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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Artists, story nearly upstaged by visual effects in otherwise haunting ‘Macbeth’ by Steven Oxman - For The Sun-Times

Overall this is an engaging and coherent concept: Shakespearean tragedy as horror movie, with a great modern look and feel.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Dael Orlandersmith gives powerful voice to Ferguson in ‘Until the Flood’ by Steven Oxman - For The Sun-Times

Orlandersmith depicts a set of eight characters who talk just as much about their own history as about the case itself.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

‘The Cake’ a many-layered story of sympathetic people in conflict by Steven Oxman - For The Sun-Times

Instead of creating an issue drama, playwright profiles well-meaning people involved in the quandary of baking for a gay wedding.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Rainn Wilson keeps up with the frenzied farce of ‘The Doppelganger’ by Steven Oxman - For The Sun-Times

Schemers scam and doors slam in a world premiere farce that seldom lets the "Office" actor and his castmates rest.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

‘Gentleman Caller’ seldom finds the drama in the meeting of two masters by Steven Oxman - For The Sun-Times

Philip Dawkins' play, now in its world premiere at Raven Theatre, imagines evolving friendship of theater greats Tennessee Williams and William Inge.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Thought-provoking, timely ‘Smart People’ tackles heady topics by Steven Oxman - For The Sun-Times

We could just say the play can be called brainy, which is both its strength and its weakness.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Less is profoundly more in debbie tucker green’s potent ‘hang’ at Remy Bumppo by Steven Oxman - For The Sun-Times

he English play “hang,” receiving its American premiere in a superbly acted Remy Bumppo production, leaves its audience hanging for a good while as the dialogue slowly oozes out bits of …

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Monday, March 26, 2018

‘Beauty Queen of Leenane’: Northlight revives McDonagh play with a light touch by Steven Oxman - For The Sun-Times

Wendy Robie, Kate Fry bring subtlety — if not much chemistry — to the mother-daughter lead roles in dark drama from writer of "Three Billboards ..."

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

At Gift Theatre’s ‘Hang Man,’ ground keeps shifting beneath the guy in a noose by Steven Oxman - For The Sun-Times

Audacious and enigmatic new play by Stacy Osei-Kuffour confronts us with the image of a fellow talking while suspended.

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Bold, fast and funny, ‘Plantation!’ is worth a visit at Lookingglass Theatre by Steven Oxman - For The Sun-Times

“Plantation!” in the end most feels like an exceptionally good extended comedy sketch. It can be, and hopefully will be more.

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Two mighty royals face-off in Chicago Shakespeare’s powerful ‘Mary Stuart’ by Steven Oxman - For The Sun-Times

The beautifully looking and fitfully engrossing production depicts two dramatic days in the life of Queen Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

‘Wolves’ packs plenty of girl power in marvelous coming-of-age tales by Steven Oxman - For The Sun-Times

This Goodman production stars an exceptional ensemble of all-local performers, and each provides a full and sympathetic character portrayal.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Terrific cast elevates predictable ‘Breach…’ at Victory Gardens by Steven Oxman - For The Sun-Times

BREACH” is a broad comedy, often even sitcom-ish in style ... a funny and thoughtful work, vitally played by a terrific cast.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

A frenetically paced ‘Moon for the Misbegotten’ rises at Writers Theatre by Steven Oxman - For The Sun-Times

The production directed by William Brown, presents a set of fine performances and flashes of genuine dramatic beauty.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Tale of Detroit failing auto industry unfolds in gripping ‘Skeleton Crew’ by Steven Oxman - For The Sun-Times

Dominique Morisseau’s characters, particularly in the hands of this superb cast and under the direction of Ron OJ Parson, are utterly believable.

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