ANNIE Tour Is Suddenly as Timely as It Is Enjoyable

ANNIE Tour Is Suddenly as Timely as It Is Enjoyable

Pictured: Tori Bates (Annie).  ANNIE, the adorable little-redheaded orphan who finds love and a family with Oliver Warbucks, is about as feel-goody as musicals get. But, outside of the warm fuzzies many of us experienced with all the little people in the audience, a lot of big people discovered just...

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Ingersoll’s Magnificent Performance Anchors Porchlight’s END OF THE RAINBOW

Ingersoll’s Magnificent Performance Anchors Porchlight’s END OF THE RAINBOW

(L to R) Angela Ingersoll and Kyle Hatley. Photo by Kelsey Jorissen. Review: END OF THE RAINBOW at Porchlight Music Theatre By Rachel Weinberg The name Judy Garland for many may capture an image of the youthful, vibrant young actor with a powerhouse voice that donned sparkling red shoes as...

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FUN HOME invites audiences on a lovely, unique journey through memory

FUN HOME invites audiences on a lovely, unique journey through memory

Kate Shindle.  Photo Credit: Joan Marcus  Review: FUN HOME on tour at the Oriental Theater By Rachel Weinberg Now making its national touring and Chicago debut, FUN HOME is a lovely and genuinely original new musical based on the eponymous graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel. It’s worth noting that the...

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HOW WE GOT ON Flows Easy and Is Fiercely Delivered

HOW WE GOT ON Flows Easy and Is Fiercely Delivered

Haven has a firm grasp of HOW WE GOT ON. A show with a flow and chill beats invented by kids from an era that forgot how it got there because of parents that thought they knew better.

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Lifeline’s THUMBELINA Engages Both Young and Old

Lifeline’s THUMBELINA Engages Both Young and Old

In this classic Hans Christian Andersen tale, directed and adapted by Amanda Delheimer Dimond, we are introduced to little Thumbelina who was born from a flower.

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Polarity’s LEAVINGS is a Must See That Will Not Disappoint

Polarity’s LEAVINGS is a Must See That Will Not Disappoint

(l-r) Emily Radke, RjW Mays, Monette McLin. Photo by Jackie Jasperson In the wake of a country that is still polarized by racism, Gail Parrish’s LEAVINGS forces us to take a hard look at history through a lens cloaked in accountability, as the play explores the severe impact slavery has had on...

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Writers’ EAST TEXAS HOT LINKS is One Roller Coaster Of a Ride

Writers’ EAST TEXAS HOT LINKS is One Roller Coaster Of a Ride

When pairing director Ron OJ Parson with playwright Eugene Lee, expect to levitate in an orbit that will heighten one’s senses to how we engage with the world. EAST TEXAS HOT LINKS, delivers a biting punch of realism that is still pertinent in 2016.

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Crushing Performances Reveal the Heart and Soul of BARE.

Crushing Performances Reveal the Heart and Soul of BARE.

Boy, girl, boy girl. Plaid skirt, khaki pants, plaid skirt, khaki pants. This is the strict pattern in which we sat during Mass at my Catholic elementary school. I think the purpose of that was to stop us from giggling with our girlfriends during the homily, but now it seems like a larger metaphor.

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THE BURIALS Takes on Gun Violence

THE BURIALS Takes on Gun Violence

The story follows Sophie, an “upstanding young millennial” and her family following the fall out after her brother goes on a shooting spree in her high school.

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Atari Play Navigates Pitfalls and Astroids to Find Bigger Truths

Atari Play Navigates Pitfalls and Astroids to Find Bigger Truths

(front, l to r) Stephanie Shum and Kevin Stangler with the cast of The New Colony’s MERGE. Photo by Evan Hanover. Review: MERGE at The New Colony By Tonika Todorova. It’s no wonder New Colony’s original play MERGE appealed to the ensemble- if you were a kid during the birth of video games, then most likely...

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