Welcome to Florence, circa 1485, where the Medicis rule by fear and favors—and where their favorite bad-boy artist, Sandro Botticelli, is about to fuck around (literally) and find out. Canadian playwright/novelist Jordan Tannahill’s Botticelli in the Fire premiered in 2018, before COVID-19, but plague is one of the problems facing Lorenzo De Medici’s Renaissance fiefdom. […]
Tag: James Ijames
First Lady fantasia
Right before the pandemic shutdown in 2020, TimeLine Theatre presented James Ijames’s sorrowful and powerful Kill Move Paradise, in which a group of Black men murdered by the police gather in a purgatorial afterlife, where a fax machine spits out an ever-growing list of more Black people killed by the state. At the same time […]
Art and appropriation
Of the two plays exploring race that Steppenwolf has on stage right now—King James and WHITE—the latter definitely stands out for being not only funnier, but more complex and satisfying in its critique of race, privilege, and power. Written by James Ijames and directed by Ericka Ratcliff, Definition Theatre’s production is a delightfully silly yet […]
TimeLine marches on
TimeLine Theatre unveils plans for their new Uptown home, while their longtime managing director transitions to a new role.
Bending the arc of theatrical liberation
Thinking about The Boys in the Band, Broadway, and Chicago
Beyond the Canon highlights BIPOC playwrights
If you want to decolonize theater, start with the script.
Lyric, Goodman, Steppenwolf, and CSO face the music
Major performing arts organizations recalibrate for COVID-19.
Nora Dunn on our first and worst presidents
Her show at Steppenwolf is off for now, but the ‘difficult’ SNL vet still has plenty to say.
Kill Move Paradise imagines an afterlife for victims of police killings
James Ijames puts the audience on trial in this TimeLine production.
Steppenwolf’s LookOut series opens its doors to younger companies
First Floor’s Plano and Definition’s White connect emerging companies and established artists.
Colin Quinn at Thalia Hall and more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend
Brodsky/Baryshnikov at Harris Theater and more goings-on February 2-4
Victory Gardens’ Ignition Festival of New Plays reignites
New work by Greg Kotis, Laura Jacqmin, and Antoinette Nwandu are among the highlights of this free annual showcase.