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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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Sunday, October 4, 2020

As Human As It Gets: A Review of 16th Street Theater’s “Rastus and Hattie” by Noel Schecter

Lisa Langford's comedy delving into race and trauma is adapted for radio, with illustrations.

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Enjoy It While You Can: A Review of Theatre Y’s “We’re Gonna Die” by Noel Schecter

Director Hèctor Àlvarez's minimalist, edgy film adaptation of Young Jean Lee's play is a testament to the understated power of the source work.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Dream State: A Review of The Pillowman at The Gift Theatre by Noel Schecter

Martin McDonagh's bedtime fable set in the grips of a totalitarian state is a familiar and oppressive nightmare.

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Cahoots and Ladders: A Review of The Secret of My Success at Paramount Theatre by Noel Schecter

The secret of this new musical's success is its strong female leads and an impressive catalog of songs.

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Discrete Data Points: A Review of Roan @ the Gates at American Blues Theater by Noel Schecter

Technologically adventurous and emotionally empathetic, the local premiere of Christina Telesca Gorman's play connects even as it diagnoses distance.

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Nothing to Shout About: A Review of Whisper House at Black Button Eyes Productions by Noel Schecter

This spooky meta musical from Kyle Jarrow ("SpongeBob Squarepants: The Broadway Musical") and Duncan Sheik ("Spring Awakening") cares more than it scares.

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Nine to Five: A Review of Working at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre by Noel Schecter

First directed by Stephen Schwartz, this musical, based on the writings of Studs Terkel, explores the nature of work in contemporary America.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Tragedy Strikes Verona: A Review of Romeo and Juliet at Chicago Shakespeare Theater by Noel Schecter

Chicago Shakes delivers a vision of their namesake's most well-known tragedy anchored in today’s headlines.

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Quoth the Raven: A Review of Poe at Theatre Above the Law by Noel Schecter

This charming theatrical anthology is probably best enjoyed only by those fans most committed to its namesake.

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Who Even Wants To Go Home Again: A Review of Kentucky at The Gift Theatre by Noel Schecter

The local premiere of Leah Nanako Winkler's play is a busy and beautiful examination of small town life and the loneliness that breeds in its shadows.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

The One That Didn’t Get Away: A Review of Big Fish at BoHo Theatre by Noel Schecter

BoHo brings “Big Fish” back to Chicago in a production that favors characters over visual effects.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Shake a Spear: A Review of Something Rotten! at Marriott Theatre by Noel Schecter

In its regional premiere, this 2015 Tony Award winning musical comedy takes aim at the Bard himself.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Extra, Extra: A Review of Newsies at Paramount Theatre by Noel Schecter

Helmed by Paramount artistic director Jim Corti, this production has plenty to holler about.

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Monday, September 9, 2019

A Rousing Adolescent Tale: A Review of Spring Awakening at Three Brothers Theatre by Noel Schecter

This ever-relevant Tony Award-winning musical gets a solid storefront production in Waukegan.

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Give an Inch: A Review of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre by Noel Schecter

Hedwig makes a triumphant return to close out the company's inaugural season in their new Evanston digs.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Star Man, Where Have You Gone: A Review of Take Me at Strawdog Theatre Company by Noel Schecter

An out-of-this-world premiere that is more small step than big leap.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Putting the “Fun” in Fungus: A Review of The Mushroom Cure at Greenhouse Productions & The Marsh by Noel Schecter

Comedian Adam Strauss takes audiences on a psychedelic quest to cure his OCD.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Burning Down the House: A Review of The Firestorm at First Folio Theatre by Noel Schecter

This explosive political drama reflects the all-too-recent past as well as our current political moment.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Maybe Best Forgotten: A Review of Remember the Alamo at The Neo-Futurists by Noel Schecter

This world premiere is indeed memorable though perhaps not for the reasons its creative team intended.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Must The Show Go On: A Review of The Producers at Paramount Theatre by Noel Schecter

Paramount Theatre makes a strong case to take a drive to Aurora with their production of this Tony Award-winning musical comedy.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

A Cut Above: A Review of Evil Dead The Musical at Black Button Eyes Productions by Noel Schecter

Based on the cult horror franchise of the same name, this 2003 musical is a bloody good time.

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Not Sure Ethel Would Approve: A Review of The Book of Merman at Flying Elephant Productions by Noel Schecter

There are just not enough laughs to sustain the premise of this self-consciously Mormon-centered musical.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Gritty Pulp: A Review of The Darkness After Dawn at Factory Theater by Noel Schecter

Leaning into the conventions of classic noir, The Factory Theater offers this bloody, violent tale of crooked cops and sideways plots.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Hey, Big Spender: A Review of Sweet Charity at Marriott Theatre by Noel Schecter

Marriott Theatre nods, in rhythm and time, to a moment and a movement with this revival from the late Neil Simon.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Once Again And Better Than Ever: A Review of Once at Paramount Theatre by Noel Schecter

The Tony Award-winning musical gets its regional premiere at Paramount Theatre in Aurora.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Crook on the Hook: A Review of Frost/Nixon at Redtwist Theatre by Noel Schecter

A classic cat and mouse game starring a disgraced former president and a has-been talk show host comes to life at Redtwist Theatre.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

A Good DM Is Hard To Find: A Review of She Kills Monsters at The Cuckoo’s Theater Project by Noel Schecter

Some things are scarier than monsters in this production from The Cuckoo's Theater Project.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Closer Than Ever: A Review of Cabaret at Paramount Theatre by Noel Schecter

Berlin in 1931 has never felt closer to home in Paramount Theatre's production of Kander and Ebb's classic.

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All that Chat

Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre