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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Yippee-Ki-Yay Mother Fudger: A Review of “Die Hard 4 Your Luv” at The Factory Theater by Noel Schecter

The only thing standing between Russian world domination is the forgotten fourth member of the world’s most popular boy band.

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Thursday, May 30, 2024

Not Quite Present-Tense Material: A Review of “On the Twentieth Century” at Blank Theatre Company by Noel Schecter

A musical comedy adapted from a 1930s era play and movie, “On the Twentieth Century” involves a hard-on-his luck director with one last card up his sleeve.

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Thursday, April 25, 2024

A Heavy Load: A Review of “Brooklyn Laundry” at Northlight Theatre by Noel Schecter

A dramedy not for the faint of heart, “Brooklyn Laundry” explores romance as a second chance where prospective lovers must weigh their responsibilities against their pursuit of happiness.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Death by a Thousand Pecks: A Review of “Cock” at Open Space Arts by Noel Schecter

Open Space Arts presents a very intimate and visceral production of the British hit “Cock.”

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Friday, April 5, 2024

An Unconventional Romance: A Review of “Inanimate” at Theater Wit by Noel Schecter

Girl meets boy but boy is a giant Dairy Queen sign; an unconventional love story with a surprising amount of heart.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

He Honestly Was So Much More: A Review of “I’m Not A Comedian… I’m Lenny Bruce” at Theatre 68 by Noel Schecter

Ronnie Marmo returns in his celebratory exploration of one of comedy’s most complex figures.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

When You Have Nowhere Left to Run: A Review of “Selling Kabul” at Northlight Theatre by Noel Schecter

A taught politically charged thriller played out in the shadows of America’s retreat from Afghanistan.

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Friday, December 8, 2023
Thursday, October 26, 2023
Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Counting Murders to Go to Sleep: A Review of “Night Watch” at Raven Theatre by Noel Schecter

A taut psychological thriller that waits until the very end before releasing its tension.

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Thursday, June 15, 2023

Party Like It’s 2008: A Review of “Obama-ology” at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center by Noel Schecter

The Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre presents a poignant and often funny depiction of a volunteer discovering himself during the 2008 presidential campaign.

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Friday, May 12, 2023

We Come into Parenthood Fully Formed: A Review of “Antonio’s Song/ I Was Dreaming of a Son” at Goodman Theatre by Noel Schecter

Antonio Edwards Suarez puts in a career defining performance in this insightful meditation on race and identity.

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Monday, April 24, 2023

Pickin’ Together A New World: A Review of “The Porch on Windy Hill: a new play with old music” at Northlight Theatre by Noel Schecter

The old music is an impressive collection of folk standards. The new play is a trio of voices working their way through a familial landscape.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Earning Its Fifteen Minutes of Fame: A Review of “Andy Warhol’s Tomato” by the Buffalo Theatre Ensemble by Noel Schecter

A young Andy Warhol hones his artistic vision while working on a tavern sign for a tough-as-nails saloon owner in this Odd Couple origin story of a fable.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2023

No One Throws A Party Quite Like The Communist Party: A Review of Krugozor at The Factory Theater by Noel Schecter

Theatre EVOLVE presents an endearing coming of age tale set in the former Soviet Union that features music spanning the entirety of the Cold War.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2022

A Domestic Nightmare: A Review of American Son at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre by Noel Schecter

A perfectly executed production of Christopher Demos-Brown’s powerful “American Son.”

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Thursday, November 3, 2022

Pow! Zap! Bam!  A Review of City Lit Theater’s Mark of Kane by Noel Schecter

"Mark of Kane" offers an insider’s look at the mostly uncredited talent responsible for Batman’s creation. A well-crafted origin story, you do not have to be a comic book lover to enjoy …

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Monday, October 31, 2022

An Unflinching Look at America’s Border:  A Review of Theo Ubique’s Refuge by Noel Schecter

The production never fails to engage the audience with incredibly vivid images of an endless and deadly land with a border no thicker than a piece of rope.

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Monday, September 19, 2022

Drinking the Kool-Aid: A Review of The HOA at the Factory Theater by Noel Schecter

The Factory Theater presents a world premiere comedy that attempts to answer the question of whether or not women can have it all.

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Friday, September 16, 2022

The Best of Dumpster Dives: A Review of The Garbologists at Northlight Theatre by Noel Schecter

Northlight Theatre opens their season with a well-crafted and entertaining “trashy” buddy comedy.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2022

One of the Harlem Renaissance’s Brightest Lights: A Review of My Brother Langston at the Black Ensemble Theater by Noel Schecter

The Black Ensemble Theater presents a celebration of the life and times of Langston Hughes.

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Monday, August 15, 2022

Growing Up in A House of Mirrors: A Review of Fun Home at Copley Theater by Noel Schecter

Paramount Theatre stages an intimate production of the Tony award-winning musical "Fun Home."

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Amped Up and Ready to Rock: A Review of Rock of Ages at Paramount Theatre by Noel Schecter

Paramount Theatre will rock you to the core with their impressive production of "Rock of Ages."

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Will Likely Be Banned Someday in Texas: A Review of The Drag Seed at Hell in a Handbag Productions at The Chopin Theatre by Noel Schecter

Billed as a parody of the 1956 film “The Bad Seed,” the plot focuses on eleven-year-old Carson who will do whatever it takes ito become the reigning Drag Queen of his private school.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Flicker Bright: A Review of Fireflies at Northlight Theatre by Noel Schecter

Race, gender and self-expression intersect in Donja R. Love’s impressive 1963-era play.

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Thursday, January 20, 2022

Yippee Ki-Yay: A Review of The Virginian by City Lit Theatre by Noel Schecter

City Lit brings to stage a wonderful adaptation of the original classic Western.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Tuesday, December 14, 2021

‘Tis The Season: A Review of When Harry Met Rehab by Noel Schecter

A sobering offer for this holiday season

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Not Feeling Safe At All: A Review of Security at Kane Repertory Theatre by Noel Schecter

Veteran Hollywood actor Eric Roberts and rising star Harsh J. Gagoomal explore the roles of oppressor and victim in this world premier online production by Hammaad Chaudry.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Palace Life: A Review of “Duchess! Duchess! Duchess!” at Steppenwolf Theatre by Noel Schecter

Vivian J.O. Barnes' prescient play is a mediation on the emotional toil Black women face when taking up positions of power in large, static institutions.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

The Stories That Need to Be Told: A Review of “the projects” at Stage Left Theatre by Noel Schecter

The stories of Chicago's famous Robert Taylor Homes residents come alive in the new documentary-style play by the late PJ Paparelli and Joshua Jaeger.

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