Review: LELA & CO at Steep Theatre

Review: LELA & CO at Steep Theatre

You don’t expect a show advertised with a partially-eaten pink cake to thwack you on the heart – but Steep’s production of LELA & CO does just that.

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Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! National Tour at the Oriental Theatre

Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! National Tour at the Oriental Theatre

Bottoms up! The national tour of the hilarious, clever, and grin-inducing SOMETHING ROTTEN! has arrived at the Oriental Theatre in a first-rate production that’s worth celebrating.

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Review: HAMLET at Midsommar Flight

Review: HAMLET at Midsommar Flight

Midsommar’s dismissing of airs in the open air makes this show a Chicago summer absolute.

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Review: THE NANCE at Pride Films & Plays

Review: THE NANCE at Pride Films & Plays

Douglas Carter Beane’s superb play THE NANCE gets a stellar local premiere by Pride Films & Plays.

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Review: HIR at Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Review: HIR at Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Taylor Mac credits the seed of inspiration for HIR to the 1997 Steppenwolf production of Sam Shepard’s BURIED CHILD. Coming full circle, HIR is now playing at Steppenwolf. The leap is not that far; just as Shepard’s work is an indicting statement on the modern American family of his time, Steppenwolf’s HIR is most certainly a reflection of Mac’s.

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Review: THE SCHOOL FOR LIES at The Artistic Home

Review: THE SCHOOL FOR LIES at The Artistic Home

The actual 17th century France has nothing on this bold little show.

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Review: WATER & POWER at UrbanTheater Company

Review: WATER & POWER at UrbanTheater Company

WATER & POWER is a magically realist play about the Garcia brothers, Gilbert ‘Water’ and Gabriel ‘Power’ who have risen through the ranks of Chicago politics and law enforcement.

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Review: MACBETH at Oak Park Festival Theatre

Review: MACBETH at Oak Park Festival Theatre

This shortest and bloodiest of Shakespeare’s tragedies, in less capable hands, could easily have devolved into a gory series of fights and frights for an evening of silly summer fun. But the talented cast and crew at OPFT have created a fantastic and memorable show for any season.

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Review: HITLER ON THE ROOF at Akvavit Theatre

Review: HITLER ON THE ROOF at Akvavit Theatre

Amy Gorelow and Jay Torrence. Photo by Karl Clifton-Soderstrom. By Tonika Todorova  HITLER ON THE ROOF doesn’t exactly offer subtleties when exploring its topical themes. The rise of Nationalistic pride and ideological fanaticism around the world gives everyone pause, but this production aptly reminds us what happens when you pause for too...

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Review: LATE COMPANY at Cor Theatre

Review: LATE COMPANY at Cor Theatre

Matthew Elam and Tosha Fowler. Photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis. It is Cor Theatre’s mission to tell stories that take courage to tell, and LATE COMPANY fulfills that mission. The premise is intriguing. In the wake of a traumatic teen suicide, parents Deborah (Tosha Fowler) and Michael (Paul Fagan) host...

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