Great Acting Serves Disjointed Vignettes in WASTWATER

Great Acting Serves Disjointed Vignettes in WASTWATER

Sometimes the rain stops just as you are about to see a play in which all three scenes mention the rain just stopping and the play is called WASTWATER and it’s set in England where very often it rains for a long time …

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Despite Flaws, TOMORROW MORNING is Sweet, Memorable and Refreshingly Uncynical

Despite Flaws, TOMORROW MORNING is Sweet, Memorable and Refreshingly Uncynical

Laurence Mark Wythe’s TOMORROW MORNING does a lot of things right. In the vein of Jason Robert Brown’s THE LAST FIVE YEARS, TOMORROW MORNING aims for intimate, character-driven and contemporary. It focuses on two couples—one, the night before their wedding and the other, the night before their divorce.

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BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY Finds Artful Balance Between Poignant Topicality and Light-Heartedness

BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY Finds Artful Balance Between Poignant Topicality and Light-Heartedness

(l-r) Audrey Francis, Elena Marisa Flores, Eamonn Walker and Tim Hopper. Photo by Michael Brosilow Review: BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY at Steppenwolf Theatre Company By Rachel Weinberg Stephen Adly Guirgis’s 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning play BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY, now in its Chicago premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, focuses on issues of...

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It’s About More Than Just Laughs in A JEWISH JOKE

It’s About More Than Just Laughs in A JEWISH JOKE

In ShPiel Performing Identity’s production of A JEWISH JOKE, Hollywood screenwriter Bernie Lutz has a few jokes up his sleeve. In fact, he has an entire green plastic box full of jokes carefully written out on index cards.

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THE UNFORTUNATES Grisly and Honorable

THE UNFORTUNATES Grisly and Honorable

Mary Jane Kelly is just one of the “unfortunates” of seedy 19th century East London–her story one of many dismal accounts of not only the victims of notorious Jack the Ripper, but also of the women left with little options in this eat-or-be-eaten world.

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GRAPES OF WRATH Features Solid Performances

GRAPES OF WRATH Features Solid Performances

Namir Smallwood and Kona N. Burks. Photo: Claire Demos Review: THE GRAPES OF WRATH at The Gift Theatre  By Tonika Todorova Seeing the epic journey of the Joad family in THE GRAPES OF WRATH at the Gift Theatre can be quite the immersive experience given the hot sticky days of...

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Spectacular Design and Delightful Surprises Abound in SPONGEBOB THE MUSICAL

Spectacular Design and Delightful Surprises Abound in SPONGEBOB THE MUSICAL

I was skeptical. I loathe the cartoon, but SpongeBob Squarepants the Musical just might be the surprise “feel good” musical that delights kids of all ages and gets everyone excited about Broadway musicals.

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DEATHTRAP: A Sharp Thriller with a Deliciously Shocking Storyline

DEATHTRAP: A Sharp Thriller with a Deliciously Shocking Storyline

Two acts, one set, five characters– a sharp thriller spun as a play-within-a-play, Ira Levin’s hit DEATHTRAP will surprise even the sharpest connoisseurs of murder mysteries.

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THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND Stands Tall

THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND Stands Tall

Jacqueline Williams, Lizan Mitchell. Photo by Michael Courie What happens when people are too White to be Black and too Black to be White?  Playwright Marcus Gardley’s THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND brings this conversation to the forefront in a dance with dialogue and history. There are advantages to...

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Passion and Energy abound in Eclectic’s MAKE ME A SONG

Passion and Energy abound in Eclectic’s MAKE ME A SONG

MAKE ME A SONG: The Music of William Finn, is a fast-paced, delightful, and fun night at the theater.

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