Review, Stages, Theater

Review: Bottled Spiders and Blood Splatter in Chicago Shakespeare’s Richard III 

Now is the unseasonably warm winter of our discontent, and Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s new artistic director Edward Hall helms his first production on Navy Pier. Tony Award-nominated track and field […]

Karin McKie /
Stages, Theater

Review: Chicago Shakespeare’s Illinoise Inspires, Electrifies

Maybe one of the essential hallmarks of truly great art is the way it inspires others to produce creative efforts of their own. And that is nowhere more true than […]

Doug Mose /
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 /
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 /
Stages, Theater

Review: Wuthering Heights at Chicago Shakes Deftly Adapts Brontë’s Dense Novel with Innovation, Palpable Passion

Since its publication in 1847, Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights has been adapted into numerous film versions, but only a few brave souls have tried to wrangle her complicated, multi-generational story […]

Lisa Trifone /
Stages, Theater

Review: Chicago Shakes’ Measure for Measure, a Dark Comedy, Becomes an Adventure in Havana

Director Henry Godinez sets up his Havana-set Measure for Measure with a colorful nightclub scene, including singers and chorus girls, and closes it with a nod to the Cuban revolution […]

Nancy S Bishop /
Stages, Theater

Review: The Notebook, a Sentimental Tale, Arrives Refurbished With Song and Dance at Chicago Shakespeare

The Notebook is a love story, told over three stages of the lifetime of its lovers, Allie and Noah. The beloved book by Nicholas Sparks was turned into a 2004 […]

Nancy S Bishop /
Preview, Stages, Talk show, Theater

Dialogs: Two Artists Discuss Developing The Notebook for Chicago Shakespeare in American Writers Museum Event

It may seem a daunting task to take on developing the stage version of a beloved book and film, with thousands of fans. Singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson and playwright/screenwriter Bekah Brunstetter […]

Nancy S Bishop /
Review, Stages, Theater

Review: It Came from Outer Space Is an Irreverent Good Time at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

From its home base at the far end of Navy Pier, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater routinely presents some of the best independent live theater in the city. In between innovative […]

Lisa Trifone /
Stages, Theater

Review: Shana Cooper’s Direction Adds Zest to All’s Well That Ends Well at Chicago Shakespeare

Helen is a bright, attractive young woman, but, sad to say, she’s not royal. So Bertram/Count of Rossillion, the man she loves for reasons not clear, scorns her. The daughter […]

Nancy S Bishop /
Stages, Theater, Virtual

Review: Chicago Shakes Brings TM, a One-on-One Virtual Experience That Asks if You’re a Good Enough Person

Are you a good person? In TM, one spectator and one actor meet; the actor takes the spectator through a series of questions and exercises to determine if the spectator […]

Nancy S Bishop /
Stages, Theater

Review: Ben Scrooge Gets Jiggy in Q Brothers Christmas Carol at Chicago Shakes

What is this madness? Ebenezer Scrooge is alive in the Millennium and just as un-PC and crotchety as ever. Q Brothers Christmas Carol, directed by Q Brothers Collective members JQ […]

Kathy D. Hey /