Alice Childress’s Trouble in Mind made its off-Broadway debut in 1955, but it never made the leap to the Great White Way (emphasis most definitely on “White”). The white producers demanded that Childress give her story about racism in the American theater a happier ending depicting racial harmony. (Pause for irony.) Childress refused at first, […]
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Sweat, tears, and blood
Lynn Nottage’s gripping drama Sweat launches a new direction for Aurora’s Paramount Theater, a 1,000-plus seat, 87-year-old Versailles-on-acid space known for award-winning musicals. Directed by Andrea J. Dymond, Sweat is the first production in the new Copley Theatre, a minimalist steel-and-glass black box across the street from the larger venue. Dymond’s airtight ensemble makes the […]
E. Faye Butler brings the Goods to Artemisia
Chicago musical theater star E. Faye Butler helms an online sci-fi feminist drama.
From ghostly to gothic to goofy, theater artists celebrate the season
Random Acts, Unwell, and PlayMakers Laboratory create scary stories to share (online) in the dark.
The Tasters pictures dystopia—with a gourmet twist
Political prisoners swallow their pride (and maybe some poison) in Rivendell’s world premiere.
Magic and music combine in the Memphis-set Hoodoo Love
Katori Hall’s play takes its time but weaves a spell.
Black Ballerina provides a spotlight for Kara Roseborough
The dancing star of this world premiere keeps the story of Black women in dance on pointe.
Refrigerator is a chilling look into the near future
Playwright Lucas Baisch imagines a world when we’ll all be fighting to be uploaded to the cloud.
Erasing the Distance puts its magic on display at the inaugural Sparkfest
The 12-year-old theater company aims to “disarm” the stigma of mental illness through art.