|On Monday, October 20th at 7:30pm, we will commemorate collision_theory's 5th anniversary at Links Hall/Constellation with our third Supercollider. Curators Rachel Damon and Dan Mohr have each assembled an all-star group of c_t veterans (plus a fresh face...
Theater Review by Rebecca Curl, October 17, 2014
Rating 3.5 stars out of 4
Dance Review by Angela Allyn, October 16, 2014
4 stars out of 4
When the curtain was about to go up on the new collaboration between Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and The Second City, I had absolutely no idea what to expect....
Film Review by David Zak, October 17, 2014
3 Stars Out of 4
Eternity: the Movie
from director Ian Thorpe
is a petite valentine to the glory days of Hall and Oates. It finds the right blend of silly, sexy, and...
Get the pants creeped off of you at Too Much Fright Makes the Baby Go Blind!
Spend Halloween with the weird and the wicked of The Neo-Futurists at 5153 N. Ashland.
The Neo-Futurists brutalize your senses with
The talented Ingersolls come to the intimate Metropolis stage to perform their hit show My Baby Just Cares For Me
November 14-15, 2014.
He’s the affable crooner from Jersey Boys
and the PBS retro rock sensation Under The Streetlamp. She’s the vivacious starlet from Second City Hollywood with two Jeff Award nods. Sparks fly as irresistible husband...
Artistic Director Peter Moore and Board President Ted Lowitz are pleased to announce that Kate Piatt-Eckert, who has been serving as Steep Theatre's Business Manger for over a year, will be stepping into the role of Executive Director of Steep Theatre Company.
The company and the board could not be more thrilled to welcome Kate into...
Pride Films and Plays annual fall benefit Simply Sensational: Legends will reach new heights this year when Tony Award Winner Donna McKechnie headlines the event on October 20
. She will be joined on stage by other musical guests American Idol Finalist Devin Valez, Colte Julian from...
THE SPRING AWAKENING COMPOSER MAKES A RARE, LONG-AWAITED CONCERT APPEARANCE AT CITY WINERY ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30
Grammy and Tony Award-winning songwriter and composer Duncan Sheik
makes his long-awaited return to singing stand-alone pop songs in his City Winery debut. Sheik has released seven albums,...
DVD Review by David Zak, October 16, 2014
3 Stars Out Of 4
Writer/Director Miguel Ferrari
incorporates some exciting scenes into Azul Y No Tan Rosa
, clumsily translated into English as My Straight Son
, being released by TLA. The central...
Owners Angie McMahon (founding director at Chemically Imbalanced Comedy, and current faculty member at The Second City) and Kevin Mullaney (first Artistic Director at UCB Theater NYC, and current Artistic Director of Chicago Improv Festival) are ever excited to announce the soft opening of their theater.
Theater Review by Drew Wancket, October 15, 2014
3 out of 4 Stars
Situated on a quiet stretch of Lincoln Avenue just north of Irving Park is one of the most distinctive theaters in Chicago, The Cornservatory. When I had the opportunity a...
BATAVIA, Ill. (October 14, 2014) – The Albright Theatre is proud to present “The Memory of Water” by Shelagh Stephenson.
“The Memory of Water” is a poignant play about the homecoming of three sisters who all come home to plan the funeral for their mother, who has...
Theater Review by David Zak, October 14, 2014
3 Stars Out Of 4
There are many things to like about Eclectic Full Contact Theatre’s new production of Take Me Out
. The set is handsome, and the ensemble enthusiastic. Best of all is the chance to...
Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces Northlight's 40th Anniversary Party featuring a performance by Tony Award winner, composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown. The event, which will also include a cocktail reception, raffle and auction, will be held at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd...
Theater review by Kerstin Broockmann, October 10, 2014
2 ½ stars out of 4
Aguijón Theater is launching their 25th
Anniversary Season, for which they are revisiting previously produced work, with Mario Vargas Llosa’s 1986 play La Chunga
. Though they could be faulted for taking...
Theater Review by Angela Allyn, October 10, 2014
3.5 stars out of 4
Before there was Walter White of Breaking Bad
, Stephen Sondheim gave us Benjamin Barker, the ordinary Joe who turns into a monster, the personification of evil Sweeney Todd—with his sidekick the...
Theater Review by Julie S. Halpern
3.5 stars out of 4
Congressional gridlock, reproductive issues, farm subsidies, backroom deals, pet projects, an economy spiraling downward at a dizzying pace...Welcome to the last gasp of the Hoover administration. While Americans continue to suffer...
Theatre Review by Ben Cherkasky, October 10, 2014
Rating 3 Stars Out Of 4
When a big-shot manhattan accountant steals $27 million worth of a bank’s forgotten money, the last thing he wants to do is give it to his soon to be ex-wife when she tracks him back home to Cincinnati.
Dance Review by Sarah Osterman Myers, October 9, 2014
Rating 4 Stars Out of 4
As the lights dim, four women dressed in baggy shades of grey enter one by one and stand in a line facing the back; a backdrop of shimmery black folds. A bellicose...
Opera Review by Angela Allyn, October 6, 2014
Rating 4 stars out of 4
Richard Strauss’ 1942 “conversation piece for Music” known as Capriccio
, which received a lush opening at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, is more of a manifesto than an...
UrbanTheater Company (UTC) is excited to announce the opening of its Season 9 with the Midwest Premiere of Puerto Rican playwright, Carmen Rivera’s, Julia De Burgos: Child of Water, directed by Juan Castañeda (First Class, Devil Land, Hermanas Padilla). Last February, UTC was honored to participate in a unified event spanning four major cities, in...
Theatre Review by David Zak, October 7, 2014
Rating 3.5 Stars Out Of 4
The first act of Artistic Home's production of Watch on the Rhine
is perfect. Lillian Hellman’s classic drama is best when it combines politics and family. And as the...
Theatre Review by Rand Ringgenberg, October 6, 2014
3 out of 4 stars
You might not be familiar with the LaChiusa/Wolfe musical version of The Wild Party
based on a jazz age poem, but you should make sure you get invited to this party. It is indeed a wild ride from beginning to...
Theatre Review by Luke Simone, October 5th, 2014
3.5 out of 4 stars
Since Halloween is just around the corner, there's no better way to kick off the spookiest time of the year, along with the opening of First Folio's 19th season with the world...
Theater Review by David Zak, Oct 6 2014
4 Stars Out of 4
I was mesmerized by every moment of Smokefall
at the Goodman. Noah Haidle’s script is one of the best I have seen in years. The ensemble is terrific and the...
DVD Review by David Zak, October 5, 2014
Rating 3.5 Stars Out Of 4
We may be familiar with stories like this, but this Polish film is handsome, sexy, and worth a look.
Kuba (Mateusz Banasiuk) is swimmer and devoted boyfriend to Slwia (Marta Nieradkiewcz) a...
Vacation Synopsis: On a beach retreat, a furloughed hockey enforcer must confront what put him on the disabled list in the first place.
Area IV Theatre Company is proud to announce their upcoming world premiere production of Vacation, to be performed in the downstairs space at the Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Avenue, October...
Is Trans the new black? So it seems! The transgender experience has never before been so prominent at the Reeling Film Festival, where transgender stories and actresses take center stage this year, reflecting changes not only in the world of independent film, but also in mainstream media.
Laverne Cox recently made history as the first openly...
after all the terrible things I do, A HEART-WRENCHING, DEEPLY PERSONAL LOOK AT SHARED PASTS AND SECOND CHANCES, OPENS IN MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER’S STIEMKE STUDIO
Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s 2014/15 Stiemke Studio Season opens with the World Premiere of after all the terrible things I do. This gripping drama, a provocative piece from award-winning playwright A. Rey...
Erasing the Distance, an arts organization that sheds light on mental health issues through theatre, continues work in the veterans community with three Fall 2014 engagements
Erasing the Distance (ETD), a Chicago-based arts organization that sheds light on mental health issues through theatre, is continuing to explore veterans’ issues with three Fall 2014 engagements.
In November 2013,...
Popular Chicago performance art venue, DEFIBRILLATOR, has unexpectedly lost their lease at 1136 N. Milwaukee Avenue in the Noble Square neighborhood. The sudden news was a tremendous shock to the organization who had been presenting a rigorous series of exhibitions for four years at this location. Programming will continue throughout October but events scheduled from...
Dream Theatre Company presents its award-winning, critically acclaimed horror play AUDIENCE ANNIHILATED PART TWO: GOLD STAR STICKER by Jeremy Menekseoglu at its Dream Laboratory venue located in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood at 5026 N. Lincoln Ave.
Part haunted house, part horror show, Dream Theatre once again shatters the boundary and blurs all lines between actor...
Andrew and Bill don’t want to grow up. As the pressures of adulthood weigh heavier on them, they retreat further into the comfortable worlds they inhabit with the only people who understand them- their imaginary friends. The Adultescents present “Surreal For Dinner,” a narrative sketch show that takes place in the dissociative universe of these...
Corn Productions hit improv-aganza, THE ORIGINAL IMPROV GLADIATORS – SEASON TWENTY-THREE is back! Teams from all over Chicago-land compete against each other and the revered home team, “The Improv Gladiators” to win the coveted prize of a 4 week run at Cornservatory. Eight teams, five weeks, three judges, and only one winner…the stakes are high,...
September 22, 2014
—Chicago Shakespeare Theater
(CST) continues the dynamic World’s Stage Series with the U.S. debut of Théâtre de la Ville
’s Ionesco Suite
from Paris, France. Directed by Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota
, this absurdist masterpiece celebrates the work of maverick avant-garde playwright Eugène Ionesco
with a whirlwind montage encapsulating seven of his...
We meet Bug and Della, 10 and 12 years old respectively, and the closest of sisters, paddling through a vast swamp searching for something unspoken. It’s the last day they’ll live under the same roof.
Whatever We Want
follows two sisters over the course of 15 years...
Theater Review by Angela Allyn, September 26, 2014
3 stars out of 4
When the lights fade to black after the stunning conclusion of The World of Extreme Happiness
which opened last weekend at the Owen Theater, the house was completely silent. The applause did not start for a long time, and a single voice...
The international singing sensation Celtic Thunder announces its upcoming North American Tour, coming to the Chicago Theatre on Sunday, November 30 at 7:30pm. After the tragic passing of George Donaldson, the show’s newest member, New Yorker Emmett O’Hanlon, an Irish American baritone will join the group. The group performs with a full symphony orchestra...
Last week was Women’s Words Week at Pride Films and Plays - a vivid and exciting place to experience work written and directed by women with lesbian characters or themes. The week began with our first Women’s Words Film Fest of lesbian shorts written and/or directed by women. That was followed by Enhanced Staged Readings...
Film Review By Aubrey Jernigan, September 28th 2014
Rating 3 out of 4 stars
The death of a straight girl’s fiancé leads to a rooftop suicide attempt – but don’t worry, she meets an attractive lesbian photographer up there! After a freak date with a customer from the Book Shop where of...
ARE YOU THE SHARK OR THE CHUM?
Be better than the shark. Keep your mind. This is Pseudo-Chum. Opening night is Monday, October 20 at The Neo-Futurarium at 5153 N. Ashland.
The stage blood is in...
Heading into its third season, First Floor Theater continues its commitment to visceral acting, immersive design, and collaborative dramaturgy with a new artistic process, refined mission statement and staff changes reflective of this new approach. This new process explores radical collaboration between actors and designers, where all are invited to define the world of the stories we...
Theater Review by Drew Wancket, September 27, 2014
3 Stars Out Of 4
One of the most intriguing things I have had to navigate since I began reviewing shows is how to manage expectations. Every show is different. You cannot go to a Chekov play and expect it to be anything like David Mamet. You...