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Thursday, March 2, 2023

one in two provocatively reflects on a lingering epidemic by Matt Simonette

Even as the audience find their seats before the start of PrideArts’s new production one in two, they’ll get a sense that their relationship with the actors for the next 90 minutes will …

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Thursday, December 15, 2022

The Chicken Ranch builds a nest in Evanston by Matt Simonette

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, first presented on Broadway in 1978 and memorably mounted as a film in 1982, is ironically one of the most prescient musicals for the 21st century. The s…

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Have yourself a dirty little Christmas by Matt Simonette

I try not to lose myself in hyperbole, but I’m guessing Tom Whalley’s Jack Off the Beanstalk (a bawdy take on the classic British “panto”) is the only play this […] The post Have y…

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Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Southern secrets and lies by Matt Simonette

Sarah Sapperstein’s Maggie the Cat commands your attention with her act one monologues in MadKap Productions’s mounting of Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Skokie Theatre,…

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Thursday, November 3, 2022

Great character work helps Boeing-Boeing take off at Saint Sebastian Players by Matt Simonette

In Boeing-Boeing, the 1960 French sex comedy by Marc Camoletti (translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans) that’s now being mounted by Saint Sebastian Players, protagonist Bernard (Gar…

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Friday, October 28, 2022

Unearthing raw passions by Matt Simonette

Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a rural Illinois family beset by delusion and dysfunction is brilliantly brought to life by AstonRep Theatre Company.   Alcoholic patriar…

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Thursday, October 27, 2022

Medieval love triangle, modernized by Matt Simonette

Music Theater Works (MTW) ambitiously takes on some of the problems with Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s formless and dated book, keeping our focus on Arthur (Michael Metcalf), Guene…

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Thursday, October 6, 2022

On a clear day you can clone forever by Matt Simonette

Dr. Barbra Joan Frankenstreisand (Tyler Anthony Smith)—that ultimate hyphenate: superstar-mad scientist—has commandeered the stage at the Raven Room at Redline VR bar for what she calls …

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Two Destinos plays center women’s experiences by Matt Simonette

Two emotionally intense woman-centered productions are among the offerings at this fall’s fifth Destinos: Chicago International Latino Theater Festival, with the first focusing on the psyc…

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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Mixtape romance by Matt Simonette

The titular girlfriend in the local premiere of the two-person musical (book by Todd Almond, music and lyrics by Matthew Sweet) kicking off PrideArts’s 2022-23 season never appears. Referr…

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Thursday, July 28, 2022

The Mamalogues offers real talk with a comic edge by Matt Simonette

Late in Evanston’s Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre’s production of The Mamalogues, one character asks, “If I am my ancestors’ wildest dream, why am I still living out their worst nightmar…

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Friday, June 17, 2022

A brand new print of Airport premieres at this year’s Music Box 70mm Film Festival by Matt Simonette

Airport (1970) introduced many tropes so closely associated with the 70s disaster genre: the reverence for—and subsequent destabilization of—then-new technologies, in this case the Boein…

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Thursday, June 9, 2022

Bringing the Pride party to the people by Matt Simonette

For LGBTQ+ audiences and their allies who may not want to spend all of their Pride weekend on the north side, the arts collective TRQPITECA offers an alternative. TRQPITECA, formed in 2015, …

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Monday, May 16, 2022

Porchlight puts Passing Strange in the spotlight by Matt Simonette

For Chicago-based director Donterrio, the late-00s musical Passing Strange represents a road map for how an artist—no matter the medium in which they create—can live their life.  The sh…

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