Get your Grinch on at The Chicago Theatre!

Theater Review by Sally Jo Osborne, November 24, 2014

Rating  4 Stars Out Of 4

One thing is clear and that is the Christmas season is upon us and what a better way to start the celebrating than a night out with The Grinch. Everyone...
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Astounding ‘Acrobaddict’ from Joe Putignano

Book Review by David Zak, November 22, 2014

3.5 Stars Out Of 4

Acro 1Joe Putignano’s Acrobaddict is tough to read and impossible to put down. And it could change your life. For anyone who has given up hope, this is remarkable story of survival...
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Strandline @ A Red Orchid

Theater Review by Lauren Sheely, November 21, 2014

2.5 stars out of 4

Ensemble Member Kirsten Fitzgerald and John Francis Babbo

Abbie Spallen’s Strandline, currently receiving a production at A Red Orchid Theatre, has great ambitions. Part mystery, part confessional, part black...

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METROPOLIS PRESENTS IRISH AMERICAN HERITAGE SINGERS

IrishChoirTony-RD2_7045-10x8-NewVersion2Metropolis Performing Arts Centre welcomes the Irish American Heritage Singers for a night of Irish and Christmas favorites in this spectacular concert on December 9, 2014. The Irish American Heritage Singers perform traditional Irish and Irish-American music including songs as well as music by contemporary Irish choral composers....
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‘Fagbug Nation’ on DVD

DVD Review by David Zak, November 18, 2014

Rating 2.5 Stars Out of 4Fagbug

Erin Davies’ life was literally upended when someone wrote ‘Fag’ on her car in 2007. She smartly took the initiative to get her car wrapped in a rainbow flag with ‘Fagbug’...
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Hope Finds ‘The Humans’ @ American Theatre Company

Theatre Review by Kevin Greene, November 17, 2014

Rating: 4 Stars out of 4

Hannah Dworkin (front) with Lance Baker, Kelly O'Sullivan. Photo by Michael Brosilov.
Of all the heroic, homey, dignified and dilapidated backdrops that great theatre has been staged around, there is...
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From Weird To Wonderful: Crumble @ Jackalope

Theater Review by David Zak, November 19, 2014

Rating 3.5 Stars Out Of 4

(L-R): Charlesanne Rabensburg, Tim Parker, Curtis Jackson, Kristen Magee
The holidays are NOT wonderful for many. There is too much pain, too many memories, and loved ones are missing from...
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Indirect and Blissful: Point and Shoot @ Cold Basement Dramatics

Theater Review by Kyle Whalen, November 18, 2014

3.5 out of 4 stars

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Mark Maxwell (Felix Mendelssohn), Carson Schroeder (Samuel Clarke), Alex Lavelle (John Locke) and Johnathan Wallace (Ephraim Lessing) in "Point and Shoot" produced by Cold Basement Dramatics.

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“Of Mice and Men” Broadcast at Northwestern

NT Live Mice and Men j.peg mage 2A critically-praised play based on Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck’s novella, about two displaced migrant ranch workers in the late 1930s, and a Bolshoi Ballet production of “La Bayadere” will be broadcast at Northwestern University in early December. On Read more

Clint Black at the Mac

ClintChart-topping country music legend Clint Black brings his Christmas show to the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) for one performance only Friday, Dec. 12, 8 p.m. This heartwarming concert features original Christmas songs and all of Black’s popular hits. Black burst onto the music scene...
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“The Third One” Sizzles from TLA Releasing

DVD Review by David Zak, November 18, 2014

Rating 3.5 Stars Out Of 4

Third 2Rodrigo Guerro’s film ‘The Third One’ is one of the sexiest, boldest films I have seen. It is a new release from TLA Video, and would make a perfect holiday...
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Hotel Aphrodite is Messy Fun @ Factory

Theater review by Kyle Whalen, November 18, 2014

3 out of 4 stars

Kevin Alves as Harry Bloodstone, and Jill Oliver as Lacy Bottom.
The Factory Theater’s new comedy Hotel Aphrodite, conceptualized by Allison Cain and written by Angela Martinez,...
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A Christmas Casualty @ Stage 773

 Theatre Review by Kevin Greene, November 16, 2014

Rating: 1 Star out of 4

tn-500_santaland7.jpg.pagespeed.ce.NNZHODb7NGIn our fair city of Chicago we are blessed with a wide network of professional actors, directors, writers and theatres producing, in many cases, industry-leading work. Elsewhere, there are regional playhouses...
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Tamer of Horses @ Teatro Vista

Theater review by Kerstin Broockmann, November 14, 2014

3 stars out 4

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(L to R) Juan Villa (Ty), Sari Sanchez (Georgiane) and Joshua Torrez (Hector)

Tamer of Horses by William Mastrosimone is about education, human nature, redemption and the limits...

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GUY LOMBARDO’S ROYAL CANADIANS WITH AL PIERSON

THE LONGEST RUNNING DANCE ORCHESTRA IN THE WORLD AT METROPOLIS  

GuyLombardoGuy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians with Al Pierson have performed throughout the world and now perform their hits at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre on December 15, 2014. The Lombardo Orchestra is the longest running dance orchestra in the...
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Stevie Wonder “Songs in the Key of Life” Concert

Music Review by Doug Long, 11/14/14

Stevie Wonder 8Motown legend Stevie Wonder reignited the Bicentennial glory of his landmark “Songs in the Key of Life” album Nov. 14 with a 3-hour concert at a packed United Center, with massive instrumental and vocal backing and all the...
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Misplaced Tragedy: “Iphigenia in Aulis” @ Court Theatre

 Theatre Review by Hector Pascual Alvarez, November 16, 2014

Rating 2.5 stars out of 4

Mark L. Montgomery, Sandra Marquez, Stephanie Andrea Barron. Photo by Michael Brosilow.
In 2011, Court Theater director Charles Newell gave us a miracle. It was called An Iliad, and...
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“Winter Memories” from Pride Films and Plays

WM1031Winter Memories is a showcase that will feature some of the best and brightest of Chicago's LGBT talent and allies, with musical accompaniment by Justin Harner and Robert Ollis and performers including PFP's ensemble members Kevin Webb, Libby Lane, Sam Button-Harrison, Jude Hansen and Donterrio Johnson as well...
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House Theatre of Chicago’s The Nutcracker @ Chopin Theatre

Theater Review by Sarah Frye, 11/14/14 Rating 3.5 stars out of 4

HouseTheatre_TheNutcracker2014_1Jaclyn Hennell as Clara and The Rat King Puppets by Dan Kerr-Hobart
The House Theatre of Chicago’s adaptation of The Nutcracker is a far cry from the dance-filled spectacle I am accustomed to. Going in I...
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A Christmas Story at the Theatre of Western Springs

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Ralphie Parker Eric Hardman of Darien Randy Parker Joey Dooley of Westmont The Old Man Jack Calvert of Western Springs Mother Susan Cardamone of Western Springs
The Theatre of Western Springs and The Children's Theatre of Western Springs present A Christmas Story: Jean Shepherd’s classic tale of one boy,...
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The Neo-Futurists welcome new Managing Director, Kendall Karg

KendallheadshotlargeKendall Karg has accepted the position of Managing Director with The Neo-Futurists, where she will focus new energy into the company's marketing, financial, and development initiatives. “From my very first experience with Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind to my initial conversations with artistic and board...
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INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED IRISH MUSICAL GROUP DANÚ

INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED IRISH MUSICAL GROUP DANÚ BRINGS GLORIOUS SOUND OF TRADITIONAL IRISH HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS TO THE MAC IN A CHRISTMAS GATHERING: FÉILE NA NOLLAG, SATURDAY, DEC. 6
Chicagoland’s McNulty Irish Dancers to Join Danú on the Belushi Performance Hall Stage DanuGLEN ELLYN, Ill....
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Holmes and Watson @ City Lit Theatre

Theater Review by Conor McShane and Leslie Hull

Rating 3 Stars Out Of 4

James Sparling (left) and Adam Bitterman in City Lit Theater's HOLMES AND WATSON, playing through December 14.
Open any pop culture magazine or website these days, and you don't have to look...
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“Little Women” at 20% Theatre Company

LW postcard20% Theatre Company celebrates the iconic work of Louise May Alcott with a slight adaptation. Little Women  will be held at Black Rock Bar (3614 N. Damen) from November 30th – December 16th) Please contact the Box Office (boxoffice@twentypercentchicago.com) for ticket reservations. For more information and 20% and...
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Solid “Mud, River, Stone” @ Eclipse

Theatre Review by Hector Pascual Alvarez, November 10, 2014

Rating 2 stars out of 4

AnJi White and Robert Hardaway. Photo by Tim Knight.
Mud, River, Stone concludes Eclipse Theater Company’s season devoted to the work of Lynn Nottage. But the closing bang is...
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NEXT THEATRE TO CEASE OPERATIONS

EVANSTON – It is with great sadness that the Board of Directors announces that Next Theatre is closing, effective immediately. Next Theatre, founded in 1981, created 34 years of award-winning socially provocative theater in its home at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center in Evanston. “We are enormously proud of the legacy that Next leaves. The theater has been an important...
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The Hundred Flowers Project @ Silk Road Rising

Theater review by Kerstin Broockmann, October 25, 2014

2 ½ stars out of 4

Kroydell_Galima_Hundred_FlowersChristopher Chen’s The Hundred Flowers Project, now receiving its Midwest premiere at Silk Road Rising, is a play full of provocative ideas—how life morphs into legend, how people can become complicit...
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Julia de Burgos: Child of Water @ UrbanTheater Company

Theatre Review by Kaitlyn Kearn, November 7, 2014

Rating 2.5 Stars out of 4

UrbanTheater Company celebrates the life of Puerto Rico’s poetess of great renown in their Midwest Premiere of Julia de Burgos: Child of Water. Written by Puerto Rican playwright Carmen Rivera and...
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Duncan Sheik @ City Winery

Duncan Sheik Photo by Lexi Lambros

Music Review by David Zak, November 4, 2014

3.5 Stars Out Of 4

City Winery is a perfect venue to enjoy a performer like Duncan Sheik, whose lyrics and complicated musicianship demand attention. He wove material from his indie pop...
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One Hour: Two Works- performed by Heidi Latsky Dance

Dance Review by Sarah Osterman Myers, November 6, 2014

Rating 3.5 Stars Out of 4

6lFVdlX4W8LzuPj9L3mKF3th-O7Vjspn5QY2L6QhI3EWhile dance can be about many things—movement, stillness, technique, athleticism— it is often about abilities: How long is the leg; how pointed is the toe; how flexible is the back;...
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Chicago Dramatists Welcomes New Resident Playwrights

Group Photo 2014-15Chicago Dramatists is proud to announce the addition of five new members to its esteemed list of Resident Playwrights. This group of talented writers includes Kristiana Colón, MT Cozzola, Steven Peterson, Robert Tenges, and Scott Woldman. Previous Resident Playwrights have included Tina Fey (30 Rock),...
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Life is a Dream with “The BFG” @ Emerald City Theater

Theater Review by Drew Wancket, November 2, 2014

4 out of 4 Stars

BFG 1Since its founding in 1996, Emerald City has been putting out wonderfully creative, unique children's theater. Their newest production, a stage adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic book, “The BFG,” is sure...
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