Review: THE LIGHT at The New Colony

Review: THE LIGHT at The New Colony

There are hard lessons learned from THE LIGHT, like one person’s trauma should not negate the validity of another person’s trauma, though they may appear different in nature.

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Review: JITNEY at Congo Square Theatre

Review: JITNEY at Congo Square Theatre

One would flag a Jitney down and jump in with other passengers and tell the driver where you wanted to get off. Blacks have always been forced to use their ingenuity so that we can still exist with some form of normalcy when being left out of the equation.

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Chicago’s Best Shows of 2017

Chicago’s Best Shows of 2017

Of the 247 shows our critics reviewed, many of their favorites went beyond the plight of the marginalized — beyond making liberal theatergoers feel sorry for their part in our society — to twist the knife in the nuance and intersectionality of the American experience.

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Review: VIOLET at Griffin Theatre

Review: VIOLET at Griffin Theatre

Griffin Theatre’s stunning production of VIOLET will simultaneously make hearts ache and soar.

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Review: ALTAR BOYZ at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

Review: ALTAR BOYZ at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

Altar Boyz is the Most Fun You’ll Ever Have Being Proselytized.

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Review: TWELFTH NIGHT at Midsommer Flight

Review: TWELFTH NIGHT at Midsommer Flight

Midsommer Flight’s returning fare for the holidays is perhaps the most delightful Shakespeare I’ve been privy to, made only more magical by the panoramic walk up through the Lincoln Park Zoo lights and the oversized winter decorations hanging above the oversized fauna under the Conservatory’s oversized glass domes. Talk about a shift in reality! Welcome to Illyria, boys and girls. It’s TWELFTH NIGHT. Or as known in Western Christian theology — the Day of Epiphany. Or by its alternative title given by the Bard himself — “What You Will.”

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Review: THE NUTCRACKER at Joffrey Ballet of Chicago

Review: THE NUTCRACKER at Joffrey Ballet of Chicago

Set in December, 1892, Wheeldon’s “Nutcracker” takes place about 15 years before Sinclair’s harrowing novel of the poorest of Chicago’s poor, and while the lavishness is gone from Marie’s Christmas Eve party, the magic and the joy remains.

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Review – PUFF: BELIEVE IT OR NOT at Remy Bumppo Theatre Company

Review – PUFF: BELIEVE IT OR NOT at Remy Bumppo Theatre Company

Ranjit Bolt’s world premiere adaptation is full of all the plotting, panache and pith that are hallmarks of the style. Yet while the style and era are far from our own, the message is not.

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Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Goodman Theatre

Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Goodman Theatre

Arguably the most famous ghost story since the dawn of the printing press, the otherworldly adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge are so well-known, spoilers aren’t even really possible.

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Review: Q Brothers CHRISTMAS CAROL at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Review: Q Brothers CHRISTMAS CAROL at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

From the moment the doors open to the moment the DJ sets off the afterparty music, the feeling of pride, appreciation, and shared company stays the focus of the experience.

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