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, […]

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Stages, Theater

Steppenwolf’s BLKS Celebrates the Chaos of Friendship and Adulthood

BLKS, poet Aziza Barnes’ foray into playwriting, is a funny, insightful and honest look into the lives of four, 20-something black women living in New York City. Forged with humor […]

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Art & Museums, Painting & sculpture

‘Winter Dreams’ Offers Timeless Views of Urban Landscapes @ Everybody’s Coffee

Bill Bartelt

It was another chilly evening in November. The air was damp, a cold wind was blowing off the lake, and darkness came too soon ― all the signs that winter is […]

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Stages, Theater

Halcyon Theatre’s Penny Gods Fails to Cash In on Promise

Halcyon Theatre’s world premiere of Callie Kimball’s play, Dreams of the Penny Gods, begins with a promising image. Thirteen-year-old Bug stands illuminated in candlelight, tying herself up in preparation for […]

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