Patrick Rybarczyk

Patrick Rybarczyk


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BWW Review: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at Oriental TheatreBWW Review: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at Oriental Theatre
Posted: Dec. 7, 2018


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BWW Review: THE CAKE at Rivendell Theatre EnsembleBWW Review: THE CAKE at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
Posted: Apr. 23, 2018


BWW Review: THE VIEW UPSTAIRS at Circle TheatreBWW Review: THE VIEW UPSTAIRS at Circle Theatre
Posted: Jul. 9, 2018


BWW Review: SIX CORNERS at American Blues TheaterBWW Review: SIX CORNERS at American Blues Theater
Posted: Feb. 25, 2018


BWW Review: YOU GOT OLDER at Steppenwolf Theatre CompanyBWW Review: YOU GOT OLDER at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Posted: Feb. 10, 2018


BWW Review: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at Oriental TheatreBWW Review: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at Oriental Theatre
Posted: Dec. 7, 2018


BWW Review: THE HUMANS at Cadillac Palace TheatreBWW Review: THE HUMANS at Cadillac Palace Theatre
Posted: Feb. 5, 2018


BWW Review: THE GOAT OR WHO IS SYLVIA? at Interrobang Theatre ProjectBWW Review: THE GOAT OR WHO IS SYLVIA? at Interrobang Theatre Project
Posted: Sep. 14, 2018


BWW Review: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at Oriental TheatreBWW Review: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at Oriental Theatre
December 7, 2018

If there's one thing the world needs more of right now it's laughter. Sometimes we just need a few hours to set our brains to the side to rest while watching a show filled with hysterics and hijinks. There's plenty of all of that in the slapstick-filled farce, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, running now at The Oriental Theatre.

BWW Review: THE GOAT OR WHO IS SYLVIA? at Interrobang Theatre ProjectBWW Review: THE GOAT OR WHO IS SYLVIA? at Interrobang Theatre Project
September 14, 2018


BWW Review: THE VIEW UPSTAIRS at Circle TheatreBWW Review: THE VIEW UPSTAIRS at Circle Theatre
July 9, 2018


BWW Review: THE CAKE at Rivendell Theatre EnsembleBWW Review: THE CAKE at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
April 23, 2018

The best desserts are made with delicious layers that include some surprising flavors. They make you want another piece and to know how they were made. That's how it is with Bekah Brunstetter's THE CAKE now running at Rivendell Theatre. Each scene of this wonderful work is filled with bites that are both bitter and sweet. And you definitely want more than just one slice.

BWW Review: SIX CORNERS at American Blues TheaterBWW Review: SIX CORNERS at American Blues Theater
February 25, 2018


The Czyk In: Chicago Theatre Podcast featuring MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at Porchlight Music TheatreThe Czyk In: Chicago Theatre Podcast featuring MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at Porchlight Music Theatre
February 14, 2018


BWW Review: YOU GOT OLDER at Steppenwolf Theatre CompanyBWW Review: YOU GOT OLDER at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
February 10, 2018

When it rains it pours! This saying applies to our lives when things are either going for or against us. For Mae, the central character in Clare Barron's YOU GOT OLDER now in its Chicago premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, life changes have poured on her. And these changes are certainly not for the better. Or are they?

BWW Review: THE HUMANS at Cadillac Palace TheatreBWW Review: THE HUMANS at Cadillac Palace Theatre
February 5, 2018

As I left the theatre on opening night of Stephen Karem's Tony Award-winning play, THE HUMANS, I heard a patron say, 'Wow, that reminded me of my own family holidays.'

BWW Review: WICKED at Oriental TheatreBWW Review: WICKED at Oriental Theatre
December 11, 2017

It doesn't matter how many times you watch Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, fly to rafters at the end of Defying Gravity. You still get the chills during this classic moment in the musical, WICKED. It strikes a chord with you and has you cheering for 'the green girl.' You know, the villain from The Wizard of Oz.

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at The Goodman TheatreBWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL at The Goodman Theatre
November 30, 2017

With its mixture of darkness and light, Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL is a long-standing holiday tradition that takes audiences on a journey of misery, revelation, and redemption. Now in its 40th year on stage at The Goodman Theatre, this tale stands the test of time, with some fresh updates that reveal room for even more.

BWW Review: IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS - THE MUSICAL at The Cadillac Palace TheatreBWW Review: IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS - THE MUSICAL at The Cadillac Palace Theatre
November 24, 2017

Every year, a group of my friends and I go to The Music Box Theatre here in Chicago for our annual viewing of White Christmas. It's a perfect way to ring in the holidays with a mix of sentimentality and tradition.

BWW Review: Steppenwolf's STRAIGHT WHITE MEN Examine Their Role in SocietyBWW Review: Steppenwolf's STRAIGHT WHITE MEN Examine Their Role in Society
February 15, 2017

As you walk into the theatre for Steppenwolf's production of Jean Lee's Straight White Men, you are offered ear plugs. Why? There is extremely loud music playing and it contains lyrics that could certainly be considered offensive to some. Starting off this way has likely, as we are told by two gender fluid actors, made 'some of you' uncomfortable. The idea is that we all live in varying levels of comfort in our society based on our race, sexual identity, or social status.

The Czyk In Podcast, Episode 12: Lane Anthony Flores And Rob Lindley of THE TEMPERAMENTALS at About Face TheatreThe Czyk In Podcast, Episode 12: Lane Anthony Flores And Rob Lindley of THE TEMPERAMENTALS at About Face Theatre
February 3, 2017

Patrick Rybarczyk, host of The Czyk In and Broadway World Chicago contributor, talks with Lane Anthony Flores and Rob Lindley both starring in About Face Theatre's production of Jon Marans' The Temperamentals. We discuss details about the Mattachine Society, the relevance of the show opening on inauguration weekend, and more about Chicago theatre.

BWW Review: Steppenwolf's VISITING EDNA is an Emotional Lesson in Dealing with LossBWW Review: Steppenwolf's VISITING EDNA is an Emotional Lesson in Dealing with Loss
September 27, 2016

Plays that deal with a terminal illness are tough. The storytelling can be tricky as each audience member comes to it with varying degrees of personal impact. In Visiting Edna, currently making its world premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, cancer is an actual character who gives voice to its own experience. Mostly clever, this device (along with an actor playing a television and another an angel), provides an interesting point of view in this lengthy tale.

Cheers is Live On Stage but Better on TVCheers is Live On Stage but Better on TV
September 22, 2016


BWW Interview: Jerre Dye, Janice O'Neil, Erica Weiss, And Mike Dailey of DISTANCE at Strawdog Theatre CompanyBWW Interview: Jerre Dye, Janice O'Neil, Erica Weiss, And Mike Dailey of DISTANCE at Strawdog Theatre Company
September 6, 2016

EPISODE 11 is now available! Hear my conversation with playwright Jerre Dye whose play Distance is currently making its world premiere at Strawdog Theatre Company. We're joined by director Erica Weiss and cast member Janice O'Neill. Strawdog ensemble member, Mike Dailey, also discusses the company's recent move out of their home of 26 years.

BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS Returns With All the Same Sparkle and JoyBWW Review: KINKY BOOTS Returns With All the Same Sparkle and Joy
August 31, 2016

When I saw Kinky Boots here in Chicago during its pre-Broadway tryouts, I left the theatre with a huge smile on my face. While the show does have its share of heavier moments, it is also full of so much joy. As it returns for a short run to the Oriental Theatre, I was thrilled to see it maintained the same sense of fun and sentiment that it had in 2012.

BWW Interview: The Czyk In Podcast/Interview with Amy Rubenstein, Artistic Director of Windy City PlayhouseBWW Interview: The Czyk In Podcast/Interview with Amy Rubenstein, Artistic Director of Windy City Playhouse
August 8, 2016

Hear Patrick Rybarczyk's conversation with Amy Rubenstein, Artistic Director of Windy City Playhouse.

BWW Interviews: The Czyk In Podcast_Teressa LaGamba and Neil Stratman of TOMORROW MORNING  at Kokandy ProductionsBWW Interviews: The Czyk In Podcast_Teressa LaGamba and Neil Stratman of TOMORROW MORNING at Kokandy Productions
July 26, 2016

Broadway World contributor, Patrick Rybarczyk, host of the podcast The Czyk In, talked with Teressa LaGamba and Neil Stratman, stars of Kokandy Productions' acclaimed production of Tomorrow Morning!

BWW Review: Sometimes You Get Stuck BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY at Steppenwolf Theatre CompanyBWW Review: Sometimes You Get Stuck BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
July 19, 2016

Parts of the plot of Between Riverside and Crazy reflect events and situations very similar to those happening in society today. At times they are so close to home that you could feel a sense of unease in the audience. These elements ring true but don't always have enough strength to sustain the story.



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