Right before the pandemic shutdown in 2020, TimeLine Theatre presented James Ijames’s sorrowful and powerful Kill Move Paradise, in which a group of Black men murdered by the police gather in a purgatorial afterlife, where a fax machine spits out an ever-growing list of more Black people killed by the state. At the same time […]
I hardly ever start reviews this way, but trust me: stop reading this and hop online to get tickets for Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s cullud wattah, now in its local premiere at Victory Gardens under Lili-Anne Brown’s direction. It’s a profound, poetic, scabrous (and beautifully acted) piece of theater that hits at so many levels that I […]
August Wilson’s Century Cycle (also known as the Pittsburgh Cycle, though Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is set in Chicago) remains one of the monumental achievements in American drama. Chuck Smith’s current Goodman revival of Gem of the Ocean, chronologically the first in Wilson’s decade-by-decade exploration of Black American history in the 20th century, takes us […]
Right before the stay-at-home order hit Chicago in March of 2020, Lookingglass Theatre opened Her Honor Jane Byrne, written and directed by ensemble member J. Nicole Brooks. I called that production “a rich, riotous, and soul-searching world premiere,” and mourned its truncated run. Well, you can’t keep a good show down. After winning the prestigious […]
Her show at Steppenwolf is off for now, but the ‘difficult’ SNL vet still has plenty to say.
Complaints from the production team of His Shadow have opened a painful discussion for Berwyn’s 16th Street Theater and head Ann Filmer.
The body-positive burlesque-inspired hive of performance queens fills the Den.
Christina Ham’s play can’t decide whether it’s a jukebox musical revue or a dramatic stage bio.
There’s sex-positivity, body-positivity, whooping, hollering, and convulsing, all loud and proud.
Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins resurrects a wildly popular—and wildly racist—19th-century melodrama.
Just because you disagree with her criticism doesn’t make her a bigot.
A Hamilton send-up from the creator of Forbidden Broadway and a vibrant revival from Kokandy Productions are among this week’s best bets.