Emily McClanathan

Emily McClanathan

Emily McClanathan works in theater administration in Chicago and holds a Master of Arts in Modern History from King’s College London. She is a trained pianist and violinist, and her hobbies include reading, traveling, binge-watching British TV series, and tracking down the perfect cup of tea.




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BWW Review: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT at Shattered Globe TheatreBWW Review: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT at Shattered Globe Theatre
Posted: Sep. 19, 2018


BWW Review: WE'RE ONLY ALIVE FOR A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME at Goodman TheatreBWW Review: WE'RE ONLY ALIVE FOR A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME at Goodman Theatre
Posted: Sep. 26, 2018


BWW Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Drury Lane Theatre blends humor and heartBWW Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Drury Lane Theatre blends humor and heart
Posted: Sep. 23, 2018


BWW Review: SWEET CHARITY at Marriott TheatreBWW Review: SWEET CHARITY at Marriott Theatre
Posted: Sep. 23, 2018


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE at Paramount TheatreBWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE at Paramount Theatre
Posted: Sep. 9, 2018


BWW Review: OUTSIDE MULLINGAR at Buffalo Theatre EnsembleBWW Review: OUTSIDE MULLINGAR at Buffalo Theatre Ensemble
Posted: May. 7, 2018


BWW Review: SMART PEOPLE at Writers TheatreBWW Review: SMART PEOPLE at Writers Theatre
Posted: Mar. 30, 2018


BWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Lyric Opera Of ChicagoBWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Lyric Opera Of Chicago
Posted: Apr. 30, 2018


BWW Review: SOUTH PACIFIC at Drury Lane TheatreBWW Review: SOUTH PACIFIC at Drury Lane Theatre
Posted: Apr. 17, 2018


BWW Review: THE DOPPELG?NGER (AN INTERNATIONAL FARCE) at Steppenwolf TheatreBWW Review: THE DOPPELG?NGER (AN INTERNATIONAL FARCE) at Steppenwolf Theatre
Posted: Apr. 20, 2018


BWW Review: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF at Drury Lane TheatreBWW Review: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF at Drury Lane Theatre
Posted: Jul. 17, 2018


BWW Review: WE'RE ONLY ALIVE FOR A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME at Goodman TheatreBWW Review: WE'RE ONLY ALIVE FOR A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME at Goodman Theatre
September 26, 2018

It's not uncommon for artists to create beauty from the pain of their own pasts, but few do it as bravely and poignantly as David Cale in WE'RE ONLY ALIVE FOR A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME. Staged in the Goodman Theatre's largest venue and programmed as the subscription season opener, this 90-minute, one-man show packs an emotional punch in the most understated of ways.

BWW Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Drury Lane Theatre blends humor and heartBWW Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Drury Lane Theatre blends humor and heart
September 23, 2018

Drury Lane Theatre's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS brilliantly captures the dark comedy of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's popular musical, based on the low-budget 1960 horror film. Scott Calcagno directs a cast who masterfully balance the campy humor with genuinely moving performances as the hapless inhabitants of Skid Row.

BWW Review: SWEET CHARITY at Marriott TheatreBWW Review: SWEET CHARITY at Marriott Theatre
September 23, 2018

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but in SWEET CHARITY, it's all in the leading lady's name. Charity Hope Valentine: the dance hall hostess who gives away her last dime to those in need, remains boundlessly optimistic no matter what life throws her way, and, above all, believes in finding love.

BWW Review: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT at Shattered Globe TheatreBWW Review: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT at Shattered Globe Theatre
September 19, 2018

In true Dostoyevsky fashion, Shattered Globe Theatre's CRIME AND PUNISHMENT examines human depravity and the desperation that can drive people to appalling extremes. And the view is as bleak as a Siberian winter: under the direction of Louis Contey, the ensemble cast fills the intimate space at Theater Wit with a tension that rarely relents over the course of nearly three hours.

BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE at Paramount TheatreBWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE at Paramount Theatre
September 9, 2018

Paramount Theatre's production of LEGALLY BLONDE-THE MUSICAL lands the familiar tale of sorority-girl-turned-lawyer Elle Woods firmly in 2018, and it works well. Based on the 2001 movie, the musical premiered on Broadway in 2007, and, unlike some stage adaptations of beloved chick flicks, still resonates in today's post-Weinstein world. A strong female protagonist, working hard to achieve her goals, leaves behind toxic relationships and surrounds herself with people who believe in building each other up. While the narrative is empowering, LEGALLY BLONDE never lets the tone get too serious, with plenty of humor, larger-than-life characters, impressive dance numbers, and all the glitz, glam, and 'Omigod's that one would expect from the women of UCLA's Delta Nu.

BWW Review: ANYTHING GOES at Music Theater WorksBWW Review: ANYTHING GOES at Music Theater Works
August 20, 2018

In a charming take on Cole Porter's 1930s musical, Music Theater Works' ANYTHING GOES delivers lively big-band music, crowd-pleasing dance numbers, and a hearty dose of nostalgia. Directed by Rudy Hogenmiller and choreographed by Clayton Cross, a strong ensemble cast brings to life an eclectic assortment of characters-nightclub singers, undercover gangsters, hapless young lovers, a drunken businessman, a bumbling aristocrat, and more. Brought together in the confines of a transatlantic ocean liner, mischief and misunderstandings abound in true P.G. Wodehouse* fashion, until a series of farcical ruses brings about the inevitable happy ending, complete with a wedding (or three).

BWW Review: PAMPLONA at Goodman TheatreBWW Review: PAMPLONA at Goodman Theatre
July 23, 2018

It is no small feat to create a believable portrait of a great artist that pays equal homage to their creative genius and their ordinary hopes, struggles, and failures. Playwright Jim McGrath does exactly this for Ernest Hemingway in PAMPLONA. Under Robert Falls' direction, renowned actor Stacy Keach returns to the role he was meant to play in spring of 2017, before a mild heart attack prevented the Goodman's world premiere production from opening. It was worth the wait.

BWW Review: MURDER FOR TWO at Marriott TheatreBWW Review: MURDER FOR TWO at Marriott Theatre
July 19, 2018

It's difficult to remember the last show that made me laugh as much as the Marriott Theatre's MURDER FOR TWO. It was probably THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, which is currently reigning as the longest-running play on Broadway and soon to embark on a national tour. Murder mystery farces are clearly in fashion, but MURDER FOR TWO falls into a delightful subgenre of its own.

BWW Review: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF at Drury Lane TheatreBWW Review: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF at Drury Lane Theatre
July 17, 2018

As the curtain rises on Drury Lane Theatre's production of CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, we view a striking image: the interior of a derelict Mississippi mansion, complete with crumbling masonry, mossy growths on the ceiling, and a none-too-sturdy grand staircase. Amid these ruins, each member of the dysfunctional Pollitt family battles other forms of decay: failing health, eroding relationships, toxic jealousy, and thwarted ambitions.

BWW Review: FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2 & 3) at Goodman TheatreBWW Review: FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2 & 3) at Goodman Theatre
June 9, 2018

In FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2 & 3), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks draws on Homeric traditionto spin an epic of the American Civil War. Intended as the first three parts of nine, an episodic structure ties loosely together the narrative of Hero (Kamal Angelo Bolden), a Texas slave who must decide whether or not to join the Confederate army under his master's promise that fighting will earn his freedom.

BWW Review: HAVING OUR SAY at Goodman TheatreBWW Review: HAVING OUR SAY at Goodman Theatre
May 20, 2018

Goodman Theatre's revival of HAVING OUR SAY: THE DELANY SISTERS' FIRST 100 YEARS feels less like an evening in the theater than time whiled away in the company of two delightful women. Based on the 1993 New York Times bestselling memoir of the same title, this play shares the oral history of Sadie and Bessie Delany, two African American sisters who were born in 1889 and 1891, respectively.

BWW Review: OUTSIDE MULLINGAR at Buffalo Theatre EnsembleBWW Review: OUTSIDE MULLINGAR at Buffalo Theatre Ensemble
May 7, 2018

Playwright John Patrick Shanley's OUTSIDE MULLINGAR fits neatly into the tradition of his Irish-American heritage; through unpretentious characters and witty dialogue, he spins a tale that explores universal themes of loneliness, longing, home, and family. Steve Scott directs this production by the Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, the Equity company in residence at the McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn, IL.

BWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Lyric Opera Of ChicagoBWW Review: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Lyric Opera Of Chicago
April 30, 2018

If you've ever wanted to rock out in a historic opera house, look no further than JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Lyric Opera of Chicago. In a bold departure from the American classics typically staged during the spring 'Broadway at Lyric' series, Lyric presents the North American premiere of Regent's Park Open Air Theatre's production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's rock opera.

BWW Review: OKLAHOMA! at Marriott TheatreBWW Review: OKLAHOMA! at Marriott Theatre
April 22, 2018

The Marriott Theatre marks the 75th anniversary of OKLAHOMA! with a production that celebrates the best of Rodgers and Hammerstein - delightful dance numbers, impressive vocals and eminently hummable tunes - while offering a fresh take on a beloved classic.

BWW Review: THE DOPPELGÄNGER (AN INTERNATIONAL FARCE) at Steppenwolf Theatre
April 20, 2018

In Steppenwolf Theatre's world premiere of THE DOPPELGNGER (AN INTERNATIONAL FARCE), playwright Matthew-Lee Erlbach employs all the tricks of the genre - crashing furniture, ridiculous situations and rapid-fire wordplay - to shine a light on political corruption and socio-economic injustice.

BWW Review: SOUTH PACIFIC at Drury Lane TheatreBWW Review: SOUTH PACIFIC at Drury Lane Theatre
April 17, 2018

Boasting an all-star cast, beautiful design, and a beloved score, Drury Lane Theatre's SOUTH PACIFIC provides a truly enchanting evening of theatre - both entertaining and thought-provoking as it addresses sobering themes such as racism and bigotry.

BWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Cadillac Palace TheatreBWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Cadillac Palace Theatre
April 14, 2018

From the opening strains of the nuns' harmonies in Nonnberg Abbey, the national touring production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC delivers the beloved story of family, romance, and courage with a charming style all its own.

BWW Review: MARY'S WEDDING at First Folio TheatreBWW Review: MARY'S WEDDING at First Folio Theatre
April 9, 2018

MARY'S WEDDING is not a typical war play. In this two-hander love story set during the First World War, the action is framed as a recurring dream and offers all the possibilities of a dream world: non-linear timelines, sudden shifts in setting, and the opportunity for characters to relive events not as they actually occurred, but in an idealized version.

BWW Review: SMART PEOPLE at Writers TheatreBWW Review: SMART PEOPLE at Writers Theatre
March 30, 2018

Delivering a triple threat of relevant writing, thoughtful direction, and a strong ensemble cast, SMART PEOPLE is well worth a trip to Writers Theatre's stylish new facility on Chicago's North Shore.

BWW Review: AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE at Goodman TheatreBWW Review: AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE at Goodman Theatre
March 21, 2018

With his use of phrases such as 'fake facts' and 'drain the swamp', Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls overtly speaks to the current political climate in his new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE. The audience's audible reactions to particularly searing lines prove that this 19th-century classic remains as relevant as ever, and Falls' thoughtful direction presents nuanced characters and ideas which defy simplistic analysis.