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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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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Review: Men are from Mars and these jokes are from the '90s by Kerry Reid

Many years ago, John Gray — author of the help-yourself-in-relationships guide "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" — appeared on Bill Maher's old "Politically Incorrect" program. F…

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

'Good People': Set in Southie, a play for any of us down on our luck by Kerry Reid

The white working class has been endlessly anatomized and scrutinized in pundits' think pieces since the presidential election, in which its support for Donald Trump was attributed as key to…

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Friday, February 3, 2017

‘Assembled Parties’: Ambitious plans for a son, but what happened? by Kerry Reid

Nicole Hollander's "Sylvia" comic introduced us to "The Woman Who Does Everything More Beautifully Than You." That captures Julie Bascov, the hostess at two very different Christmas dinners …

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

'Captain Blood' at First Folio has charm, wit and good, old-fashioned swordplay by Kerry Reid

"The country is all, sir. The king is not." That line in David Rice's adaptation of "Captain Blood," now in a world premiere at First Folio Theatre, scored a direct hit on a night when airpo…

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Was a son's friend a jihadist? New play explores guilt 'By Association' by Kerry Reid

"Being Scared Since 2016 Is Privilege." That observation, emblazoned on a sign in the Boston incarnation of the global women's marches on Jan. 21, carries some provocative weight in Shepsu A…

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

If you could use a little fantasy, welcome the 'Psychonaut Librarians' by Kerry Reid

We are such stuff as dreams are made on. So, we better pick the right dreams — and fight like hell for them. That's pretty much the message underlying Sean Kelly's "Psychonaut Librarians,"…

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

At Trap Door, Phedre's lust for stepson can only end in tragedy by Kerry Reid

Norma Desmond is (sort of) alive and definitely unwell. She's just going by the name "Phedre," and her address is Cortland Avenue, not Sunset Boulevard. Or so one might surmise from Nicole W…

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Teen writers see their ideas on stage in Pegasus' Young Playwrights Festival by Kerry Reid

The old '60s saw, "Never trust anyone over 30," worked off the assumption that people (and perhaps by extension, institutions) grow more conservative as they age. But in the case of Pegasus …

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

All funny, no ugly is the forecast for Sketchfest 2017 by Kerry Reid

Sketch comedy holds a mirror up to human nature as much as Shakespeare does. It just happens to be a funhouse mirror. And as Steve Martin told us years ago, "Comedy is not pretty." In 2016, …

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

From 'Hairy Ape' to 'Pygmalion,' Kerry Reid's picks for best theater of 2016 by Kerry Reid

In a "best of times/worst of times" year (and really — every year feels that way to somebody, somewhere), Chicago's theater offerings continued to provide a cultural balm for troubled time…

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Newcomer's ghost story has us sitting a bit closer in 'The Weir' by Kerry Reid

Ebenezer Scrooge isn't the only one haunted at the holidays. All the lights and tinsel can't quite hide that for many, this is a time for bittersweet personal reflections, poignant bursts of…

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

'Twist Your Dickens': A misplaced George Bailey and misfit hipster toys by Kerry Reid

Amid the sugarplums and good cheer, dyspeptic holiday-themed diversions also abound this time of year. For the third year in a row, the Goodman Theatre gets into the anti-holiday show act wi…

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