Enjoy Your Time in Hell @ ShawChicago

Theater Review by Julie S. Halpern, October 30, 2014

 4 stars out of 4

shaw_logoShawChicago describes their 21st season as “Comedy for Serious People.” Judging from the enthusiasm at last evening’s performance of Don Juan in Hell, they are a savvy organization that knows and...
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Comedy Against Humanity @ Under The Gun Theater

Comedy Review by Drew Wancket, October 30, 2014

3.5 Stars Out of 4

photo 2A few months ago, I was able to speak with Kevin Mullaney, Artistic Director of Under The Gun Theater. At that point, the theater had not yet opened. They were in...
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Family Matters “All My Sons” @ Raven Theater

Theater Review by Drew Wancket, October 28, 2014

3.5 out of 4 Stars

All My SonsThe theme of Raven Theater's 2014-2015 season is “Family Business.” It is therefore highly appropriate that they began with a play by the king of family dramas, Arthur Miller. Premiering...
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Wild Grass – Beijing Dance Theater

Dance Review by Sarah Osterman Myers, October 28, 2014

Rating 3 Stars Out of 4

Beijing-Dance-Theater_WG_Dead_Fire_1_Han_Jiang“A wisp of black smoke issues from me, rising and twirling like a snake. The ice valley is suddenly surrounded by flowing flames, me in the middle. I look down...
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Cor Theatre Presents Two Works in 2015

Cor logo_color  Cor Theatre, the ambitious new Chicago company that first made its mark with Skin Tight at A Red Orchid Theatre in 2012, is returning with two major productions in the first half of 2015: the Midwest premiere of Erin Courtney's psychological thriller A Map of Virtue,...
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“Il Trovatore” @ Lyric

Opera Review by Tim Corpus, October 27, 2014

 Rating 3.5 Stars Out of 4

06_Anvil_Chorus_TROVATORE_MSB_4605_cMichael_Brosilow When attending the Lyric Opera of Chicago there are simple standards that one expects. There will be grand storytelling, incredible staging and sweeping melodies. The Lyric Opera of Chicago presents...
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Something Wicked @ Transcendent

Theatre Review by Kevin Greene

October 27, 2014

Rating 4 Stars out of 4

1stWitchInterpretations of Shakespeare are both uniquely common and immensely popular. From the big screen and nationally recognized stages straight through to ambitious storefronts, the works of William Shakespeare are as...
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Far Beyond Routine: Theatre Y’s Mesmerizing Happy Days

Theater Review by Kyle Whalen, October 27, 2014

4 out of 4 stars

[caption id="attachment_6011" align="aligncenter" width="604"] Melissa Lorraine in Theatre Y's Happy Days written by Samuel Beckett, directed by András Visky. Photo by Devron Enarson[/caption] Theatre Y’s Happy Days is a riveting, energized production about the...
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Pseudo-Chum @ The Neo-futurists

Theater Review by Drew Wancket, October 27, 2014

2.5 Stars Out of 4

[caption id="attachment_6006" align="aligncenter" width="604"] Aaron Lawson, Carolyn Benjamin, Sean Benjamin Aaron Lawson, Carolyn Benjamin, Sean Benjamin[/caption] In the Pantheon of Chicago Theater, the Neo-Futurists hold a very unique place in the hearts and minds...
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Owners @ Interrobang Theater

Theater Review by Elayne LeTraunik, October 27, 2914

2 Stars Out Of 4

Abbey-Smith-and-Brynne-Barnard-in-Interrobang-Theatre-Project’s-production-of-Caryl-Churchill’s-OWNERS.-Photo-by-Emily-Schwartz. Caryl Churchill has never been one to hide her political leanings. According to an article quoted in the program, “Historically, the Western conception of ownership, and its protection as a right,...
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Meet Tim Corpus

Chicago Stage Standard offers informed arts coverage by arts professionals. We are excited to welcome Tom Corpus to our group!
[caption id="attachment_5975" align="alignleft" width="150"] Tim Corpus[/caption] Timothy A. Corpus is a composer, performer, educator and production manager in Chicago. He has taught at high schools throughout Illinois as well as...
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Unsinkable ‘Titanic’ @ Griffin

Theatre Review by Rand Ringgenberg, October 27, 2014

4 out of 4 stars

[caption id="attachment_5985" align="aligncenter" width="604"](pictured) Josh Kohane (center) and the company of Griffin Theatre Company’s production of TITANIC.  Photo by Michael Brosilow. (pictured) Josh Kohane (center) and the company of Griffin Theatre Company’s...
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The Cryptogram @ Profiles

Theater Review by Elayne LeTraunik, October 26, 2014

 3 Stars Out Of 4

Donny-Abigail-Boucher-finds-a-quiet-moment-with-her-anxious-son-John-Aaron-Lamm.-Michael-BrosilowDavid Mamet is not the easiest playwright to bring to the stage. His clipped dialogue and overlapping rhythms can be deadly for those not experienced enough to bring them to life. Luckily...
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Fall Series @ Giordano Dance Chicago

Dance Review by Sarah Osterman Myers, October 24, 2014

Rating 3.5 Stars Out of 4 GDC_2014_Fall_Harris_FeelinGoodSweet_Heller_Tapia_Downs_Rozanski_Sturson (4)Jazz dance has undergone a full metamorphosis since its early stages, and Giordano Dance Chicago’s Fall Home Season at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance is the very embodiment of...
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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Film Review by Kaitlyn Kearn, October 23rd, 2014

Rating 4 Stars out of 4

Birdman 1 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is the story of an aging actor known best for his famous film trifecta portraying a Batman-centric superhero. He risks everything to...
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Teatro Vista Welcomes New Ensemble Members and Artistic Associates

[caption id="attachment_5950" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]teatro vista Ayssette Munoz, Carlo Garcia, Cruz Gonzalez, Isaac Gomez, Jennifer Aparicio, Jessie David Perez, Ramon Camin, Tommy Rivera-Vega, Yunuen Pardo[/caption] Teatro Vista is proud to announce the addition of two new ensemble members and seven new artistic associates to the company. The new ensemble members...
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Sphinx Virtuosi at the Harris Theater

 Music Review by Tim Corpus, October 22, 2014

 4 Stars out of 4

SphinxVirtuosiKevinKennedyThe Eat to the Beat series at the Harris Theater is a great way to experience two of life’s greatest pleasures - music and local cuisine. Once each month the Harris Theater...
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Introducing Otherworld Theatre Company

other world 5Artistic Director and Founder Tiffany Keane started Otherworld Theatre Company back in 2012, shortly after she graduated from Columbia College Chicago. Armed with a theatre degree with a concentration in directing, she was faced with the daunting task of trying to find work in a...
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THE KINGSTON TRIO Perform Their Folk Classics at Metropolis

KT Photo 5With a concert full of folk classics, The Kingston Trio comes to Metropolis Performing Arts Centre for two performances on November 22, 2014. In 1957 The Kingston Trio emerged from San Francisco’s North Beach club scene to take the country by storm, bringing the rich tradition...
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Finalists Named in Pride Films and Plays’ Great Gay Screenplay Contest

Events for Gay Film Week include Queer Bits Film Festival and enhanced staged readings of the screenplays of the five finalists

Chicago, IL – This fall, Pride Films and Plays developmental work with writers from around the country continues with Gay Film Weekend for new screenplay development. Five finalists- Chris Halligan, James...

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Marvelous ‘Sweeney Todd’ @ Porchlight Music Theatre

Theater Review by Angela Allyn, October 10, 2014

 3.5 stars out of 4


Sweeney 2Before there was Walter White of Breaking Bad, Stephen Sondheim gave us Benjamin Barker, the ordinary Joe who turns into a monster, the personification of...
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Why Subscribing to a Brand New Theater is A Grand Idea

Introducing Windy City Playhouse

WCP_RenderingA new theater has plenty of challenges. Besides the usual tasks of deciding on a season, finding passionate directors, casting appropriately, and publicizing productions in the best way possible, a new theater has a nearly insurmountable task: getting people to believe in...
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The Velveteen Rabbit @ Lifeline Theatre

Theater Review Sally Jo Osborne, October 19, 2014

4 Stars Out Of 4

Ok, so I was told to bring tissues with me and sure enough I forgot. Sad, happy, thought provoking for all ages (over the age of 5), Lifeline Theatre presents The Velveteen Rabbit based on the children’s novel written by...
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All Girl Edgar Allan Poe @ The Chicago Mammals

Theater review by Kerstin Broockmann, October 18, 2014

2 ½ stars out of 4

All Girl Edgar Allan Poe - Raven 4 (2)The Chicago Mammals return just in time for Halloween with another installment of their “All Girl” series with All Girl Edgar Allan Poe....
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Theatre Review by Rand Ringgenberg, October 20, 2014 3 out of 4 stars I  am a big fan of the 1999 Tony Award winning musical Parade. I find Jason Robert Brown’s music and lyrics mesmerizing and Alfred Urhy’s book engaging storytelling. So, I was filled with high hopes and...
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River – Mouth – Ocean @ Links Hall

 Dance Review by Hiba Ali, October 19, 2014

4 Stars Out Of 4

IMG_7635RAMeyerIntertwined with supernatural myth and an ecological concern, RIVER – MOUTH – OCEAN employs syncretic formulations of Afro-Asian Futurism. Afrofuturism is an arts movement coined in 1993 headed by the likes of...
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Winners of the 50th Chicago International Film Festival Competitions Announced

Films from Georgia, Argentina, Sweden, Mexico, Germany, Israel and the United States, Among Other Countries, Receive the Gold and Silver Hugo in the Festival’s Competitions Michael Keaton Receives the Founder’s Award for His Electrifying Performance in “Birdman”; Jorge Pérez Solano’s “La Tirisia” wins the Festival’s First Roger Ebert Award CHICAGO, IL (October 17, 2014) – Michael Kutza,...
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Whatever We Want @ Vivarium Theatre

Theatre Review by Ben Cherkasky, October 18, 2014

Rating 3 Stars Out Of 4

WhateverWeWant3Whatever We Want is a show of intimate vignettes which delve into the complex sisterhood of Bug and Della, whose parents’ divorce separates them at an early age. We follow the...
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The 5th Anniversary Collision: October 20th at Links Hall

unnamedOn 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... Read more

Too Much Fright Makes The Baby Go Blind

TOOMUCHFRIGHT2Get 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.

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Steep Theatre Announces New Executive Director

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...
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Tony Winner Duncan Sheik At City Winery

THE SPRING AWAKENING COMPOSER MAKES A RARE, LONG-AWAITED CONCERT APPEARANCE AT CITY WINERY ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30 duncan sheik 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,...
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New Theater Space Opens on Newport

UTGstreetsignsOwners 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. Under The...
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The Albright Theatre Presents “The Memory of Water”

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...
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Effective ‘Take Me Out’ @ Eclectic

Theater Review by David Zak, October 14, 2014

3 Stars Out Of 4

DSC_0250-LThere 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...
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