Stages, Theater

Raven Theatre’s A Loss of Roses: Quiet Portrait of 1933 Small-Town America

  William Inge’s A Loss of Roses at Raven Theatre explores the lives of three people in a small Kansas town in Depression-era 1933. The play, directed by Cody Estle, […]

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Stages, Theater

Broadway in Chicago’s If/Then Is a Type-A Musical Wonderland

There are many reasons why one would want to root for Broadway in Chicago’s If/Then. For one, it’s not a riff on, say, a ’90s Disney film or Andrew Lloyd […]

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Stages

Doo Wop Shoo Bop Highlights ’50s Artists @ Black Ensemble Theater

At the open of the 40th anniversary season, this past Sunday afternoon the Black Ensemble Theater in Uptown was hopping as the ensemble cast of Doo Wop Shoo Bop revisited […]

Kim Campbell /
Comedy, Stages, Theater

That’s (Still) Weird, Grandma! Barrel of Monkeys’ Weekly Show Is Back

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An ensemble member walks across the stage at The Neofuturarium to introduce the next short play in the line-up. She gives us the name of the author and what elementary […]

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Dance, Stages

Urban Bush Women Wow with “Walking with ‘Trane”

This past weekend, the New York-based Urban Bush Women dance company went on an explorative journey through the music, spirit and life of John Coltrane-and took Chicago audiences along for […]

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Stages, Theater

Cocked Not Done By Halves

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It is perhaps no accident that Cocked, a play about many things, but chief among them gun violence, takes place in Victory Gardens Theater, which is located in the Biograph […]

Kim Campbell /
Stages, Theater

Goodman Takes on Bolaño’s 2666: It’s Extreme Theater and a Beautiful Mess

The Goodman Theatre’s new production of 2666, adapted from the massive novel by the late Roberto Bolaño, takes five stories and threads them loosely together with a couple of mysteries […]

Nancy S Bishop /
Circus, Stages

Marnie & Phil: A Circus Love Letter Melds Circus with Theater

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  The Actors Gymnasium has always made a point of adding theater and music to their circus productions, long before contemporary circus made it a trend. But in Marnie & […]

Kim Campbell /
Beyond, Stages, Theater

Sister Act Gets The Marriott Theatre Dancing

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It’s always interesting to see productions in the round at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. Set design must be creative and lightweight, and the actors’ movements on the square stage […]

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Stages, Theater

Tympanic’s “Blueberry Toast” Finds Itself Having To Scrape Off Its Burnt Edges

If you had a sinking suspicion that, hey, maybe Tympanic Theatre Company’s Blueberry Toast is not about fruity breads and Eggo waffles and a celebration of domestic bliss over an […]

Lauren Garcia /
Stages, Theater

The Flick at Steppenwolf: Reel Love Becomes Real Life in a Rundown Movie Theater

Annie Baker’s Pulitzer-winning script for The Flick, newly opened at Steppenwolf Theatre, gives us a chance to get to know three people, underpaid workers in a movie theater in Worcester […]

Nancy S Bishop /
Stages, Theater

All the World’s a Stage is Emotional and Entertaining

It’s difficult to turn your life– and your pain– into art. Too often it ends up being therapy– good for you, but not necessarily good for the audience. But All […]

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