Jessica Dickey’s world premiere at Remy Bumppo (directed by Marti Lyons) has some echoes of Doug Wright’s I Am My Own Wife: the playwright appears as a character, researching the life of a historical figure as a way to come to grips with her own personal narrative. But unlike the ethically complicated (but still remarkable) […]
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Seeking sanctuary in Routes
Nearly a decade after it debuted at the Royal Court Theatre in 2013, Rachel De-lahay’s Routes has landed at Theater Wit for its American premiere. Presented by Remy Bumppo, Routes is a story of progressively intertwined, mirrored vignettes of two characters and the handful of people who will determine their respective fates. Olufemi (Yao Dogbe) […]
Last Call Chicago, midwest graffiti, Routes, Braided
If you’re interested in queer Chicago history, you’ll definitely want to check this out: At 6 PM, Sidetrack (3349 N. Halsted) is celebrating the release of Last Call Chicago: A History of 1001 LGBTQ Friendly Taverns, Haunts & Hangouts. Renowned writers and activists Rick Karlin and St. Sukie de la Croix will share some of […]
I saw a lot of old friends and acquaintances I hadn’t seen in quite some time last weekend. And as sometimes happens for people of a certain age, shades of sorrow and remembrance for those no longer here crept into the conversation. No matter how much we try to play whack-a-mole with the Reaper, he’s […]
Plays in a pandemic
By the time this year ends (it is gonna end, right?), Reader critics will, by my count, have reviewed 69 live theater and dance performances. That’s far less than in most years, but a veritable cornucopia after the onstage famine that began in March 2020. But just when we think it’s safe to go back […]
Remy Bumppo and Teatro Vista name new artistic directors
Marti Lyons takes over at Remy Bumppo, while Lorena Diaz and Wendy Mateo share the top job at Teatro Vista.
Lanise Antoine Shelley is opening up the House
The new artistic director wants to take ‘amazing feats of storytelling’ into more diverse realms; Rick Bayless wants to give more money to local theaters.
The Chimes and I Hate It Here ring out a horrible year
Charles Dickens and Ike Holter are unlikely twin spirit guides in two online shows.
Top Girls remains heartbreakingly relevant
Remy Bumppo revisits Caryl Churchill’s 1982 play with a stellar ensemble.
Build it and they will come
Arts and Business Council heads to the south and west sides.
This list goes to 11: our critics share their best bets for chilly nights
Break the hibernation habit with some hot choices onstage.
Howards End and the architecture of hurry
Douglas Post’s new adaptation for Remy Buppo resonates in our age of class unrest and digital disconnects.
Bloomsday transcends its preposterous plot with nuanced musings on age and regret
It should be a trainwreck, but it’s not, just so long as you put your intellect on hold.
The Father offers a tepid portrayal of the brutality of dementia
Remy Bumppo’s production asks little of its audience besides easy pity for an old man.
Silk Road Rising’s Great Expectations is less a morality tale than a tale of easy moralizing
In an adaptation that puts Pip in India under the Raj, there’s no way for him to succeed without betraying his heritage.