Is There Really a Place for Everyone AT THE TABLE?

Is There Really a Place for Everyone AT THE TABLE?

I remember waking up the morning after the election absolutely astounded by the results whilst wondering how the polls were wrong.

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Steppenwolf’s STRAIGHT WHITE MEN Explores Well-Crafted Themes of Privilege and The Human Experience

Steppenwolf’s STRAIGHT WHITE MEN Explores Well-Crafted Themes of Privilege and The Human Experience

Though Young Jean Lee’s play STRAIGHT WHITE MEN—now in its Chicago premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company—primarily concerns itself with characters befitting its title, the piece opens with two gender non-conforming performers (Elliott Jenetopulos and Will Wilhelm).

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“God, That’s Good!” SWEENEY TODD at Paramount is Theatrical Bliss

“God, That’s Good!” SWEENEY TODD at Paramount is Theatrical Bliss

I hold very few things sacred, yet, SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET rises to the ranks. Over twenty years ago, I saw a production that transformed me into a musical theater lover.

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Rob Ashford’s Shining CARMEN Offers a Contemporary Perspective

Rob Ashford’s Shining CARMEN Offers a Contemporary Perspective

Within minutes of the curtain fluttering open, a young woman Micaëla enters the army camp of men; the scene I saw before me bore a striking similarity to that I had experienced not twenty-four hours beforehand. It was only the first in many moments of relevance that Rob Ashford’s expert direction delivers in his shining new production.

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URINETOWN Will Make You Laugh till You Pee

URINETOWN Will Make You Laugh till You Pee

The musical, set in a nondescript dystopian future, tells the story of corporate greed gone awry.

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Blue Man Group’s New Content Struggles to Add to the Long Running Show

Blue Man Group’s New Content Struggles to Add to the Long Running Show

Pictured: Blue Man Group ensemble. Photo by Lindsey Best.  Review: BLUE MAN GROUP at Briar Street Theatre By Jude Hansen The Blue Man Group is a multi-sensory experience incorporating elements of clowning, percussion and rave culture. This revamped iteration of the show incorporates references to smartphone technology, rock concerts, some...

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Porchlight’s Haunting THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS Has Timely Resonance

Porchlight’s Haunting THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS Has Timely Resonance

Now in its Chicago premiere at Porchlight Music Theatre, John Kander and Fred Ebb’s THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS could not be a more timely musical to produce.

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THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE BLOCK Is a Masterful Thriller

THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE BLOCK Is a Masterful Thriller

How does one handle the magnitude of being the chosen example? How does one upkeep the personification of a crusade?

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Exceptional FACELESS Explores American Identity

Exceptional FACELESS Explores American Identity

Does a uniquely American identity exist, and if so, how do we define it?

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THE SNOWY DAY Captures Sense of Child Naïveté

THE SNOWY DAY Captures Sense of Child Naïveté

Most parents succumb to cynicism regarding how their children should face the world and the answer is hardly ever “creatively.”

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