A-List Cast Delivers in THE GOOD PERSON OF SZECHWAN

A-List Cast Delivers in THE GOOD PERSON OF SZECHWAN

Bertolt Brecht’s tale of doomed do-gooder Shen Te in THE GOOD PERSON OF SZECHWAN is as timeless as it is poignant.

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LEARNING CURVE Is Satisfyingly Chicago

LEARNING CURVE Is Satisfyingly Chicago

For someone over 10 years out of high school, Albany Park’s Theatre Project’s hit remarkably close to home.

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BYHALIA, MISSISSIPPI – Beauty Can be Found in the Unlikeliest of Places

BYHALIA, MISSISSIPPI – Beauty Can be Found in the Unlikeliest of Places

This play shows how wonderfully messy people are. We make mistakes, snap judgements, and have so much more to learn, but, when we find what matters, we’d better fight like hell to keep it in our lives.

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The World of AVATAR Live with Cirque du Soleil

The World of AVATAR Live with Cirque du Soleil

At one point we watched a guy center stage throw what I could swear were Nerf foam boomerangs bought from Toys R Us for 5 minutes. He only caught half of them.

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NEWSIES—Seize the Day, but keep it Truthful

NEWSIES—Seize the Day, but keep it Truthful

Part of the reason the movie was so successful was that you saw the gritty (albeit the Disney version of “gritty”), hard-knock-life existence for the newsboys, who had the kind of “devil-may-care” attitude that only comes from those who have nothing to lose.

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LuPone. Ebersole. WAR PAINT.

LuPone. Ebersole. WAR PAINT.

WAR PAINT is a master class in acting taught by Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole. It’s also damn good reminder that women can not only carry a show, but they can slather it in face cream and wrap it up in a pretty pink bow, all while bringing down the house just for walking on stage.

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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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