Candlelights flicker in the darkness as the stony-faced actors invite us to attend the tale of SWEENEY TODD, the final full musical by the Theo Ubique company at the No Exit Café.
HOT PINK, OR READY TO BLOW from New American Folk Theatre sounds like it would be a rowdy late-night show and noisy cult classic. To make this presumption would be to sell the play very, very short.
In an era when human connection feels increasingly dictated by algorithms, it’s hard to fathom the lengths we used to go to for courtship. For that reason, Edmund Rostand’s classic play CYRANO, in BoHo Theatre’s enchanting production of Michael Hollinger and Aaron Posner’s new adaptation, serves as a welcome contrary to computer-generated romance.
Through the deft writing of extraordinarily talented playwright Kevin Douglas, and buoyed by the light sitcom directing style of David Schwimmer, PLANTATION!, the viciously hilarious comedy at Lookingglass Theatre, succeeds at the impossible.
Friedrich Schiller’s 1800 classic, MARY STUART, given a sharp and gorgeous reimagining by playwright Peter Oswald, director Jenn Thompson, and Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the two opposing monarchs wage a war of words and power that fuels their drive to become the unquestioned sovereign of their nations, no matter the cost.
Choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot and the Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo’s production of LA BELLE/ SLEEPING BEAUTY takes the 19th-century ballet by Marius Petipa and with stunning visuals, a soaring score, and exemplary choreography, brings it well into the 21st century.
Jim Carrey is quoted as saying, “If you give up on your dreams, what’s left?” That’s a beautiful sentiment, and one that will remind most of us to focus on those elusive thoughts that lift us and carry great personal significance. But what if you never believed that you were special enough to have dreams, nor allowed yourself the space and time to even think about what, above a vague and ordinary existence, might be possible for you?