Stages, Theater

Director Munby Mines Humor in Modern Othello at Chicago Shakes

Picture of the author

British director Jonathan Munby finds the humor amidst the racism and uxoricide in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s “Shakespeare 400 Chicago” production of Othello. For a play that starts with the curses […]

Karin McKie /
Stages, Theater

MCA’s Table Top Shakespeare is CliffsNotes with Cans and Bottles

Picture of the author

Blake said: “To see a world in a grain of sand / And a Heaven in a wild flower / Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand / And […]

Karin McKie /
Stages, Theater

Broken Nose Theatre’s A Phase Captures 20-Something Exploration and Transformation

A Phase is an original play written by Broken Nose Theatre Associate Artistic Director Elise Spoerlein which tells the story of Sam, played by Spoerlein, who moves to a new (and crappy) apartment […]

Brianna Kratz /
Stages, Theater

New Country’s Music City Story Is Raucous Comedy With a Heart

Picture of the author

  New Country at the Den Theatre is great entertainment before or after a dinner at one of Wicker Park’s many Milwaukee Avenue restaurants. It’s a short, snappy comedy with […]

Nancy S Bishop /
Stages, Theater

The Compass: Guiding the Way in a Tech-Dependent Era

Picture of the author

When going to the theater, you have to make quite a few decisions. What will you wear? How will you get there, by Uber or train? Will you go out […]

Kim Campbell /
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, […]

Nancy S Bishop /
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 […]

Lauren Garcia /
Comedy, Stages, Theater

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

Picture of the author

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 […]

Guest Author /
Stages, Theater

Cocked Not Done By Halves

Picture of the author

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 /
Beyond, Stages, Theater

Sister Act Gets The Marriott Theatre Dancing

Picture of the author

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 […]

Zach Blumenfeld /
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 /