Crushing Performances Reveal the Heart and Soul of BARE.

Crushing Performances Reveal the Heart and Soul of BARE.

Boy, girl, boy girl. Plaid skirt, khaki pants, plaid skirt, khaki pants. This is the strict pattern in which we sat during Mass at my Catholic elementary school. I think the purpose of that was to stop us from giggling with our girlfriends during the homily, but now it seems like a larger metaphor.

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Joffrey’s ROMEO AND JULIET is a Modern Masterpiece

Joffrey’s ROMEO AND JULIET is a Modern Masterpiece

Pictured: Rory Hohenstein (Romeo) and Christine Rocas (Juliet). Photo by Cheryl Mann.  Review: ROMEO AND JULIET at The Joffrey Ballet By Abigail Trabue Joffrey Ballet opened its 21st season in Chicago with what might be the single best production I’ve seen by the company in the 15 years I’ve lived in...

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A LIFE EXTRA ORDINARY at Gift is Beautiful, Haunting

A LIFE EXTRA ORDINARY at Gift is Beautiful, Haunting

This is a beautiful, haunting and present piece of theater with such memorable and heartfelt artistry.

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FLY BY NIGHT: Romantically Charming and Laugh Out Loud Funny

FLY BY NIGHT: Romantically Charming and Laugh Out Loud Funny

James Romney and Meredith Kochan in FLY BY NIGHT. (Photo by Adam Veness) Review: FLY BY NIGHT at Theo Ubique By Haley Slamon Do you believe in fate? When watching the show playing right now in the intimate black box that is the No Exit Cafe, you might start wanting...

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MAN IN THE RING is a Knock-Out at Court

MAN IN THE RING is a Knock-Out at Court

Court Theater lands a winning and fascinating production in Michael Cristofer’s new play, MAN IN THE RING, which manages to set the bar beyond unreachable in its skilled talent and superb storytelling.

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Victory Gardens Theater’s HAND TO GOD is Devilishly Good

Victory Gardens Theater’s HAND TO GOD is Devilishly Good

A theatrical whirlwind that takes audiences from laugh-out-loud, outrageous comedy to moments of intense darkness and pure emotion—all of which are balanced in Askins’s brilliant, bold play.

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WONDERFUL TOWN is Simply Wonderful

WONDERFUL TOWN is Simply Wonderful

(l-r) Jordan Brown (Wreck), Kristin Villanueva (Helen), Bri Sudia (Ruth) and Lauren Molina (Eileen). Photo by Liz Lauren.  WONDERFUL TOWN, now playing at the Goodman Theatre, is the quintessential example of the traditional musical. Big chorus numbers, a simple, but heartfelt plot, and an ending that wraps up suddenly and...

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THRONES! THE MUSICAL PARODY: My Abdominal Muscles Haven’t Recovered

THRONES! THE MUSICAL PARODY: My Abdominal Muscles Haven’t Recovered

This stellar sendup is the hit of the 2016 season. That settles it—I have to see it again. Want to be my date? We can wear braids, drink red wine, and don capes and furs because, after all, winter is coming.

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Julius Caesar at Writers Will Make You Think, and it Should.

Julius Caesar at Writers Will Make You Think, and it Should.

I have this visceral reaction when a politician I did not vote for is elected, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this.

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AMOUR is a Lovely Night at the Theater

AMOUR is a Lovely Night at the Theater

I love a good rom-com. I’ve watched countless movies of tortured, misunderstood “bad boys” who bare their muscley souls to the “nice girl” in town, overcome adversity, live happily ever after, and ride off into the sunset, and it never.gets.old.

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