THE SOURCE Probes Modern Day ‘Deep Throat’

THE SOURCE Probes Modern Day ‘Deep Throat’

Despite diffuse divisiveness, most Americans discover middle ground when agreeing we value our freedoms that—since the original Patriot Act—are disappearing as quickly as the glaciers in the North Pole which is why Route 66 Theatre Company’s production THE SOURCE left me unsettled.

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SKIN FOR SKIN Tackles Post 9/11 Military Chaos and Muslim-American Fear

SKIN FOR SKIN Tackles Post 9/11 Military Chaos and Muslim-American Fear

Paul Pasulka’s SKIN FOR SKIN takes us to Iraq where the search for members of Al-Qaeda is fierce and the US military is hungry for answers. On a set that is decorated with pictures of George W. Bush on one side and the other side a chicken-wired box, which will later be used to imprison someone, we are reminded of a time when fear was used to as a tool by the government to get what they wanted.

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Full of Heart, THE YEAR I DIDN’T GO TO SCHOOL Magically Brings the Book to Life

Full of Heart, THE YEAR I DIDN’T GO TO SCHOOL Magically Brings the Book to Life

If you (or your child) ever wished you could open up a book and bring the illustrations and words to life, you needn’t look much further than the newly adapted page-to-stage production directed by Heidi Stillman.

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Family Dynamics Gracefully Ring True in AMERICAN HWANGAP

Family Dynamics Gracefully Ring True in AMERICAN HWANGAP

The great American novelist Willa Cather wrote, “There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.” The same can be said for many families as they change and grow with the passage of time.

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Engaging Performances Make THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE a Must See

Engaging Performances Make THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE a Must See

I’m impressed. Bluebird Arts is the only theater company in Chicago dedicated to producing consecutive productions in English and Russian. What makes this more impressive is that even with such an intensive undertaking, their work is good.

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Driving Dialogue Carries Writers’ THE SCENE

Driving Dialogue Carries Writers’ THE SCENE

Pictured: Mark L. Montgomery and Deanna Myers. Photo by Liz Lauren. Review: THE SCENE at Writers Theatre By Kelsey McGrath Theresa Rebeck is a master of dialogue and a craftswoman of character. Her 2004 work, THE SCENE — according to Writers Theatre where it is now playing — “explores the...

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Creatives is a Workshop Production Not Just Brimming With Potential, it’s Overflowing

Creatives is a Workshop Production Not Just Brimming With Potential, it’s Overflowing

Pictured: Irvine Welsh, Don De Grazia and Tom Mullen. Photo by Jay Kennedy. Workshop Production: CREATIVES at Chicago Theatre Workshop By Jude Hansen The plot centers on eight students in a songwriting class at a progressive university competing for the chance to win $5,000 and the approval of a celebrity judge, an alumnus of...

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THE SNARE Is an Intimate Inquiry of Ideas

THE SNARE Is an Intimate Inquiry of Ideas

Jackalope Theatre Company’s THE SNARE conjures up a courageous choice by tackling the most taboo of topics—religion.

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Lifeline’s A WRINKLE IN TIME Captures the Emotion and Humor of the Beloved Novel

Lifeline’s A WRINKLE IN TIME Captures the Emotion and Humor of the Beloved Novel

Mrs. Whatsit’s metamorphosis into a character with long, colorful wings was a particularly effective moment — aided by a clever scaffold set which supported the children as they “flew” upon the creature.

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Porchlight’s LITTLE ME Leaves a Big Impression

Porchlight’s LITTLE ME Leaves a Big Impression

Porchlight Music Theatre’s three-night-only concert staging of the 1962 Broadway musical LITTLE ME as part of its Porchlight Revisits series is every bit as effervescent as a glass of champagne—and it’s certainly an evening of theater worth toasting.

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