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Friday, 15 January 2016 19:45

Review: Bruise Easy at American Theater Company

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American Theater Company starts the year with a world premiere by author Dan LeFranc, directed by Joanie Schultz. "Bruise Easy" is a modern day retelling of Electra, set in the seemingly vapid world of southern California. When Tess (Kelly O'Sullivan) returns to her childhood home to find her estranged brother…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 16:56

Review: Byhalia, Mississippi at Den Theatre

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The New Colony and Definition Theatre Company’s collaboration “Byhalia, Mississippi” opens up with a young white trash couple from the play’s titled town who are about to have their first child. The dialogue between the family is witty and sharp and you immediately feel like you are in the South.…
Melissa Thodos the creator of Sono’s Journey and her designers, which premiered at the Auditorium Theatre Saturday, did a wonderful job telling the story of Sono Asato, a dancer who broke age and race barriers from the time she was just fourteen years old. At that same young age, Sono…
Friday, 08 January 2016 01:30

Young Sophisticates Emerge as Real Playwrights

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Crowdsourcing theater may be having its moment, as 500 script submissions competed for three slots in an evening of one-acts on the cozy stage at the Chicago Dramatists theater. Never mind this is the annual Pegasus Players high school competition. What they have wrought this time around is a delightful…
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 21:12

If You Ever Loved Dancing You GOTTA See "Gotta Dance"!

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"Gotta Dance" is a partly fictional partly true story based on the 2008 documentary film by Dori Bernestein about the New Jersey Nets and the basketball team’s efforts to boost flagging attendance by creating the first-ever hip-hop halftime dance team comprised only of those 60 and older. Georgia Engel, best…
Bruce Norris, also a member of the Steppenwolf ensemble, wrote and directed this very funny, fast moving play about a gynecologist turned politician, Bill Pulver, who ends up putting a young prostitute into a coma during rough sex play. The play opens at a press conference as the news hits…
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 07:00

DYNAMITE DIVAS IS EXPLOSIVELY GOOD

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Here is a theater event that is so rich you cannot be disappointed. Anyone who attends Dynamite Divas: A Tribute to Women in Soul will be richly rewarded by the experience. In fact, it is so good, I would say run, don't walk, to the Black Ensemble theater to see…
Tuesday, 22 December 2015 02:49

Apollo Chorus Delivers in Up-Tempo Handel's Messiah

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The Apollo Chorus has been performing Handel's Messiah since 1879 and they have it nailed. Singing through the 53 Bible passages Handel set to a Baroque score 250 years ago, it becomes quickly clear - three numbers in - as the choir sings its first part, who owns this performance:…
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 14:18

"Christmas Dearest" Is Laugh Out Loud Holiday Fun

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I've seen Hell in a Handbag’s production of “Christmas Dearest” before and the dazzling funny and yet touching show has now officially become part of my true Holiday tradition. The reason being is that it takes the classic tale "A Christmas Carol" and throws some six-inch, size 11 heeled, f*ck…
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