Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s musical Into the Woods premiered three years before Robert Bly’s Iron John sent men into the wilderness as part of the “mythopoetic men’s movement,” complete with sweat lodges, drum circles, chanting, and other rituals designed to restore a pre-industrialization notion of masculinity, combined with Joseph Campbell’s “hero’s journey” narratives. The […]
Larry Yando has been a prominent presence on stages in Chicago and beyond for many years, including as Ebenezer Scrooge in the Goodman’s annual production of A Christmas Carol (this year marks his 15th outing). He plays Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express at Drury Lane Theatre through October 23. (Read […]
It is 2022 still, so . . . a nostalgic romp through a bygone era with a whodunit twist? Bring it! Ken Ludwig transformed Agatha Christie’s novel into a riveting stage text. This timeless mystery is an examination of the limits of a justice system, which may account for its eternal appeal. I will say […]
This musical take on Austen’s oft-adapted tale skims the surface.
Theresa Rebeck’s comedy of sexual politics tests the limits of women in power.
But the performances are stellar in Kimberly Senior’s monumental staging.
Hell in a Handbag’s 20th annual production of Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer is among the yuletide highlights.
The best-ever explanation for what makes reindeer fly and the 25th anniversary of a Chicago classic are among this week’s best bets.
The Goodman’s A Christmas Carol leads the seasonal onslaught.
The second half of Barbara Gaines’s epic adaptation compels—never mind the guitars or blood dripping from the wall.
There’s a lot more out there than A Christmas Carol.
Ain’t Misbehavin’, Arthur Miller’s Incident at Vichy, and 11 more new reviews
Chicago Shakespeare’s star-powered production is even more than its celebrated parts.
Commonly interpreted as Shakespeare’s farewell to theater, The Tempest is the tale of a magician performing his final and greatest feat. Prospero plans to use skills acquired over a lifetime to put his wrecked world back together. When that’s accomplished, he promises, “I’ll break my staff, bury it certain fathoms in the earth, and deeper […]
Now that dynamic pricing has come to the arts, you can score cheap seats—or get priced out.