Classic Comedy @ Goodman Theatre

Theatre Review Angela Allyn, Dec. 16, 2014

3.5 Stars out of 4

TYDPro_05I don’t think I meant to become a Second City groupie, but I am following them all over town as they collaborate with the Lyric Opera, Hubbard Street and now with the Goodman...
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unnamedDecember 18, 2014 - CREATION’S BIRTHDAY brings to life the story of the Big-Bang Genesis through the legendary battle between astronomer Edwin Hubble and the scientific icon Albert Einstein. Hubble’s name is well known through the sublime views of our Universe from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST),...
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Disney’s ‘Newsies’ Soars

Theater Review by David Zak, December 18, 2014

Rating 3 Stars Out Of 4

chi-newsies-are-coming-to-chicago-20131113-001The first 15 minutes of Newsies are fantastic . The dancing is athletic, and the cast spirited. The opening anthem ‘Santa Fe’ is brilliantly sung by Dan DeLuca (Jack) and Zachary...
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‘Burning Bluebeard’ Feeds the Fire @ Theater Wit

Theater Review by Will Cameron, December 16th, 2014

Rating 4 Stars Out of 4


Jay TorrenceAnthony Courser, Pam Chermansky, Ryan Walters, Leah Urzendowski and Molly Plunk in The Ruffians’ BURNING BLUEBEARD by Jay Torrence, directed by Halena Kays.  Photo by Evan Hanover.

Visiting company The...

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Support DEFIBRILLATOR’s New Home!

beneaththebullStarting over is hard and we need your help.  DEFIBRILLATOR has a new home and it requires a lot of renovation in order to be ready for our first exhibition in February.  Read more

A Holiday Twist @ Raven Theatre

Theatre Review by Kevin Greene, December 12, 2014

Rating 2.5 stars out of 4

Raven - Sherlock Holmes 9 - CompanyThe holidays are a polarizing time. Thankfully, there is no shortage of art that seeks to express the condition of the human spirit during this...
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All in At Winter Pageant @ Redmoon

Theatre Review Angela Allyn, Dec. 12, 2014

4 Stars out of 4

WP1210_0805I feel a bit like the old Saturday Night Live character Stefon: this year’s winter pageant has everything: a Yeti made out of Newspaper, an actual plot, aerial dancers, a ten year old...
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Pericles’ Odyssey @ Chicago Shakespeare

Theatre Review Angela Allyn, Dec. 10, 2014

3.5 Stars out of 4

Pericles (Ben Carlson) weds Thaisa (Lisa Berry) to the delight of her father, King Simonides (Kevin Gudahl, at center) in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s production of Shakespeare’s Pericles, directed by...
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Historic Night for Chicago @ Auditorium Theatre

Theatre Review Angela Allyn, Dec. 9, 2014

3.5 Stars out of 4

2In our fast moving era, it is an accomplishment for a cultural institution to last over a century. For the Auditorium Theatre to celebrate its 125th anniversary of opening with the First Lady...
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A British Tar, HMS Pinafore @ The Hypocrites

Theater Review by Drew Wancket, December 10, 2014

4 out of 4 Stars


(left to right) Kate Carson-GronerShawn Pfautsch, Matt KahlerLauren VogelErik Schroeder and Robert McLean in The Hypocrites world premiere adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. PINAFORE, adapted and directed by Sean Graney.  Photo by Evan Hanover.

Full disclosure,...
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“Anna Bolena” Wins the Crown @ Lyric Opera

Opera Review by Hector Pascual Alvarez, December 7, 2014

Rating 3.5 stars out of 4

Sondra Radvanovsky in ANNA BOLENA
The enduring lesson of the TV show The Tudors would seem to be that sex is the real engine of History. Forget class struggle,...
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Robbie Rogers’ ‘Coming Out To Play’

Book Review by David Zak, November 8, 2014

Rating 3 Stars Out Of 4

1383440_10152851291005211_7825179257456608437_nRobbie Rogers' enjoyable new autobiography ‘Coming Out to Play’ is a great holiday gift for students and others interested in homophobia in sports. It is a gentle and affable work that...
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The Nutcracker— presented by The Joffrey Ballet

Dance Review by Sarah Osterman Myers, December 5, 2014

Rating 4 stars out of 4

1Lxrs5EI-_4lJCSp4vwV8szhMIP5aX3JpsmMSiGaShAIf you are anything like me, The Nutcracker is two hours of nostalgia and Tchaikovsky appreciation. If you are nothing like me, The Nutcracker is still a chance to escape...
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’The Christmas Schooner’ Musical @ Mercury Theater

Theatre Review by Kaitlyn Kearn, December 6th, 2014

Rating 3 Stars out of 4

SchoonerMercury Theater’s 2014 remount of The Christmas Schooner can be classified simply as wholesome, family-friendly musical fare. A full, uproarious cast finds harmony in the telling of a now classic Chicago...
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Tell Me What You Remember @ Erasing the Distance

Theater Review by Jason Kreke, Dec. 1, 2014

Rating 3 out of 4 stars

l-r: Eileen Vorbach (Janet), Jennifer Mathews (Kristin) and Fred A. Wellisch (Bill). Photo by Jesse Russell
If your family holidays aren’t full of enough drama, you might want to check...
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‘A Christmas Carol’ Photo Album from Milwaukee Rep

[caption id="attachment_6582" align="aligncenter" width="604"] Jonathan Smoots as Ebenezer Scrooge, Amalia Cecsarini as Tiny Tim and cast in Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s 2014/15 production of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Michael Brosilow.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6581" align="aligncenter" width="604"] A scene from Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s 2014/15 production...
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Women at War @ Rivendell

 Theater Review by Hiba Alli, December 3, 2014

3 Stars Out Of 4

Women at War 2Only men have served on the front lines of the army however since the 1990s women have been marginally admitted to the battlefield states Lauren Kasinof in her Washington...
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‘The Dark Place’ fails to scare


Film Review by David Zak, December 2, 2014

Rating 2 Stars Out Of 4

“The Dark Place” marketed as a starring vehicle for Sean Paul Lockhart, once a famous twink porn star. And that marketing strategy reviews how few other artistic or positive qualities The...
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Lookingglass Alice a marvel filled classic @ Lookingglass

Theater Review Angela Allyn November 25, 2014

4 Stars out of 4

aliceOne of my mentors, the choreographer Alwin Nikolais, had a foundational notion of what he called Total Theatre: creating performing art works where the humans are equal to the other theatrical elements of...
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“The White City” pleases the crowds @ Auditorium

Dance Review by Hector Pascual Alvarez, December 1, 2014

Rating 3 stars out of 4

Thodos Dance Chicago_WhiteCity_02_Photo by Cheryl MannThe stunning Auditorium Theater, designed by architects Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan and dubbed at the time “the eighth wonder of the world”, is celebrating...
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’I And You’ @ Redtwist Theatre

IU-5web IU-4webTheatre Review by Kaitlyn Kearn, November 29, 2014

Rating 2.5 Stars out of 4

Lauren M. Gunderson’s unique new play I And You premieres at Redtwist Theatre directed by David Prete. In it’s most simplistic form,...
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Superb “Shakespeare on Theatre” Edited by Nick de Somogyi

Book Review by Rebecca Curl, November 28, 2014

3 Stars Out of 4

Shakespeare_on_theatre_book_cover_01Shakespeare on Theatre is an excellent addition to any avid Shakespeare lover’s book collection. Editor Nick de Somogyi invites readers into the creative mind of William Shakespeare. He offers us insight into...
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Desperate Dolls @ Strawdog Theatre

Theater Review By Conor McShane & Leslie Hull

 2 out of 4 stars

(l to r) Alexandra Fisher and Jim Poole Photo by Tom McGrath
Like late sixties sexploitation slasher films? How about in-your-face physiological thrillers? Have a taste for blood and boobs and...
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Hot Georgia Sunday’ Warms Up @ Haven Theatre Company

Theatre Review by Kevin Greene, November 24, 2014

Rating: 3 stars out of 4

(L to R) Julie Schroll (Flora), Kay Kron (Tara), H.B. Ward (Glenn), Emily Woods (Jenny), Rob Fenton (Robbie) and Ed Dzialo (Pastor Thompson)
It’s a bold move to complain about...
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Step Up Productions Celebrates the Season With 2nd Annual HoliDaze

GiftHorse-1(left to right) Jillian BurfeteTina Muñoz PandyaCeleste M. CooperDamon Williams and Luce Metrius in Gift Horse Grill by Kristiana Rae Colón, directed by Leonicia Bongorno, part of Step Up Productions’ 2nd annual HOLIDAZE.  Photo by Liz Lauren.
‘Tis the season!  Step Up Productions is pleased to continue its 2014-15 season with the return of its wildly popular HoliDaze,...
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QuestBlueNativityvertQuest Theatre Ensemble, the People’s Theatre of Chicago, proudly celebrates the holiday season with its 13th annual production of Blue Nativity, Dec. 12- Jan. 1. Embraced by many as a holiday tradition, Blue Nativity tells the story of Christmas...
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One Group Mind Announces New Kickstarter Campaign

ogmOne Group Mind, an improv comedy organization in Chicago, is currently seeking funding through their brand new Kickstarter campaign. One Group Mind offers training and performance opportunities for professional improvisers in Chicago. They also operate a collegiate organization, The Titanic Players, that provides free comedy education to...
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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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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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