When it comes to bold and audacious stagings of Measure for Measure (for my money, the most unpleasant of Shakespeare’s “problem plays”), it’s hard to top Robert Falls’s dark take-no-prisoners 2013 production at the Goodman, which reimagined Vienna as Times Square, circa the late 1970s. (Think David Simon’s The Deuce on HBO.) But Henry Godinez’s […]
Tag: William Shakespeare
Democracy under siege
Invictus Theatre Company delivers a solid, sometimes stirring, and strikingly relevant rendition of William Shakespeare’s 1599 tragedy. It’s the story of Marcus Brutus (played by Invictus artistic director Charles Askenaizer, who also directed), a well-intentioned aristocrat in the waning days of the ancient Roman Republic, who joins a plot by his fellow senators to assassinate […]
Winter in July
This is a great play for the summer—despite its title—because The Winter’s Tale is as much about the coming of spring as it is the dreary desolation of December. At least that is what director Kevin Theis emphasizes in this high-spirited, lighthearted production. All that is positive, sweet, and redemptive in the play—the openhearted expressions […]
Al fresco dreams
On its ten-year anniversary and return from a COVID-19 hiatus, Midsommer Flight is restaging A Midsummer Night’s Dream,the play that started it all in 2012. On the night I attended, the crowd, close to 100 people by my estimation and incredibly engaged, was compelling proof that free summer Shakespeare continues to bring communities together around […]
Siah Berlatsky shakes up Shakespeare
Siah Berlatsky just graduated this month from ChiArts, but though she’s taking a gap year before college, the 18-year-old playwright-director-actor isn’t letting the grass grow under her feet. In August, she’ll be part of Artistic Home’s outdoor developmental series, “Summer on the Patio,” with her Elizabethan-style gender-bending rom-com, Malapert Love, which she also directs. (“Malapert,” […]
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 […]
Coming through the pandemic storm with The Tempest
A trash island forms the background for Oak Park Festival Theatre’s outdoor staging of The Tempest.
The Tempest offers gender commentary with a light touch
Midsommer Flight’s free outdoor production proves to be a relevant romance.
The D&D-Shakespeare mash-up Love’s & Labour’s is raw, messy—and endearing
Odd’s Bodkins has created a highly idiosyncratic production steeped in quirky earnestness.
The Winter’s Tale of our discontent
But at least “Exit, pursued by a bear” finally makes sense.
Best for Winter undergoes a late thaw
A simple, elegant Shakespeare adaptation
Midsommer Flight makes its annual Twelfth Night excursion to the Lincoln Park Conservatory
Shakespeare in the Park isn’t just for warm weather.
Chicago Shakespeare’s Shrew is a hot mess
Barbara Gaines’s feminist conceit turns Shakespeare’s comedy into a foregone conclusion.
Shakeshafte imagines a meeting between a young Shakespeare and a future saint
Rowan Williams’s play gets its U.S. debut with a reading by Shakespeare Project of Chicago.
Brave Like Them, The Bricklayers of Oz, and ten more new stage shows for the dog days
A “queer as f**k riot grrrl musical” and Chicago Dance Crash’s latest story-length hip-hop showcase are among this week’s best bets.