As an amazing year of performance in Chicago comes to an end, we’re wrapping up our picks for the best productions of 2016. We asked our critics which of the 125 shows we reviewed this year have really stuck with them, and here are their favorites.
This collaboration proved quite simply to be the reason I love going to the theater. This entire team of creators from direction to performance to design consists of the smartest and most innovative talent the theater world has to offer.
Years ago, when I heard that THE LITTLE MERMAID was getting a Broadway rendition, the 6-year old inside me did a little celebration dance. As a natural redhead, a Disney fan, and a singer myself, I of course identified with Ariel and couldn’t get enough of life Under the Sea.
(left to right) Elle Walker, Leslie Ann Sheppard, Amanda Raquel Martinez, and Aja Wiltshire. Photo by Joe Mazza. Review: CINDERELLA AT THE THEATRE OF POTATOES at The Hypocrites By Hilary Holbrook I don’t think many would debate me when I say that the theater faces many challenges today. In addition...
Tis the Season!…for hundreds of Christmas shows. While each brings their own unique spin on the message of Christmas, I highly recommend IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE for its charm, beautiful storytelling, fantastic singing, and terrific ability to transport the audience to a snazzy time that still feels all too familiar.
Every play I’ve seen since November 8th has seemed like a small rebellion. I crowd into small dark rooms with strangers to see something beautiful and hope that it will steel me, change me into someone better equipped for the world outside.
“Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can.” – Hillary Clinton