Film, Film & TV, Review

Review: Tension and Gendered Power Dynamics Permeate Kitty Green’s Australian Outback Drama The Royal Hotel

Inspired by Pete Gleeson’s 2016 documentary about two Finnish backpackers, Hotel Coolgardie, the latest from director/co-writer Kitty Green (The Assistant), The Royal Hotel, concerns a pair of Canadian best friends […]

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Circus, Stages

Actors Gymnasium’s Annual Circus in Progress

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By Johanna Vargas “Inspired to build new neural pathways”; that is precisely the mission with which I left Circus in Progress, The Actors Gymnasium’s annual fundraiser. The cabaret-style circus art showcase […]

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Stages

Magic is Bedazzling with The Illusionists

Seven magical dudes calling themselves the Illusionists have descended in a cloud of laser-augmented smoke upon Chicago this week at the Oriental Theatre, and their show is spectacular, of course. […]

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Stages, Theater Festival

Meet the Puppet Master of the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

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The 2nd annual Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival is about to be unleashed upon Chicago just in time to distract us from the deep freeze of winter. Playing at multiple […]

Kim Campbell /
Circus, Stages

Stacey Comes Home: We Interview an Artist from Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk

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Stacey Magiera is a gymnast turned circus artist who shows her incredible versatility by playing three different characters in Cirque du Soleil’s new show Toruk, which is coming to United […]

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Art & Museums, Beyond, Photography

Chicago Pride is Stronger than Ever: Photo Journal by Chris Riha

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Chris Riha is Third Coast Review’s new staff photographer. One thing I’ve noticed I can count on Chris for is that if something is happening in Chicago, he will be […]

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Comedy, Stages, Theater

Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love at the Apollo Theatre: Symbols Lost

I walked into the premier of the Comrades’ production of Mary-Kate Olsen Is in Love, knowing that it would be a quirky one, hence the title. I thought I would […]

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Stages, Theater

Kokandy’s “Heathers: The Musical” Is Your New Best Friend and Worst Enemy

Look: No one wants to be the person who says that Heathers: The Musical works. You shouldn’t be able to take a cult classic movie, throw in a few snappy […]

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Stages, Theater

Marc Salem’s Mind Over Chicago- Magic or science?

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Skeptical Chicagoans piled in to the Apollo Theater Saturday night to see a mentalist in action, and there he was, reading minds and taking notes. A mentalist of course is […]

Kim Campbell /
Dance, Stages, Theater

Danztheatre’s Bindis Has Heart in Right Place

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Bindis and Bruises, Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble’s latest offering in their 15th season, aims to shed light on issues of domestic and dating violence, with a specific focus on the Indian-American community. […]

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Opera, Stages

Lyric Opera’s Romeo and Juliet: A Haberdasher’s Delight

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“Do we really need to see Romeo and Juliet again?” asked the Lyric Opera’s pre-opening speaker. “Well, yeah,” he replied, especially during the city-wide “Shakespeare 400 Chicago” celebration, the Year of […]

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Stages, Theater

Director Munby Mines Humor in Modern Othello at Chicago Shakes

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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 […]

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