‘OCTOBER SKY’ Soars @ Marriott

Theater Review by Rand Ringgenberg, August 28, 2015

3.5 out Of 4 stars

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Although it has become commonplace in the world of musical theatre to turn a hit movie into a musical, the results certainly do not always produce a...
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Stage Left Theatre announces Downstage Left Residency recipients for Season 34.

Stage Left Theatre announces the recipients of the Downstage Left Playwright Residencies for Season 34. Residencies are designed to help playwrights take a project from the conceptual stage all the way to a production-ready script. Playwrights work closely with ensemble directors and members of the literary team to design a process tailored for the particular...
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“This House Believes” @ Oracle Theatre

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce, August 25, 2015

Rating 2 stars out of 4

Oracle06“This house believes the American Dream is at the expense of the American Negro” exists as both the title of Oracle Theatre’s production (adapted and directed by Zachary Baker-Salmon) and...
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Concert reading features new Boublil and Schönberg musical

LRF Logo_300x225A workshop and concert reading of the new musical “La Révolution Française,” written by the Tony Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated writing team Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (“Les Misérables,” “Miss Saigon,” “The Pirate Queen”), will be held at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 28 at...
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Chicago Dramatists Names Meghan Beals Artistic Director

  Megan BChicago Dramatists is pleased to announce that it has officially named Meghan Beals its new Artistic Director. Known for her progressive approach to theatre and strong advocacy for artistic vision and new work, this popular Chicago-based director is implementing exciting strategies and programs to take Chicago...
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The Universal Wolf @ Trap Door Theatre

Theatre Review by Melissa Wiley

3 out of 4 stars

DSC_3529 Little Red Riding Hood was a gift from the gods to burlesque theatre. Actually it was a gift from Charles Perrault, a French author who told the tale before the Brothers Grimm. How do I...
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Redtwist Announces New Company Members

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Redtwist Theatre is thrilled to announce the addition of six new company members for the 15-16 season and beyond. Director Scott Weinstein has joined the company, as well as five actors: Adam Bitterman; Abby Dillion; Matt Edmonds; Ben Kirberger; Sarah Sapperstein.
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‘Stupid Fucking Bird’ is a FUCKING Riot

Theatre Review by Taylor Wisham, August 10, 2015

Rating 4 stars out of 4

  Anton Chekov. A name that has had an incredible impact on theatre as we know it. Here is a man who dedicated time and in order to showcase the universally human experience through both tragedy and humor. His impact...
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“We Gotta Bingo” @ Chicago Theater Works

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce, August 4, 2015

Rating 2 Stars Out of 4

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Full Cast with band from L-R: (Row One)  Jessica Scott (Darla), Merrick Robison (Bucky),Sheila O’Connor( Franny), (Row 2) Gary Smiley (Fr. Duncan), Jerome R. Marzullo (Rudy), Mollie...
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LOUNGING

Feature article by Rand Ringgenberg, July 23, 2015

Rand 1They say you should write what you know and in Jim Blair’s case that is certainly what he has done with his world premier work Lounging, currently running at the Raven Theatre. After two staged readings and...
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Fifteen Breaths @The Greenhouse Theatre

Theater Review by Jazmine Joyce, July 26, 2015

 Rating 4 stars out 4

15Breaths-5Fifteen Breaths, written by About Face Youth Theatre’s ensemble and directed by Ali Hoefnagel was, in short, a tale that needed to be told. The play's main characters Harold, a young gay...
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“[Title of Show]” @ Brown Paper Box Co.

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce, July 24, 2015

Rating 3 Stars Out of 4

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(left to right) Matt Frye, Neala Barron, Anna Schutz, and Yando Lopez in Brown Paper Box Co.’s [title of show]. Photo by CB Lindsey.
The concept for [Title of Show] is...
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The power of love is life changing!

Theater Review by  Sally Jo Osborne, July 19, 2015

Rating 3 Stars Out Of 4

mQqwV9wS7cjB0DFDQT1DxYsfuoaYteWs4oH6rU_OSZ0 Marc Robin adds a creative spin on the classic fairytale musical of Pinocchio.  The theater was filled with excited children using their outdoor voices on Sunday morning anticipating...

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Loving Repeating @ Kokandy Productions

Theater Review John Owen Glines, July 22, 2015

Rating 4 Stars Out Of 4

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(left to right) Emily Goldberg as Alice B. Toklas, Amanda Giles as Young Gertrude and Caron Buinis as Gertrude Stein  Photo by Michael Brosilow.

Walking into Kokandy’s Loving Repeating, it’s difficult not...

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Brilliant Adventures @ Steep Theatre

Theater Review by Melissa Wiley, July 20, 2015

3.5 stars out of 4

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Edward Jackson, Ryan McBride, Brandon Rivera
How do you escape a bad situation? If you have a time machine sitting in the corner of your apartment, the answer is almost too...
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Whatever @ The Side Project

Theatre Review by Taylor Wisham, July 18, 2015

2.5 out of 4

Whatever 5 - Lockman - MelonIn a time where the tension between generation X and Y is seemingly stronger than ever, Robert Tenges’ Whatever reminds us that we’re not all that different after...
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“Grand Concourse” @ Steppenwolf Theatre

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce

Rating 3 stars out of 4

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 (left to right) Ensemble member Mariann Mayberry (Shelley), Victor Almanzar (Oscar) and Brittany Uomoleale (Emma) in Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s production of Grand Concourse. Credit: Michael Brosilow
Watching a character of faith...
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Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID @ Chicago Shakespeare

Theater Review by Sally Jo Osborne, July 11, 2015

Rating 4 Stars Out Of 4

[caption id="attachment_7985" align="aligncenter" width="604"]CST_MERMAID_01_LizLauren Ariel (center, Rachel Eskenazi-Gold) and her loyal friends Flounder (left, Matthew Uzarraga) and Sebastian (right, Joseph Anthony Byrd).[/caption] Directed and choreographed by Rachel Rockwell, The Little Mermaid is...
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Fugue @ Theatre Momentum

Theater Review by John Owen Glines, July 13, 2015 3.5 out of 4 stars (null)To hear Theatre Momentum describe it, Fugue is “Four one-act plays improvised in harmony.” Four plays, occurring on stage at the same time; climaxing at different points, weaving in and out of each other both...
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Bard Fiction @ Commedia Beauregard

Theatre Review by Melissa Wiley, July 13, 2015

Rating 2.5 Stars Out of 4

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(left to right) Josh Zagoren and Jackie Davies in Commedia Beauregard’s production of BARD FICTION by Ben Tallen, Aaron Greer and Brian Watson-Jones, directed by Christopher Kidder-Mostrom.  Photo by Michael Brosilow.
Here’s the extent of my memories of Pulp Fiction: John Travolta had gotten...
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Kinky Boots @ Broadway In Chicago

Theater Review Angela Allyn, July 8, 2015

3.5 Stars out of 4

Photo1_KinkyBootsTour_PhotobyMatthewMurphy (1)It’s ironic and probably tragic that the long slow death of the British manufacturing economy has spawned a genre of multi million dollar musicals: from the Full Monty to Billy Elliot, to...
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War of the Worlds @ Gorilla Tango Theater

Theater review by Kerstin Broockmann, July 9, 2015

3.5 stars out of 4

War of the WorldsI am recommending that anyone who has a $12 and just over an hour to spare head over to Gorilla Tango Theatre to see Robert Eric Shoemaker’s new adaptation...
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Jihad @ Genesis Theatrical Productions

Theater review by Kerstin Broockmann, July 6, 2015

Rating 2 stars out of 4

[caption id="attachment_7950" align="alignleft" width="116"]Jihad 2 Tricia Rogers[/caption] Stephanie Liss’s Jihad , now receiving its premiere under the auspices of Genesis Theatrical Productions at Theatre Wit, does not claim to offer a balanced perspective;...
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‘Good People,’ Good Time @Redtwist Theatre

Theater Review by Jazmine Joyce, June 27, 2015

 Rating 3 stars out 4

SONY DSC Everyone loves a story that they can right away relate to. Good People, written by David Lindsay-Abaire, and directed by Matt Hawkins, first introduces its audience with a blue-collar worker and her...
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My Girlfriend is the Devil @ The Conservatory

Theater Review by Brandon M. Prosek, June 27th, 2015

Rating 3.5 stars out of 4

devile 1Throughout my time living in Chicago I would always hear about “hole in the wall” theaters that are hidden around the city with interesting tales. Some little theaters are...
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“Minotaur” @ Forget Me Not Theatre Company

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce

Rating 2.5 stars out of 4

Photo 1-FMN-MinotaurWorkshop productions are an important step for any new play. It gives the playwright a chance to, sometimes for the first time, see their work interpreted and performed. In handing the show...
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A ‘Storm’ of Sound and Movement @ Walkabout Theater Company and Moon Full

Theater Review by Kerstin Broockmann, June 18, 2015

Rating 3 Stars Out of 4

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(pictured) Anirudh Nair as Ariel (center) and the ensemble of Walkabout Theater Company and Moon Fool’s Chicago premiere of STORM, adapted from William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, directed by Anna-Helena McLean. Photo by Matthew Gregory Hollis.
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Goldfish @ Route 66 Theatre

Theater Review by Conor McShane and Leslie Hull, June 20, 2015

 Rating 3 Stars Out of 4

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(left to right) Alex Stage and Francis Guinan in Route 66 Theatre Company’s GOLDFISH by John Kolvenbach, directed by Damon Kiely.  Photo by Rob...
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Heavenly ‘CITY OF ANGELS’ @ Marriott

Theatre Review by Rand Ringgenberg, June 20, 2015

4 out Of 4 stars

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Elizabeth Lanza, Cassie Slater, Devin DeSantis, Michael Mahler, Patrick-Lane
City of Angels, the 1989 Tony Award winning best musical, happens to be...
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