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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I LEFT MY HEART’s Relaxed Charm Pays Homage to Tony Bennett

I LEFT MY HEART’s Relaxed Charm Pays Homage to Tony Bennett

Mercury Theater’s I LEFT MY HEART: A SALUTE TO THE MUSIC OF TONY BENNETT incorporates an astounding number of songs into its 80-minute run time.

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Energetic and Enjoyable BODYGUARD Lives Up To Whitney Houston’s Legacy

Energetic and Enjoyable BODYGUARD Lives Up To Whitney Houston’s Legacy

I was skeptical about this production — Whitney Houston’s incomparable voice is near impossible to take on because it commands so much authority and energy.

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HOBO KING Gives a Heartbeat and Voice to Forgotten Homeless Community

HOBO KING Gives a Heartbeat and Voice to Forgotten Homeless Community

HOBO KING calls into question the bully culture of a city’s government and police officers that is bestowed upon an already vulnerable homeless community.

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