Sleek CHICAGO Has Plenty of Polish But Lacks Grit

Sleek CHICAGO Has Plenty of Polish But Lacks Grit

The national tour of CHICAGO that arrived at Broadway In Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre Tuesday night has glimmers of the shine and glitz at the heart of this musical about Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly’s ruthless journey towards fame and notoriety—timely themes that have allowed the current Broadway revival to play on for two decades.

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Keeping Magic Relevant in the 21st Century

Keeping Magic Relevant in the 21st Century

Wonder and amazement through secrecy, surprise, and trickery are difficult to pull off these days. We may not know how a magic trick works, but we comprehend enough about how magicians dupe us not to be surprised by another version of sawing a lady in half or the cups and balls.

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A PIECE OF MY HEART Full of Originality, Grace, and Depth

A PIECE OF MY HEART Full of Originality, Grace, and Depth

As a woman, telling your emotional story in a male dominated society is hard. This story is even harder to tell when you are a woman working in the US Army in Vietnam, and there are people dying all around you.

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LITTLE SHOP Makes for A Delectable Evening on Skid Row

LITTLE SHOP Makes for A Delectable Evening on Skid Row

American Blues Theater’s triumphant LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS will have Chicago audiences clamoring to head downtown to Skid Row. This intimately staged production has a full sound (with music director Austin Cook leading a four-piece band, you can feel the vibrations of the bass in the floor) and provides an all-encompassing, fully entertaining spectacle.

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ONCE IN A LIFETIME – A Masterclass at Strawdog

ONCE IN A LIFETIME – A Masterclass at Strawdog

Kaufman & Hart’s 1930’s comedy ONCE IN A LIFETIME stands strong on its own and is also a wonderful tribute to the work that they’ve accomplished in that space.

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DEATH OF A STREETCAR Is a Non-Stop Laugh Riot

DEATH OF A STREETCAR Is a Non-Stop Laugh Riot

However you get there, alone or in packs, get ye hence to Writers Theater before Blanche and that “rattle-trap street-car bangs through the Quarter…” for the last time.

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MIKE MOTHER Leaves Open Wounds in Its Wake

MIKE MOTHER Leaves Open Wounds in Its Wake

In the spirit of non-illusory theater (The Neo-futurists pioneered this genre in 1988), I’d like to submit a meta-assessment. MIKE MOTHER weaves in and out of the present moment and current reality, leaving in its wake open wounds, left gaping so they can be pointed at and acknowledged that they gape on purpose by their poetic author, all of it charged by the electricity coming off of a very energetic opening night crowd. The Neos’ community knows best about the strength and vulnerability required for their brand of immediacy.

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DRY LAND is Expertly Crafted at Rivendell

DRY LAND is Expertly Crafted at Rivendell

This play begs for education, support and advocacy for young women. I’ve been hoping for a play like this for a long time and I didn’t want it to end.

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Porchlight Revisits CHESS Can Handily Declare Checkmate

Porchlight Revisits CHESS Can Handily Declare Checkmate

For musical theater die-hards (like myself), Porchlight Music Theatre’s concert reading of CHESS—a three-night-only engagement as part of the Porchlight Revisits series—is simply delightful.

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IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES Deserves Our Attention

IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES Deserves Our Attention

Memories are beautiful moments that awake our purpose for living. It is not easy to memorialize the story of the Mirabal sisters and the volatile history of the Dominican people during the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. However, Caridad Svich writes a symphonic liberation of Julia Álvarez’s renowned novel IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES.

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