‘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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Porcelain @ Prologue Theatre Company

Theater review by Kerstin Broockmann, June 15, 2015

3 stars out of 4

Porcelain Prologue Theatre Company could not have anticipated the current mainstream discussions about racial and gender identity when they selected Chay Yew’s Porcelain. As it is, Yew’s 1992 play remains too relevant in...
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The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez @ Theatre Y

Theatre Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce, June 16, 2015

 2.5 out of 4

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Kevin V. Smith and Melissa Lorraine. Photo by: Devron Enarson.
Poetry has the incredible ability to use the aesthetics and rhythms of words to invoke...
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Dennis DeYoung and Heart

Music Review by Doug Long, June 15, 2015

Heart 3 An army of Baby Boomers (and others) showed up June 12 at the Rosemont Theatre to hear the music of two of the biggest bands of the ‘70s and ‘80s – Styx and Heart – at...
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The Pied Piper @ Strawdog

 Theater Review by Sally Jo Osborne, June 15, 2015

 Rating 3 Stars Out Of 4

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R) Andrew Bailes, Christian Stokes, Casey Pilkenton, Amber Robinson, Julia Meese, Isaac Samuelson and Nikki R. Veit.
Strawdog Theatre Company presents The Pied Piper based on the story by...
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Ithamar has Plenty to Say @Second City

Theater Review by Lauren Sheely, June 14, 2015

 Rating 3.5 stars out of 4

ithamar-second-city_00027-683x1024 (2)Comedy, like any other art form, is susceptible to the fickle tides of popularity and trend. Nowadays, the social media landscape has brought back the acerbic barbs of wit, as...
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“Soon I Will Be Invincible” @ Lifeline Theatre

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce, June 10, 2o15

 Rating 2 stars out of 4

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 (Clockwise, from L) Corrbette Pasko as Damsel, Phil Timberlake as Dr. Impossible, Sarah Scanlon as Elphin, Frederick Harris as Mr. Mystic, Christina Hall As Fatale, Tommy Malouf...
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“Don’t Go Gentle” @ Haven Theatre Company

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce, June 8, 2015

Rating 2.5 Stars out of 4

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(L to R) Norm Woodel (Judge Lawrence Driver), Benjamin Sprunger (Ben), Andrew Muwonge (Rasheed), Echaka Agba (Tanya) and Robyn Coffin (Amelia).
The folks at Haven Theatre Company knew they...
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Stop. Reset. @ Goodman Theatre

Theatre Review by Kaitlyn Kearn, June 4th, 2015

Rating 2.5 Stars out of 4

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 Eugene Lee and Jacqueline Williams. Photo by Liz Lauren
Writer/Director Regina Taylor celebrates her 20th year as an Artistic Associate at Goodman Theatre with her Chicago Premiere of stop. reset....
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“Chalk” @ Sideshow Theatre Company

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce, May 31, 2015

Rating 2.5 stars out of 4

Chalk-1(left to right) Nina O'Keefe and Kathleen Akerley in Sideshow Theatre Company’s world premiere of CHALK by ensemble member Walt McGough, directed by ensemble member Megan A. Smith.  Photo by Jonathan L. Green.
It’s the end of the world....
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La Raison d’Être @ Tapman Productions

Dance Review by David Zak, May 28, 2015

Rating 2.5 Stars Out of 4

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Foreground: Star Dixon, Megan Davis and Tristan Bruns; Background: Kate O'Hanlon, Tyler Jack Sheets, Gloria Mwez and Mike Ford
In a great dance and theater town like Chicago, why...
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Who Too @ Right Brain Project

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce

Rating 2.5 out of 4

who tooI like to think of myself as a bit of a Doctor Who fan. (That sound you just heard was the sound of everyone who knows me scoffing simultaneously.) Fine, it’s a bit...
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Emerson String Quartet @ Harris Theater

Music Review by John Glines, May 22, 2015

 Rating 4 stars out of 4

 ESQ_with_PW_color_(3000x1979)_CreditLisa-MarieMazzucco Tucked away in the heart of Chicago lies a literally hidden gem of Chicago’s music and dance scene. Almost directly under the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the Harris Theater is a place...
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Three Weak New Films from TLA Releasing

DVD Reviews by David Zak, May 15, 2015

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Getting new films made is something to be celebrated, and getting a distribution deal is cause for even greater excitement. However these three new films from TLA Releasing – Seek...
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WE’RE STILL HERE; ON SHAKY GROUND

Theatre/Concert Review by Rand Ringgenberg

2 out of 4 stars

CGMC_WSH_MattFoster-02 Let me begin by saying Stephen Sondheim is my personal favorite musical theatre composer; and let me also state that I have seen The Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus (CGMC) perform many times over the...
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“Inana” @ TimeLine Theatre Company

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce

 3 out of 4

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Newlyweds Yasin Shalid (Demetrios Troy, right) and Shali Shalid (Atra Asdou, left) in TimeLine Theatre's Chicago premiere of INANA. Photo by Lara Goetsch.
The thing I don’t like about most museums is the distance....
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“Quiz Show” @ Strawdog Theatre Company

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce

 2.5 out of 4

(L to R) Nikki Klix, Paul Fagen, Sarah Goeden, Anderson Lawfer, Kelsey Shipley. Photo by Chris Ocken.
I’ve always wanted to be a part of a game show. In the audience or part of...
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Lang Lang @ Civic Opera House

Music Review by John Glines, May 12, 2015

 4 out of 4 stars

LangYou should have been there. Apropos to the chilly season he was about to play through, Lang Lang came out decked in a marvelous fur coat, and began what was to be...
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Up & Down ascends @ Auditorium Theatre

Dance  Review by Kaitlyn Kearn, May 10th, 2015

Rating 3.5 Stars out of 4

Eifman-Ballet-Photo-by-Michael-Khoury_2 Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg showcases the American Premiere of Up & Down in three unmissable nights at the Auditorium Theatre for their 125th Anniversary Season. Boris Eifman is the...
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“MacSith” @ E.D.G.E Theatre

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce, May 10, 20145

 2.5 out of 4

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L to R: Sarah Wisterman, Lisa Tosti, Nick Toussaint, Janae Hohbein. Photo by Jennifer Frankfurter.
I wouldn’t call myself a Shakespeare purist. I love seeing plays by William Shakespeare and I...
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Doubt: A Parable @ Writers Theatre

Steve Haggard, Eliza Stoughton, Karen Janes Woditsch
For those who think of theatre as church, there are few better places to worship than Writers Theatre's current intimate production of John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize winner Doubt, directed by William Brown. Performed in the library of Glencoe...
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The White Road @ Irish Theatre of Chicago

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(left to right) The Company of Irish Theatre of Chicago’s world premiere production THE WHITE ROAD by Karen Tarjan, directed by Robert Kauzlaric.  Photo by Jackie Jasperson.
In 1914, a team of 28 men embarked on what would be an ill-fated attempt to cross Antarctica from sea to sea via the...
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