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Monday, May 22, 2017

Review: Not About Nightingales (Raven Theatre) by Scotty Zacher

Based on real events, Not About Nightingales is Tennessee Williams’ gut-wrenching account of events at a Philadelphia prison in 1937 when prisoners mounted a hunger strike in hopes of brin…

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Review: King of the Yees (Goodman Theatre) by Scotty Zacher

In making her persona the star of her world premiere drama King of the Yees, playwright Lauren Yee has created a meta-format to explore her relationship with her father. This genre-melding i…

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Review: Prelude to a Kiss (The Comrades) by Scotty Zacher

The Comrades' Prelude to a Kiss is acted with resonance and skill, along with lots of laughs, and clever use of popular music along the way. Aptly directed by artistic director Derek Bertel…

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

SNL takes on Chicago the Musical: “Roxie” becomes “Conway”, as in Kellyanne Conway by Scotty Zacher

In Saturday Night Live's parody of Chicago the Musical’s “Roxie”, Kellyanne Conway (played by Kate McKinnon) reveals the real reason she joined Donald Trump's campaign. Hilarious!

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Review: What of the Night? (Cor Theatre & Stage Left Theatre) by Scotty Zacher

Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize when it first premiered in 1990, Cuban-American playwright María Irene Fornés’s What of the Night? is an important, but rarely produced, work of unconventi…

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Chicago’s Best Theater of 2016 by Scotty Zacher

         See our picks below the fold                Chicago’s best theater of 2016 (in alpha…

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Top 10 Chicago Productions of 2016 by Scotty Zacher

Another year, another 12 months of great theater! 2016 blessed the Windy City with inspired new works and riveting revivals from a wide range of companies – from the largest equity houses …

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Review: The Winter’s Tale (Cheek by Jowl, Chicago Shakespeare) by Scotty Zacher

Of all the plays Shakespeare wrote, The Winter’s Tale is one of the most problematic. Directed by Declan Donnellan at Chicago Shakespeare, Cheek By Jowl’s highly conceptual staging of th…

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Christmas Theaters offer up stocking-full of holiday shows in 2016! by Scotty Zacher

The Chicago theater community will again produce a wide array of holiday plays, musicals, ballets and comedies in 2016, all to put you in a festive mood. Find the entire list of holiday off…

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Review: Annie (Broadway in Chicago, 2016) by Scotty Zacher

"Annie" the musical is a lovely, glorious, filled-with-happiness evening. If the tour is coming to your city, be sure you don’t miss out on this feel-good, family-friendly production. High…

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Review: East Texas Hot Links (Writers Theatre) by Scotty Zacher

Eugene Lee's *East Texas Hot Links* is a Brutal, lyrical play that immediately hits you on a visceral level. With a superb design and masterful direction, Writers Theatre has created a must…

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Review: Saturn Returns (The Neo-Futurists) by Scotty Zacher

With *Saturn Returns*, Tif Harrison and company present a thoughtful, comprehensive look at the major life changes of one’s late twenties. If only the show weren’t bogged down by superfl…

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Review: Red Velvet (Raven Theatre) by Scotty Zacher

Strong cast tell fascinating story of the first black actor to play Othello that contains strong parallels to today. Recommended. (read Duan Barnes' entire review....)

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

2016 Equity Jeff Awards Announced by Scotty Zacher

Check out Chicago theater's 2016 Equity Jeff Awards. Big winners include Chicago Shakespeare's *The Tempest*, Porchlight Music Theatre's *Dreamgirls*, Paramount Theatre's *West Side Story*,…

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2016 Equity Jeff Awards Announced by Scotty Zacher

Now in its 48th Equity season, the Jeff Awards has been honoring outstanding theatre artists annually since it was established in 1968.  The Jeff Awards Committee judged the opening nig…

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Review: Merge (The New Colony) by Scotty Zacher

The New Colony's world-premiere *Merge* makes a promising first impression as the audience is immediately transported into a 1970’s arcade game, complete with neon tones, lights and the te…

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Review: Apartment 3A (Windy City Playhouse) by Scotty Zacher

Windy City Playhouse's "Apartment 3A" by Jeff Daniels, directed by Ron OJ Parsons is an off-kilter romantic comedy with a touch of the surreal. Recommended! (read Duane Barnes' entire review…

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Review: The Burials (Steppenwolf for Young Adults) by Scotty Zacher

Written and directed by female powerhouses Caitlin Parrish and Erica Weiss respectively, The Burials updates Sophocles’ Antigone with strong grace and an even stronger anti-gun credo. Smar…

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Review: Visiting Edna (Steppenwolf Theatre) by Scotty Zacher

With Playwright David Rabe's poetic world-premiere, Steppenwolf Theatre and director Anna D. Shapiro have created a thoughtful world-premiere with a stellar cast that explores end-of-life is…

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Review: Man in the Ring (Court Theatre) by Scotty Zacher

Court Theatre's Man in the Ring, by Michael Cristofer, dances and spars at the intersection of violence and love, two things that are inextricably twined in Emile Griffith’s world. It’s …

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Review: Miss Holmes (Lifeline Theatre) by Scotty Zacher

Lifeline Theatre's world-premiere Miss Holmes, by Christopher M. Walsh, is a refreshing female-driven portrayal of the classic detective. Katie McLean Hainsworth and Mandy Walsh are wily, ma…

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Review: The Happiest Place on Earth (Sideshow Theatre, Greenhouse Theater) by Scotty Zacher

Sideshow Theatre's *The Happiest Place on Earth*, written and performed by Philip Dawkins for Greenhouse Theater's Solo Celebration! series, is an essential theatrical experience, a twisted …

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Review: I Do Today (The Other Theatre Company, Greenhouse Theater) by Scotty Zacher

I Do Today is a loving and lighthearted collaboration of playwright Sarah Myers, director Jacob Harvey and solo actor (and Other Theatre Company artistic director) Carin Silkaitis, who is ut…

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Review: Hand to God (Victory Gardens Theater) by Scotty Zacher

Victory Garden Theater's Hand to God, though gloriously gruesome and wildly over the top, is at its heart a probing study on how one deals with grief, faith, temptation and the daily struggl…

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Review: Wonderful Town (Goodman Theatre) by Scotty Zacher

Mary Zimmerman deftly directs a lavish revival of Leonard Bernstein’s classic musical, featuring a company of more than 40 actors and musicians. If you’re looking for larger-than-life st…

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Review: Amour (Black Button Eyes Productions) by Scotty Zacher

Adapted from the Frebcg short story Le Passe-Muraille by Marcel Ayme, this Tony Award-nominated musical is a Chicago premiere. And with Amour, Black Button Eyes Productions and Director Ed …

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Review: life sucks. (Lookingglass Theatre) by Scotty Zacher

Though incredibly talented, not even this mighty ensemble can fully compensate for Playwright Aaron Posner’s lengthy exploration of the facts that life isn’t fair and unrequited love hur…

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Review: Julius Caesar (Writers Theatre) by Scotty Zacher

The most memorable elements of Writers Theatre's *Julius Caesar* are its cinematic video designs and impressively versatile set. The people who propel the tragedy, however, are all too often…

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Review: In the Heights (Porchlight Music Theatre) by Scotty Zacher

With Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking *In the Heights*, Porchlight Music Theatre's staging wears its dramatic heart on its sleeve, bursting with percussive flair and exuberant sensuality.…

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Review: Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Drury Lane Theatre) by Scotty Zacher

Per Catey Sullivan: By the time the powerhouse *Smokey Joe* ensemble goes into the reprise that (almost) closes the show, you’ll feel like these people are your old friends. And when the *…

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Review: Mamma Mia! (Paramount Theatre) by Scotty Zacher

Reviewer Catey Sullivan: Paramount Theatre's Mamma Mia!, directed by Jim Corti, is the most delightfully over-the-top musicals you’re apt to see this season. But unapologetically kitschy …

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