Review | “Sophisticated Ladies” at Porchlight
Porchlight has outdone themselves with SOPHISTICATED LADIES. Though the production is only running through early March, it could and should be extended – or perhaps given a commercial life beyond Chicago with all elements and performers intact. It’s honestly, truly that good.
Review | “I’m Not A Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce”
Photo: Ronnie Marmo as Lenny Bruce | Doren Sorell by Josh Flanders Now extended through Feb. 16, “I’m Not A Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce” directed by Joe Mantegna and written by and starring Ronnie Marmo, is a one-man journey through the life, humor, battles, and tragedies of the famed performer. Marmo,...
Review | “The Nutcracker” at The House Theatre
While holiday cheer can be harder to muster as an adult, the kids in the room serve as an important reminder that the season still has some magic left in it.
Review | “Romeo and Juliet” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
There are several attempts at a larger message which get lost amid disparate production and design choices.
Review | “Hoodoo Love” at Raven Theatre
“Hoodoo Love” at the Raven Theatre is a simple story.
Review | “Bernhardt/Hamlet” at Goodman Theatre
Pictured: Terri McMahon. Photo by Liz Lauren. By Josh Flanders “All theater is an act of ego”- Sarah Bernhardt in Bernhardt/Hamlet The stories of the legendary French actress Sarah Bernhardt are mythical. Lover of rich and powerful men. Diva. The original celebrity. More popular than presidents and popes. Her decision...
Review | DANA H. At Goodman Theatre
How well can an actor tell a true story, and also embody the main character of this story?
Review | “International Falls” at The Agency Theater Collective
The Agency Theater Collective’s production of INTERNATIONAL FALLS is a challenging, uncomfortable look at human nature and the deep need for connection and understanding.
Review | LOVE, CHAOS,& DINNER at Teatro ZinZanni
By Elizabeth Ellis Take a big scoop of vaudeville, add in a heap of 20th-century cabaret, sprinkle in some circus feats, whisk in some home-grown improv, and the result will be the delightful and amazing Teatro ZinZanni’s LOVE, CHAOS, & DINNER at the new Spiegeltent ZaZou, tucked away on the...
Review | “True West” at Steppenwolf
This new production of “True West” is powerful, impactful, and not to miss. Especially if it is another 35 plus years for them to stage it again.