Jazz Hands All Around for Giordano Dance Chicago

Dance Review by Sarah Frye, March 27, 2015 Rating 4 out of 4

Gus 1Giordano ends its season this weekend with their Spring Engagement at the Harris Theater. The Engagement is six pieces from their repertoire and includes the world premiere of the only way around is...
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On An Average Day @ Spartan Theatre Company

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce

2.5 out of 4

DSC_0277 In Spartan Theatre Company’s mission statement, they promote themselves on minimalism. They say, “by distilling a story’s elements, we enhance the most essential themes and moments…” While that is a noble goal, this production of...
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Creation’s Birthday @ Genesis Theatricals

Theater review by John Glines, March 26, 2015

3 out of 4 Stars.

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Gracia Gillund as Grace Hubble
Walking into the small theatre, the first thing I saw was a chalk board, physics equations scribbled here and there. Chairs lined in...
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Three New Shows @ Public House

March 12, 2015- Chicago, IL- HAPPILY EVER AFTER ISN’T FOR EVERYONE AT THE PUBLIC HOUSE THEATRE D List HuffYou probably don’t have to work hard to remember Simba, Ariel or Aladdin. But have you ever wondered what happened behind the scenes when Simba was reclaiming the throne? Or...
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Steep Expands Ensemble: Honoring the Past & Defining the Future

[caption id="attachment_7375" align="alignleft" width="110"]Lucy  Carapetyan Lucy Carapetyan[/caption] Steep Theatre is thrilled to announce that directors Jonathan Berry, Joanie Schultz, and Robin Witt and actor Lucy Carapetyan have joined the ensemble as its newest Company Members. The four artists have a long history with Steep and have had a...
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TSUKSASA TAIKO PERFORMS DRUM SPECTACULAR AT METROPOLIS

KC1_1015Tsuksasa Taiko performs their amazing drum spectacular at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre on April 23, 2015 A program of Asian Improv Arts Midwest, Tsuksasa Taiko performs their drum spectacular at Metropolis. Tsuksasa Taiko’s mission is to preserve, develop, and pass on the traditional concepts of Japanese art as...
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End Days @ Windy City Playhouse

Theater Review by Melissa Wiley, March 24, 2015

Rating 3 out of 4 stars

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Steven Strafford as Jesus (foreground) with Tina Gluschenko as Sylvia Stein in "End Days"
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Happiness is elusive. No one knows this better than...
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“THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN” @ Lifeline Theatre

Theater Review by Sally Jo Osborne, March 22, 2015

Rating 4 Stars Out of 4

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Ivan the gorilla (Christian Castro; left) meets Bob the dog (Rick Smith, puppeteer; right); in Lifeline Theatre’s world premiere production of “The One and Only...
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“Balm in Gilead” @ Griffin Theatre Company

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce, March 23, 2015

3 out of 4

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Tightwire @ Stage 773

Dance Review by Sarah Frye, March 20, 2015

Rating 3 Out of 4

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TightWire  is a delightful performance by Chicago Tap Theater from their circus-themed performance season. Presented at the intimate Stage 773, you feel that you are getting front row...
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LOUDER THAN A BOMB INDY AND TEAM FINALS, CULMINATING EVENTS OF THE LARGEST YOUTH POETRY FESTIVAL IN THE WORLD

LOUDER THAN A BOMB INDY AND TEAM FINALS, CULMINATING EVENTS OF THE LARGEST YOUTH POETRY FESTIVAL IN THE WORLD, SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 21 & 28 Festival Alumus Chance The Rapper To Appear March 28 at the Arie Crown Theatre   [caption id="attachment_7347" align="alignright" width="200"] Read more

A Young “Genius” @ Profiles

Theater Review by Jerald Raymond Pierce

Rating 2.5 out of 4

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Robert Breuler and Liz Zweifler.  Photo credit: Michael Brosilow
Playwright and award-winning novelist Kate Walbert’s script for Genius at Profiles Theatre feels like there are pages missing. It feels...
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“Two Trains Running” at Full Speed @ The Goodman Theater

Theater Review by Hector Pascual Alvarez, March 18th, 2015

Rating 3 stars out of 4

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(L to R) Alfred Wilson (Holloway), Ernest Perry Jr. (Hambone), Chester Gregory (Sterling), Nambi E. Kelley (Risa) and Anthony Irons (Wolf). Photo by Liz Lauren.
“Write epic shit” has become one of...
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Kronos and Anderson Transcend @ Harris Theater

Music Review Angela Allyn, March 17 2015

 4 Stars out of 4

MA3_8182   Laurie Anderson has always been the kind of artist that defies definition: poet, composer, sculptor, painter, violinist, ice skater, performance artist, inventor and techno junkie among others: her work pursues the frontiers of...
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Decent Exposure: The Full Monty @ Kokandy Productions

Theater Review by Drew Wancket, March 17, 2015

Rating4 out of 4 Stars

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(front, left to right) Garrett Lutz and Scott Danielson with (back, left to right) Jake MorissyMatt FryeGeorge Toles and Greg Foster in Kokandy’s Productions’ THE FULL MONTY with music and lyrics by David Yazbek, book by Terrence McNally, directed by John D....
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CHICAGO WRITERS BLOC NEW PLAY FEST TO PREMIERE 19 NEW WORKS

Writers blocChicago Writers Bloc New Play Festival 2015, the largest in CWB history, features the work of college students, emerging playwrights, and writers whose musicals, comedies and prizewinning dramas have been produced throughout the U.S. and abroad.  All shows will be performed at the Piven Theatre, 927...
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‘An Evening with C.S. Lewis’ Warms @ Metropolis

Theater Review by Meredith Boe, March 16, 2015

3.5 out of 4 stars

Lewis6Getting to know someone in an hour-and-a-half sounds optimistic. Yet in An Evening with C.S. Lewis, the famous literary figure is presented as if you already know him. The set, primarily the...
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Yankee Tavern @ American Blues Theater

     

Theater review by Kerstin Broockmann, February 26, 2015

3 stars out of 4

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Photo by Johnny Knight: (L to R) Darci Nalepa, Ian Paul Custer, Steve Key and Rich Cotovsky
On September 11, 2001, the jukebox in a derelict bar in...
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Charles Dutoit leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Music Review by Timothy Corpus, March 13, 2015

3 of 4 stars

unnamed The grand maestro Charles Dutoit has returned to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for a program of all French music. One of the great conductors, maestro Dutoit is the current artistic director and principal...
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THE GIFT THEATRE WELCOMES NEW CASTING DIRECTOR

image002The Gift Theatre artistic director Michael Patrick Thornton is proud to announce that Emjoy Gavino has joined the company as casting director. Gavino has been a casting consultant on several theater projects in the Chicago area since 2012; her most recent credits include work with Remy Bumppo,...
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Steppenwolf Earns a TCG Blue Star Theatre Grant

268C5728A-B361-9332-93256318B785C993.jpg.pagespeed.ce.pvQHX8ooCNRmRXF9nY-zTheatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, and Blue Star Families, the country's largest chapter-based military families non-profit organization, are pleased to announce the inaugural round of the Blue Star Theatres Grant Program. Through support from MetLife Foundation, the Grant Program will fund efforts that deepen...
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SECOND RATE FIRST WIVES CLUB

Theatre Review by Rand Ringgenberg,  March 12, 2015

Rating2 Stars Out of 4

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We are very fortunate here in Chicago that so many producers choose our fair city as the place for new musicals to receive their pre-Broadway tryout. Ever since The Producers...
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Feast Production’s ‘Traces’ @ Jackalope Theater

 Theatre Review by Kaitlyn Kearn, March 12th, 2015

 2.5 Stars out of 4

 4 Feast Productions in conjunction with Jackalope Theater Company’s Pioneer Series presents Traces, a new play by Shannon Pritchard. The adapted faerie tale is based on the legendary Scottish ballad Tam Lin. The...
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Bacon Brothers At City Winery

CITY WINERY CHICAGO ANNOUNCES WORLD PARTY AND THE BACON BROTHERS

ALSO: A LATE-NIGHT JAM BAND DOUBLE BILL WITH THE GIVING TREE BAND & HOT BUTTERED RUM

PUBLIC TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY, MARCH 12; ON SALE NOW TO VINOFILE™ MEMBERS

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‘THE PLAYER KING’ In Michigan City

‘THE PLAYER KING’ EXPLORES THE LIFE OF ACTOR EDWIN BOOTH, BROTHER OF LINCOLN’S ASSASSIN, AT MAINSTREET THEATRE IN MICHIGAN CITY

 By David Graham

2_Darin Dahms_The Player King_Mainstreet TheatreAll American schoolchildren are taught that an actor named John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln one evening...
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BOOBS AND GOOMBAS: Gorilla Tango Heads West!

BOOBS AND GOOMBAS: A SUPER MARIO BURLESQUE Comes to Los Angeles, April 10 - May 16, 2015

c Oh-a-YES! After an extended run of more than four years in Chicago, Gorilla Tango Theatre's hilarious romp through the Mario Bros. video games past and present, "Boobs and...
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“Picture Imperfect” @ Athenaeum

Theater Review by Meredith Boe, March 8, 2015

Rating 2.5 stars out of 4

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As if undertaking single motherhood weren’t a feat in itself, imagine stacking autism and heroin addiction onto the pile. Writers Joel Z. Cornfield and Richard James...
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An In-between Thing: ‘Antigonick’ @ Sideshow Theatre Company

Theatre Review by Kevin Greene, March 6, 2015

Rating 3 stars out of 4

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Lona Livingston (front center) with (back, left to right) David Lawrence Hamilton, Ann James, Paloma Nozicka, Maritza Cervantes, Anu Bhatt, Nate Whelden, David Guy, David Prete and Eleni Pappageorge.  Photo by Jonathan L. Green.
In the right hands, ambiguity can be a...
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The Silk Road Ensemble packs Symphony Center.

 

Theater Review by Timothy Corpus, March 7, 2015

4 of 4 stars

ABoisterous audiences can be hard to find at Symphony Center, but when the Silk Road Ensemble shows up, so do exuberant audiences. After 15 years of tours, performances and workshops, the veteran ensemble...
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Introducing Emergent Theatre

LOTRHLgraphic smallABOUT EMERGENT THEATRE: Our goal is to celebrate and depict the human spirit in an honest and entertaining way through the telling of story. Whether it's a classic or new work, a comedy or drama, we aspire to tell it in a manner that will leave...
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Sharp “Filmmakers” @ Museum of Contemporary Art

Theater Review by Hector Pascual Alvarez, February 28, 2015

Rating 3.5 stars out of 4

99042Last April, Kevin Spacey —giddy perhaps after taking over the White House in the TV show House of Cards— churned out a well-known cliché: “I think film is the director’s...
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Macbeth @The Artistic Home

Theater Review by Lauren Sheely, February 28, 2014

 Rating 3 stars out of 4

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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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