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Monday, April 23, 2018

The Not-So-Carefree Life: A Review of Grand Hotel at Kokandy Productions by Kevin Greene

Harking back to the early forties and the late eighties, this revival at Kokandy Productions is not so much timely as full of time.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Let Them Eat: A Review of The Cake at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble by Kevin Greene

No amount of frosting can sweeten the bitter aftertaste of this Midwest premiere at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Light Going Out: A Review of 33 to Nothing at A Red Orchid Theatre by Kevin Greene

This music/theater hybrid from A Red Orchid takes some creative risks but reinforces some tired stereotypes in the process.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Fake It ‘Til You Break It: A Review of The Doppelgänger (an international farce) at Steppenwolf Theatre Company by Kevin Greene

This wild world premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company sees no separation between tail and dog when it comes to wagging.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Concrete Jungle: A Review of Roots in the Alley at Adventure Stage Chicago by Kevin Greene

This magical production from Adventure Stage Chicago follows its twin protagonists on a journey of self-discovery through their personal and cultural histories.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Changing It: A Review of 9 to 5: The Musical at Firebrand Theatre by Kevin Greene

Firebrand Theatre concludes its inaugural season with a progressive production of this Dolly Parton-packed workplace musical.

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

A Signal In The Noise: A Review of Birdland at Steep Theatre by Kevin Greene

The U.S. premiere of Simon Stephens' new play at Steep Theatre is an uncompromising vision of toxic masculinity, celebrity culture and the global marketplace.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Chicago Plays Itself: A Review of Red Bowl at the Jeffs at The Sound by Kevin Greene

The Sound returns with a roman à clef love letter of a world premiere about a young theater company striving for that most specific of victories: a non-equity Jeff Award.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Stage Top 5: April 2018 by Kevin Greene

As the weather warms up, so do Chicago stages with adventure, intrigue and good old fashioned rock n' roll.

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Unprecedented Arrival: A Review of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at Court Theatre by Kevin Greene

Court Theatre's production of this classic sixties film turned stage play has many virtues not the least of which is the young talent on display.

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

State of Mind: A Review of You for Me for You at Sideshow Theatre Company by Kevin Greene

Mia Chung's new play at Sideshow Theatre Company is an inventive and imaginative contrast of totalitarian nightmare and democratic indulgence.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Endless Voyage: A Review of Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea at First Floor Theater by Kevin Greene

This local premiere at First Floor Theater? is a poetic day-in-the-life of a young man searching for meaning in his family history.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Weak Tea: A Review of Plantation! at Lookingglass Theatre Company by Kevin Greene

Playwright Kevin Douglas' followup to "Thaddeus and Slocum" at Lookingglass Theatre Company capitulates to the very audience it could be reaching in this comedy about America's heritage of r…

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Stage Top 5: March 2018 by Kevin Greene

Last month may have been black history month but the artists involved in these groundbreaking plays know that the conversations about racial injustice and the celebration of black culture re…

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Mean Of Girls: A Review of The Burn at Steppenwolf for Young Adults by Kevin Greene

The world premiere of Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Young Adult production of Philip Dawkins’ play about bullying and victimhood may be about young people though it is not necessarily writ…

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Stuck In Place: A Review of Breach: a manifesto on race in america through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate at Victory Gardens Theat by Kevin Greene

The premiere of Antoinette Nwandu's new comedy at Victory Gardens is no laughing matter, literally.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Out For Blood: A Review of The Wolves at Goodman Theatre by Kevin Greene

Vanessa Stalling directs this invigorating Chicago premiere at the Goodman about a high school girls soccer team.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

State of a Nation: A Review of Fear and Misery in the Third Reich at Haven Theatre by Kevin Greene

Haven Theatre's production of Brecht's first open rebuke of Nazism is an aesthetically bold, artistically ambitious, and consummately brilliant work of progressive theater.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Growing In: A Review of You Got Older at Steppenwolf Theatre Company by Kevin Greene

Steppenwolf's Chicago premiere of Clare Barron's play doesn't so much tread water as sink to the bottom of the shallow end.

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Stage Top 5: February 2018 by Kevin Greene

Four premieres and a newly reimagined classic set the stage for an exciting month of theater.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Our So-Called Half-Life: A Review of We’re Gonna Be Okay at American Theater Company by Kevin Greene

Will Davis' continues his streak of queering American archetypes and narratives with this Chicago premiere by his longtime friend Basil Kreimendahl.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Give Up The Ghost: A Review of Hinter at Steep Theatre by Kevin Greene

Steep Theatre presents the world premiere of Calamity West's haunting true-crime story about unsolved homicides in Bavaria after World War I.

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Invisible Forces: A Review of Moon Man Walk at Definition Theatre Company by Kevin Greene

Definition Theatre Company's followup to their incendiary production of "An Octoroon" is a small, sweet tale about the forces that keep families together.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Work Of Life: A Review of Traitor at A Red Orchid Theatre by Kevin Greene

Directed by Michael Shannon, Brett Neveu's adaptation of Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People" presents a confounding series of escalations fueled by self-righteousness and ignorance.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Foundering Father: A Review of Franklinland at Jackalope Theatre by Kevin Greene

Jackalope Theatre's world premiere of Lloyd Suh's delightful history play reminds us that our leaders are nothing if not grossly human.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

When The Levee Breaks: A Review of Cal in Camo at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble by Kevin Greene

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble kicks off their reckoning-themed 2018 season with this allegorical domestic drama by former ensemble member William Francis Hoffman.

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Designers Make It Work: Five Local Theater Designers Detail Their Dream Projects by Kevin Greene

Five local theater designers detail their dream projects.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Players 2018: The Fifty People Who Really Perform for Chicago by Kevin Greene

It is a testament to the strength and resilience of the artists highlighted here that all year, whether they wanted to or not, they made the art that helped things feel bearable or even, occ…

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Players of the Moment: Theater Activists (Chicago Inclusion Project, Not In Our House and The Chicago Theater Accountability Coalition) by Kevin Greene

Three organizations that reflect a growth of activism in our theater community. Their objectives include advocating for equitable representation, addressing harassment and abuse and challeng…

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Saturday, December 30, 2017
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Stage Top 5: January 2018 by Kevin Greene

The best way to start the new year? How about a full slate of world premieres.

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