Posted inArts & Culture

‘We don’t want to get bigger. We want to get deeper.’

This week, we’re kicking off a new occasional series, Stages of Survival, spotlighting theater companies that are, despite the pervasive gloom-and-doom narratives about the performing arts, still producing. The plan is to eventually encompass a broad range of companies: Equity and non-Equity, those that are itinerant and those that have their own spaces, and companies […]

Posted inTheater Review

Moon at the Bottom of the Ocean explores artistic jealousy and romantic need

It’s beginning to feel like we’re having a mini festival this year of plays about the romantic and professional conflicts facing artist (or academic) couples, between First Floor’s Hatefuck by Rehana Lew Mirza and Steppenwolf’s Another Marriage by Kate Arrington.  Bryn Magnus’s latest comedy, Moon at the Bottom of the Ocean, perhaps completes the trifecta. […]

Posted inPerforming Arts Feature

Rhino Fest comes charging back

When you’ve been around for decades, paradoxically it’s sometimes easy to be overlooked. I’m reminded of this every time I hear someone ask why Chicago doesn’t have its own fringe theater festival and politely remind them that the Rhinoceros Theater Festival (more commonly known as Rhino Fest) is right there. First presented in 1988 as […]

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Remembering Matt Rieger: ‘a good egg for the ages’

Editor’s Note: Matt Rieger, managing director and ensemble member of the Curious Theatre Branch, died on October 27 at 50, following a recent cancer diagnosis. Rieger’s death led to an outpouring of tributes on social media, reminding many of how instrumental he had been in many roles onstage and off over his years as a […]