theTEN with Izumi Inaba

theTEN with Izumi Inaba

It is rare for me to love or hate one thing permanently.

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Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Shakespeare’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM has its very own fairy dust-covered jar in the time capsule of my iconic teenage theatre experiences. I strongly suspect that a similar jar is being dusted and stored in the memory of each middle-schooler with whom I had the privilege to attend Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s production on Tuesday morning.

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Review: MARIE CHRISTINE at BoHo Theatre

Review: MARIE CHRISTINE at BoHo Theatre

If you like your musicals dark—tragically, unceasingly dark—with a complicated score that’s well sung, BoHo Theatre’s MARIE CHRISTINE is just the production to see as the fall days grow ever shorter.

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Review: PILGRIMS at The Gift Theatre

Review: PILGRIMS at The Gift Theatre

Kiechel’s script is why we become actors, designers, directors, and supporters of the arts. It requires all of you, both physically and mentally. She doesn’t let up and has delivered the best show I’ve seen all year.

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10 OUT OF 12 Tackles Tech Rehearsal with Raw, Exacting Detail

10 OUT OF 12 Tackles Tech Rehearsal with Raw, Exacting Detail

Theater Wit’s Chicago premiere production of Anne Washburn’s 10 OUT OF 12 presents a novel concept: audience members don headsets as they dive into tech rehearsal for a fictional theatrical production.

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With DIAMOND DOGS, The House Theatre Levels Up to a New “Planetary Level” of Awesome

With DIAMOND DOGS, The House Theatre Levels Up to a New “Planetary Level” of Awesome

I love science fiction because the most common of human emotions resonate more deeply when taken out of the realm of “everyday life.” Unrequited love has a much more profound impact when your lover is about to be frozen in carbonite, and greedy villains always seem way more sinister when their selfish whims hinge on the destruction of a planet.

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Chicago Heavy Hitters Join Theater Wit’s 10 OUT OF 12 Team

Chicago Heavy Hitters Join Theater Wit’s 10 OUT OF 12 Team

Martha Lavey, John Mahoney, Barbara Robertson and Peter Sagal will voice key pre-recorded roles. Lavey will voice the lighting designer, Robertson will voice the costume designer, and Mahoney will play backstage crew person #3. Peter Sagal will portray the sound designer.

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LITTLE SHOP Makes for A Delectable Evening on Skid Row

LITTLE SHOP Makes for A Delectable Evening on Skid Row

American Blues Theater’s triumphant LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS will have Chicago audiences clamoring to head downtown to Skid Row. This intimately staged production has a full sound (with music director Austin Cook leading a four-piece band, you can feel the vibrations of the bass in the floor) and provides an all-encompassing, fully entertaining spectacle.

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INSIDE LITTLE SHOP Part 3: Adventures in Tech

INSIDE LITTLE SHOP Part 3: Adventures in Tech

In our final days in the rehearsal space, we had a sitzprobe and a designer run which were both exciting and crowded. Between the cast, the band, and the creative/production team, there are more than 35 people involved in bringing this show to life.

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INSIDE LITTLE SHOP Part 1: Welcome to the Little Shop

INSIDE LITTLE SHOP Part 1: Welcome to the Little Shop

(Photo: Set model by Scenic Designer Grant Sabin) In this 4-part series, Assistant Director Elyse Dolan takes us behind the scenes of American Blues Theater’s production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, directed by Jonathan Berry. Part 1: Welcome to the Little Shop After the exchanging of quick hugs and hellos,...

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