Review: TREVOR THE MUSICAL at Writers Theater

Review: TREVOR THE MUSICAL at Writers Theater

Eli Tokash and cast. Photo by Michael Brosilow. By Rachel Weinberg TREVOR, the soul-stirring and exceptionally executed new musical at Writers Theatre, managed to simultaneously break my heart and make me grin uncontrollably over the course of its two-hour run time. With book and lyrics by Dan Collins, music by...

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Review: HAIR at Mercury Theater Chicago

Review: HAIR at Mercury Theater Chicago

Brenda Didier’s production hits the bullseye, with musical arrangement by Eugene Dizon that takes advantage of the superhuman voices of the ensemble to create a blend of intimate vibrating harmonies and face-melting belts.

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Review: THE FOOD SHOW at The Neo-Futurists

Review: THE FOOD SHOW at The Neo-Futurists

THE FOOD SHOW is exactly how I think it would feel: people who know your rhythms, respect your boundaries, and love you just how you are.

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Review: THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG at Brown Paper Box Co.

Review: THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG at Brown Paper Box Co.

There’s a conversation in many theatrical circles at the moment about what type of work should be produced: serious activism to change the world or lighthearted humor to help audiences forget their troubles.

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Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre

Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre

It’s worth the train or car ride to Arlington Heights to visit Metropolis and visit Neverland.

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Review: FIGHT CITY at Factory Theatre

Review: FIGHT CITY at Factory Theatre

While built on good intentions, this show is in such poor taste. It doesn’t know its ideological grounding.

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Review: LITTLE FISH at Kokandy Productions

Review: LITTLE FISH at Kokandy Productions

In an era of shock value and fast-paced, high-drama storytelling, Michael John LaChiusa’s LITTLE FISH is a refreshingly thoughtful, nuanced and contemplative portrait of a woman trying to live one moment at a time.

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Review: BEAUTY’S DAUGHTER at American Blues Theater

Review: BEAUTY’S DAUGHTER at American Blues Theater

Playwright Dael Orlandersmith shows her gift for writing with rhythmic expression — using poetry between personal narratives — in BEAUTY’S DAUGHTER.

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Review: THE MISEDUCATION OF 55th STREET at The Revival

Review: THE MISEDUCATION OF 55th STREET at The Revival

Through the disarming qualities of comedy, truths are held bare and exposed, often catching laughter stranded in the air as a witness to the pain.

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Review: LELA & CO at Steep Theatre

Review: LELA & CO at Steep Theatre

You don’t expect a show advertised with a partially-eaten pink cake to thwack you on the heart – but Steep’s production of LELA & CO does just that.

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