Once upon a time I reviewed shows every week. Can you believe that? Every week. But that was a long time ago. Back then there were new shows to review every week, a steady stream of them, some amazing, some awful, most somewhere in between. And more than one or two at a time, but […]
John Michalski, onetime Chicago improv teacher and performer, never found great fame. But he embodied the art form at its purest.
The rapper-dancer-performance poet rolls with the pandemic punches.
Remembering the comedy theater’s humble beginnings and reflecting on its dramatic end
A critic reflects on UCB’s early history in Chicago.
Burmese refugee Elena HT Par, a high school student in Chicago, won the Chin Cable Network’s 2019 award for song of the year.
A starry cast can’t inject a lot of life into Dan Clancy’s middlebrow story.
The 1987 Michael J. Fox film gets a toothless musical treatment.
Mercury Theater Chicago’s revival of this murder mystery party game can’t overcome the dated material.
It’s Gershwin for the win in Drury Lane’s production.
Audrey Cefaly’s story of a photographer and an agoraphobe goes far beyond Madison County.
Roger Bean’s jukebox musical has pleasant songs, but no point to its journey.
Steven Dietz’s family drama doesn’t give us enough reasons to care.
Scott Weinstein’s staging is far more knock-out than knockoff.
Her new monthly showcase at Duke of Perth creates a community for newbies and vets alike.