No matter your views on Christmas and the bulging Santa’s sack of psycho/socio/political/familial drama wrapped up in the sparkle-plenty holiday, this much I know is true: If you aren’t moved to snorts and/or tears of laughter by Lorenzo Rush Jr. weaving a Vatican-worthy tapestry worth of exceptionally innovative cuss words as The Old Man in […]
Tag: Scott Weinstein
Mystery in space
Based on the 1961 novel by Stanisław Lem, which spawned two films, Solaris, the play by David Greig, makes its North American premiere in a Griffin Theatre production under Scott Weinstein’s direction. A riveting sci-fi mystery thriller, it opens with a scientist visiting a space station that orbits the ocean planet of Solaris. A crew […]
Grease revs up the revival engines at Marriott
Scott Weinstein’s staging is far more knock-out than knockoff.
Something Rotten! goes down easy
Two brothers try to steal from the Bard in Marriott’s entertaining take on the Broadway musical comedy.
Noises Off proves that too-frequent gags have diminishing marginal returns
But this Windy City Playhouse production is still good, frothy fun.
Despite the tiny cast of Murder for Two, there’s a multiplicity of suspects
Marriott’s two-man musical murder mystery is lots of fun, until it runs out of plot.
Frost/Nixon depicts the thoughtfulness and grace of . . . Richard Nixon?
Oh, the good old days when a former president admitted to criminal complicity on prime-time television!
In Violet, a scarred heroine goes in search of a miracle
Griffin Theatre’s production of this Appalachian-flavored musical by Brian Crawley and Jeanine Tesori gives fans of Fun Home a taste of the latter’s earlier work.
Becky Shaw, Fun Home, and nine more notable new stage shows
A black comedy at Windy City Playhouse and a black musical at Victory Gardens are among this week’s best bets.
The American Mercy Tour, United Flight 232, and ten more new stage shows
A dual-sided look at health care and an electrifying study of heroism are among this week’s best bets.
Candide, Gidion’s Knot, and ten more stage shows to see now
A revamped version of Leonard Bernstein’s operetta and a taut, intense two-hander are among this week’s best bets.
Blood at the Root, The? Unicorn? Hour?, and eight more new theater reviews
A drama based on the Jena Six and an unclassifiable show at the Neo-Futurarium are among this week’s best bets.
Mothers and Sons, The Last Defender, and eight more theatrical shows
A moving drama about the AIDS epidemic and an immersive puzzle/play inspired by retro video games are among this week’s best bets.
Garage Rep’s fourth rep
Steppenwolf Theatre’s annual showcase Garage Rep fills in the genre blanks.