LITTLE SHOP Makes for A Delectable Evening on Skid Row

LITTLE SHOP Makes for A Delectable Evening on Skid Row

American Blues Theater’s triumphant LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS will have Chicago audiences clamoring to head downtown to Skid Row. This intimately staged production has a full sound (with music director Austin Cook leading a four-piece band, you can feel the vibrations of the bass in the floor) and provides an all-encompassing, fully entertaining spectacle.

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ONCE IN A LIFETIME – A Masterclass at Strawdog

ONCE IN A LIFETIME – A Masterclass at Strawdog

Kaufman & Hart’s 1930’s comedy ONCE IN A LIFETIME stands strong on its own and is also a wonderful tribute to the work that they’ve accomplished in that space.

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DEATH OF A STREETCAR Is a Non-Stop Laugh Riot

DEATH OF A STREETCAR Is a Non-Stop Laugh Riot

However you get there, alone or in packs, get ye hence to Writers Theater before Blanche and that “rattle-trap street-car bangs through the Quarter…” for the last time.

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DRY LAND is Expertly Crafted at Rivendell

DRY LAND is Expertly Crafted at Rivendell

This play begs for education, support and advocacy for young women. I’ve been hoping for a play like this for a long time and I didn’t want it to end.

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SENDER Will Reinstate Your Faith in Realism

SENDER Will Reinstate Your Faith in Realism

Ike Holter’s modern day bohemians warn you before you step any closer: “Things are weird in here.”

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Mercury Theater’s THE PRODUCERS Is an Uproarious Hit

Mercury Theater’s THE PRODUCERS Is an Uproarious Hit

As the secretary and wannabe stage actor Ulla sings in THE PRODUCERS, when you got it, flaunt it. And Mercury Theater’s production definitely got it.

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BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Supplies Rip-Roaring 1920s Fun

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY Supplies Rip-Roaring 1920s Fun

If you’re looking for toe-tapping theatrical pleasure, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY is just the ticket.

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MARY PAGE MARLOWE: Masterful, Deeply Personal, Not to Be Missed

MARY PAGE MARLOWE: Masterful, Deeply Personal, Not to Be Missed

MARY PAGE MARLOWE is snippets from one woman’s life (played by six different actresses), a woman said to be ‘unremarkable’, a thrice-married CPA with two kids and a drinking problem. But I didn’t feel that I was watching a play about someone unremarkable, at all. I felt I was watching the story of a thousand women, of a hundred thousand women, maybe a million women — women who lost and found themselves a dozen times over, in their lifetimes. Women who can’t please their mothers, or become their mothers; who can’t please their children, or be their children; who can’t please themselves, or be themselves. Women capable of more, but lacking some essential element to make it so; like maybe equal footing, or a society that sees them as people.

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Porchlight’s Memorable DREAMGIRLS Will Never Leave You

Porchlight’s Memorable DREAMGIRLS Will Never Leave You

In Donica Lynn, Porchlight’s DREAMGIRLS has certainly found its own star. Lynn sings the hell out of the famous Act One showstopper “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.”

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CARLYLE Is a Refreshing, Provocative, and Immediate Theatrical Experience

CARLYLE Is a Refreshing, Provocative, and Immediate Theatrical Experience

True theatrical immediacy can be hard to come by. Plays take time to write, produce, and rehearse – it can be a challenge to keep them fresh and resonant, especially when they tackle major social and political issues.

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