Review: THE LADY DEMANDS SATISFACTION at Babes With Blades

Review: THE LADY DEMANDS SATISFACTION at Babes With Blades

THE LADY DEMANDS SATISFACTION showcases an opportunity for a fun story with wonderful stage combat from some very talented performers.

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Review: DEFACING MICHAEL JACKSON at Flying Elephants Productions

Review: DEFACING MICHAEL JACKSON at Flying Elephants Productions

Under Director Alexis J. Roston, DEFACING MICHAEL JACKSON has the ability to reminisce, by splashing in not only Jackson hits, but a plethora of other eighties music.

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Review: BLISS (OR EMILY POST IS DEAD!) at Promethean Theatre Ensemble

Review: BLISS (OR EMILY POST IS DEAD!) at Promethean Theatre Ensemble

BLISS (OR EMILY POST IS DEAD!) is uncomfortable, humorous, and incisive in all the right ways.

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Review: SOMETHING IN THE GAME at Northwestern’s American Music Theatre Project

Review: SOMETHING IN THE GAME at Northwestern’s American Music Theatre Project

Making flesh-and-blood figures into heroes is always a tricky thing. We tend to highlight their virtues and ignore their all too human flaws, only for those flaws to present themselves later on. This can lead to a sense of cognitive dissonance, of feeling like we were never right to revere that person in the first place. But ultimately, our understanding that all people have their own particular flaws, and allowing both the positive and negative sides of a person to coexist, can sometimes lead to a richer, more truthful perception of the heroes we admire, as real human beings who struggled with the same things that we do. SOMETHING IN THE GAME, a new musical currently running as part of Northwestern University’s American Music Theatre Project, seeks to take a more well-rounded look at one particularly enduring hero: Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne.

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Review: EVERYBODY at Brown Paper Box Co.

Review: EVERYBODY at Brown Paper Box Co.

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ EVERYBODY is everything we need right now. EVERYBODY is our language, integrates our nuances, satisfies our pop culture nihilism.

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Review: TWO GENTLEMAN OF VERONA at Midsommer Flight

Review: TWO GENTLEMAN OF VERONA at Midsommer Flight

Is there anything more badass than a Shakespeare in the Park actor?

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Review: VICTIMS OF DUTY at A Red Orchid Theatre

Review: VICTIMS OF DUTY at A Red Orchid Theatre

This affecting and oddly touching production, with outstanding performances all around, acts as both a reminder of the past and a warning of what could so easily happen again.

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Review: PAMPLONA at Goodman Theatre

Review: PAMPLONA at Goodman Theatre

The era of writing the tragic creative male hero as an aspirational and sympathetic figure is over. Keach presents a broken and bitter Hemingway on the far side of his prime, years of broken marriages and broken promises weighing heavily on his heart.

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Review: LINDA at Steep Theatre Company

Review: LINDA at Steep Theatre Company

LINDA provides contrasting points of view about how women move through their lives under a microscope.

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Review: THE ADVENTURES OF SPIRIT FORCE FIVE at The Factory Theater

Review: THE ADVENTURES OF SPIRIT FORCE FIVE at The Factory Theater

THE ADVENTURES OF SPIRIT FORCE FIVE is a production intended to remind you of what it was to be a kid again: to believe in magic, to see the world in black and white, to be certain that good always triumphs over evil.

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