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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Review: Porgy and Bess (Court Theatre Chicago) by Scotty Zacher

            We loves you, Porgy and Bess!                  Court Theatre presents         Porgy and Bess     Written by George Gerwin, Ira Gershwin, and Dorothy …

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Sanity Break: Best cover-letter ever??? by Scotty Zacher

Okay, we all know that the job-market sucks, and has for quite a while.  Perhaps what job-seekers need is a new approach, say, like a revised cover modeled after the one below from Roanold.…

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Review: A Lesson Before Dying (Lincoln Square Theatre) by Scotty Zacher

      Stark simplicity amplifies Lincoln Squares’ Lesson          Lincoln Square Theatre presents         A Lesson Before Dying     Written by Romulus Linney Directed by…

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Review: The First (and Last) Musical on Mars (New Rock) by Scotty Zacher

            Too messy, even for schlock                New Rock Theater presents         The First (and Last) Musical on Mars     Written by George Zarr Directed b…

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Review: Three Days of Rain (Backstage Theatre) by Scotty Zacher

                  Another memorable production from Backstage           Backstage Theatre Company presents         Three Days of Rain       Written by Richard G…

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Review: Chicago One-Minute Play Festival (Victory Gardens) by Scotty Zacher

        New Festival Showcases Short Works by Local Artists, Sampler-style   by Dan Jakes and Oliver Sava This May 15-16, Victory Gardens premiered Chicago’s first One-Minute Play Fe…

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Sanity Break: Chicago floating in the clouds – beautiful! by Scotty Zacher

      Now this is Chicago like you’ve never seen it before. Breathtaking!!        Video by Craig Shimala.  Love it!      

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Wednesday Wordplay: Bette Davis and her enemies by Scotty Zacher

   I do not regret one professional enemy I have made. Any actor who doesn’t dare to make an enemy should get out of the business.             — Bette Davis, The Lonely Life…

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Review: Nunsense (Metropolis Performing Arts Centre) by Scotty Zacher

            Old habits die hard                 Metropolis Performing Arts Centre presents           Nunsense     Book, Music and Lyrics by Dan Goggin Directed …

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Review: Why Do You Always Wear Black? (Organic Theater) by Scotty Zacher

                       Why Do You Always      Wear Black?   Based…

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Review: Nice Girl (Raven Theatre) by Scotty Zacher

                       Nice Girl Written by Melissa Ross Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark (map…

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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

                       Nevermore   Book/Music/Lyrics by Jonathan Christenson at Edge …

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Review: Lysistrata Jones (Refuge Theatre Project) by Scotty Zacher

Spike Lee’s recent film Chiraq adapted Lysistrata to Chicago's South Side, replacing an epic Greek war with equally epic gang violence. The stakes in Lysistrata Jones? Basketball. More spe…

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Review: The Food Show (The Neo-Futurists) by Scotty Zacher

                   The Food Show  Created by Dan Kerr-Hobert, Caitlin Stainken Metropolitan Brewing,…

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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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