News and Reviews

Macbeth @The Artistic Home

Theater Review by Lauren Sheely, February 28, 2014

 Rating 3 stars out of 4

The witches three (Skye Shrum, Jill Oliver, Brookelyn Hebert) call Macbeth.
Macbeth is an undisputed classic, and while I sat in The Artistic Home Thursday evening, I was reminded of...
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“Endgame” in Beckettland @ The Hypocrites


Theater Review by Hector Pascual Alvarez, February 27, 2015

Rating 3.5 stars out of 4

Endgame_34-e1424533378818 HAMM: Infinite emptiness will be all around you, all the resurrected dead of all ages wouldn’t fill it, and there you’ll be like a little bit of grit in the...
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Memory and Reckoning @ Lyric Opera

Opera Review Angela Allyn, February 24 and 25th 2015

4 Stars out of 4

Opera CoverA recent science journal published an article featuring ongoing research that indicates that traumatic events actually change our DNA, and postulating that the horrors your grandmother suffered can be passed...
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A Sweet ‘Option’ @ Strawdog Theatre Company

 Theatre Review by Kaitlyn Kearn, February 25th, 2015

Rating 3 Stars out of 4

Michaela Petro and Sam Guinan-Nyhart
Michaela Petro and Sam Guinan-Nyhart
Strawdog Theatre Company presents the world premiere of The Sweeter Option, an original work by ensemble member John Henry Roberts and...
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Sondheim’s Reflection @ Porchlight

Theatre Review Angela Allyn, February 20,2015

Rating 3 Stars out of 4

ss 2Sondheim On Sondheim is an odd show: a PBS styled documentary meets a live revue, a tribute to the Maestro of Musicals, with no real plot—just a chronology that is incomplete. The...
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‘Four’ Sparks & Shines @ Jackalope Theatre Company

Theatre Review by Kevin Greene, February 24, 2015

Rating 4 stars out of 4

(left to right) Robert Howard and Michael Kurowski. Photo: Joel Maisonet
Pay phones. Dial-up. Beepers. Gas for a dollar. Answering machines. Puka shell necklaces. Gone. Nostalgia is a fickle mistress. Twin Peaks...
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“Thérèse Raquin” Drowns @ Chicago Opera Theater

 Opera Review by Hector Pascual Alvarez, February 21, 2015

Rating 2 stars out of 4

Mary Ann Stewart (Thérèse Raquin), Edward Parks (Laurent) and Matthew DiBattista (Camille Raquin)
Death by water takes on many forms. In Émile Zola’s naturalist novel, desperate...
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Lost is ‘The Other Place’ @ Profiles Theatre

Theatre Review by Kevin Greene, February 20, 2015

Rating 2.5 stars out of 4

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Lia D. Mortensen. Photo: Michael Brosilow
Film theorists suggest that the high visibility of zombies in popular culture represents a shared acknowledgement of our cultural anxiety surrounding the loss...
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Best Films of 2014 (That you haven’t seen)

Feature by Kaitlyn Kearn

With the 2015 Oscars right around the corner, we inevitably reflect on the worthy films from 2014 that we have yet to see and not so worthy films we can never un-see. This past year has significantly changed the landscape of cinema with some very innovative works. After many long...
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Fleetwood Mac @ Allstate Arena

Music Review by Doug Long, February 20, 2015

Fleetwood 5Two years after attending a Fleetwood Mac concert at the Allstate Arena, I returned to the venue to watch the band again on Valentine’s Day. My motivation was the return of the group’s longtime vocalist-songwriter-keyboardist Christine McVie,...
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The French Connection, Marie Antoinette @ Steppenwolf

Theater Review by Drew Wancket,  Febraray 20, 2015

Rating 4 Stars Out Of 4

ct-marie-antoinette-steppenwolf-review-20150215We live in a celebrity-centric society. Following the daily activities of our elite is a multi-million dollar industry. What is most peculiar, however, is the phenomenon of people being famous for...
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The Trial of Moses ‘Fleetwood’ Walker @ Black Ensemble Theater

Theatre Review by Kaitlyn Kearn, February 17th, 2015

Rating 2.5 Stars out of 4

Nick Ferrin (Harrison Hoyt), Casey Hayes (A.C. Hancock), Andre Teamer (Moses Fleetwood Walker), Leslie Collins (Arabella Walker)
The Black Ensemble Theater begins their season with gusto in their definitively “non...
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Excellent ‘Edgar & Annabel’ @ The Poor Theatre

Theater Review by Kerstin Broockmann, February 14, 2014

3 ½ stars out of 4

Edgar and AnnabelSam Holcroft’s 90-minute one-act Edgar & Annabel, in a pitch-perfect Midwest premiere by The Poor Theatre, raises a lot of questions and leaves many of them unanswered, which, for...
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Chicago’s ‘Churchill’ Storms New York

RonaldKeatonAsWinstonChurchill Opening Night is February 18 at New World Stages. CHURCHILL, a new play adapted and performed by Ronald Keaton, is receiving its Off-Broadway premiere at New World Stages following an acclaimed 2014 sellout world premiere engagement in Chicago. Performances begin this Friday, February 6th. Under the...
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Theater review by Sandra Bykowski, February 13, 2015

 Rating: 3.5 stars out of 4

blueplanet-large-0042Blue Planet is a stunning visual feast produced by newcomer Akvavit Theater, a Nordic-inspired theater company. Based on the book of the same name by Andri Snær Magnason, an award-winning Icelandic...
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Samsara @ Victory Gardens Theatre

Theater Review by Conor McShane and Leslie Hull, February 15, 2015

 Rating 3.5 Stars Out of 4

tn-500_joedempsey,lorimyers.photobymichaelcourierThe concept of Samsara, and the word itself, is not something that's very familiar in the western world, but the idea should be familiar to everyone. Referring to...
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A Fitting “Fit to be Tied” @ Benevolent Theatre

Theater Review by Elayne LeTraunik, February 15, 2015

 3 Stars Out of 4

unnamedNo one can say that Fit to Be Tied by Nicky Silver is an easy play to pull off but Benevolent Theatre does an admirable job with their production, now running to...
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Steppenwolf for Young Adults presents: This Is Modern Art

The graffiti crew is willing to risk anything for their art. Called vandals, criminals, even creative terrorists, these Chicago graffiti artists set out night after night to make their voices heard and alter the way people view the world. But when the crew finishes the biggest graffiti bomb of their careers, the consequences get serious...
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Creating Home: a conversation with The Wulfden

Feature by Kevin Greene, February 15, 2015

unnamedThey’ll be the first to tell you: The Wulfden is NOT a DePaul theatre company. They are a Chicago artistic collective. The distinction is important for these young artists as they balance their ambition to create deeply personal, interdisciplinary...
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The Princess and the Preschooler @ About Face Theatre

Theatre Review by Kevin Greene, February 15, 2015

Rating 3 stars out of 4

(left to right) Katherine Keberlein and Michael Aaron Lindner in About Face Theatre’s Chicago premiere of A KID LIKE JAKE by Daniel Pearle, directed by Keira Fromm.  Photo by Michael Brosilow.

In our state of cultivated civilization, our animal...

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Courageous Bodies: An Interview with Danielle Pinnock

Feature by Hector Pascual Alvarez, February 14, 2015

DP headshot 2, webWhen Danielle Pinnock takes the stage she becomes a force of nature. She is like Proteus, the Greek god of rivers, who could transform into wondrous and terrifying things in a flash: a lion, a...
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Le Ça (The Id)—Sònia Sánchez at the MCA Stage

Dance Review by Sarah Osterman Myers, February 13, 2015

Rating 3 Stars Out of 4

 unnamed   The MCA Stage was void of “Flame-colored” costumes and “hell-raising” clapping on Friday night. The voracious Sònia Sánchez had swallowed, tamed and reduced them to fit her minimalist needs. The...
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“Tannhaüser” Redeems @ Chicago Lyric Opera

Opera Review by Hector Pascual Alvarez, February 11, 2015

Rating 3.5 stars out of 4

 CSO New York TourTannhaüser is the story of a born again Christian. After wining the love of the goddess Venus with his mournful songs, after years doting in her arms,...
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‘The Last Straight Man’ from TLA Releasing

Review By Aubrey Jernigan, February 10th 2015

Rating 2 Stars out of 4

Last 1In the precarious friends with benefits spiral, two friends will throw you back to Jr. High feels and teach you a variety of new innuendos. The Dramedy takes place after Cooper’s...
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Gay Play Finalists from Pride Films and Plays

Four New Plays And One New Musical Are The Finalists in Pride Films and Plays' Fifth Annual

Great Gay Play and Musical Contest.

Performances will be held May 15 to 17 at

Hoover-Leppen Theater of Center on Halsted.

GGPMC 2015 FinalistsCD Cathro, Samantha Charlip,...

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In the Heat of the Night at Dominican

In the Heat of the Night
L.A. Theatre Works
Friday, February 13th // 7:30 pm
Heat"The story that made "My Name Is Mister Tibbs" one of cinema's most commonly quoted lines is brilliantly re-imagined by director Brian Kite in this...
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CSLewiswlogo medium   Arlington Heights, Ill., February 11, 2015 – Metropolis Performing Arts Centre proudly presents An Evening with C.S. Lewis, March 12 – April 12, 2015. C.S. Lewis, the famous British author, is hosting a group of American writers at his home near Oxford and they are about to...
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Hot Dance News this Cold Month

Feature, Angela Allyn February 6, 2015

2014_108_HedwigDC-7232 You may be snowed in, but dance companies across the City are using this month to unveil hot creative news.  Just back from performing in HAVANA, CUBA!!!  Hedwig Dances, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this seasons continuing its multi-year...
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Video – ‘Other Desert Cities’ at Citadel

CitadelJon Robin Baitz's play sees writer Brooke Wyeth come home for Christmas to her parents' Palm Springs abode, turning from comedy to intense family drama as she reveals her intent to unearth the proverbial skeletons in the family closet with a tell-all memoir.
Other Desert Cities debuted in...
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Red @ Redtwist Theatre

Theater Review by Conor McShane and Leslie Hull, February 9, 2015

Rating 3 out of 4 Stars

Red-Explain3WebIf you're looking to inject a little color into your life during these grey doldrums of February, then Redtwist Theatre's production of John Logan's play Red might be...
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A RAVE for David Roussève’s ‘STARDUST’

Dance Review by Sarah Osterman Myers, February 5, 2015

Rating 4 Stars Out of 4

kPcsXuRtdLoCVMsJ_Nlt-CGCLLpahV67vXNG7W5twzo,dB1ZdFerfXR9MSOxiz1w5Rb6t0vK1fSnFaeKFGf0THQ,gNLDSzKZRaxAsnJfVw2h_U8ZxuFuSDlDfELjPu1t8wA“There was a boy. A very strange enchanted boy. They say he wandered very far. Very far, over land and sea.”—Nat King Cole, Nature Boy There was a boy. We never saw...
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A House United: Dividing the Estate @ Raven Theatre

Review by Drew Wancket, February 3, 2015

Rating 3 Stars Out Of 4

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Shariba Rivers, Tim Martin (upper), J.J. McCormick (lower), BrittneyLove Smith, Eliza Stoughton
Money, as Pink Floyd was fond of saying, is a crime. It makes people do crazy things. Money...
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Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine

Film Review by David Zak, February 5, 2015

3 Stars Out Of 4

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I was dubious when I heard about a new documentary about Matthew Shepard. I felt that after several film treatments, many books, and the excellent plays The Laramie Project...
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Trap Door Is Invited Back to Poland!

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Guest Artist from the Teatr Witkacy in Zakopane, Poland
Performances on February 26...
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Peter Yarrow at Metropolis

Pete  YarrowMetropolis Performing Arts Centre is excited to welcome Peter Yarrow: A Night of Conversation and Song on February 28, 2015. As a successful artist and activist, Peter Yarrow’s talent is legendary. His gift for songwriting has produced some of the most moving songs Peter, Paul &...
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Excellent ‘Mr. Burns’ @ Theater Wit

Theatre Review by Drew Wancket, February 2, 2015

4 Stars out of 4

PragueWhen the television show “The Simpson” premiered in 1990, I was five years old. I was a fan from the first moment I saw those animated clouds breaking open with the name...
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‘Princess Mary Demands Your Attention’ Almost Does @ Bailiwick Chicago

Theater review by Kerstin Broockmann, January 23, 2015

2 ½ stars out of 4

 (left to right) TJ Crawford, Omer Abbas Salem, Armand Fields and David Kaplinsky in Bailiwick Chicago’s world premiere of PRINCESS MARY DEMANDS YOUR ATTENTION by Aaron Holland. Photo by Michael Brosilow/
Princess Mary Demands Your Attention is one draft away...
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