Steppenwolf for Young Adults brings its acclaimed production of 1919, J. Nicole Brooks’s stage adaptation of Eve L. Ewing’s poems about the “Red Summer” race riots and white supremacy in America, from their Halsted Street venue to a short tour this week with Chicago Park District’s “Night Out in the Parks” program, starting tonight at […]
J. Nicole Brooks’s adaptation of 1919, Eve L. Ewing’s collection of poems published a century after the “Red Summer” race riot in Chicago sparked by the murder of Eugene Williams, is the first live show since the pandemic for Steppenwolf for Young Adults. There are only a handful of public performances, but it should not […]
Right before the stay-at-home order hit Chicago in March of 2020, Lookingglass Theatre opened Her Honor Jane Byrne, written and directed by ensemble member J. Nicole Brooks. I called that production “a rich, riotous, and soul-searching world premiere,” and mourned its truncated run. Well, you can’t keep a good show down. After winning the prestigious […]
Back in the Pleistocene era (that is, 1986), I spent a few months living downtown in the now-gone Herman Crown Center, a Roosevelt University residence hall that also sheltered students from Columbia College Chicago (where I was enrolled) and the School of the Art Institute. (The building was torn down to make room for Roosevelt’s […]
The onetime Chicago theatermaker premieres his digital show for Mother’s Day; plus major awards for playwrights and designers and a tribute to Russ Tutterow
Victory Gardens and Raven name new leadership; J. Nicole Brooks wins a prestigious playwriting grant.
Lookingglass delivers a stunning world premiere about Chicago’s first woman mayor, public housing, and race.
Lookingglass produces the first in J. Nicole Brooks’s planned quartet of Chicago plays.
Playwright J. Nicole Brooks weaves together race, medicine, and basic humanity into a heartfelt drama.
A festival of ten-minute plays and an interactive kids’ show are among this week’s best bets.
Three black icons debate in Lookingglass Theatre’s “Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting”
A review of Fedra: Queen of Haiti, a futuristic retelling of the Phedre myth by J. Nicole Brooks, given its world premiere production at Lookingglass Theatre Company under the direction of Laura Eason.