• Peter Coombs
  • Oblivion, from the First Look Repertory of New Work

Steppenwolf Theatre’s annual First Look Repertory of New Work puts selected scripts through a development process that culminates in professional-quality productions. Reader contributor Kerry Reid spent about half of last weekend watching the three plays that comprise this year’s rep, and the other half writing up her thoughts on how it went. Meanwhile, I wrote at length and favorably about the Next Theatre production of Maple and Vine, and dance maven Laura Molzahn suggested you take a look at Dance Exchange, which is in town to perform The Matter of Origins by company founder Liz Lerman. Our critics were also fond of Broke-ology and Ripper the Musical.