Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Review: Her Majesty’s Will (Lifeline Theatre) by Lauren Whalen

Beautifully adapted by Jeff Award-winner Robert Kauzlaric, Her Majesty’s Will, based on the novel by David Blixt, imagines Shakespeare’s early years as a swashbuckling adventure full of …

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Review: The Night Season (Strawdog Theatre) by Lauren Whalen

With Strawdog Theatre's The Night Season, playwright and screenwriter Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s creates a fable of a dysfunctional Irish family and the English actor who finds himself smack in …

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Review: Relativity (Northlight Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

Playwright Mark St. Germain’s intriguing Relativity, directed by BJ Jones, goes far deeper than the famously tousled shock of white hair that Einstein will forever be associated with. As E…

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Review: Parade (Writers Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

Under Gary Griffin’s direction, the musical Parade is an exquisitely rendered ensemble piece defined by richly nuanced performances and sonic majesty. Anchored by Patrick Andrews as Leo Fr…

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Review: Johnny 10 Beers’ Daughter (Something Marvelous) by Lauren Whalen

Johnny 10 Beers’ Daughter, brought to us by Something Marvelous, profiles individuals in war zones – in this case a father and daughter – but instead of intelligent and unpredictable, …

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Review: T. (American Theater Company) by Catey Sullivan

With the funny, perceptive T., playwright Dan Aibel’s shows that an infamous sports attack didn’t happen in a vacuum. Figure skating (and society’s) rigid rules about how women should …

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Review: Paradise Blue (TimeLine Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

There’s a fascinating, important story in Detroit’s Black Bottom community, both in its thriving heyday and in the institutionalized racism that erased it. Playwright Dominique Morisseau…

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Review: Time Stands Still (AstonRep Theatre) by Lauren Whalen

Thoughtfully penned, directed and acted, AstonRep Theatre’s Time Stands Still features a complex female lead, whose actions affect those around her in realistic and surprising ways. Highly…

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Review: Seminar (Spartan Theatre) by Lauren Whalen

Theresa Rebeck’s Seminar feels like a wannabe literary adaptation of “The Paper Chase." Instead of the law students, however, Seminar protaganists are wannabe novelists, living in New Yo…

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Review: Chicago the Musical (Drury Lane Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

After over a decade of pursuing the elusive rights to the show, Drury Lane finally got the green light to put their stamp on John Kander’s and Fred Ebb’s classic musical. Director Willia…

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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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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Review: Shakespeare in Love (Chicago Shakespeare) by Catey Sullivan

Sparkling wit, a feel-good romance and a sexy, sassy, intelligent heroine - with those elements firmly in place, Chicago Shakespeare's Shakespeare in Love is just the thing to usher in the s…

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Review: She Loves Me (Marriott Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

As romances go, She Loves Me, by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock, is as pretty as a glossy-page perfume insert. In the Marriott Lincolnshire production, It is also just about as deep. Slightl…

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Review: Objects in the Mirror (Goodman Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

As a piece of storytelling, Objects in the Mirror is riveting. Playwright Charles Smith’s world premiere drama about a Liberian refugee is so fraught with tension that it makes you forget …

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Review: Jesus Christ Superstar (Paramount Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

It’s tough to find words to describe the the vocal magnificence and dramatic intensity of Paramount Theatre’s extraordinary production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Andrew Lloyd Webber (mus…

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Review: La Havana Madrid (Teatro Vista) by Lauren Whalen

La Havana Madrid clearly is a labor of love for Sandra Delgado and Teatro Vista, but is never self-indulgent. Rather, it’s a much-needed history lesson for some, a relatable reflection for…

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Review: My Name Is Annie King (Underscore Theatre) by Lauren Whalen

If phenomenal songs and excellent performances were enough to save a show, Underscore Theatre's world premiere My Name Is Annie King would have a higher rating from me. Unfortunately, the cu…

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Review: Force Continuum (Eclipse Theatre) by Lauren Whalen

Director Michael Pogue is clearly emotionally invested, but overwhelmed starting with Kia Corthron's heavy, meaningful play. It’s unfortunate, because Eclipse Theatre's Force Continuum con…

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Review: My Fair Lady (Lyric Opera of Chicago) by Catey Sullivan

There’s no denying that My Fair Lady is a sonic masterpiece. For a gloriously full-throated, lushly orchestrated rendition of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s 1956 classic, the Lyri…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Review: 3C (A Red Orchid Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

With 3C, David Adjmi deconstructs the inherent hatefulness of the 70's sitcom Three’s Company. Watch the show today, and you’ll cringe at how it dehumanizes gay men, turning them into n…

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Review: Aladdin (Broadway in Chicago) by Catey Sullivan

There's not a child in the land who wouldn’t love Disney's Aladdin. The music is terrific, from the adventuresome romance of “Whole New World,” to the splendor-on-steroids treasure cav…

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Review: The Most Happy Fella (Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

Frank Loesser’s score has some fine moments, Adam Veness' vineyard set is impressive, and newcomer Molly Hernandez’ powerful soprano and radiant stage presence is a huge new talent who s…

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Review: Queen (Victory Gardens Theater) by Catey Sullivan

Madhuri Shekar's Queen a is fascinating, provacative world premiere about the science and research surrounding bee ecology. The dialogue is witty and insightful that delves both the sense a…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Review: Marry Me a Little (Porchlight Music Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

In Porchlight Music Theatre's 70-minutes two-hander romance of Stephen Sondheim out-takes, Austin Cook and Bethany Thomas deliver sonic wonders and emotional depth. The songs of Marry Me a L…

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: Linda Vista (Steppenwolf Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

Playwright Tracy Letts certainly knows how to deliver dialogue that’s balanced on a razor-wire between edgy and Neil Simon. With Linda Vista, he’s does this deftly, scoring numerous audi…

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Review: The Mystery of Love and Sex (Writers Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

Director Marti Lyons deploys a deft hand with Bathsheba Doran's The Mystery of Love and Sex. She keeps the pacing taut and elegantly navigates the thin line between humor and pathos. What sh…

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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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Review: Odysseo by Cavalia by Catey Sullivan

Make no mistake - Odysseo is breathtaking from start to finish. Starring 65 horses and 48 human aerialists, acrobats and riders, the tech-heavy production is a staggeringly beautiful and imp…

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Review: Born Yesterday (Remy Bumppo Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

After a rather uneventful first act, Born Yesterday picks up the steam of a runaway downhill freight train in the second act, powering through to a finale that feels downright prophetic. Pla…

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Review: The Wiz (Kokandy Productions) by Catey Sullivan

Kokandy director Lili-Anne Brown takes a literal stance on The Wiz, billing it as an urbanization of L. Frank Baum’s beloved tale, setting it in the amongst the graffiti-strewn Kansas Home…

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Review: Beyond Caring (Lookingglass Theatre) by Catey Sullivan

It’s been over a century since the publishing of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, the seminal, muckraking expose of working conditions in Chicago’s stockyards. Alexander Zeldin’s Beyond C…

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