Review | “Utility” at Interrobang Theatre Project

Review | “Utility” at Interrobang Theatre Project

A play like UTILITY could be easily missed because it’s a slice of daily life for many people, with simple themes and quiet revelations. To overlook this play, however, would be a mistake.

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Review | “Lottery Day” at Goodman Theatre

Review | “Lottery Day” at Goodman Theatre

Much like an actual lottery, the characters in Lottery Day all face the randomness of tragedy and success.

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Review | “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey” at American Blues Theater

Review | “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey” at American Blues Theater

ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS is a great example that truly all you need to make good theatre is a talented actor to tell a movingly human story.

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Review | “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” at Filament Theatre

Review | “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” at Filament Theatre

Pictured: Mariah Copeland. Photo by Christian Libonati. By Toniak Todorova There is another magical happening at Filament Theatre this spring with their adaptation of THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE. A timeless tale made for the young who haven’t learned yet and the old who seemed to have forgotten: love...

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Review | “Lured: The Curse of the Swans” at Right Brain Project

Review | “Lured: The Curse of the Swans” at Right Brain Project

All three actors do strong work, and Becca Holloway’s direction adds some interesting layers.

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Review | “Hands on a Hardbody” at Refuge Theatre Project

Review | “Hands on a Hardbody” at Refuge Theatre Project

Based on the 1997 documentary of the same name, Refuge Theatre’s production of HANDS ON A HARDBODY tells the story of a group of Texans locked in a battle of wills to see who will win a new truck. The last person still standing with one hand on the “hardbody” wins. It’s a physical and mental test for the ages.

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Review | “Melancholy Play” at Organic Theater Company

Review | “Melancholy Play” at Organic Theater Company

Truth be told, if it wasn’t for the Director’s Note in the program that also offers a few of playwright Sarah Ruhl’s words, you would question why Organic Theater chose this show as part of their season.

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Review | HOW TO LIVE ON EARTH at Chimera Ensemble

Review | HOW TO LIVE ON EARTH at Chimera Ensemble

It is an extremely science-fiction-y premise, but its execution is much less science-fiction-y than I expected.

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Review | LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Mercury Theater Chicago

Review | LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Mercury Theater Chicago

L. Walter Stearns’ superb production boasts an excellent cast and terrific music, and moves far beyond the limits of traditional musical theatre.

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Review | “Blackbird” at Blank Theatre Company

Review | “Blackbird” at Blank Theatre Company

Intense and unflinching, Blank Theatre Company’s “Blackbird,” now playing at City Lit Theatre, feels intentionally tight and uncomfortable reflecting the difficult storyline.

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