Porchlight’s LITTLE ME Leaves a Big Impression

Porchlight’s LITTLE ME Leaves a Big Impression

Porchlight Music Theatre’s three-night-only concert staging of the 1962 Broadway musical LITTLE ME as part of its Porchlight Revisits series is every bit as effervescent as a glass of champagne—and it’s certainly an evening of theater worth toasting.

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BEST OF BRI-KO Takes Audience Participation a Step Too Far

BEST OF BRI-KO Takes Audience Participation a Step Too Far

Upon exiting Stage 773’s THE BEST OF BRI-KO it was unsettling to have to check that I was not tracking mushed lettuce into the carpeted lobby. This vegetable was just one of many unlikely props wielded by three actors as they explored status and relationship in this hour-long silent sketch show.

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THE COLUMNIST Struggles to Engage

THE COLUMNIST Struggles to Engage

Joseph Alsop (Philip Earl Johnson), our journalist protagonist, as a character draws similarities to Kushner’s’ Roy Cohn, but is not pathetically endearing or despicably hypocritical or even conflicted enough to hold the fascination that Kushner’s’ depiction of Roy creates. There is little urgency for this character and nothing particularly captivating about him.

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Goodman’s UNCLE VANYA Embodies the “Russian Soul”

Goodman’s UNCLE VANYA Embodies the “Russian Soul”

Pictured: Marton Csokas and Kristen Bush. Photo by Liz Lauren.  [Editor’s note: Our reviewer, Tonika Todorova, broke a clearly defined PerformInk rule, as she will mention. Reviewers are asked to disclose any conflicts of interest to editors in advance and to decline to review shows that they may have a bias...

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Powerful Content Prevails in Collaboraction’s GENDER BREAKDOWN

Powerful Content Prevails in Collaboraction’s GENDER BREAKDOWN

The stats are revealing. Kay Kron’s research shows that only 36% of directors and 25% of playwrights for Jeff-nominated shows in Chicago are female. 30% are scenic designers and just 12% are sound designers.

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Circle’s VENUS IN FUR Explores Fantasies and Fetishes

Circle’s VENUS IN FUR Explores Fantasies and Fetishes

Did you know that Austrian author Leopold von Sacher-Masoch is the “M” in S&M? In 1870 he published a novella VENUS IN FUR expressing his fantasies and fetishes which mostly revolved around dominant women wearing, you guessed it, fur.

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Beautiful Singing Brings Lackluster Story to Life in THE INVENTION OF MOREL

Beautiful Singing Brings Lackluster Story to Life in THE INVENTION OF MOREL

Based on the novel, LA INVENCIÓN DE MOREL, the opera follows the story of Fugitive (Andrew Wilkowske) who has fled to a deserted island.

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PEERLESS Puts Being the Best of the Best Under a Microscope

PEERLESS Puts Being the Best of the Best Under a Microscope

A ‘model minority’ is a minority class which is assumed to achieve a higher degree of success than others — hence, being a “model” for others to follow. According to a national finding in the 2010 Census, “About one-half of those who identified their race as Asian alone had received a bachelor’s degree or higher, the highest proportion among the racial categories.”

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UNSEEN Shows What Happens When We Look

UNSEEN Shows What Happens When We Look

Throughout our lives, when faced with a moment that is sure to produce pain, we often hear these words in an attempt to offer protection: “Don’t look and it won’t hurt.” If we don’t look, we avoid discomfort, shame, embarrassment, heartbreak, humiliation.

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Escape Into the Whimsical World of THE FANTASTICKS

Escape Into the Whimsical World of THE FANTASTICKS

At age eleven, I checked out THE FANTASTICKS CD from the public library and stole my oldest brother’s Discman to listen to it. In 2017, sitting in the intimate Blue Theatre, I was brought back to that joy and giddiness I felt sitting in the corner of my childhood bedroom humming “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.”

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