THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND Stands Tall

THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND Stands Tall

Jacqueline Williams, Lizan Mitchell. Photo by Michael Courie What happens when people are too White to be Black and too Black to be White?  Playwright Marcus Gardley’s THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND brings this conversation to the forefront in a dance with dialogue and history. There are advantages to...

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Passion and Energy abound in Eclectic’s MAKE ME A SONG

Passion and Energy abound in Eclectic’s MAKE ME A SONG

MAKE ME A SONG: The Music of William Finn, is a fast-paced, delightful, and fun night at the theater.

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Mesmerizing HUMAN TERRAIN Is a Story That Needs to Be Told

Mesmerizing HUMAN TERRAIN Is a Story That Needs to Be Told

Shozzett Silva and Kim Boler. Photo by Matthew Freer. Review: HUMAN TERRAIN at Broken Nose Theatre By Abigail Trabue Every so often a play falls into the right company at the right time and becomes the example of what Chicago storefront theater is all about. That play is HUMAN TERRAIN and that...

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THE MARVIN GAYE STORY – a Powerful and Nostalgic Tribute

THE MARVIN GAYE STORY – a Powerful and Nostalgic Tribute

I have the utmost respect for the foundation established by Jackie Taylor and her ability to produce stories that people genuinely gravitate towards.

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THADDEUS AND SLOCUM Wows at Lookingglass

THADDEUS AND SLOCUM Wows at Lookingglass

It is highly likely that THADDEUS AND SLOCUM will be the most delightful entertainment you’ll see this summer. Stacked and packed with song and dance numbers, the new Lookingglass production explores racial inequalities in showbiz at the turn of the 20th century through heartfelt laughter and with vaudevillian proportions.

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DIVINE SISTER is Divine at Hell in a Handbag

DIVINE SISTER is Divine at Hell in a Handbag

Chicago theater boasts no shortage of pop cultural parody shows, but Hell in a Handbag’s production of THE DIVINE SISTER rises above this description. In the grand camp tradition, playwright Charles Busch’s witty and raunchy send-up celebrates the peculiar fascination Hollywood held with nuns in the 1960s. And what better subjects could there be for female impersonation? Cloisters of chaste, devout, dramatic, beautiful characters ripe for fictional scandal. Busch’s script takes advantage of every nun cliche in the canon—visions from God, desperate campaigns to build a new school for the children (the children!) and of course, sexual liaisons between the sisters.

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Painful Truths in A SMALL OAK TREE RUNS RED

Painful Truths in A SMALL OAK TREE RUNS RED

Tiffany Addison and Ronald L. Conner. Photo by Congo Square Theatre Company Review: A SMALL OAK TREE RUNS RED at Congo Square Theatre Lekethia Dalcoe’s A SMALL OAK TREE RUNS RED resurrects history in a manner that should make the living uncomfortable within painful truths buried each day. Directed by...

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BAT BOY Provides Delectably Peculiar and Dark Musical Entertainment

BAT BOY Provides Delectably Peculiar and Dark Musical Entertainment

Delightfully quirky and darkly comic, BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL makes its Chicago premiere in this Griffin Theatre production with direction by Scott Weinstein. The Den Theatre proves an ideal venue for this strange and wonderful musical with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming. And Griffin Theatre’s ensemble delivers with vocal expertise and keen acting, milking the show’s material for maximum comedic value and audience delight.

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Refreshing SOUND OF MUSIC Doesn’t Disappoint

Refreshing SOUND OF MUSIC Doesn’t Disappoint

The SOUND OF MUSIC is a show that you either love or you loathe. I happen to be in the former of the two categories despite my inner monologue telling me I should be in the latter. Fortunately, this recent production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the Cadillac Palace...

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Lifeline’s NORTHANGER Just Misses the Austen Mark

Lifeline’s NORTHANGER Just Misses the Austen Mark

Anyone who has read Austen knows that she is whip-crack smart, that her characters, while often seeming silly or misguided, are beautifully fleshed out, honest to their time, even if they end up being someone we don’t like. The love affair between the heroine and her dashing would-be suitor are...

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