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 […]

Nancy S Bishop /
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 […]

Doug Mose /
Stages, Theater

Review: Goodman Theatre Continues a Fine Holiday Tradition with A Christmas Carol

The Goodman Theatre’s 46th annual production of A Christmas Carol is the kickoff to the holiday season in Chicago. The last time I saw it was over 12 years ago […]

Kathy D. Hey /
Stages, Theater

Review: Milwaukee Pays Tribute to Hometown Legend in Liberace!

While Chicago can lay claim to many headliners of the past, only Milwaukee had a major influence in the life of a piano prodigy who eventually became known as a […]

Anne Siegel /
Stages, Theater

Review: The Conspirators Create Bizarre and Brilliant Magic in COMMEDIA DIVINA: It’s Worse Than That

Ask a few actors about their childhoods and you start to notice patterns. “My siblings and I made costumes and put on silly plays for our parents,” is a common […]

Adam Kaz /
Stages, Theater

Review: Witch by Artistic Home Uses a 17th Century Story to Question Our Hope for the Future

“Where do we go from here? Can we imagine a better world? Or is it time to burn it all down and start over?” That’s part of the opening speech […]

Nancy S Bishop /
Broadway, Review, Stages, Theater

Review: Beetlejuice Exhausts More Than It Entertains, and Audiences Don’t Seem to Mind

Like movie theater blockbusters and best-selling fiction franchises, Broadway has its own version of the audience vs. critic debate, where the biggest commercial successes are often the ones least likely […]

Lisa Trifone /
Stages, Theater

Review: At Timeline Theatre, The Lifespan of a Fact Dramatizes a Contentious Search for Accuracy

An eager young intern for a famous magazine agrees to take on a new, fast turnaround assignment: fact-checking an important essay by a famous writer. The essay is to be […]

Nancy S Bishop /
Stages, Theater

Review: At Madison’s Forward Theater, the Cooks Are Still Serving Time at Clyde’s

At first glance, one may have trouble seeing the beauty in Clyde’s, penned by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage. In the commercial kitchen of a truck stop diner, life seems […]

Anne Siegel /
Stages, Theater

Review: Steppenwolf’s POTUS Follows a Manic Day in the Life of the Real White House VIPs—the Female Staff

This review and the final dialog are written by theater critics Nancy Bishop and Kim Campbell.  POTUS is ostensibly a play about the President of the United States, in which […]

Third Coast Review Staff /
Stages, Theater

Review: Chicago Shakespeare Sparks Love and Joy With Twelfth Night

“If music be the food of love, play on.” (Duke Orsino, Act I, Twelfth Night) At its center, Twelfth Night is a story about love. Falling in love, out of love, and everything in […]

Lauren Katz /
Broadway, Circus, Stages, Theater

Review: Not Much Warmth in This Chilly Touring Production of Company

The American musical theater has been graced with another revival of Company, Stephen Sondheim’s and George Furth’s 1970 musical about our basic human need for togetherness. In this 2021 Broadway […]

Anne Siegel /