Steep Theatre to Host Simon Stephens in July

Steep Theatre to Host Simon Stephens in July

Playwright Simon Stephens. Photo by Kevin Cummins Steep Theatre is bringing Tony Award winner and Steep Associate Playwright Simon Stephens to Chicago July 21st – 25th coinciding with the U.S premiere of his play WASTWATER.  This marks the second time Stephens has visited Steep and his first visit since becoming an associate...

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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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TOO MUCH LIGHT to Perform LGBTQ Benefit

TOO MUCH LIGHT to Perform LGBTQ Benefit

Pride Line, photo by Evan Hanover The Neo-Futurists will switch it up for Pride weekend with a special edition of their flagship show TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND: 30 PLAYS IN 60 MINUTES with an LGBTQ-focused show and benefit entitled: 30 QUEER PLAYS IN 60 STRAIGHT MINUTES. The benefit performance...

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5 Years of Chicago Women’s Funny Festival

5 Years of Chicago Women’s Funny Festival

Photo courtesy of 5’10 Club.  The CHICAGO WOMEN’S FUNNY FESTIVAL returns for its fifth year at Stage 773 in the Lakeview neighborhood. Led by Stage 773 Director of Operations, Jill Valentine, and Chicago actor/comedian Liz McArthur, the festival is a unique opportunity to feature and celebrate female performers in all...

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The Trauma of Vulnerability Betrayed

The Trauma of Vulnerability Betrayed

Here’s what may seem like a stupid question: Why are so many members of the Chicago theater community feeling so overwhelmed by the publication of the Reader piece about alleged abuses at Profiles Theater?

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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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Unlikely Company Takes Up Residence at Stage 773

Unlikely Company Takes Up Residence at Stage 773

Di Billick, Kate Nixon, Mollie Rehner. Photo courtesy of Stage 773.  Unlikely Company, comprised of six Chicago comedians (Di Billick, Liam Gallogly, Ryan Kappmeyer, Brian Morrow, Kate Nixon, and Mollie Rehner) has become the newest resident company in the Box Theatre at Stage 773. Formed in 2013 Unlikely Company focuses on exposing...

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20 Years of Abuse at Profiles: #NotInOurHouse Responds

20 Years of Abuse at Profiles: #NotInOurHouse Responds

Updated 6/9/16 In a nearly thirteen thousand word exposé in the Chicago Reader, Aimee Levitt and Christopher Piatt concluded a year’s worth of investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and abuse over the course of twenty years at Profiles Theatre, primarily perpetrated by actor and Co-Artistic Director, Darrell W. Cox....

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