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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Between a Saint and a Sinner: A Review of Good Enough at 16th Street Theater by Mary Kroeck

This simple but hardly straightforward world premiere finds one woman speaking her truth with honesty and self-reflection.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

In the Belly of the Beast: A Review of The Wolf at the End of the Block at 16th Street Theater by Mary Kroeck

Remounted little more than a year later, Ike Holter's play has lost none of its bite with this production at 16th Street Theater.

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

War, What is it Good For: A Review of Harbur Gate at 16th Street Theater by Mary Kroeck

Ann Filmer and 16th Street Theater take on one of America's most time honored professions: soldiering.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Flights Less Fancy: A Review of Marisol at Promethean Theatre Ensemble by Mary Kroeck

This production of José Rivera's Obie Award-winning magical realist play falls short on the magic.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Fulfilling Destiny: Chicago Latino Theater Alliance’s International Theater Festival Connects Globally And Focuses Locally by Mary Kroeck

The inaugural theater festival celebrates the work of Latinx artists from around the world with a special emphasis on local theater companies.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Fight For The Right To Rock: A Review of Rock of Ages at Drury Lane by Mary Kroeck

The jukebox musical features dozens of eighties rock classics, complete with acid washed jeans and fishnet tights.

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No Place Like Home: A Review of Muthaland at 16th Street Theater by Mary Kroeck

Throughout “Muthaland” Minita Gandhi channels over a dozen figures in her life

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Review: Disenchanted!/Broadway In Chicago by Mary Kroeck

Disney’s princesses are breaking out of their stereotypes and telling the world what they really think of Walt—sort of. “Disenchanted!,” with book, music and lyrics by De…

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Review: Bullets Over Broadway/Broadway In Chicago by Mary Kroeck

RECOMMENDED The musical version of Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath’s 1994 film of the same name has lots of good things going for it. This first national tour has an incredibly talented c…

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Matilda: The Musical/Broadway In Chicago by Mary Kroeck

RECOMMENDED Before seeing this production, I didn’t know much about “Matilda: The Musical.” By the time I left the theater, it had become one of my favorite shows. The cast is filled w…

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Review: Sister Act/Marriott Theatre by Mary Kroeck

If you’re coming to the show expecting a reenactment of Whoopi Goldberg and company’s feel-good film where a wayward woman finds God and changes her life as well as the lives of others i…

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Review: Adoration of the Old Woman/UrbanTheater Company by Mary Kroeck

RECOMMENDED The tenth season of UrbanTheater Company (UTC) kicks off with the Midwest premiere of José Rivera’s “Adoration of the Old Woman.” Directed by UTC artistic director Juan Ca…

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Teatro Vivo: Celebrating the Works of Latina/o Artists by Mary Kroeck

Goodman Theatre’s Latino Festival began in 2003 as a way to highlight the often-silenced voices of Latinos in theater. This year, the now-biennial event is a “Celebration of Latina/o Art…

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Review: Sketchbook/Collaboraction by Mary Kroeck

RECOMMENDED In its fifteenth and final festival, Collaboraction ensures that “Sketchbook” makes a lasting impression. The performances are separated into two programs: “Life” and “…

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Review: Spring Awakening/The Marriott Theatre by Mary Kroeck

RECOMMENDED There are reasons why “Spring Awakening” is an eight-time Tony Award winner. The book and score are captivating and turn Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play about youth, rebellion a…

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Have a Little “Too Much”: Neo-Futurists Ring in the New Year by Mary Kroeck

By Mary Kroeck “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind” was first performed by the Neo-Futurists in Chicago on December 2, 1988. The premise of the show was (and still is) to perform thi…

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Review: The Lion King/Broadway In Chicago by Mary Kroeck

RECOMMENDED “The Lion King” is undeniably magical. As the show begins, Rafiki–the baboon shaman–sings the first lines of “The Circle of Life” while a host of actors in brilliantl…

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical/Broadway In Chicago by Mary Kroeck

RECOMMENDED What do the songs “The Loco-Motion,” “Take Good Care of My Baby,” and “It’s Too Late” all have in common? Aside from being number one hits, they were all penned by …

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