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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XANADU is Unadulterated Musical Theater Joy

XANADU is Unadulterated Musical Theater Joy

American Theater Company’s production of the musical XANADU (based upon the flop of a film bearing the same name) bursts with infectious energy and non-stop fun.

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OUT OF THE BLUE—Does the Russian Drama Translate?

OUT OF THE BLUE—Does the Russian Drama Translate?

Adam Zaininger and Will Burdin. Photo: John Jennings. Review: OUT OF THE BLUE at Organic Theater By Tonika Todorova The Russian word goluboi—or light-blue—entered the gay slang lexicon because of the light-blue shirts gay men would wear to recognize one another when cruising in a homophobic post-Soviet Russia. A year...

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Interrobang’s THE NORTH POOL—A Pressure-Cooker of a Play

Interrobang’s THE NORTH POOL—A Pressure-Cooker of a Play

Rajiv Joseph’s pressure-cooker of a play reveals that you are not merely an audience member, but a spectator at a turbulent tennis match—power volleying feverishly between student and teacher. Psychological crucible THE NORTH POOL ultimately culminates in an oddly cathartic detonation, cutting both captor and captive down to their common denominator—maddening guilt.

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Poignant Tragedy SPINNING Unearths Haunting Empathy

Poignant Tragedy SPINNING Unearths Haunting Empathy

Connor Burke is a man overcome with regret, clutching at the scraps of life that remain after catastrophe tears apart his world like a tortuous riptide.

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Whimsical Roaming SHERLOCK Is the Perfect Summer Activity

Whimsical Roaming SHERLOCK Is the Perfect Summer Activity

Do you remember what it was like to see your world as a game? I picture myself as a child, a small flame-haired thing, running around heavily-wooded Defiance, Missouri, thinking my little universe is but an ever-stretching scene of discovery. An oddly shaped stone, a lost pen cap, the first summer firefly– everything in sight was a clue to unraveling the wonder of the everyday. I was happy to catch a glimpse of that feeling again this weekend with SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE MYSTERY OF PORTAGE PARK, watching merrily on as adults and children alike take delight in the seemingly ordinary world around them.

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Deftly Crafted Would-Be Superheroes Fly in PROWESS

Deftly Crafted Would-Be Superheroes Fly in PROWESS

In a time when most storefronts have little faith in their audience to make it through 90 minutes without looking at their phone, Prowess flies through it’s 2+ hour run time.

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