Review: THE NANCE at Pride Films & Plays

Review: THE NANCE at Pride Films & Plays

Douglas Carter Beane’s superb play THE NANCE gets a stellar local premiere by Pride Films & Plays.

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Review: HIR at Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Review: HIR at Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Taylor Mac credits the seed of inspiration for HIR to the 1997 Steppenwolf production of Sam Shepard’s BURIED CHILD. Coming full circle, HIR is now playing at Steppenwolf. The leap is not that far; just as Shepard’s work is an indicting statement on the modern American family of his time, Steppenwolf’s HIR is most certainly a reflection of Mac’s.

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Review: MACBETH at Oak Park Festival Theatre

Review: MACBETH at Oak Park Festival Theatre

This shortest and bloodiest of Shakespeare’s tragedies, in less capable hands, could easily have devolved into a gory series of fights and frights for an evening of silly summer fun. But the talented cast and crew at OPFT have created a fantastic and memorable show for any season.

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Review: HITLER ON THE ROOF at Akvavit Theatre

Review: HITLER ON THE ROOF at Akvavit Theatre

Amy Gorelow and Jay Torrence. Photo by Karl Clifton-Soderstrom. By Tonika Todorova  HITLER ON THE ROOF doesn’t exactly offer subtleties when exploring its topical themes. The rise of Nationalistic pride and ideological fanaticism around the world gives everyone pause, but this production aptly reminds us what happens when you pause for too...

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Review: LONDON ASSURANCE at City Lit Theater

Review: LONDON ASSURANCE at City Lit Theater

The intelligent female characters of LONDON ASSURANCE shame much of the Western drama that follows.

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Review: PASS OVER at Steppenwolf

Review: PASS OVER at Steppenwolf

We need to ask ourselves, “do black lives matter?” Because the thought of complacency is frightening for the future of humanity.

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Review: NATIVE GARDENS at Victory Gardens Theater

Review: NATIVE GARDENS at Victory Gardens Theater

This is a play that wields commentary about race and entitlement with swift aim, making incisions that cut deep.

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Review: PILGRIMS at The Gift Theatre

Review: PILGRIMS at The Gift Theatre

Kiechel’s script is why we become actors, designers, directors, and supporters of the arts. It requires all of you, both physically and mentally. She doesn’t let up and has delivered the best show I’ve seen all year.

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Review: IMPROVISED JANE AUSTEN

Review: IMPROVISED JANE AUSTEN

Pictured: Stephanie Jones and Vickie Eisenstein. Photo by David Audino.  Ahhh, Jane, how you make so many hearts beat wildly with your tales of lost (and found) loves, matchmakers, wards, prejudice, sense and of course, pride and sensibility. For many of us, we will never look upon a lake and...

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Review: KING LIZ at Windy City Playhouse

Review: KING LIZ at Windy City Playhouse

Women in power rarely are privy to traveling the path of least resistance in their climb to success.

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