Review: THE TOAD KNEW at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Review: THE TOAD KNEW at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

It’s a strange feeling, drinking a glass of Sprite but thinking it’s water. Neither is better, it’s just not what you thought it would be

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Review: THE REMBRANDT at Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Review: THE REMBRANDT at Steppenwolf Theatre Company

They are a couple – just as any couple – sharing and grieving and bickering. “Grief is a profound sense of failure,” mutters Henry over pudding, in what is undoubtedly the most moving moment of the play.

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Review: 1984 at AstonRep Theatre

Review: 1984 at AstonRep Theatre

Bewildering double-talk has become a hallmark of the present administration and echoes a little too clearly the similar sentiments in George Orwell’s classic novel 1984.

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Review: FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE at Court Theatre

Review: FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE at Court Theatre

Clarke Peters’ FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE, evoking so much positive energy and excitement, is an excellent kickoff to the season at Court Theatre.

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Review: THE INVISIBLE SCARLET O’NEIL at Babes With Blades Theatre Company

Review: THE INVISIBLE SCARLET O’NEIL at Babes With Blades Theatre Company

Sometimes you need to go out and sit in a darkened theatre and visit a world that is simpler and less scary and that makes you laugh and see women who are smart and self-reliant and unapologetically making their own decisions.

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Review: DEIRDRE OF THE SORROWS at City Lit Theater

Review: DEIRDRE OF THE SORROWS at City Lit Theater

John Millington Synge’s DEIRDRE OF THE SORROWS is based on one of Ireland’s most famous legends, but its tale of tragic young love seems to exist somewhere in every culture.

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Review: A NIGHT IN ALACHUA COUNTY at WildClaw Theatre Company

Review: A NIGHT IN ALACHUA COUNTY at WildClaw Theatre Company

Pictured: Allison Cain. Photo courtesy of WildClaw Theatre Company.  By Bec Willett World creation has always been important in engaging audiences in stories, particularly those presented in more fantastical genres. How would it affect our interpretation of the story if we were never quite able to believe that in Harry’s world...

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Review: BONNIE & CLYDE at Kokandy Productions

Review: BONNIE & CLYDE at Kokandy Productions

BONNIE & CLYDE, with music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Don Black, and a book by Ivan Menchell, receives an outstanding interpretation in its Chicago premiere by Kokandy Productions at Theatre Wit.

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Review BARBECUE – Strawdog at Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theater

Review BARBECUE – Strawdog at Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theater

Strawdog and Kiely have given us a beautiful, rare, and unapologetic blend of responsible theater-making, social commentary, and pure entertainment. BARBECUE is not to be missed.

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Review: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY UNIT AT MEMORIAL SLOAN-KETTERING CANCER CENTER OF NEW YORK CITY at Route 66 Theatre Company

Review: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY UNIT AT MEMORIAL SLOAN-KETTERING CANCER CENTER OF NEW YORK CITY at Route 66 Theatre Company

A hospital room is a ubiquitous yet evocative thing. Stiff linen corners, tiny paper cups, polyester-clad furniture – all in chemical pastels so sterile that even the filth of grief and the sloppiness of celebration remain unabsorbed.

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