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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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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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