Andy Warhol was an enigma wrapped in a mystery, a voyeur who wanted to be a superstar. Thirty-six years after his death we are still trying to suss him out. Which may be why this year we have not one but two plays about Andy Warhol being produced—one at the Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, the other […]
Tag: Steve Scott
Southern secrets and lies
Sarah Sapperstein’s Maggie the Cat commands your attention with her act one monologues in MadKap Productions’s mounting of Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Skokie Theatre, directed by Steve Scott. Sapperstein’s costars take her energy and roll with it for the entirety of this show, in which a southern family unravels (and […]
Farewell to Eclipse and Underscore
Covering theater in Chicago is sometimes about writing valedictions for companies that have decided it’s time to fold up the tent. In the past couple of weeks, two such announcements came through. Underscore Theatre announced in late September that they were closing permanently. (During the pandemic, the company gave up their storefront rental space at […]
Steve Scott directs a storefront production of Shakespeare’s wallow into the nature of unadorned power-lust and demagoguery. With a minimal set—a couple benches, steps with a recess to indicate the space for a throne—and little in the way of choreography or any other theatrical gimmickry, Promethean Theatre Ensemble leaves the Bard’s words to work their […]
Remembering Sally Nemeth
A playwright’s playwright, Sally Nemeth planted seeds of encouragement and collaboration.
The Santaland Diaries offers diminishing returns
Steven Strafford’s Crumpet is delightful, but the material feels dated.
Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them is Christopher Durang at his darkest
Eclipse Theatre’s all-Durang seasons finishes strong with a brutal black comedy about post-9/11 paranoia.
Redtwist’s King Lear creates a tempest-torn world in an intimate setting
Steve Scott’s bare-bones production is storefront Shakespeare at its best.
Nothing is what it seems in Six Degrees of Separation
But Donovan Sessions makes Redtwist’s production cohere.
Eclipse Theatre’s year of Inge continues with a poignant Bus Stop.
Strangers stranded in a cafe are forced to reexamine their lives.
The Goodman gives us Eugene O’Neill, without tears
Ah, Wilderness! is a coming-of-age comedy—set on the Fourth of July no less.
The Nether, The Book of Joseph, and seven more plays to see now
Thought-provoking productions at A Red Orchid and Chicago Shakespeare Theater are among this week’s best bets.
Fun Home, Betrayal, Graeme of Thrones, and 12 more new theater reviews
The Broadway musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel and a Pinter classic are among this week’s best bets.
The breathtaking Next to Normal and seven more new stage shows
BoHo Theatre’s production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning show is musical theater at its very finest.
The Tea Party Scrooge
This year, the Goodman Theatre’s A Christmas Carol seems keyed to the economic crisis