Sideshow’s TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION Asks Hard Questions

Sideshow’s TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION Asks Hard Questions

Perhaps it’s just art naturally reflecting reality, but in the short time since the election, there seems to be a refreshing and exciting move in Chicago theater towards work that expects an audience to think.

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At SPAMILTON, The Laughs Are Non-Stop

At SPAMILTON, The Laughs Are Non-Stop

Just as the ensemble laments that they want to be in “The Film When It Happens” so too should musical theater lovers and devoted “Hamilfans” want to be in the room where SPAMILTON happens. Click. Boom.

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THE MOST HAPPY FELLA Is a Celebration of Life

THE MOST HAPPY FELLA Is a Celebration of Life

Ah, Napa. What a place to be this month when it feels like the whole city is itching for a vacation. Luckily, if you go on over to the No Exit Café, you can easily take a two and a half hour trip with Theo Ubique’s THE MOST HAPPY FELLA.

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Packed with Talent, Kokandy’s THE WIZ Blows the Roof Off

Packed with Talent, Kokandy’s THE WIZ Blows the Roof Off

On a full moon night in Chicago, Kokandy Productions showed how brazen and talented their artists are as they blew the roof off Theater Wit with their revival of THE WIZ.

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Full of Heart, THE YEAR I DIDN’T GO TO SCHOOL Magically Brings the Book to Life

Full of Heart, THE YEAR I DIDN’T GO TO SCHOOL Magically Brings the Book to Life

If you (or your child) ever wished you could open up a book and bring the illustrations and words to life, you needn’t look much further than the newly adapted page-to-stage production directed by Heidi Stillman.

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Family Dynamics Gracefully Ring True in AMERICAN HWANGAP

Family Dynamics Gracefully Ring True in AMERICAN HWANGAP

The great American novelist Willa Cather wrote, “There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.” The same can be said for many families as they change and grow with the passage of time.

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Engaging Performances Make THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE a Must See

Engaging Performances Make THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE a Must See

I’m impressed. Bluebird Arts is the only theater company in Chicago dedicated to producing consecutive productions in English and Russian. What makes this more impressive is that even with such an intensive undertaking, their work is good.

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THE SNARE Is an Intimate Inquiry of Ideas

THE SNARE Is an Intimate Inquiry of Ideas

Jackalope Theatre Company’s THE SNARE conjures up a courageous choice by tackling the most taboo of topics—religion.

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Porchlight’s LITTLE ME Leaves a Big Impression

Porchlight’s LITTLE ME Leaves a Big Impression

Porchlight Music Theatre’s three-night-only concert staging of the 1962 Broadway musical LITTLE ME as part of its Porchlight Revisits series is every bit as effervescent as a glass of champagne—and it’s certainly an evening of theater worth toasting.

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PEERLESS Puts Being the Best of the Best Under a Microscope

PEERLESS Puts Being the Best of the Best Under a Microscope

A ‘model minority’ is a minority class which is assumed to achieve a higher degree of success than others — hence, being a “model” for others to follow. According to a national finding in the 2010 Census, “About one-half of those who identified their race as Asian alone had received a bachelor’s degree or higher, the highest proportion among the racial categories.”

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