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Review: Pride Arts Stages Shakespeare’s R & J, the Classic Romance, With a New Kind of Magic

Four young women actors, dressed in today’s version of a parochial school uniform (of this, more  later) mime a school day, beginning with their confessions. “Bless me, Father, for I have […]

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Stages, Storefront, Theater

Review: Red Orchid’s In Quietness Presents a Puzzling Story About Marriage and Conservative Religion

In Quietness at A Red Orchid Theatre asks a lot of its audience, especially an urban liberal (most likely) audience. The play pits feminism against fundamentalist religion. It asks us to  believe […]

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Stages, Storefront, Theater

Review: Mother Courage at Trap Door Theatre Brings Brecht’s Anti-War Rhetoric Home to the 21st Century

Bertolt Brecht’s 1939 play, Mother Courage and Her Children, is the greatest anti-war play of all time. Anti-war, anti-government and anti-capitalism, as we learn in the opening scene of this stirring […]

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Stages, Storefront, Theater

Review: Dario Fo’s Marxist Farce, Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!, by Gwydion Theatre Speaks to Our Economic Pains

Dario Fo’s 1974 Marxist farce, Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!, has plenty of messages for us in today’s era of inflationary prices. In its staging by Gwydion Theatre Company, we learn […]

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Stages, Storefront, Theater

Review: Rosenberg Tells the Story of the Lawyer Who Helped Prosecute the WWII Espionage Case

The truth doesn’t matter. That’s the premise and it’s repeated throughout the performance of Rosenberg, a new play being staged by Open Space Arts, and directed by Michael D. Graham. Set in […]

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Stages, Storefront, Theater

Review: Trap Door Stages the Stylish if Mystifying Play, The Pragmatists—Is It an Anti-War Play?

Two old friends, their bonds apparently fractured by despair at a collapsing world or something else entirely, meet again. One is artistic and the other is a practical man, a […]

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Stages, Storefront, Theater

Review: In Water People Theater’s North & Sur, Two Poets Meet—and Magic Happens

Dijo el cuervo, “nunca más.” That famous line of 19th century American poetry, “Quoth the Raven, Nevermore,” is a thread that runs through North & Sur, the new play being staged by […]

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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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Review: In Trap Door’s Dark Comedy, Bowie in Warsaw, a Strangler Prowls the City But the Starman Is Present Only in Spirit

Bowie in Warsaw isn’t really a play for David Bowie fans but it is an example of Trap Door Theatre’s ability to stage the work of Eastern European playwrights with Chicago […]

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Stages, Storefront, Theater

Review: Arthur Miller’s The Crucible Proves Both Historic and Prescient at Invictus Theatre

Religious and moral hypocrisy is a constant theme in the timeline of American history. There must always be an enemy or a caste created in order to feel superiority. Arthur […]

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Review: Teatro Vista’s The Dream King Takes Us on a Magical Musical Silent Adventure

In The Dream King by Teatro Vista, creator Marvin Quijada as Sam performs a magical if familiar story in movement and original music. It’s a “silent musical “ about a man in […]

Nancy S Bishop /
Stages, Storefront, Theater

Review: Lightning Strikes With The October Storm in Raven Theatre’s 40th Season Finale

The October Storm is the second in the Grand Boulevard Trilogy by playwright Joshua Allen. It is rare that I see echoes of my life so beautifully written and acted. […]

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