Rachel Weinberg

Rachel Weinberg Native Chicagoan Rachel Weinberg has been one of the most frequent contributing editors for BroadwayWorld Chicago over the past three years. She is currently pursuing a Masters 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 Spanish from the University of Pennsylvania. You can find her online at RachelWeinbergReviews.com and follow her on Twitter @RachelRWeinberg.


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BWW Interview: Jeremy Morse On the Empowerment and Entertainment Served Up in WAITRESSBWW Interview: Jeremy Morse On the Empowerment and Entertainment Served Up in WAITRESS
Posted: Jun. 15, 2018


10 On Tuesday with HAYMARKET'S Bridget Adams-King10 On Tuesday with HAYMARKET'S Bridget Adams-King
Posted: Jun. 20, 2018


BWW Interview: Erin Burniston On Capturing Elvis's Legacy Onstage in HEARTBREAK HOTELBWW Interview: Erin Burniston On Capturing Elvis's Legacy Onstage in HEARTBREAK HOTEL
Posted: Jun. 18, 2018


BWW Review: GUARDS AT THE TAJ at SteppenwolfBWW Review: GUARDS AT THE TAJ at Steppenwolf
Posted: Jun. 12, 2018


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BWW Review: THE MINUTES at Steppenwolf Theatre CompanyBWW Review: THE MINUTES at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Posted: Nov. 22, 2017


BWW Interview: Jeremy Morse On the Empowerment and Entertainment Served Up in WAITRESSBWW Interview: Jeremy Morse On the Empowerment and Entertainment Served Up in WAITRESS
Posted: Jun. 15, 2018


BWW Review: HIR at Steppenwolf Theatre CompanyBWW Review: HIR at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
Posted: Jul. 10, 2017


BWW Interview: Autumn Hurlbert Discusses Adventures and Laughs On Tour with SOMETHING ROTTEN!BWW Interview: Autumn Hurlbert Discusses Adventures and Laughs On Tour with SOMETHING ROTTEN!
Posted: Jun. 29, 2017


BWW Review: MOBY DICK at Lookingglass Theatre CompanyBWW Review: MOBY DICK at Lookingglass Theatre Company
Posted: Jun. 22, 2017


BWW Review: THE MADRES at Teatro VistaBWW Review: THE MADRES at Teatro Vista
Posted: Apr. 28, 2018


BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS National Tour at the Oriental TheatreBWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS National Tour at the Oriental Theatre
Posted: Jul. 29, 2017


10 On Tuesday with HAYMARKET'S Bridget Adams-King10 On Tuesday with HAYMARKET'S Bridget Adams-King
June 20, 2018

Bridget Adams-King is currently taking the stage as Lucy Parsons in Underscore Theatre Company's and The Den Theatre's HAYMARKET. She took some time to reflect on her Chicago theater experiences with 10 On Tuesday.

BWW Interview: Erin Burniston On Capturing Elvis's Legacy Onstage in HEARTBREAK HOTELBWW Interview: Erin Burniston On Capturing Elvis's Legacy Onstage in HEARTBREAK HOTEL
June 18, 2018

I recently caught up with Erin Burniston, who plays the role of Elvis's girlfriend in HEARTBREAK HOTEL. Envisioned as the prequel to the long-running Chicago hit MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, HEARTBREAK HOTEL charts Elvis's rise to fame. Burniston chatted about the development process for this new musical and the experience of performing the legendary singer's music onstage.

BWW Interview: Jeremy Morse On the Empowerment and Entertainment Served Up in WAITRESSBWW Interview: Jeremy Morse On the Empowerment and Entertainment Served Up in WAITRESS
June 15, 2018

Actor Jeremy Morse discussed what it's been like to perform Sara Bareille's songs for the past three years in WAITRESS from its pre-Broadway engagement to the current tour, highlights of tour life, and of course, pie.

BWW Review: GUARDS AT THE TAJ at SteppenwolfBWW Review: GUARDS AT THE TAJ at Steppenwolf
June 12, 2018

Steppenwolf's production reunites cast members Metwally and Moayed along with director Amy Morton. Together, these three artists collaborated with Joseph for the play's world premiere production at Atlantic Theatre in New York City in 2015. Accordingly, the present production is a unique and deeply emotional experience.

BWW Review: MEMPHIS at Porchlight Music TheatreBWW Review: MEMPHIS at Porchlight Music Theatre
April 30, 2018

Hockadoo! Porchlight Music Theatre's MEMPHIS bursts onto the stage with joy and earnest energy. Under the direction of Daryl Brooks, this musical sheds light on timely historical issues while milking the show's sweetest, most exuberant moments for all they're worth.

BWW Review: THE MADRES at Teatro VistaBWW Review: THE MADRES at Teatro Vista
April 28, 2018

Stephanie Allison Walker's play highlights a moment in Argentina's history, her portrait of the silencing of voices, the torture of loved ones, and the women who rose up against injustice finds complete alignment with the present moment.

Reporter's Notebook: PASS OVER Advance ScreeningReporter's Notebook: PASS OVER Advance Screening
April 18, 2018

PASS OVER was by far one of the best productions to grace a Chicago stage last season, and now anyone with an Amazon account will have the privilege to see this searing, timely, and extraordinarily necessary production come Friday. It is nothing short of remarkable that now so many will have access to this beautiful interpretation of Nwandu's play. This is compulsory viewing for all, and it is an incredible opportunity to see a filmed version of PASS OVER that truly represents the immediacy of live theater.

BWW Review: LETTIE at Victory Gardens TheaterBWW Review: LETTIE at Victory Gardens Theater
April 14, 2018

Boo Killebrew's world premiere play LETTIE is profoundly heartbreaking and brilliantly conceived. Under the direction of Artistic Director Chay Yew, the production devastatingly unfolds the narrative of the titular working class ex-convict Lettie. Both Killebrew's masterful, raw writing and Yew's superlative ensemble-with Caroline Neff in the title role and doing some of the best work so far of her career-bring immense pathos and a swirl of shifting emotions upon the audience.

Review: 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL at Firebrand TheatreReview: 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL at Firebrand Theatre
April 13, 2018

Firebrand Theatre's production of 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL makes a good deal of sense for the company to stage, especially as it's the first show directed by Artistic Director Harmony France. This outsized, comical musical focuses on three women navigating office politics in 1979 as they plot revenge against their company's sexist and outlandish CEO. With songs by Dolly Parton and a book by Patricia Resnick, 9 TO 5 is a fun romp of a musical with a bluegrass twinge and tons of laughs.

4 Favorite Productions from American Theater Company4 Favorite Productions from American Theater Company
March 16, 2018

Today American Theater Company announced that it was shutting its doors after 33 years. Under the direction of late Artistic Director PJ Paparelli, American Theater Company made its name as one of the most groundbreaking and well-regard storefront theaters in Chicago. Among other productions, ATC staged the world premieres of Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize winner Disgraced and Stephen Karam's The Humans. In ATC's most recent era, Artistic Director Will Davis staged innovative pieces with a clear and unique vision. I have many fond memories of seeing productions at ATC, and below are some of my favorites. Farewell, American Theater Company. Chicago will miss you dearly.

BWW Interview: Chicago Native Amaris Sanchez Sings and Dances Her Way Through ON YOUR FEET!BWW Interview: Chicago Native Amaris Sanchez Sings and Dances Her Way Through ON YOUR FEET!
March 7, 2018

I chatted with local Chicagoan Amaris Sanchez, who plays Little Gloria in the national tour of ON YOUR FEET! in advance of the show's arrival in Chicago.

BWW Review: PLANTATION! at Lookingglass Theatre CompanyBWW Review: PLANTATION! at Lookingglass Theatre Company
March 6, 2018

Under the taut direction of David Schwimmer, Kevin Douglas's new comedy PLANTATION! succeeds in making audiences both laugh out loud and cringe. In PLANTATION!, Douglas explores one wealthy white woman's attempt to make reparations for the benefits her family reaped from slavery. Douglas does so by posing the question: Does making amends actually work? And for whom does making amends actually benefit? The twist in PLANTATION!, however, is that these serious questions are explored almost entirely through the lens of broad, dramatic, zinger-filled satire. The all-female cast succeeds in landing each and every joke in this production, which brings the broadly comic nature of Douglas's writing to the forefront.

BWW Review: THE WOLVES at Goodman Theatre Scores BigBWW Review: THE WOLVES at Goodman Theatre Scores Big
February 22, 2018

With her Pulitzer Prize finalist THE WOLVES, young playwright Sarah DeLappe has beautifully, movingly, and realistically captured the tenuousness that comes with being a teenage girl navigating the thorny terrain of high school. DeLappe has captured so precisely the agony and nuances of high school female friendship. In this 90-minute play about an indoor high school girls' soccer team, DeLappe presents the achingly real challenges of life as a teenage girl in suburban America. While the nine members of the eponymous Wolves are fierce soccer players on the field, these three-dimensional characters have much more to contend with once they step off.

BWW Review: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at Porchlight Music TheatreBWW Review: MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at Porchlight Music Theatre
February 5, 2018

While MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG is quite a dark show, it's undeniably one of my favorite Sondheim musicals-and Porchlight's production does well to demonstrate why this is the case.

BWW Review: ALL MY SONS at Court TheatreBWW Review: ALL MY SONS at Court Theatre
January 23, 2018

Court Theatre Artistic Director Charles Newell lends a deft hand to this stunning, newly searing production of Arthur Miller's ALL MY SONS. Though Miller's classic play takes place in 1946, the all-star ensemble makes the plight of the crumbling Keller family feel raw and altogether present.

BWW Review: THE ANTELOPE PARTY at Theater WitBWW Review: THE ANTELOPE PARTY at Theater Wit
January 21, 2018

Eric John Meyer's world premiere play THE ANTELOPE PARTY opens on a meeting in an apartment setting notable for its vast and bright collection of MY LITTLE PONY memorabilia (kudos to set designer Joe Schermoly and properties designer Jesse Gaffney for this delightful visual). In this moment, we meet the members of the Rust Belt Brony Meet Up group. The bronies (sometimes referred to as Pegasisters when they're female-identifying) are adult fans of the children's show MY LITTLE PONY. The members of the Rust Belt group, in particular, identify with the show's messages of magic and friendship and find solace among their brony counterparts.

BWW Review: BLKS at Steppenwolf Theatre CompanyBWW Review: BLKS at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
December 22, 2017

Aziza Barnes's BLKS is often funny, often vulgar, and sometimes heartbreaking. Now in a world premiere staging at Steppenwolf, BLKS chronicles 24 hours in the lives of three young black women in their early 20s living in New York City. Barnes's playwriting is achingly real and naturalistic, while also showcasing the playwright's poetic chops. In Octavia (Nora Carroll), Imani (Celeste Cooper), and June (Leea Ayers), Barnes has given us three unique and beautifully written characters navigating a tumultuous moment in their young lives.

BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL is  Some Kind of WonderfulBWW Review: BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL is Some Kind of Wonderful
December 9, 2017

BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, one of the most well-constructed and delightful jukebox musicals I've ever seen, has arrived back in Chicago just in time for the holiday season. This empowering musical about singer-songwriter Carole King has enough emotional impact to make your heart burst. This is my third time seeing BEAUTIFUL, and I remain struck by the emotional depth behind this show.

BWW Review: THE MINUTES at Steppenwolf Theatre CompanyBWW Review: THE MINUTES at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
November 22, 2017

Tracy Letts's world premiere THE MINUTES, now making its debut at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, unfolds in an unsuspecting manner. Both because the play has a smart structure that shifts over the course of the 100-minute runtime and also because the content left me contemplative for days after seeing it. Here Letts uses the framework of a small town's council meeting as a microcosm of a larger discussion on the current political climate (though this play is not overtly about Trump's presidency) and the desire to cling to certain ideologies in the name of order and group preservation, though those long-held beliefs may not be true.

BWW Review: About Face Theatre and Theater Wit's Chicago Premiere of SIGNIFICANT OTHERBWW Review: About Face Theatre and Theater Wit's Chicago Premiere of SIGNIFICANT OTHER
November 13, 2017

On the page, Harmon so beautifully expresses the nuances of shifting friendships and the fear of being left behind by those one holds dear, and he also nails so completely the complex neuroses that come with dating, loneliness, and being lost in one's own head. Director Keira Fromm and an outstanding local cast bring Harmon's expertly crafted words to life, finding both maximum amounts of humor and gut-wrenching emotion in the piece.



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