Rachel Weinberg

Rachel Weinberg Chicago native Rachel Weinberg has been one of the most frequent contributing editors and critics for BroadwayWorld Chicago since joining the team in 2014. She recently graduated with a Master's degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Rachel previously worked on the digital marketing team at Goodman Theatre and spent a season as a Marketing Apprentice for Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City. She earned her undergraduate degree in Communication and Hispanic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. When she's not at the theater, you can catch her riding up a storm on the Peloton bike, getting lost in a good novel, or sampling desserts at bakeries across the city.You can find her online at RachelWeinbergReviews.com and follow her on Twitter @RachelRWeinberg.


BWW Review:  Isango Ensemble's A MAN OF GOOD HOPE  at Chicago Shakespeare TheaterBWW Review: Isango Ensemble's A MAN OF GOOD HOPE at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Posted: Oct. 7, 2019

BWW Review: THE BROTHERS SIZE at Steppenwolf Theatre CompanyBWW Review: THE BROTHERS SIZE at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Posted: Oct. 7, 2019

BWW Review: THE KING'S SPEECH at Chicago Shakespeare TheaterBWW Review: THE KING'S SPEECH at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Posted: Sep. 23, 2019

BWW Review: BERNHARDT/HAMLET at Goodman TheatreBWW Review: BERNHARDT/HAMLET at Goodman Theatre
Posted: Sep. 25, 2019

BWW Review: THE GREAT LEAP at Steppenwolf Theatre CompanyBWW Review: THE GREAT LEAP at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Posted: Sep. 17, 2019

BWW Review: TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS at Victory Gardens TheaterBWW Review: TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS at Victory Gardens Theater
Posted: Sep. 21, 2019


BWW Review: TWILIGHT BOWL at Goodman TheatreBWW Review: TWILIGHT BOWL at Goodman Theatre
Posted: Feb. 20, 2019

BWW Review: GYPSY at Porchlight Music TheatreBWW Review: GYPSY at Porchlight Music Theatre
Posted: Oct. 21, 2018

BWW Review: SWEAT at Goodman TheatreBWW Review: SWEAT at Goodman Theatre
Posted: Mar. 20, 2019

BWW Review: HELLO, DOLLY! at Broadway In ChicagoBWW Review: HELLO, DOLLY! at Broadway In Chicago
Posted: Oct. 26, 2018

BWW Review: BRIGHT STAR at BoHo TheatreBWW Review: BRIGHT STAR at BoHo Theatre
Posted: Mar. 24, 2019

BWW Review: ADMISSIONS at Theater WitBWW Review: ADMISSIONS at Theater Wit
Posted: Apr. 2, 2019

BWW Review: SIX at Chicago Shakespeare TheaterBWW Review: SIX at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Posted: May. 25, 2019

BWW Review: THE BROTHERS SIZE at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
October 7, 2019

THE BROTHERS SIZE is an artful exploration of the obligations put upon its characters. McCraney beautifully reflects on both the societal systems that oppress these three black men, while also deepening the exploration of the personal obligations they feel to one another-and the question of what it means to be part of a brotherhood, whether biological or chosen.

BWW Review: Isango Ensemble's A MAN OF GOOD HOPE at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
October 7, 2019

A MAN OF GOOD HOPE reflects the resiliency and creativity of the human spirit at every turn, while giving audiences a taste of Isango Ensemble's original methods of theatrical storytelling.

BWW Review: BERNHARDT/HAMLET at Goodman Theatre
September 25, 2019

Terri McMahon's performance and Theresa Rebeck's script demonstrate that Sarah Bernhardt was not one to back down from a challenge, either on the stage or in life.

BWW Review: THE KING'S SPEECH at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
September 23, 2019

Chicago Shakespeare Theater's North American premiere of THE KING'S SPEECH is a wholly delightful theatrical affair, rife with British charm.

BWW Review: TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS at Victory Gardens Theater
September 21, 2019

BWW Review: THE GREAT LEAP at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
September 17, 2019

Steppenwolf Theatre Company's season opening production of Lauren Yee's THE GREAT LEAP combines the energy of the final moments of a major sporting event alongside moments of great intimacy and intensity for which the company is largely known.

BWW Review: THE BAND'S VISIT National Tour Comes to Chicago
September 5, 2019

THE BAND'S VISIT feels like an homage to the fleeting nature of live theater itself: a moment in time in which performers and audience are brought together to share a collective experience, all-encompassing yet passing swiftly and never to be created again. So too goes the narrative of the two characters at the center of this 2018 Tony Award-winning musical, Tewliq, the Egyptian conductor of the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra, and Dina, an Israeli woman living in the small town of Bet Hatikva. When Tewliq and his fellow band members accidentally make their way to Bet Hatikva, instead of the city Petah Tikva in which they have a concert engagement, the cast of characters come together by pure happenstance. The magnetic and mysterious connection that Tewliq and Dina share in the one night in which their lives overlap is similarly ethereal.

BWW Review: Teatro ZinZanni's LOVE, CHAOS AND DINNER Provides Old-Fashioned Circus and Comedy Entertainment
July 25, 2019

The Seattle-based circus, comedy, and cabaret spectacle Teatro ZinZanni has arrived in Chicago with the hybrid show LOVE, CHAOS AND DINNER. And ZinZanni serves up entertainment with a capital a?oeEa?? in this production. The evening alternates between decidedly low-brow slapstick comedy scenes, musical numbers, and some stunning aerial and circus acts.

BWW Review: TRUE WEST Proves A Remarkable, Quintessentially Steppenwolf Production
July 17, 2019

The newly opened production of TRUE WEST is a quintessentially Steppenwolf show in the best way possible: it's a fresh staging of a gritty American drama with a first-rate cast and production values.

BWW Review: THE MUSIC MAN at Goodman Theatre
July 14, 2019

Director Mary Zimmerman lends her whimsy to THE MUSIC MAN at Goodman Theatre in a production that pays homage to the small-town charm and iconic score of Meredith Willson's classic musical. Under Zimmerman's direction, this MUSIC MAN becomes a joyful company piece showcasing, in particular, the talents of the formidable actors in the supporting and ensemble roles. The production finds all the earnest humor embedded in THE MUSIC MAN, and Jermaine Hill's music direction ensures that each note rings out fully from the 12-member orchestra.

BWW Review: IF I FORGET at Victory Gardens Theater
June 16, 2019

In IF I FORGET, Steven Levenson provides a close study of the kitchen sink family drama. At its center, the play addresses fundamental questions about what it means to be Jewish in America at the turn of the 21st century (the first act of the play takes place in July of 2000, while the second jumps to the post 9-11 moment of February 2001). IF I FORGET centers on the Fischer family as a means to pose those questions in a specific context through the family's three generations. In each individual scene, Levenson displays a knack for realistic and specific dialogue. Devon de Mayo's direction and the tight-knit ensemble also portray family tensions that feel altogether too real.

BWW Review: MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
June 5, 2019

While MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT's narrative flounders in certain points, the play's integrity never flounders. Watching the play unfold, there's no denying the relevance of the issues that Blakk faced in 1992 to today's society. But the play brilliantly conveys that resonance while also still maintaining a light-hearted and celebratory tone worthy of the story that it portrays.

BWW Review: Cirque du Soleil VOLTA in Chicago
June 3, 2019

French Canadian troupe Cirque du Soleil delivers a death-defying and dazzling array of acrobatic acts with VOLTA, now resident in a large tent occupying Soldier Field's South Parking Lot. Each of VOLTA's astounding, seemingly superhuman acts grow increasingly more jaw-dropping as the show progresses.

BWW Review: FALSETTOS National Tour in Chicago
May 30, 2019

The national tour of the 2016 Broadway revival of FALSETTOS, once again helmed by director James Lapine, has landed in Chicago with a first-rate production and cast. The mighty touring ensemble of seven captures all the neuroses and emotional journeys of the musical's composite 'Tight-Knit Family.'

BWW Review: SIX at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
May 25, 2019

Bow down to the queens of SIX. In this new musical from Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss (with direction from Moss and Jamie Armitage), the six wives of King Henry VIII are taking back their mics and sharing their stories-in the form of contemporary pop musical songs. This masterful musical sizzles with electric energy and endless delight. SIX remains a fiery and joyous theatrical affair without ever making light of the fact that the musical demonstrates how these six women are best remembered in history as 'belonging' to an infamous king. Yet SIX also brilliantly subverts this notion by reminding us that a huge part of this Henry VIII's legacy stems from the fact that these six women were all his spouses. SIX posits that without this line-up of ex-wives, Henry VIII might not have left such an indelible mark on history.

BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at Writers Theatre
May 17, 2019

Under the direction of David Cromer, Writers Theatre presents a NEXT TO NORMAL that is raw and electric. Tom Kitt's music and Brian Yorkey's book and lyrics have an utter immediacy to them in this production (and each note sounds great thanks to the music direction of Andra Velis Simon and the six-piece band.) It's beautifully cast and even more beautifully delivered. Each member of the cast rises to the dual challenge of conveying the messy, deeply personal experience of emotional pain while also hitting the notes of Kitt's complex score with precision.

BWW Review: THE WINTER'S TALE at Goodman Theatre
May 14, 2019

Goodman Theatre's THE WINTER'S TALE is one of the most inventive and playful productions of Shakespeare I've seen.

BWW Review: WEST SIDE STORY at Lyric Opera
May 6, 2019

Lyric Opera has staged a grand, traditional WEST SIDE STORY that serves as a veritable primer for this iconic musical. With director Francesca Zambello at the helm, who is no stranger to directing classic musicals, Lyric's production celebrates the beauty and complexity of Leonard Bernstein's stunning score and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics. All the hallmarks of a classic WEST SIDE STORY are present here, starting with the urban-yet-polished set design from Peter J. Davison (with that famous balcony intact)

BWW Review: THE CHILDREN at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
May 2, 2019

Lucy Kirkwood's aptly titled THE CHILDREN, now in its Chicago premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, poses thought-provoking questions about the responsibilities that humankind has to future generations. Kirkwood's intentionally crafted play filters these broad themes through the specific narrative of her three characters, all nuclear scientists. The larger repercussions of the characters' careerss means that Kirkwood can dive into the meaty content of the play with both a particular emotional arc and also with a universality that should resonate with all audience members. Because of this, THE CHILDREN comes across as rather pointed in certain moments, but the weight of the issues that Kirkwood presents allows it to resonate deeply.

BWW Feature: Highlights from HAMILTON: THE EXHIBITION
April 29, 2019

BroadwayWorld had a sneak peek at the newly opened HAMILTON: THE EXHIBITION on Northerly Island. Here are some highlights from the sprawling tent where it happens.