When everyone on the stage is excellent, it shows a director fully in command of the material. That’s the case with Cody Estle’s production of The Luckiest by Melissa Ross, receiving its Chicago premiere at the Raven Theatre. Plays about a young woman’s disability and impending death always risk straying into Love Story-style bathos, while […]
Before it was retrofitted into an upscale wedding and corporate events hall, the landmark Motor Row building at 2400 South Michigan was home to the Chicago Defender, the iconic Black newspaper of record that in no small part empowered and facilitated the Great Migration of Black southerners to northern cities during the early 20th century. […]
Changes in faces, places, and union rules might carry harbingers of a shifting landscape in Chicago theater.
But the comedy games continue online; plus Raven announces a new-play development commission.
Victory Gardens and Raven name new leadership; J. Nicole Brooks wins a prestigious playwriting grant.
Two standout performances anchor Raven’s production of the Ibsen classic.
Eli Newell’s self-directed holiday play at Raven asks us to suspend too much disbelief.
Raven Theatre has wiped its founders from its history.
Katori Hall’s play takes its time but weaves a spell.
Raven’s production has heart, but doesn’t fully connect the pieces.
In: a new Auditorium Theatre CEO; out: 16 board members, an associate dean, and the Joffrey Ballet
The nostalgic tones don’t resonate quite as fully with the modern music scene as they could.
It starts as grotesque comedy but ends in tragedy.
Dutch Masters and The Undeniable Sound of Right Now ask how much has really changed in politics and music.
Paula Vogel’s play is a stunner, but this production hits a few wrong notes.