Dance, Stages, Theater

Review: A Harlem Reverie in Sugar Hill: the Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker

Harlem. The name evokes a sense of place, time, and for some, the halcyon days of the Harlem Renaissance. Sugar Hill is a section of Harlem where the strivers lived, […]

Kathy D. Hey /
Stages, Theater

Review: Northlight Theatre Brings Thrilling Murder Mystery to the Holiday Season with Dial M for Murder

Money, fear, jealousy, revenge, and protecting someone you love. These are the five top motives for murder, according to Maxine Hadley (Elizabeth Laidlaw), a murder mystery writer who is about […]

Lauren Katz /
Circus, Stages, Theater

Review: Cirque du Soleil Performs a Holiday Thrill Ride in ‘Twas the Night Before

As we were making our way to the Chicago Theatre on Thursday, my friend asked me how I thought Cirque du Soleil was going to pull off their feats of […]

Kathy D. Hey /
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 […]

Doug Mose /
Stages, Theater

Review: Black Ensemble Theater Celebrates 47 Years of The Other Cinderella

I cannot believe that 47 years have passed since the premiere performance of The Other Cinderella. Jackie Taylor came out of Cabrini Green and has emerged as a Chicago legend. […]

Kathy D. Hey /
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 […]

Doug Mose /
Stages, Theater

Review: Red Theater’s Caveman Play Tells Its Story via a Playful Dialogue With the Audience

Review by Anthony Neri. Nothing about the set of Caveman Play is very primal. Yes, there is a fire in the center of what is presumably a cave, but it crackles silently […]

Guest Author /
Children's theater, Stages, Theater

Review: Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas Tells an Adorable Holiday Story with a Menagerie of Puppets

Much of the theater on offer this month involves a nutcracker or Christmas ghosts. And we have you covered on those performances. But if you are looking for something different in […]

Nancy S Bishop /
Stages, Theater

Review: Hell in a Handbag Serves up a Holiday Parody with The Golden Girls Save Christmas

The Golden Girls sitcom is in perpetual rotation on television it seems. It’s late at night and sometimes simultaneously on two channels as an alternative to the news. It presaged […]

Kathy D. Hey /
Stages, Theater

Review: Ride the Whale Road with the Sweet Scottish Folk Musical Islander

As part of its WorldStage series, Chicago Shakespeare Theater brings the lyrical tale Islander, a folk-inspired musical soundscape from Scotland, to the Windy City after an acclaimed off-Broadway run and […]

Karin McKie /
Burlesque, Stages, Theater

Review: The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque Is a Ribald Revival of an Art Form

Burlesque combines circus, vaudeville, opera, and theater for the so-called common folk. The art is derived from classical composers and theater performers as far back as the mid-19th century. One […]

Kathy D. Hey /
Stages, Theater

Review: Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol Sparks Holiday Magic and Joy

“These are but shadows of things that have been.” Those familiar with A Christmas Carol may recognize this haunting line from the Ghost of Christmas Past. The Ghost takes Ebenezer […]

Lauren Katz /