“Sherlock Holmes” @ Broadway in Chicago

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce, November 26, 2015

2.5 out of 4

SH1 There has never been a shortage of adaptations of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories of Sherlock Holmes, but recent years has seen reinvigorated efforts to bring the character back to popularity....
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Incident at Vichy @ RedTwist

Theater Review by Julie S. Halpern, November 24, 2015

Rating 4 stars out of 4

SONY DSC Redtwist Theatre is proving itself to be Chicago’s keeper of Arthur Miller’s legacy with several top-notch productions of the master’s work. Their current production of Incident at Vichy is no...
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Theater Review by Angela Allyn, November 21, 2015

4 Stars out of 4


The macabre puppet cabaret experience that is Rough House’s latest show: Sad Songs for Bad People really begins when you walk in the door at the Neo Futurarium...
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The Spirit is Alive at ‘A Christmas Carol’ @ Goodman

Theater Review by Sarah Frye, November 21, 2015 Rating 4 out of 4

Christmas CarolThis critic has been won over by the Goodman Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this performance. I assumed that having seen several variations of...
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Ironic “Fulfillment” @ American Theater Co.


Theater Review by Hector Pascual Alvarez, November 22, 2015

Rating 2.5 stars out of 4

5_Fulfillment_AmericanTheaterCo_cMichaelBrosilowI hated The Bereaved, my first Thomas Bradshaw play. I found it gratuitous, insincere and implausible. Everyone in New York was raving about it but I dismissed it as a...
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Climbing the Candy Cane Ladder at Santaland Diaries

Comedy Review by Sarah Frye, November 21, 2015

Rating 4 out of 4

Mitchell Fain dons his candy stripe tights for his eighth consecutive outing as Crumpet, Santa's snarkiest elf, in The Santaland Diaries at Theater Wit. Photo credit: Johnny Knight


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No More Sad Things @ Sideshow Theatre Company

Theatre Review by Melissa Wiley

3 out of 4 stars

(front to back) Katy Carolina Collins, George Infantado and Narciso Lobo in Sideshow Theatre Company’s world premiere of NO MORE SAD THINGS by Hansol Jung, directed by Elly Green. Photo by Jonathan L. Green.
There’s something soothing about the sound of the tide coming in...
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It’s a Wonderful Life with Zuzu

Actress Karolyn Grimes to appear at Genesee Theatre for special showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Grimes PictureThe Genesee Theatre rings in the season with a screening of America’s Holiday Classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Sunday, December 6 at 2:00pm and 6:30pm. Both...

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“Never the Sinner” @ Victory Gardens Theater

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce

3.5 out of 4

Jordan Brodess, Japhet Balaban, Keith Kupferer, Bill Bannon, Celest M Cooper, Demetrios Troy. Photo by Michael Courier
There’s a line in the television show Sherlock that never fails to catch my attention:...
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“The Raid” That Failed @ Jackalope Theatre

Theater Review by Hector Pascual Alvarez, November 15, 2014

Rating 2.5 stars out of 4

The Raid 1Idris Goodwin has chosen a riveting subject for his newest play. Centered on the figure of John Brown—a white abolitionist who believed that only violence would end American...
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The Long Christmas Ride Home @ Strawdog Theatre

Theatre Review by John Glines, November 9th, 2015

Rating 3.5 out of 4 Stars

Loretta Rezos Rear: (L to R) Sarah Gitenstein, Kristen Johnson, Sam Hubbard and Ed Dzialo
So much of the winter holidays consist of happy-go-lucky,...
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The Thanksgiving Circumcision @ MCL Chicago

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce, November 12, 2013

Rsting 2.5 stars out of 4

Sophia Shrand and Mike Gospel in The Thanksgiving Circumcision. Photo by Heather Scholl.
If you’re making a list of things you should never combine, just out of...
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As You Like It @ Northwestern

Wirtz_FY16_ASYOULIKE_newlook_V1An uplifting and open-hearted contemporary production of a classic Shakespeare comedy filled with music, song and dance is part of the fall Mainstage season at Northwestern University. Letting go and opening your heart are at the center of this modern takeoff, in which violence and isolation give way...
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Golden Tharp @ Auditorium

Dance Review Angela Allyn, November 5, 2015

4 Stars out of 4

9fQCN7-jA4p7RiwzSSJfQzr7Rkh6luv-OUkt97bOpbEIt is telling that Twyla Tharp’s 50th anniversary tour is not a retrospective but a full out commission of new work. A half century after her first concert, this cultural dynamo, now 74...
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Razor-sharp “Wozzeck” @ Lyric Opera

Opera Review by Hector Pascual Alvarez, November 6, 2014

Rating 3.5 stars out of 4

Gerhard-Siegel_Tomasz-Konieczny_WOZZECK_F2A5470_c.Cory-Weaver-980x600Alban Berg’s Wozzeck begins, abruptly, with an invocation of slowness: Langsam, Wozzeck, langsam! (Slow, Wozzeck, slow!) The words are sung by a chubby German captain (Gerhard Siegel) who soaks in a metal tub...
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Haunting “1984” @ Steppenwolf Theatre

Theater Review by Rebecca Curl, November 2nd, 2015

Rating 3.5 out of 4 stars

(left to right) Atra Asdou (Julia) and Adam Poss (Winston) in Steppenwolf for Young Adult’s production of George Orwell’s 1984, adapted by Andrew White and directed by Hallie Gordon.
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Noises Off @ BrightSide Theatre

Theatre Review by Luke Simone October 31st, 2015

Rating 3.5 out of 4 stars

MAIN PICHalloween weekend doesn't always have to be full of ghouls, goblins and tricks or treats, especially when you go and see one of the funniest comedic farces ever written. BrightSide...
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“Spill” @ TimeLine Theatre

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce, November 3, 2015

Rating 3 stars out of 4

Ensemble members (from left) Justin James Farley, Tim Decker, Chris Rickett, Justine C. Turner, David Prete, Christopher Sheard, Caren Blackmore and Kelli Simpkins. Photo by Lara...
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Marjorie Prime at Writers Theatre

Theater Review by Conor McShane and Leslie Hull

Rating 3.5 Stars Out of 4

Erik Hellman and Mary Ann Thebus.
The role that artificial intelligence may or may not play in our future has been something of a theme in pop culture in recent...
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“The Terrible” @ The New Colony

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce, October 22, 2015

Rating 2.5 out of 4

(left to right) Andrew HobgoodShariba RiversJessica London-Shields and Chris Fowler. Photo by Evan Hanover.
It’s impossible to watch The New Colony’s production of Morgan McNaught’s The Terrible without thinking of Jean-Paul Sartre’s...
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“Treasure Island” @ Lookingglass Theatre

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce, October 20, 2015

Rating 3 Stars out of 4

John Babbo and the cast of Treasure Island. Photo by Liz Lauren.
  With the world premiere of Tony award winner Mary Zimmerman’s new adaptation of...
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The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls @ Trap Door Theatre

Theatre Review by Kevin Greene, October 18, 2015

Rating 2.5 stars out of 4

(L to R) Halie Ecker, Emily Nichelson, Simina Contras. Photo by Michal Janicki.
Following the lead of season opener The Universal Wolf, Trap Door Theatre returns with The Fairytale Lives...
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“Good for Otto” @ The Gift Theatre

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce, October 11, 2014

Raging 2.5 out of 4

Brittany Burch, Caroline Heffernan, John Gawlik and Lynda Newton in The Gift Theatre's world premiere of Good For Otto. Photo credit, Claire Demos.
  there’s a large rift between concept and...
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Wild Ride @ Chicago Shakespeare

Theatre Review Angela Allyn, October 7, 2015

Rating 4 Stars out of 4

03_CST_CYCLONE_LizLauren All births are a revelation and the launching of a brand new musical is no exception. Last night’s U.S. premiere of Ride the Cyclone at Chicago Shakespeare was thrilling and moving....
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“The Seagull” @ Eclectic Theatre

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce, October 6, 2015

3 out of 4

Clockwise l to r: Kelly Lynn Hogan (Arkadina), Andrew Pond (Dorn). David Cady, Jr. (Shamrayev). Jessica Kingsdale (Masha), Denise Tamburrino (Polina), Michael Woods (Trigorin). Photo Credit:Julie Mack
Anton Chekhov...
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A perfectly messy tangle in ‘Marvin’s Room’ @Shattered Globe

Theater Review by Lauren Sheely, October 5, 2015

Rating 3.5 stars out of 4

(left to right) Nate Santana, Kyle Klein II, Rebecca Jordan, Linda Reiter and Deanna Dunagan in Shattered Globe Theatre’s 25 anniversary production of MARVIN’S ROOM by Scott McPherson, directed by Sandy Shinner. Photo by Michael Brosilow.
Late in Scott McPherson's tragicomic masterpiece Marvin's Room, a...
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Two Hits and a miss from TLA Releasing

DVD Review by David Zak, October 3, 2015

Dishonored Bodies 3 Stars Out of 4

Jess and James 3 Stars Out of 4

Fulboy 1 Star Out of 4


Dishonored Bodies
TLA Releasing deserves lots of praise for their expanded...
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East of Eden @ Steppenwolf Theatre

Theatre review by Kerstin Broockmann, September 26, 2015

3 stars out of 4

East of EdenEast of Eden, in a new adaptation by Frank Galati at Steppenwolf Theatre, deploys all the resources available to lovingly bring John Steinbeck’s sweeping 1952 novel to the stage. Though...
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Bloodlines Astonishes at the Dance Center

Dance Review by Sarah Frye, October 1, 2015

Rating 4 Out of 4

[caption id="attachment_8332" align="aligncenter" width="604"]"Non Locomotor" Davalois Fearon, Gino Grenek, Nicholas Sciscione, Joshua Tuason/ Stephen Petronio Company "Non Locomotor" Davalois Fearon, Gino Grenek, Nicholas Sciscione, Joshua Tuason/ Stephen Petronio Company[/caption] Stephen Petronio Company (SPC) triumphantly...
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Fabulous “Figaro” @ Chicago Lyric Opera

Theater Review by Hector Pascual Alvarez, September 28, 2015

Rating 3.5 stars out of 4

[caption id="attachment_8328" align="aligncenter" width="604"]9/22/15 12:10:24 PM -- Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Figaro. Dress Rehearsal  . © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2015 © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2015[/caption] In my many years of...
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‘Disgraced’ Lights a Fire @ Goodman Theatre

Theatre Review by Kerstin Broockmann, September 20, 2015

Rating 3 stars out of 4

Photo by Liz Lauren: Bernard White (Amir), Nisi Sturgis (Emily), Zakiya Young (Jory) and J. Anthony Crane (Isaac).
I am not sure whether it is genius or irresponsibility that the...
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Jake’s Women @ Spartan Theatre Company

Theatre Review by Melissa Wiley, September 26, 2015 Rating 2 Stars Out of 4 DSC_0258 The stage for Spartan Theatre Company’s production of “Jake’s Women” is very small indeed. For most of the play’s duration, it’s no larger than the space from one of Jake’s ears to his other. Even...
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“Gem of the Ocean” @ Court Theatre

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce, September 23, 2015

Rating 3 stars out of 4

Gem-1 When watching a play like Gem of the Ocean, you can’t help but notice the beauty and poetry in the words of August Wilson. Wilson has such a wonderful way...
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Tanya Tagaq Soars @ Museum of Contemporary Art

Theater Review by Hector Pascual Alvarez, September 28, 2015

Rating 3.5 stars out of 4


I've been saying this for a long time to anyone who cares to listen: tucked away on the edge of Chicago’s Loop, hidden by the glare of the...
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Butcher @ Signal Ensemble

Theater Review by Conor McShane and Leslie Hull, September 22, 2015

Rating 2.5 Stars Out of 4

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Joseph Stearns* (Hamilton Barnes), Simone Roos* (Elena) Todd Frugia (Inspector Lamb) and Vincent Lonergan* (Josef Dzibrilovo)
All great mysteries need a great hook, and Butcher, an American...
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Triassic Parq @ Circle Theatre

Theater Review by John Owen Glines, September 22, 2015

Rating 4 out of 4 stars

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Erin Daly, Patrick Stengle, Parker Guidry, Marissa Druzbanski, and Neala Barron. Photo by Flaming City Photography.
Do you like sex? How about dinosaurs? What about Morgan Freeman, as played by a short white...
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