Back in 1996, the late playwright August Wilson delivered an address at the annual conference for Theatre Communications Group, the national service organization for theaters in the U.S. Entitled “The Ground on Which I Stand,” Wilson’s speech (later released as a book) took aim at racism and Eurocentrism in American theater, particularly when it comes […]
Ele Matelan didn’t plan on making a career out of sound effects. Like a lot of Chicago theater artists, she moved here after college (at Southern Methodist University) to pursue acting. She also did some stage management for her SMU pals who had formed the House Theatre of Chicago in 2001. But one winter night […]
Aimé Césaire’s 1970 play about Haiti’s little-known and brief period of monarchy gets a better production than it deserves from adapter and director Lanise Antoine Shelley and her cast. Césaire created not characters but mouthpieces for points of view about Haiti’s government in the years after its hard-won independence, and not even effective ones: without […]
Jason Narducy and Brett Neveu’s portrait of a 1983 teen punk band needs more edge.
The new musical Verböten uses the story of Jason Narducy’s forgotten early-80s band to talk about the power of subculture.
Bennett Fisher’s play has all the amenities except a well-explored point.
Distortions of the historical record strike a sour note
There’s a raft of recommended new plays this week.
A dual-sided look at health care and an electrifying study of heroism are among this week’s best bets.
Mary Robinette Kowal makes puppets and writes in a 1913 building in the Ukrainian Village.
Fifteen new reviews of stage shows including limited runs of Cabaret and the one-man show Sancho: An Act of Remembrance.
What’s on the Agenda for Thursday, November 22, 2012
The House Theatre loses its way with the D&D-style saga The Iron Stag King
The House Theatre of Chicago finds only half the wonder in Joe Meno’s new play.