer family drama by Kerry Reid

Joshua Allen’s third installment in his Chicago-set “Grand Boulevard Trilogy” (after The Last Pair of Earlies, which alternated between 1921 and 1938, and October Storm, set in 1960) t…

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The Singularity Play tackles AI by Kerry Reid

Everything about Jay Stull’s The Singularity Play, now in a world premiere at Jackalope Theatre (directed by Georgette Verdin) should feel timely and tense. It’s about the effects of AI …

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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Vengeance is hers by Kerry Reid

Swiss playwright Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s The Visit has found many reimaginings since it was first produced in 1956. The story of a wealthy woman returning to the town that once scorned her…

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Native Son gets a stirring revival at Lifeline by Kerry Reid

First coproduced in 2014 by Court Theatre and American Blues Theater, Nambi E. Kelley’s adaptation of Richard Wright’s 1940 novel Native Son is now in a stirring revival at Lifeline unde…

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TimeLine exits their longtime home with a Dust Bowl drama by Kerry Reid

With stories of migrants and climate change in the news every day, Chicago playwright Dolores Díaz’s Black Sunday couldn’t be more timely—even if it is set in 1935. TimeLine Theatre�…

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Monday, May 20, 2024

Doing it for the gaze by Kerry Reid

What was in the water in Hollywood in the late 80s and early 90s to instigate so many films (Fatal Attraction, She-Devil, Soapdish) about obsessed and vengeful women? Was it just part of the…

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Friday, May 17, 2024

Levi Holloway’s Turret is a 21st-century Endgame by Kerry Reid

If you’ve been looking for the 21st century’s answer to Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, your wait is over. Levi Holloway’s Turret, now in a world premiere (also directed by the playwright)…

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Friday, May 10, 2024

The play that goes wrong by Kerry Reid

My only memory of a Thanksgiving play from my school days stretches back to first grade, when I was asked to play a young Pilgrim boy instead of a girl—because there were more girls than b…

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A Barrie Cole festival lays the table for a thoughtful feast by Kerry Reid and Catey Sullivan

Editor’s Note: Since all the plays presented in Hamburgers & Disappointment are for two people, we thought it made some sense to have two critics writing about the festival. Capacity a…

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Judgment Day is amusing but slight by Kerry Reid

“Jerry, just remember, it’s not a lie, if you believe it.” Jason Alexander doesn’t repeat this famous George Costanza line from Seinfeld in Rob Ulin’s morality comedy, Judgment Day…

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Jump bridges painful family memories by Kerry Reid

There have been several intriguing plays about siblings dealing with loss onstage this year, including Leah Nanako Winkler’s The Brightest Thing in the World at About Face Theatre and the …

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Dane in the mirror by Kerry Reid

A one-person take on Hamlet starring a famous comedian sounds like a recipe for self-indulgence. (Or the opening premise for a deliberately off-kilter affair, as in the ridiculous and sublim…

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Simple Simon by Kerry Reid

It’s tempting to say that Neil Simon’s 1963 romantic comedy Barefoot in the Park hasn’t aged well. But even when it premiered on Broadway with Robert Redford and Elizabeth Ashley as ne…

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Friday, April 19, 2024

Amphibian friendship by Kerry Reid

Chicago Children’s Theatre’s (CCT) first production, back in 2006, was the Tony Award-nominated A Year With Frog and Toad, created by brothers Robert (music) and Willie Reale (book and l…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Mazurkas of memory by Kerry Reid

Hershey Felder first played Frédéric Chopin at the now-closed Royal George Theatre in 2005—one of several solo shows about great composers that Felder has created over the years (he’s …

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

A hero’s journey, without the shiny gadgets by Kerry Reid

British playwright Simon Stephens has been produced here so often, he’s practically an honorary Chicagoan. So it’s perhaps puzzling that his adaptation of Mark Haddon’s 2003 novel, The…

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Sign of love by Kerry Reid

All the ingredients for a whimsical look at unlikely love are in place in Nick Robideau’s Inanimate, now in its local premiere at Theater Wit under Jeremy Wechsler’s direction. But like …

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024

The Brightest Thing in the World shines the light of love by Kerry Reid

The early moments of Leah Nanako Winkler’s The Brightest Thing in the World, now in a heartfelt midwest premiere with About Face Theatre under Keira Fromm’s direction, reminded me a bit …

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

Looking at Cloud Man from both sides now by Kerry Reid

As her name suggests, Cloudia has been obsessed with clouds her entire life. In particular, she’s always wanted to see a legendary Cloud Man for herself. So she moves into a cabin on Cloud…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Riding the waves by Kerry Reid

The same day I saw Aurora Real de Asua’s Wipeout at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, I read an essay by onetime Reader staffer Heather Kenny about women finding midlife empowerment in outdoor s…

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The birth of the 12 steps by Kerry Reid

Ronnie Marmo has been extremely candid about his struggles with addiction, especially in the context of playing Lenny Bruce, as he has for several years in his show I’m Not a Comedian . . …

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