The idea of “Death with Dignity” has been emotionally evolving since Jack Kevorkian–AKA Dr. Death. In 2009, a friend diagnosed with ALS taught me the euphemism “Going to Switzerland.” Then last summer the internet wept waterworks of inspiration as incurably ill California resident Betsy Davis hosted a celebration culminating with her self-chosen death. Rivendell Theatre’s production of WINTER left me unsure about the issue.
As an amazing year of performance in Chicago comes to an end, we’re wrapping up our picks for the best productions of 2016. We asked our critics which of the 125 shows we reviewed this year have really stuck with them, and here are their favorites.
Pictured: Barbara E. Robertson. Rivendell Theatre Ensemble has announced casting for the world premiere of Julie Jensen’s WINTER. Co-directed by Megan Carney and Mark Ulrich, the production features Barbara E. Robertson (Annis), Sean Cooper (Roddy), Steve Haggard (Evan), Martasia Jones (LD) and Dan Flannery (Robeck). The creative team includes Elvia Moreno (scenic... Read more
Pictured: Rebecca Spence. Rivendell Theatre Ensemble has announced partial casting and their 2017 season, which includes two world premieres and one midwest premiere. The season opens in January with the world premiere of Julie Jensen’s WINTER, co-directed by ensemble members Megan Carny and Mark Ulrich and part of the... Read more