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Doug Mose

ARTICLES: 29
Stages, Theater

Review: Goodman Theatre’s Matchbox Magic Flute Is a Tiny Enchantment

Great works of art come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, they are vast and sweeping, like the Sistine Chapel or Anna Karenina; and sometimes they are tiny, like a […]

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Stages, Theater

Review: Court Theatre’s Antigone Asks the Old Questions for New Times

Every time an old play is revived, it inhabits two dimensions—the time of its writing and the time of its revival. You can’t exactly call a restaging of a 2,400+ […]

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Stages, Theater

Review: Chicago Shakespeare’s Illinoise Inspires, Electrifies

Maybe one of the essential hallmarks of truly great art is the way it inspires others to produce creative efforts of their own. And that is nowhere more true than […]

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Stages, Theater

Review: Porchlight’s Anything Goes—Delightful… Delovely

Get your tickets and grab your seats. On the relatively small stage at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Porchlight Music Theatre is putting on a big, big show: […]

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Broadway, Stages, Theater

Review: Boop! The Betty Boop Musical Sizzles Thanks to Its Star—But Its Plot Fizzles

What do you say about a priceless diamond in a shabby setting? That it shines brilliantly, no thanks to what surrounds it—a dull distraction than can, by contrast, sometimes make […]

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Stages, Theater

Review: Blank Theatre’s Promises, Promises a Holiday Delight

In 1960, when Eisenhower was still president and what we think of as “the ’60s”… counter culture… protests… civil unrest… had yet to really begin, Billy Wilder and his screenwriting […]

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Broadway, Stages, Theater

Review: Broadway in Chicago’s The Wiz Casts a Magic Spell

Just about halfway between MGM’s (and Judy Garland’s) immortal The Wizard of Oz and Broadway’s current box-office smash Wicked, there was another musical retelling of L. Frank Baum’s classic American […]

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Stages, Theater

Review: Raven Theatre’s Night Watch Has Vivid Costumes, Pallid Performances

Caftans!!!… Statement Jewelry!!!… Plot-driven Thrillers on Stage!!!… Yes, it’s the ’70s again at Raven Theatre as they present the first show of their 41st season—a revival of Lucille Fletcher’s woman-in-peril […]

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Stages, Talk show

Dialogs: Keegan-Michael and Elle Key at the Chicago Humanities Festival—Building Connections One Joke at a Time

Explaining a joke is like dissecting a frog, E.B. White famously said: “the subject dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind.” […]

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Stages, Theater

Review: Gift Theatre’s The Rise and Fall of Little Voice Barely Registers

Thirty years ago, Jim Cartwright’s play The Rise and Fall of Little Voice made a big noise first on London’s West End and then on Broadway and at Steppenwolf Theatre. […]

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Stages, Storefront, Theater

Review: In Three Crows’ Beauty Queen of Leenane, McDonagh’s Dark Comedy Illuminates

Before last year’s The Banshees of Inisherin… before Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri… before In Bruges… before all the Oscars noms and Tony nods Irish playwright Martin McDonagh has racked […]

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Stages, Theater

Review: Broadway in Chicago’s Into the Woods Casts Its Splendid Magic

The latest incarnation of Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s storied musical fable, Into the Woods, is making a magical appearance at the Nederlander Theatre through May 7. Brought to town […]

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