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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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Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Movement and memories by Kerry Reid

Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble’s Meditations on Being is a sampler platter of eight pieces that in some way “reflects on what one remembers.” Not all the work on display here necessarily…

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Science, faith, and Elvis by Kerry Reid

Deborah Zoe Laufer’s 2007 dramedy, End Days, has intermittent moments of charm woven into a premise that is trying way too hard for profundity and whimsy. (When a show begins with someone …

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Reclaiming history by Kerry Reid

Charles Smith writes historical plays with lively consciences that provide ample opportunities for his characters to debate. But first and foremost, he writes plays about people who are nego…

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Jackalope’s The Smuggler is a mix of thriller and morality play by Kerry Reid

Ronán Noone’s 2019 solo play, The Smuggler, now in a local premiere with Jackalope Theatre Company, seems to carry the DNA of early Conor McPherson plays in its bones. In particular, Noon…

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Bearing witness by Kerry Reid

Wendy Kesselman’s 1997 adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank did some things that original adapters Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett didn’t back in 1955 (slightly more than ten years …

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Coal miner’s dancer by Kerry Reid

I spent a semester studying in London in the winter of 1985, and one of the first concerts I attended was a benefit at Brixton Academy for the striking coal miners, featuring Aztec Camera an…

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Harmony in the Middle East by Kerry Reid

Scheduled long before the current conflagration in the Middle East, Writers Theatre’s lovely, intimate staging of The Band’s Visit, the multiple Tony Award–winning musical, which premi…

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Friday, February 16, 2024

Girl From the North Country brings together the Great Depression and Bob Dylan by Kerry Reid

Conor McPherson’s Girl From the North Country draws on some of the same narrative tropes that the Irish playwright has used in the past in plays like The Weir and The Seafarer. A group of …

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Waiting for Lefty delivers with Gwydion Theatre by Kerry Reid

Gwydion Theatre Company is a relatively new addition to the Chicago storefront scene (they moved here from Los Angeles last year), but their current revival of Clifford Odets’s Waiting for…

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Richard III at Chicago Shakespeare is flashy and fun by Kerry Reid

The night before seeing Edward Hall’s stylish, arresting—but not totally convincing—production of Richard III at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, I finally caught up with Danai Gurira’s …

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Antigone is a stirring conclusion to Court’s Oedipus Trilogy by Kerry Reid

Back in college, when I mentioned I was writing a paper on Antigone as presented in both the Sophoclean original and in Jean Anouilh’s 1944 French Resistance–era update, a dorm friend ro…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Mommy wars by Kerry Reid

Anna Ouyang Moench is having a moment on Chicago stages right now; her play In Quietness, about women at an evangelical Homemaking House, is playing at A Red Orchid Theatre. Now Gift Theatre…

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Dogs, kitties, and fish . . . oh my! by Kerry Reid

Dav Pilkey’s popular series of kids’ books about a crime-fighting superhero mutant dog form the basis for this touring TheaterWorks USA musical production, which has settled in at the St…

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Thursday, February 1, 2024

The best things we saw at the 6th Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival by Kimzyn Campbell, Irene Hsiao and Kerry Reid

The 6th Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival swept through Chicago as vigorously as the cold front that accompanied much of it, and puppets dominated venues all around Chicago for t…

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Her biggest fan by Kerry Reid

The deepfake AI-generated images of Taylor Swift swirling around the Internet inevitably came to mind on opening night of Goodman’s Highway Patrol—if only to make me think that, all thin…

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High water, oh mama by Kerry Reid

What if you took Winnie and Willie from Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days and ran them through a blender with a Neil Simon midlife urban comedy, like The Prisoner of Second Avenue, tossing in a …

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Champion puts the life and trauma of Emile Griffith in the ring by Kerry Reid

Seventeen blows in seven seconds.  That’s what it took to end Benny Paret’s life, and forever change Emile Griffith’s. The two men met for the third and final time in the ring on Marc…

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Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Hit Me Like a Flower lands in unexpected places by Kerry Reid

I’ve been seeing Beau O’Reilly’s plays for over 30 years. But somehow it never occurred to me until taking in the current revival of O’Reilly’s 2003 play, Hit Me Like a Flower, how…

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Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Just One of Those Things (and More) is a loving tribute to Nat King Cole by Kerry Reid

Gregory Stewart’s tribute to Nat King Cole doesn’t break the predictable mold of biographical concerts/plays, but in the cozy environment of the Venus Cabaret space at Mercury Theater Ch…

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American Blues Theater opens their new home with It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! by Kerry Reid

As small miracles go, American Blues Theater opening their lovely new two-theater venue on North Lincoln just in time for their annual presentation of It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicag…

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Dial M for Murder rings out the year at Northlight by Kerry Reid

Originally a 1952 teleplay, Frederick Knott’s thriller hit the West End before being turned into a 1954 film by Alfred Hitchcock. Dial M for Murder got another theatrical makeover from Jef…

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Thursday, December 7, 2023

Promises, Promises gets a rare revival with Blank Theatre by Kerry Reid

Don’t ask me how many times I’ve seen Billy Wilder’s Academy Award-winning 1960 film The Apartment. I honestly couldn’t tell you. I can tell you it’s my favorite movie, and it shou…

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The Other Cinderella still has soul and sparkle to spare by Kerry Reid

It’s been a minute since I’ve visited the Kingdom of Other: 13 years, to be precise. The last time I saw Jackie Taylor’s The Other Cinderella was in 2010, before Black Ensemble Theater…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards