“[Title of Show]” @ Brown Paper Box Co.

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce, July 24, 2015

Rating 3 Stars Out of 4

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(left to right) Matt Frye, Neala Barron, Anna Schutz, and Yando Lopez in Brown Paper Box Co.’s [title of show]. Photo by CB Lindsey.
The concept for [Title of Show] is...
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The power of love is life changing!

Theater Review by  Sally Jo Osborne, July 19, 2015

Rating 3 Stars Out Of 4

mQqwV9wS7cjB0DFDQT1DxYsfuoaYteWs4oH6rU_OSZ0 Marc Robin adds a creative spin on the classic fairytale musical of Pinocchio.  The theater was filled with excited children using their outdoor voices on Sunday morning anticipating...

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Loving Repeating @ Kokandy Productions

Theater Review John Owen Glines, July 22, 2015

Rating 4 Stars Out Of 4

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(left to right) Emily Goldberg as Alice B. Toklas, Amanda Giles as Young Gertrude and Caron Buinis as Gertrude Stein  Photo by Michael Brosilow.

Walking into Kokandy’s Loving Repeating, it’s difficult not...

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Brilliant Adventures @ Steep Theatre

Theater Review by Melissa Wiley, July 20, 2015

3.5 stars out of 4

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Edward Jackson, Ryan McBride, Brandon Rivera
How do you escape a bad situation? If you have a time machine sitting in the corner of your apartment, the answer is almost too...
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Whatever @ The Side Project

Theatre Review by Taylor Wisham, July 18, 2015

2.5 out of 4

Whatever 5 - Lockman - MelonIn a time where the tension between generation X and Y is seemingly stronger than ever, Robert Tenges’ Whatever reminds us that we’re not all that different after...
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“Grand Concourse” @ Steppenwolf Theatre

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce

Rating 3 stars out of 4

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 (left to right) Ensemble member Mariann Mayberry (Shelley), Victor Almanzar (Oscar) and Brittany Uomoleale (Emma) in Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s production of Grand Concourse. Credit: Michael Brosilow
Watching a character of faith...
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Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID @ Chicago Shakespeare

Theater Review by Sally Jo Osborne, July 11, 2015

Rating 4 Stars Out Of 4

[caption id="attachment_7985" align="aligncenter" width="604"]CST_MERMAID_01_LizLauren Ariel (center, Rachel Eskenazi-Gold) and her loyal friends Flounder (left, Matthew Uzarraga) and Sebastian (right, Joseph Anthony Byrd).[/caption] Directed and choreographed by Rachel Rockwell, The Little Mermaid is...
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Fugue @ Theatre Momentum

Theater Review by John Owen Glines, July 13, 2015 3.5 out of 4 stars (null)To hear Theatre Momentum describe it, Fugue is “Four one-act plays improvised in harmony.” Four plays, occurring on stage at the same time; climaxing at different points, weaving in and out of each other both...
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Bard Fiction @ Commedia Beauregard

Theatre Review by Melissa Wiley, July 13, 2015

Rating 2.5 Stars Out of 4

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(left to right) Josh Zagoren and Jackie Davies in Commedia Beauregard’s production of BARD FICTION by Ben Tallen, Aaron Greer and Brian Watson-Jones, directed by Christopher Kidder-Mostrom.  Photo by Michael Brosilow.
Here’s the extent of my memories of Pulp Fiction: John Travolta had gotten...
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Kinky Boots @ Broadway In Chicago

Theater Review Angela Allyn, July 8, 2015

3.5 Stars out of 4

Photo1_KinkyBootsTour_PhotobyMatthewMurphy (1)It’s ironic and probably tragic that the long slow death of the British manufacturing economy has spawned a genre of multi million dollar musicals: from the Full Monty to Billy Elliot, to...
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War of the Worlds @ Gorilla Tango Theater

Theater review by Kerstin Broockmann, July 9, 2015

3.5 stars out of 4

War of the WorldsI am recommending that anyone who has a $12 and just over an hour to spare head over to Gorilla Tango Theatre to see Robert Eric Shoemaker’s new adaptation...
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Jihad @ Genesis Theatrical Productions

Theater review by Kerstin Broockmann, July 6, 2015

Rating 2 stars out of 4

[caption id="attachment_7950" align="alignleft" width="116"]Jihad 2 Tricia Rogers[/caption] Stephanie Liss’s Jihad , now receiving its premiere under the auspices of Genesis Theatrical Productions at Theatre Wit, does not claim to offer a balanced perspective;...
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‘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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