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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

For the next ten days Chicago is the puppet capital of the world by Tony Adler

Spring 1988. The Spanish puppet company Comediants is onstage at Park West and a 26-year-old Blair Thomas is in the audience having a revelation.…

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Back for a fourth round: the Chicago Improv Classic tournament by Tony Adler

Improvisation has become the sriracha of performing arts. People are always finding new places to put it, from moviemaking to corporate-team building.…

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Court Theatre concludes its House of Atreus trilogy with a Hamlet-like Electra by Tony Adler

In 2014 translator Nicholas Rudall and director Charles Newell gave us their canny and powerful version of Iphigenia in Aulis, Euripides's look at how, step by excruciating step, Mycenaean k…

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Up yours! A satanic Kermit takes over a good Lutheran kid in Victory Gardens’ Hand to God by Tony Adler

Convinced Christians may take offense at Hand to God. Convinced Christians with a sense of humor may find themselves in the odd position of taking offense while laughing.…

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

There's one more chance to see Twelfth Night as done in Mumbai by Tony Adler

Hindi isn't the only language into which Mumbai's Company Theatre has translated Twelfth Night. They've also rendered it into a theatrical style that takes liberties with everything but Shak…

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There's one last chance to see Twelfth Night in Hindi by Tony Adler

Hindi isn't the only language into which Mumbai's Company Theatre has translated Twelfth Night. They've also rendered it into a theatrical style that takes liberties with everything but Shak…

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Friday, August 19, 2016

The Chicago Musical Theatre Festival returns by Tony Adler

Back for its third year, the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, running at Victory Gardens Theater through 8/28, presents 14 new or lightly used musicals, two of them in workshops and a dozen…

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Victory Gardens’ Ignition Festival of New Plays reignites by Tony Adler

Crap-shootishness is part of the charm of new play festivals, and with six scripts scheduled for readings, this one will necessarily have its share. But host Victory Gardens Theater has clea…

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Belarus Free Theater's King Lear: Endlessly stunning and authentically great by Tony Adler

A storm to end all storms, a battle scene to end all battle scenes—both achieved with barely more than some well-deployed tarpaulins.…

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Making sense of Measure for Measure—in Russian by Tony Adler

Presented by Chicago Shakespeare Theater as part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago (a yearlong, citywide tribute to the Bard on the 400th anniversary of his shuffling off, mortal-coil-wise), this c…

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

It's Rhinofest time again: Chicago's fringe theater festival returns by Tony Adler

“People always assume it came from the play,” says Beau O’Reilly via e-mail. But no. The Rhinoceros Theater Festival wasn’t named for Rhinoceros, Eugène Ionesco’s classic 1959 …

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

The sixth Chicago Fringe Festival, opening tonight, brings zombies, victims, and furries to town by Tony Adler

Click the "all shows" link at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe site and you get 3,556 results. By comparison I count 46 for the Chicago Fringe Festival, excluding special features like the…

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