Review: TILIKUM – Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens

Review: TILIKUM – Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens

TILIKUM is a game-changer, a masterfully written, sophisticated play full of subtleties and brutalities told in a refreshingly unique method, performed by a cast of talented actors that clearly trust each other enough to tackle such electrifying material. TILIKUM is worth your time and money, as I guarantee that you will not see anything else like it this year.

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Review: FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2, & 3) at Goodman Theatre

Review: FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2, & 3) at Goodman Theatre

Misplace yourself at the Goodman for “Father Comes Home From The Wars Parts 1, 2 & 3,” the most enjoyable history lesson on stage since Hamilton.

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Review: THE REVOLUTIONISTS at Organic Theater

Review: THE REVOLUTIONISTS at Organic Theater

Perhaps wanting revolutionary change is wanting too much. Perhaps we should find peace in mediocrity; solace in small gains. Perhaps documenting and witnessing and retelling the past is easier than changing our present or hoping for a better future.

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Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Lyric Opera

Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Lyric Opera

Photo: The cast of Jesus Christ Superstar | Todd Rosenberg By Sheri Flanders Most theaters would balk at the idea of dumping 90 lbs of gold confetti across the stage for every show, but the Lyric Opera is not most theaters. Written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber and originally...

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Review: “hang” at Remy Bumppo Theatre Company

Review: “hang” at Remy Bumppo Theatre Company

What happens when we are forced to confront what we would prefer to ignore?

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Review: SWEENEY TODD at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

Review: SWEENEY TODD at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

Candlelights flicker in the darkness as the stony-faced actors invite us to attend the tale of SWEENEY TODD, the final full musical by the Theo Ubique company at the No Exit Café.

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Review: PLANTATION! at Lookingglass Theatre Company

Review: PLANTATION! at Lookingglass Theatre Company

Through the deft writing of extraordinarily talented playwright Kevin Douglas, and buoyed by the light sitcom directing style of David Schwimmer, PLANTATION!, the viciously hilarious comedy at Lookingglass Theatre, succeeds at the impossible.

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Review: BLIND DATE at Goodman Theatre

Review: BLIND DATE at Goodman Theatre

BLIND DATE reveals our misunderstanding as to what the Presidency actually entails. We optimistically hope that our leaders are crunching facts and figures, soberly and clinically weighing options. Yet in reality, political theater is just that – jockeying to appear a “strong” leader – it is indeed acting that gets the job done.

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Review: BLKS at Steppenwolf

Review: BLKS at Steppenwolf

(L to R) Leea Ayes, Celeste M. Cooper, and Nora Carroll. Photo by Michael Brosilow. By Sheri Flanders The stage of BLKS is vaguely reminiscent of an aquarium; a pink and turquoise cacophony of colored couches, overstuffed pillows and drapes hanging from the ceiling, video projected across the scene. And...

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Review: SAMMY: A TRIBUTE TO SAMMY DAVIS JR. at Black Ensemble Theater

Review: SAMMY: A TRIBUTE TO SAMMY DAVIS JR. at Black Ensemble Theater

In our modern society, we often hear the opinion that artists shouldn’t be too political, too controversial or too outspoken in order to achieve success. Yet Sammy Davis Jr. would have simply laughed wryly and sang “I’ve Gotta Be Me.”

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