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 /
Film, Film & TV, Review

Review: Knives and Skin Is a Chicago-made Surreal Coming of Age Tale

Knives and Skin

Not to be confused with Knives Out, though sharing some thematic DNA with Rian Johnson’s earlier film, Brick, Knives and Skin is a stylized, teen noir meditation on suburban stagnation, […]

Matthew Nerber /
Review, Stages, Theater

Review: Weird and Wonderful, Witch at Writers is an Intellectual Halloween Treat

I really like Jen Silverman. Steppenwolf just premiered her strange buddy comedy The Roommate after a successful run at the Humana Festival. It was touching and surprising, with outstanding performances from Ora […]

Matthew Nerber /
Stages, Theater

Steppenwolf’sYou Got Older Succeeds as a Quietly Realized Family Story

After seeing Steppenwolf’s Chicago premiere of Clare Barron’s poignant play, You Got Older, I felt the need to text my sister. Much like Barron’s protagonist, Mae (Caroline Neff), my sister, […]

Brent Eickhoff /
Stages, Theater

Sparse, Specific Kill Floor at ATC a Thrilling Character Study

American Theater Company‘s Midwest premiere of playwright Abe Koogler’s contemporary drama Kill Floor is a searing character study in desperation and the search for meaningful connection. Set in a small town in […]

Brent Eickhoff /