Review: MEMPHIS at Porchlight Music Theatre

Review: MEMPHIS at Porchlight Music Theatre

Porchlight balances idealism and vulnerability that only Chicago could grasp. MEMPHIS is now added to the company’s long list of theatrical accomplishments.

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Review: THE UNCORKER OF OCEAN BOTTLES at Filament

Review: THE UNCORKER OF OCEAN BOTTLES at Filament

You know you’ve done something right, Filament, when, on several occasions, your young audience fills your space with tiny whispered “whoa” exclamations.

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Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Lyric Opera

Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Lyric Opera

Photo: The cast of Jesus Christ Superstar | Todd Rosenberg By Sheri Flanders Most theaters would balk at the idea of dumping 90 lbs of gold confetti across the stage for every show, but the Lyric Opera is not most theaters. Written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber and originally...

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Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at Joffrey Ballet

Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at Joffrey Ballet

Take the overall feeling of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, blend in a little Salvador Dali, a touch of Roger Waters. and Pink Floyd, a pinch of Monty Python, and, as my companion said, “a little Molly,” and you have some idea of the experience of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.

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Review: RAISED IN CAPTIVITY at Right Brain Project

Review: RAISED IN CAPTIVITY at Right Brain Project

While Right Brain Project’s production of RAISED IN CAPTIVITY has potential, the bare-bones design choices and the lack of trust in Silver’s comedic mastery make much of the experience feel forced rather than funny.

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Review: DISASTER! at Chicago Theatre Workshop

Review: DISASTER! at Chicago Theatre Workshop

Chicago Theatre Workshop’s production is delivered with such joy and comedic skill that it will leave you giddy with laughter.

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Review: COMPANY at Venus Cabaret Theater at Mercury Theater Chicago

Review: COMPANY at Venus Cabaret Theater at Mercury Theater Chicago

The theater community is demanding a new standard of purposeful storytelling, a stronger call to answer the question “Why now?” — particularly when mounting a revival. Musical theater, with its fandom and nostalgia, is precious to audiences in a way that other forms are not, and so has often been exempt from engaging in deeper conversation with the real world.

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Review: ANOTHER JUNGLE at Cloudgate Theatre

Review: ANOTHER JUNGLE at Cloudgate Theatre

Kristen Idaszak’s ability to escort the audience through the weaving safari of events that is ANOTHER JUNGLE is admirable.

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Review: ASHES OF LIGHT at UrbanTheatre Company

Review: ASHES OF LIGHT at UrbanTheatre Company

UrbanTheater Company notes as part of their mission, “Preserving the Puerto Rican and Humboldt Park voice for 12 years on Paseo Boricua,” and with ASHES OF LIGHT as part of their season, they truly encapsulate a neighborhood family environment in their space through the natural chemistry provided by their actors.

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Review: LETTIE at Victory Garden Theater

Review: LETTIE at Victory Garden Theater

Directed with unflinching honesty by Chay Yew, LETTIE feels like a new story, but the elements present as fresh and familiar to anyone who faces the monumental and unfamiliar task of making good life choices.

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