Midsommer Flight’s production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is back at the Lincoln Park Conservatory, this time with an immersive “choose-your-own-path” twist. It’s an exciting concept that could use some workshopping given the uniqueness of the greenhouse space and the inherent challenges already present in performing Shakespeare in a way that’s relatable and easy to follow […]
As a first-time viewer of Pump Boys & Dinettes, a nearly 40-year-old musical that showcases the depth and breadth of Black acting, musicianship, and choreography, I was surprised (though I shouldn’t have been) to learn that Porchlight Music Theatre’s racially diverse casting was the exception, not the norm. Under the direction of Black Ensemble Theater […]
As the lights come up on this three-act show (full disclosure, my first live theater since COVID-19), Dr. Horrible’s maniacal laugh brings to life the demented claustrophobia we’ve all been feeling for the last year and a half. Played by a charmingly pathetic Kevin Webb, Dr. Horrible is the worst kind of Internet troll—a lonely […]
Tearing Lady Gaga’s ticket. Seeing a tenor dropped in Tosca. Grooving to Mavis Staples from the rafters. These are the magical moments that happen with live performance. They are also just another Tuesday night for The Saints, the quiet backbone of Chicago theater that’s never stopped working, lockdown be damned. The Saints is the only […]
A poultry version of the human-animal connection brings mindfulness and joy
The tragedy of a single elephant’s death has universal implications in Griffin’s production.
Two standout performances anchor Raven’s production of the Ibsen classic.
Orlagh Cassidy centers this one-woman show, but the script needs more depth.
Kids and families are in charge at this Portage Park theater
Lifeline Theatre KidSeries brings children and animals together for a family-friendly yarn.
Hell in a Handbag’s Midler revue is middling.
How a network of local creatives brought a queer, authentically Chicago story to Showtime.
Githa Sowerby’s long-neglected drama has a strong cast at TimeLine, but drags at times.
A coworker’s suicide leads to soul-searching in Kate Tarker’s darkly comic meditation.
Forty-three years after its first production, Jackie Taylor’s African American adaptation still enchants and empowers.