Review: LITTLE FISH at Kokandy Productions

Review: LITTLE FISH at Kokandy Productions

In an era of shock value and fast-paced, high-drama storytelling, Michael John LaChiusa’s LITTLE FISH is a refreshingly thoughtful, nuanced and contemplative portrait of a woman trying to live one moment at a time.

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Review: BEAUTY’S DAUGHTER at American Blues Theater

Review: BEAUTY’S DAUGHTER at American Blues Theater

Playwright Dael Orlandersmith shows her gift for writing with rhythmic expression — using poetry between personal narratives — in BEAUTY’S DAUGHTER.

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Review: THE MISEDUCATION OF 55th STREET at The Revival

Review: THE MISEDUCATION OF 55th STREET at The Revival

Through the disarming qualities of comedy, truths are held bare and exposed, often catching laughter stranded in the air as a witness to the pain.

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Review: LELA & CO at Steep Theatre

Review: LELA & CO at Steep Theatre

You don’t expect a show advertised with a partially-eaten pink cake to thwack you on the heart – but Steep’s production of LELA & CO does just that.

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Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! National Tour at the Oriental Theatre

Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! National Tour at the Oriental Theatre

Bottoms up! The national tour of the hilarious, clever, and grin-inducing SOMETHING ROTTEN! has arrived at the Oriental Theatre in a first-rate production that’s worth celebrating.

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Review: HAMLET at Midsommar Flight

Review: HAMLET at Midsommar Flight

Midsommar’s dismissing of airs in the open air makes this show a Chicago summer absolute.

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Review: THE NANCE at Pride Films & Plays

Review: THE NANCE at Pride Films & Plays

Douglas Carter Beane’s superb play THE NANCE gets a stellar local premiere by Pride Films & Plays.

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Review: HIR at Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Review: HIR at Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Taylor Mac credits the seed of inspiration for HIR to the 1997 Steppenwolf production of Sam Shepard’s BURIED CHILD. Coming full circle, HIR is now playing at Steppenwolf. The leap is not that far; just as Shepard’s work is an indicting statement on the modern American family of his time, Steppenwolf’s HIR is most certainly a reflection of Mac’s.

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Review: THE SCHOOL FOR LIES at The Artistic Home

Review: THE SCHOOL FOR LIES at The Artistic Home

The actual 17th century France has nothing on this bold little show.

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Review: WATER & POWER at UrbanTheater Company

Review: WATER & POWER at UrbanTheater Company

WATER & POWER is a magically realist play about the Garcia brothers, Gilbert ‘Water’ and Gabriel ‘Power’ who have risen through the ranks of Chicago politics and law enforcement.

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