During 2020, my running joke was that, although there weren’t any plays happening, there was always plenty of drama to report on in Chicago theater. In fall of 2021, we started seeing some theater return, though the season was cut short by last December’s COVID surge. (Not to be confused with the one we’re currently […]
Posted inGhost Light
Cody Estle flies north for his career’s Next Act
The very first Ghost Light column I wrote back in summer of 2020, I interviewed Markie Gray, the incoming managing director for Raven Theatre. Gray was hired to work alongside artistic director Cody Estle, who assumed the job in November 2017 from founders (and married couple) Michael Menendian and JoAnn Montemurro. (The board’s decision to […]
Good People and bad dads: new performing arts reviews
From “pointless” to “devastatingly beautiful”
Posted inArts & Culture
Eiko & Koma’s naked power at the MCA
The butoh-influenced pair look back on nearly 40 years of intense, deliberate—and sometimes nude—dance
Thanks, Raven Sings the Blues!
How did I forget about Bardo Pond?