Review: HAMLET at The Gift Theatre

Review: HAMLET at The Gift Theatre

…an intriguing production that, due to the wonderful work from Kyri and Fenner, will be one to be examined for years to come.

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Review: THE DISPLACED at Haven Theatre

Review: THE DISPLACED at Haven Theatre

“We Lost Our Lease” is emblazoned across the storefront of one of my favorite thrift stores. As I pass it on my way to The Den to see Isaac Gomez’s THE DISPLACED I can’t help but relive my experiences there. This is – or was ­– a pre-hipster thrift store: where the prices were determined by who was on the counter that day, rummaging was required, and mysterious smells rose out of boxes only accessible by parkour. Its windows now masked in papers advertising percentages off, the sun-worn name is the wrong kind of vintage in juxtaposition to the new storefronts with shiny signage and logos in primary retro colors. The store’s closure may be an unhappy accident but it also serves as potent proof of the relevancy of gentrification that THE DISPLACED addresses.

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Review: “Burnham’s Dream: The White City” at Lost and Found Productions

Review: “Burnham’s Dream: The White City” at Lost and Found Productions

(left to right) Laura Degrenia and Pavi Proczko. Photo by Evan Hanover. By Alyssa Dyksterhouse Whether Chicagoans are aware of it or not Daniel Burnham impacts our lives daily. Our iconic Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier. Thank Daniel Burnham. No trucks on Lakeshore Drive. Thank Daniel Burnham. Your Uber getting...

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Review: BULL IN A CHINA SHOP at About Face Theatre

Review: BULL IN A CHINA SHOP at About Face Theatre

BULL IN A CHINA SHOP reminds us that loving unapologetically and living one’s truth is, in itself, a revolutionary act. It deserves your attention.

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Review: FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2, & 3) at Goodman Theatre

Review: FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2, & 3) at Goodman Theatre

Misplace yourself at the Goodman for “Father Comes Home From The Wars Parts 1, 2 & 3,” the most enjoyable history lesson on stage since Hamilton.

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Review: THE REVOLUTIONISTS at Organic Theater

Review: THE REVOLUTIONISTS at Organic Theater

Perhaps wanting revolutionary change is wanting too much. Perhaps we should find peace in mediocrity; solace in small gains. Perhaps documenting and witnessing and retelling the past is easier than changing our present or hoping for a better future.

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Review: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at BoHo Theatre

Review: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at BoHo Theatre

BoHo’s production feels tailor-made for the season, and the company’s production delightfully captures the farcical and frothy tone of this beloved Sondheim musical.

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Review: REFRIGERATOR at First Floor Theater

Review: REFRIGERATOR at First Floor Theater

There is so much about Lucas Baisch’s bold, new play REFRIGERATOR in First Floor Theater’s production playing at The Den that I respect and support.

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Review: FUTURE ECHOES at WildClaw Theatre

Review: FUTURE ECHOES at WildClaw Theatre

Within the small confines of one of The Den Theatre’s 50-seat spaces, WildClaw Theatre makes efficient use of the venue layout in order to exude as much of a horror experience.

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Review: THE ORIGINALIST at Court Theatre

Review: THE ORIGINALIST at Court Theatre

We must find a point where we can listen with reason to the other side so that we can engage in fruitful dialogue that genuinely brings forth change in our country.

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