Review | “The Recommendation” at Windy City Playhouse

Review | “The Recommendation” at Windy City Playhouse

Pictured: Michael Aaron Pogue and Julian Hester | Photo Credit: Michael Brosilow by Josh Flanders “The Recommendation” by Jonathan Caren is one of those performances that will stick with you long after you leave the theater. This immersive play brings the audience into the action, literally going from room to...

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Review | SOMETHING CLEAN from Sideshow and Rivendell

Review | SOMETHING CLEAN from Sideshow and Rivendell

SOMETHING CLEAN, the joined effort by Sideshow and Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, is a production with emotionally messy material to tackle, but this superb ensemble handles the task with extreme tenderness, intensity and attention.

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Review | “PROPHET$” at The Factory Theater

Review | “PROPHET$” at The Factory Theater

Pictured (l-r): Eric Roach, Anthony Tournis, Eric Wang. Photo by Michael Courier. By Aaron Lockman As the lights come up on “PROPHET$,” we meet three scam artists in their mid-forties – Vic (Anthony Tournis), the leader of the group, Seth (Eric Wang), the nervous and tightly wound one, and Owen...

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Review | “We Are Pussy Riot” at Red Tape Theatre

Review | “We Are Pussy Riot” at Red Tape Theatre

Ultimately robust in content, yet flawed in execution, this production of “We are Pussy Riot (or) Everything is P.R.” is mostly a pussycat without claws.

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Review | “The Killer” at Trap Door Theatre

Review | “The Killer” at Trap Door Theatre

“The Killer” feels a bit like an unkept promise.

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Review | EMMA at Lifeline Theatre

Review | EMMA at Lifeline Theatre

Lifeline Theatre’s latest literary adaptation captures all the beauty of Jane Austen’s original while employing an energetic, modern staging.

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Review | FOUR PLACES at the Den Theatre

Review | FOUR PLACES at the Den Theatre

Joel Drake Johnson’s 2008 play FOUR PLACES, the first show produced by the Den Theatre itself in about five years, begins and ends with its characters in a car, mostly not talking, punctuating the silence with banal observations.

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Review | TAKE ME at Strawdog Theatre

Review | TAKE ME at Strawdog Theatre

With some workshopping and clarification of the most essential themes and elements, TAKE ME has the potential to be a wonderful and thought-provoking piece.

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Review | “The Memo” at Organic Theater Company

Review | “The Memo” at Organic Theater Company

It’s impossible to separate this play from any of the politicking that surrounds us, but it is important to take away a perspective on the individual, because, in the end, we all play our part, whether willingly or knowingly.

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