I first saw Dr. Endesha Ida Mae Holland’s autobiographical From the Mississippi Delta over 30 years ago in the old Goodman studio theater space. Though it’s been revived many times since, I hadn’t seen it again until the current Lifeline and Pegasus Theatre Chicago coproduction at Lifeline. It’s a testament to Holland’s gift for dialogue […]
Lucas Bigos was not a theater kid in high school—never in drama club, never in the school play. But something clicked his senior year at Lane Tech. That’s when he took a theater class at his high school to satisfy an elective requirement. A year later, the non-theater kid, currently a first-year student in computer […]
Though it has some of Lifeline’s patented how-do-they-do-that effects, like a completely persuasive storm at sea achieved with nothing but video, some noise, and actors purporting to be blown around, Middle Passage is too cluttered to be satisfying. Rutherford Calhoun’s misadventures on the high seas include a captain mad enough to compete with Ahab, participation […]
While many of us (perhaps too optimistically) planned to complete any number of creative projects over the course of pandemic isolation parts one, two, or—dare I say it—three, 300 Chicago-area high school students managed to write and submit one-act plays to Pegasus Theatre Chicago’s 35th Annual Young Playwrights Festival. And three of those students—Laylah Freeman […]
Three plays by teen writers offer historical twists, absurdity, and some on-the-nose social commentary.
Lifeline’s staging of Charles Johnson’s novel has sea legs.
Pegasus Theatre Chicago celebrates 33 years of fostering teen writers.
Young audiences may appreciate it more than their parents.
There’s a raft of recommended new plays this week.
The Broadway musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel and a Pinter classic are among this week’s best bets.
An 11th-hour effort fails to save the longtime home of Organic and Black Ensemble theater companies.
What’s on the Agenda for Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Pegasus Players team up with Hull House.