Close quarters, minuscule budgets, and structural limitations can work wonders when it comes to creating intimacy and forcing invention.
Eugene O’Neill’s family tragedy Long Day’s Journey Into Night gets a true-to-life staging at Court Theatre.
Efforts are underway to make Chicago’s theater less uniformly white, thin, able-bodied, and gender-conforming.
Roberto Bolaño’s sprawling novel becomes a phantasmagoric five-and-a-half-hour ride.
Bruce Norris’s dark comedy looks at the aftermath of a political sex scandal.
Dexter Bullard directs British playwright Roy Williams’s drama about two black London boxers.
A critical guide to the 2015 Chicago Fringe Festival
American Theater Company suffered a major loss in May, when artistic director PJ Paparelli died at age 40 after a car accident in Scotland, just weeks after the opening of The Project(s), his acclaimed documentary-theater piece about public housing in Chicago. ATC is dedicating its 2015—’16 season to the writer-director’s legacy, but don’t expect a […]
Ten years after the disaster in New Orleans, true stories of survival fill a pair of Chicago productions.
Former investigative reporter Hillel Levin makes a case for the return of the grassy knoll.
All Our Tragic The day before I saw the Hypocrites’ loose adaptation of all 32 surviving Greek tragedies, I flew back to Chicago from a vacation in Austria. The flight lasted nine hours, the show 12. But although it took significantly more time to get through than it takes to cross the Atlantic, All Our […]
Lookingglass Theatre’s dazzling new staging of Moby-Dick uses aerial acrobatics to buoy Melville’s masterpiece.
The Second E.T.C. revue Soul Brother, Where Art Thou? has plenty of poignance and pointed commentary to go with the yuks.
The House Theatre of Chicago’s fantasy epic The Hammer Trinity is thrilling and thought-provoking—even if you don’t like fantasy.
The cosmic void crashes a kid’s birthday party in the Hypocrites’ incongruously cutesified staging of Samuel Beckett’s Endgame.