At the end of September 2020, I wrote a piece for the Reader titled “Black artistic leaders take charge at several Chicago theaters,” which framed the influx of new (and preexisting) Black leadership in Chicago theater against the backdrop of a historic disruption in the industry. That disruption was powered in part by COVID-19 leading […]
During the holiday season there are traditions all over the world. I hope that Strawdog’s Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins maintains its place as a Chicago seasonal perennial. Now in its fifth year, the show (an adaptation by ensemble member Michael Dailey of the beloved children’s book by Eric Kimmel) centers a ragtag troupe of […]
Lots of behind-the-scenes news in Chicago theater, and some well-deserved plaudits to note as well this week! At the Tony Awards this past Sunday, longtime Chicago sound designer and composer Mikhail Fiksel took home the top prize for his work on Lucas Hnath’s drama Dana H., which ran locally at the Goodman in fall of […]
When my mother was nearing the end of her battle with stage four cancer, she opened Google on the family computer one day, keyed in “assisted suicide,” and hit search. Scared, selfish, and in my early 20s, I pretended to have never stumbled across the phrase in the browser history and tried to keep it […]
While the BA.2 variant of COVID-19 looms as a possible impediment to attending live performances (even as some of us now qualify for a second booster), shows are booming. We’ve got a baker’s dozen of events to consider if you feel up to getting out and about in the next couple of months. We also suggest […]
It’s getting a wee bit chilly around here but here’s some things to do this week that just might warm you up. Fri 11/19 606 Records and Cleve Carney Museum of Art (CCMA) are teaming up to celebrate Ben LaMar Gay’s new album, Open Arms to Open Us (be sure to read Reader contributor Hannah […]
What we՚re watching and thinking about heading into Halloween and the election
Rastus and Hattie and Run the Beast Down bring nightmarish scenarios to virtual life.
An overview of theater, dance, music, pop-up performances, and other artists and activists that you should know about—this season and year-round
“There is no other way forward”: reflecting on those who shaped them and the future they envision
C.A. Johnson’s searing drama shows three ways of dealing with the apocalypse.
Strawdog’s family-friendly holiday show returns for a second year.
Strawdog’s production leaves a mark in this Chicago premiere.
Guilt and grief lead a woman to imagine she’s been contacted by aliens.
Explore haunted houses, meet a vampiric rabbit, two Frankensteins, and Freddy Krueger’s hot brother