Renee Lockett gives a magnetic and heartfelt performance as now successful author, Suzanne Alexander, returning to speak to the students at her alma mater (Ohio State). It is a tour de force performance in what is effectively an hour-long monologue with minor interjections of the re-enacted scenes of Suzanne’s life.
For more than 50 years Alvin Ailey has provided a platform for African American dancers to tell our stories and experiences that encapsulate the tumultuous battles and jubilant moments that life presents.
Pictured: Ruth Livier, Ricardo Gutierrez, and Evelina Fernandez. Photo by Liz Lauren. Review: DESTINY OF DESIRE at Goodman Theatre By Jonald Jude Reyes When you enter the Goodman’s Albert Theatre for DESTINY OF DESIRE, music greets you from a piano onstage. As other audience members begin to trickle in, actors appear...
PIctured: Hammer Guys Photo credit: Mark Turner. Review: Circus 1903: the golden age of circus at The Oriental Theatre By Tonika Todorova When I was a kid, my grandfather took me to the circus every year. It was our thing. We always sat in the front row and ate cotton candy,...
James Yost puts together all the puzzle pieces and under his direction this ensemble provides performances so plausible that I experienced being an interloper in the Martin family’s modest living room while feeling all their feels.
Early in THE HARD PROBLEM, an adorable couple in bed, bathing in a post-coital glow, begins to discuss what other intellectuals might at such a giddy time: the brain, neurobiology, and the nature of consciousness. This juxtaposition of the fluidity of feelings and the absolution of the scientific method sets the tone for the rest of the play.
The environmental and emotional intimacy of THE KID THING impacts the audience as we journey the ridges of these characters’ loops and lines.
Perhaps it’s just art naturally reflecting reality, but in the short time since the election, there seems to be a refreshing and exciting move in Chicago theater towards work that expects an audience to think.