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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Elsa Hiltner advocates for transparency in theater design salaries by Sheri Flanders

A crowdsourced spreadsheet pulls back the curtain on who makes what at theaters across the country. This past week, Theatre Communications Group (TCG) announced…

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Black artistic leaders take charge at several Chicago theaters by Sheri Flanders

"There is no other way forward": reflecting on those who shaped them and the future they envision Chicago theater is in the midst of a historic transition, with …

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Beyond the Canon highlights BIPOC playwrights by Sheri Flanders

If you want to decolonize theater, start with the script. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Renisha McBride, Atatiana Je…

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Remembering Michael McCarthy by Sheri Flanders

Tributes from actors, comedians, and friends of the Chicago comedy legend. Maya Angelou once said: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people…

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Sandra Bland's life and death provides the inspiration for graveyard shift by Sheri Flanders

The Goodman's production is lyrical and heartbreaking. Quentin Tarantino's movie Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood is in part a gauzy wish fulfillment fantasy …

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Barbara Jordan's story takes center stage in Voice of Good Hope by Sheri Flanders

City Lit's docudrama captures some of the “moral muck” facing the south's first Black Congresswoman. Clocking in at 95 minutes, City Lit's production of Voic…

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them is Christopher Durang at his darkest by Sheri Flanders

Eclipse Theatre's all-Durang seasons finishes strong with a brutal black comedy about post-9/11 paranoia. Christopher Durang's Why Torture Is Wrong, and the Peop…

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

N gets lost in both sides’ debates over the use of racial epithets. by Sheri Flanders

Sturdy performances can't hide the faulty premise underlying David Alex's new play. N at the Greenhouse Theater is based on a faulty premise: that a white actor …

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Despite some flaws, The Master Comic offers a compelling portrait of a predator by Sheri Flanders

The grimy legacy of Bill Cosby haunts this world premiere at MPAACT. MPAACT's latest world premiere, The Master Comic, dives headfirst into controversial waters …

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Hope: Part II of A Mexican Trilogy shows the 1960s through the eyes of an immigrant family by Sheri Flanders

Teatro Vista presents Evelina Fernández's play as part of the 2019 Destinos festival. Stretched tight between the residue of the saccharine sweetness of the Ame…

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

August Wilson's King Hedley II shows the ravages of the 1980s by Sheri Flanders

Ron OJ Parson's production for Court Theatre hits with torrential force. In his epic masterpiece King Hedley II, the penultimate play in his Century Cycle, Augus…

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

It's a silly place, but you should go to Spamalot by Sheri Flanders

Your quest for a comedy master class ends at the Mercury Theater. Whether or not you're familiar with the beloved British humor of the Monty Python universe, Spa…

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Wrong Way Journey takes a trip through the life of one Black, queer, Christian woman by Sheri Flanders

In R.C. Riley’s solo show, a rape and a crisis of faith lead to self-acceptance. Chicago-based writer-performer R.C. Riley was raised with conservative Christi…

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International Falls brings a Seinfeld twist to a stand-up tragedy by Sheri Flanders

A comedian and a desk clerk in a podunk town share laughs and secrets. A tight script with the dark, quirky feel of a Twilight Zone episode, International Falls …

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Teatro ZinZanni proves that variety shows are the spice of life by Sheri Flanders

Love, Chaos & Dinner offers a delicious feast of comedy, thrills, and music. Teatro ZinZanni's Chicago premiere of Love, Chaos & Dinner is a delightfully…

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Histories Repeating: A Review of If I Forget at Victory Gardens Theater by Sheri Flanders

This new play from Steven Levenson sees the past and present as a continuum of conflict.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Bad Gal Annie: A Review of Queen of the Mist at Firebrand Theatre by Sheri Flanders

Michael John LaChiusa's musical could have been an empowering feminist adventure based on a true story. Instead it's a tepid moral dirge.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

In Six, Henry VIII's wives come back as pop divas by Sheri Flanders

Divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived—and slaying. History hasn't been this much fun since Hamilton. With its high-energy score, stadium light…

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Black women and the city by Sheri Flanders

'Ain't nobody want to hear us,' say the stars of the joyous Single Black Female. Part Sex and the City parody and all celebration of Black female culture, Single…

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

The I Am . . . Fest celebrating women of color comes to the Goodman Theatre by Sheri Flanders

Three days of performances and workshops encourages participants to become leaders in their communities. This weekend the Goodman Theatre will present the I Am .…

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

First Love is the Revolution examines the brutal nature of humans and other animals by Sheri Flanders

In Rita Kalnejais's modern fable, parents pass on their prejudices to their children. Whimsical, brutal, and evocative of The Secret of NIMH, First Love is the R…

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Drawing a Line on the Stage: A Review of A Chorus Line at Porchlight Music Theatre by Sheri Flanders

Among the longest running shows in Broadway history, this Pulitzer Prize-winning musical continues to get better with age.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Lottery Day brings Ike Holter’s Chicago Cycle to a triumphant close by Sheri Flanders

It promises hope on the other side of defeat. A meditation on endings and new beginnings, Lottery Day is a fitting capstone for Ike Holter's seven-play Chicago C…

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

After 40 years, Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem for colored girls remains a stunner by Sheri Flanders

Court Theatre’s production is one of the highlights of the season. "I found god in myself and I loved her fiercely." African-American feminist poet and playwri…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Bridges of Madison County remembers that romance is about the journey by Sheri Flanders

Theo Ubique's production is a sweet, sweet piece of Iowa cheese. Hermetically sealed inside the idyllic heartland like a Kraft Single, The Bridges of Madison Cou…

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

SoCo in Time: A Review of Southern Comfort at Pride Films and Plays by Sheri Flanders

This heartfelt new musical feels like the first signs of spring: hopeful and encouraging.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Life in the Gutter: A Review of Twilight Bowl at Goodman Theater by Sheri Flanders

This world premiere from Rebecca Gilman traces the borders and barriers of class in small town America.

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Dad Days: A Review of Dada Woof Papa Hot at About Face Theatre by Sheri Flanders

Duty and autonomy collide in this earnest investigation of modern parenting.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

All Star, All Power: A Review of Women of Soul at Black Ensemble Theater by Sheri Flanders

Black Ensemble Theater pulls out all the stops in this tribute to the most iconic women in the history of modern music.

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