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Brent Eickhoff

ARTICLES: 47
Review, Stages, Theater

Mercury Theater’s Avenue Q Remount a Welcome Return for 2018

Since it first premiered in 2003, the hot-button topics of the puppet-based musical, Avenue Q, seem to have only become hotter and hotter. Racism, homophobia, even post-graduate, millennial strife seem […]

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Interview: From Sesame Street to Broadway–Puppeteer Rick Lyon Reflects on a Life in Puppetry and Avenue Q

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Mercury Theater Chicago’s upcoming production of Avenue Q, a remount of the Tony award-winning musical that shattered box office records for the theater in 2014, features an exciting addition this […]

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Review, Stages, Theater

Goodman Theatre’s Father Comes Home from the Wars: an American Epic

Inspired by the tales of Homer, Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2, and 3) explores issues of loyalty and freedom during the Civil War. The […]

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Stages, Theater

Northlight’s Beauty Queen of Leenane A Quietly Devastating Dark Comedy

Northlight Theatre’s production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Martin McDonagh’s quietly devastating dark comedy, takes place in the provincial town of Leenane. Directed by B.J. Jones, the Tony Award-winning […]

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Review, Stages, Theater

Lookingglass Theatre’s Plantation! Views Reparations Through Farcical Lens

Plantation!, now receiving its world premiere in a production at Lookingglass Theatre directed by David Schwimmer, is a comedic take on race and reparations in the 21st century. Written by […]

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Stages, Theater

Steppenwolf’sYou Got Older Succeeds as a Quietly Realized Family Story

After seeing Steppenwolf’s Chicago premiere of Clare Barron’s poignant play, You Got Older, I felt the need to text my sister. Much like Barron’s protagonist, Mae (Caroline Neff), my sister, […]

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Stages, Theater

Strawdog Theatre’s Pillars of the Community Questions the Self-Interest of Leaders

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Pillars of the Community, adapted by Samuel Adamson from Henrik Ibsen’s 1877 work, The Pillars of Society, is one of Ibsen’s lesser performed works. According to scholars, Ibsen struggled to […]

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Steppenwolf’s BLKS Celebrates the Chaos of Friendship and Adulthood

BLKS, poet Aziza Barnes’ foray into playwriting, is a funny, insightful and honest look into the lives of four, 20-something black women living in New York City. Forged with humor […]

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Firebrand Theatre’s Lizzie Is Delicious Rock-and-Roll Catharsis

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Sitting in the audience at the thoroughly impeccable Chicago premiere of Lizzie, it is easy to forget that this production is also the Chicago premiere of the newly christened Firebrand […]

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Lookingglass’ Hard Times a Dickensian Circus

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Published in 1854, Charles Dickens’ Hard Times – For These Times satirizes English society in its depiction of economic and social hardship in a fictitious industrial town in Victorian England […]

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Victory Gardens Stages Stalwart Chicago Production of Fun Home

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Director Gary Griffin has been having a field day in Chicago. In the past two theater seasons alone, he has had the task of shepherding several high-profile Broadway productions from […]

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Black Button Eyes Productions’ Shockheaded Peter Has More Style Than Substance

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Presented at the Athenaeum Theatre by Black Button Eyes Productions, Shockheaded Peter presents a series of gruesome vignettes adapted from a German book entitled The Struwwelpeter, written in 1845 by […]

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