Cavalia’s ODYESSO Elevates the Human Spirit

Cavalia’s ODYESSO Elevates the Human Spirit

Three years ago, a friend extended an invitation to see Cavalia’s ODYESSO. I knew nothing about the show but took her recommendation to “just see it.” Though I am not one frequently flabbergasted by spectacle, I remain shocked at this show’s lasting influence over me.

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BATTLEFIELD Is Epic Storytelling at Its Most Refined

BATTLEFIELD Is Epic Storytelling at Its Most Refined

Photo: Caroline Moreau. Pictured: Jared McNeill, Carole Karemera, Ery Nzaramba. Review: BATTLEFIELD – presented by Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and the Museum of Contemporary Art By Jude Hansen A battlefield only exists after a war has taken place, it is nothing but an aftermath. Before such time as blood is shed,...

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Bernadette Peters and the Boston Pops Dazzle

Bernadette Peters and the Boston Pops Dazzle

But Ms. Peters was perhaps the most extraordinary when she delivered many of Stephen Sondheim’s beautiful and complex songs.

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Renee Lockett Gives a Tour de Force Performance in OHIO STATE MURDERS

Renee Lockett Gives a Tour de Force Performance in OHIO STATE MURDERS

Renee Lockett gives a magnetic and heartfelt performance as now successful author, Suzanne Alexander, returning to speak to the students at her alma mater (Ohio State). It is a tour de force performance in what is effectively an hour-long monologue with minor interjections of the re-enacted scenes of Suzanne’s life.

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ATC Reclaims PICNIC for 2017

ATC Reclaims PICNIC for 2017

PICNIC at American Theatre Company is an homage to queer art-making and a reclamation of William Inge’s 1940s classic. Will Davis (who proudly shares the playwright’s name) directs a production that breathes 2017 life into Inge’s text.

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50 Years Later, ALVIN AILEY Continues to Explore the African American Experience

50 Years Later, ALVIN AILEY Continues to Explore the African American Experience

For more than 50 years Alvin Ailey has provided a platform for African American dancers to tell our stories and experiences that encapsulate the tumultuous battles and jubilant moments that life presents.

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Telenovela Comes to Life in DESTINY OF DESIRE

Telenovela Comes to Life in DESTINY OF DESIRE

Pictured: Ruth Livier, Ricardo Gutierrez, and Evelina Fernandez. Photo by Liz Lauren.  Review: DESTINY OF DESIRE at Goodman Theatre By Jonald Jude Reyes When you enter the Goodman’s Albert Theatre for DESTINY OF DESIRE, music greets you from a piano onstage. As other audience members begin to trickle in, actors appear...

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CIRCUS 1903 Brings the Golden Age of the Circus to Life

CIRCUS 1903 Brings the Golden Age of the Circus to Life

PIctured: Hammer Guys Photo credit: Mark Turner. Review: Circus 1903: the golden age of circus at The Oriental Theatre By Tonika Todorova When I was a kid, my grandfather took me to the circus every year. It was our thing. We always sat in the front row and ate cotton candy,...

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Interrobang’s FALLING Explores Themes of Unconditional Love and Surrender

Interrobang’s FALLING Explores Themes of Unconditional Love and Surrender

James Yost puts together all the puzzle pieces and under his direction this ensemble provides performances so plausible that I experienced being an interloper in the Martin family’s modest living room while feeling all their feels.

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THE HARD PROBLEM Explores the Nature of Existence and Consciousness

THE HARD PROBLEM Explores the Nature of Existence and Consciousness

Early in THE HARD PROBLEM, an adorable couple in bed, bathing in a post-coital glow, begins to discuss what other intellectuals might at such a giddy time: the brain, neurobiology, and the nature of consciousness. This juxtaposition of the fluidity of feelings and the absolution of the scientific method sets the tone for the rest of the play.

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