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Friday, March 24, 2023

A Good Time for Capitalists and Comrades Alike: A Review of “The Neo Futurists Sell Out” at The Neo-Futurist Theater by Tristan Bruns

The Neo-Futurists transform the theater into a corporate board room, with Windows98-style PowerPoint presentations, frantic focus groups and an overall eerie ambience. Four corporate shills …

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Just A Broken-Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy: A Review of “Once” at Writers Theatre by Tristan Bruns

Fantasy landscapes are great to build a show around, but sometimes it seems even more fantastical when theater so acutely captures real life—and real emotions.

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Friday, February 17, 2023

Trapped By Free Speech: A Review of “Right To Be Forgotten” at Raven Theatre by Tristan Bruns

“Right To Be Forgotten” by Sharyn Rothstein, directed by Sarah Gitenstein, explores the double-edged sword of liberalism. Where do we draw the line between what can and cannot be said?

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Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Lust, Greed and the Absurd: A Review of “Princess Ivona” at Trap Door Theatre by Tristan Bruns

The story centers around Phillip taking, not finding, for himself a comely wife.

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Monday, February 13, 2023

The Embodiment of Billie Holiday: A Review of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” at Mercury Theater by Tristan Bruns

If “Lady Day” was just a concert, you would get your money’s worth. But it’s more than that.

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Thursday, February 9, 2023

History, Herstory and Heart: A Review of “Toni Stone” at Goodman Theatre by Tristan Bruns

Toni Stone” by Lydia R. Diamond is about the first professional Black woman baseball player. Nothing about Stone’s life is conventional.

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Friday, February 3, 2023

Let’s Talk About Race: A Review of “Radial Gradient” at Shattered Globe by Tristan Bruns

In this of-its-time dramedy, three intersectional women of color jump between the past and present day while tossing around quips of political humor amidst serious discussions about race.

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Thursday, January 26, 2023

The Social History of Swimming Pools: A Review of “the ripple, the wave that carried me home” at Goodman Theatre by Tristan Bruns

The play is about a family from the fictional town of Beacon, Kansas, whose struggles with segregation nearly tear them apart.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Blown Away! A Review of “tick, tick…BOOM!” at Boho Theatre by Tristan Bruns

The work is a semi-autobiographical account of the life of its creator, Jonathan Larson, set between two major life events, the flop of his 1984 show “Superbia” and the success of his po…

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Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Marching On: A Review of “Little Women” at First Folio Theatre by Tristan Bruns

Although performed often as a play, the ostensible equality of women to men in modern-day society justifies every recurrence.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Morals vs. Monstrosities: A Review of Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins at Strawdog Theatre Company by Tristan Bruns

This is a tale of Hershel of Ostropol and his battle against supernatural demons. But, it's a fun, energetic show fit for the whole family.

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Thursday, December 15, 2022

“A Little Too Familiar”: A Review of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” at Theo Ubique by Tristan Bruns

Politicians and prostitutes collide and expect to see references to line dance, praise dance, honky-tonk high-kicking, Broadway classics (in-the-trenches) and tap dancing.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022

As American as Buh-Bah Sok-Moin: A Review of “Bald Sisters” at Steppenwolf Theatre by Tristan Bruns

Set in a mundane suburban middle-class home in Texas, the focus is around two sisters, who are, as the title suggests, both bald, but for very different reasons.

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Thursday, December 8, 2022

The Gold Standard: A Review of “The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes—The Obligatory Holiday Show” at Hell in a Handbag by Tristan Bruns

What makes this show a roaring good time is the high level of detail put into the characterizations of each Girl, each actor has crafted their Girl to perfection.

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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Courage, Brothers: A Review of “The Island” at Court Theatre by Tristan Bruns

Actors John Kani and Winston Ntshona were inspiration for the two prisoners serving decade-long sentences, arrested for performing radical works to interracial audiences during Apartheid.

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

Though It May Hurt…: A Review of The Artistic Home’s “Malapert Love” by Tristan Bruns

An original play written in the Elizabethan style…a marriage of Shakespearean tropes with a modern twist, creating something “entirely fresh, and unapologetically non-conforming.”

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Ghosts and Fabulations: A Review of Aguijón Theater’s Cintas de Seda by Tristan Bruns

Although separated by two centuries, the great minds of the artist Frida Kahlo and scholar and poet Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz get a chance to meet.

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Monday, October 10, 2022

Sugar and Schadenfreude: A Review of Private Lives at Raven Theatre by Tristan Bruns

This reimagining of Noël Coward’s classic comedy of manners will have you rooting for scoundrels and cheering on charlatans.

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