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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Review: THE BOOK OF WILL at Northlight Theatre

Review: THE BOOK OF WILL at Northlight Theatre

By and large, THE BOOK OF WILL is a surprisingly heartwarming treatise on the nature of death.

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Review: THE MINUTES at Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Review: THE MINUTES at Steppenwolf Theatre Company

When presented with the uncomfortable truth, we are given a choice: to reckon with it, or to keep living in blissful ignorance. Ignorance may be bliss, but the truth is always lurking just below the surface, waiting to be found.

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Review: HELLCAB at The Agency Theater Collective

Review: HELLCAB at The Agency Theater Collective

This show makes me think of those folks that we meet that exist on our periphery and our exchanges with them. Why not reveal a secret to a stranger if they’re willing to listen?

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Review: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE IN CHICAGO! at American Blues Theater

Review: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE IN CHICAGO! at American Blues Theater

Just as with my first experience watching the film, the story of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE and the joy and connection these artists brought reminded me again that traditions are important. Clearly, this is one American Blues Theater have made their own, and I think I just might join them.

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