Chicago Theater Reviews

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Review: TOPDOG/UNDERDOG at Invictus Theatre Company Photo Review: TOPDOG/UNDERDOG at Invictus Theatre Company
by Zac Thriffiley - February 20, 2024

Invictus Theatre Company's production of the Pulitzer Prize-winner TOPDOG/UNDERDOG has moments of comedic entertainment and dramatic import, but it struggles to live up to the play's substantial reputation. It runs through March 31....

Review: THE BAND'S VISIT at Writers Theatre Photo Review: THE BAND'S VISIT at Writers Theatre
by Zac Thriffiley - February 18, 2024

Director Zi Alikhan has gifted Chicago audiences with a production of THE BAND'S VISIT whose talent and creative execution equal---and may even exceed---those of the Broadway and touring productions. It runs through March 17 at Writers Theatre in Glencoe....

Review: BILLY ELLIOT at Paramount Theatre Aurora IL Photo Review: BILLY ELLIOT at Paramount Theatre Aurora IL
by Tina St. Angelo Wetzel - February 19, 2024

That was my feeling after seeing this new production of Billy Elliot at the Paramount Theatre. It runs through March 24. The book and lyrics were written by Lee Hall. The amazing score was written by Sir Elton John. The original 2005 stage musical was inspired by the 2000 film....

Review: ALEX EDELMAN'S JUST FOR US at Steppenwolf Theatre Photo Review: ALEX EDELMAN'S JUST FOR US at Steppenwolf Theatre
by Zac Thriffiley - February 17, 2024

Alex Edelman's newest solo show JUST FOR US is a riotously hilarious and surprisingly heartfelt meditation on internet culture, Jewish identity, and the limits of radical empathy. It runs through February 25 at Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theater. Critic's recommendation: get your tickets immediately....

Review: GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY National Tour Presented by Broadway In Chicago Photo Review: GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY National Tour Presented by Broadway In Chicago
by Rachel Weinberg - February 15, 2024

“Like a Rolling Stone,” the Bob Dylan jukebox musical GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY rolls along at an erratic pace with haphazard direction....

Review: BROTHER SISTER CYBORG SPACE at Raven Theatre Photo Review: BROTHER SISTER CYBORG SPACE at Raven Theatre
by Zac Thriffiley - February 13, 2024

Paul Michael Thomson's newest dramedy BROTHER SISTER CYBORG SPACE, now receiving its world premiere at Raven Theatre, occasionally loses itself in a flood of introspection. But it's buoyed along by a cast of thoughtful and charismatic performers....

Review: A HOME WHAT HOWLS (OR THE HOUSE WHAT WAS RAVINE) at Steppenwolf Theatre Photo Review: A HOME WHAT HOWLS (OR THE HOUSE WHAT WAS RAVINE) at Steppenwolf Theatre
by Zac Thriffiley - February 11, 2024

Receiving its world premiere as part of Steppenwolf for Young Adults programming, Matthew Paul Olmos's A HOME WHAT HOWLS features moving performances and a haunting creative vision that make the most of an often frustrating script. It runs through March 2 at Steppenwolf's in-the-round Ensemble Theat...

Review: RICHARD III at Chicago Shakespeare Theater Photo Review: RICHARD III at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
by Zac Thriffiley - February 10, 2024

If new Artistic Director Edward Hall's RICHARD III is any indication of what Chicago audiences can come to expect during his tenure, they would do well to cheer, 'Long live the king.' The darkly comic historical thriller runs through March 3 at CST's Courtyard Theater....

Review: NOTES FROM THE FIELD At TimeLine Theatre Company Photo Review: NOTES FROM THE FIELD At TimeLine Theatre Company
by Rachel Weinberg - February 09, 2024

With NOTES FROM THE FIELD, playwright Anna Deavere Smith once again proves she’s a master of her genre of theatrical storytelling. Known for her documentary (or verbatim) plays, Smith presents monologues from 19 different interviews in this exploration of the school-to-prison pipeline in America. By...

Review: ILLINOISE at Chicago Shakespeare Theater Photo Review: ILLINOISE at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
by Rachel Weinberg - February 05, 2024

ILLINOISE is a journey through our great state of Illinois using movement. Directed and choreographed by Justin Peck and featuring music and lyrics from Sufjan Stevens’s ILLINOIS album, the show uses dance as its primary narrative language. Peck collaborated with playwright Jacke Sibblies Drury on a...

Review: SELLING KABUL at Northlight Theatre Photo Review: SELLING KABUL at Northlight Theatre
by Zac Thriffiley - February 04, 2024

Northlight Theatre's production movingly captures the pessimistic practicality and undying hope that still plagues those most affected by a conflict that never really ended. The play runs through February 25....

Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace, IL Photo Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace, IL
by Tina St. Angelo Wetzel - February 02, 2024

The new production at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace is Fiddler on the Roof.  Under the direction of Elizabeth Margolius, this is a different looking production. It works. The scenic design is subtle but very powerful....

Review: IN THE HEIGHTS at Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire IL Photo Review: IN THE HEIGHTS at Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire IL
by Tina St. Angelo Wetzel - February 01, 2024

The new production at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire is In The Heights. The music and lyrics are by Lin-Manuel Miranda (pre-Hamilton) and the book is by Quiara Alegria Hudes.  Washington Heights in New York City is the setting. This is a story about hope, love but mostly family. ...

Review: HIGHWAY PATROL at Goodman Theatre Photo Review: HIGHWAY PATROL at Goodman Theatre
by Rachel Weinberg - January 31, 2024

HIGHWAY PATROL has refreshing bravery and honesty; it’s an intriguing exploration of online identity and the connections that might be found, or that we seek to find, on our social media profiles and in our DMs....

Review: ANYTHING GOES at Porchlight Music Theatre Photo Review: ANYTHING GOES at Porchlight Music Theatre
by Rachel Weinberg - January 19, 2024

It’s delightful, it’s delicious, it’s de-lovely...it’s ANYTHING GOES at Porchlight Music Theatre. Artistic Director Michael Weber’s production captures all the joy and laughs in Cole Porter’s 1934 classic musical comedy. Thanks to the new 2022 book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman, it’s also a tig...

Review: Teatro ZinZanni Chicago Photo Review: Teatro ZinZanni Chicago
by Rachel Weinberg - January 15, 2024

Teatro ZinZanni is back inside the spiegeltent nestled on the fourteenth floor of the Cambria Hotel on Randolph to delight audiences with its latest edition: LOVE, CHAOS, AND DINNER. The creative team has brought back the title from the first iteration of the show in Chicago for this engagement. It’...

Review: DIAL M FOR MURDER at Northlight Theatre Photo Review: DIAL M FOR MURDER at Northlight Theatre
by Zac Thriffiley - December 10, 2023

Northlight Theatre's DIAL M FOR MURDER is a breathtaking, pulse-pounding, and even mordantly witty production that has already been extended through January 7 due to popular demand....

Review: BOOP! THE MUSICAL Pre-Broadway World Premiere Presented By Broadway In Chicag Photo Review: BOOP! THE MUSICAL Pre-Broadway World Premiere Presented By Broadway In Chicago
by Rachel Weinberg - December 07, 2023

Betty Boop is making her stage debut...and thanks to Jasmine Amy Rogers in the role, she’s making a real star turn. I truly didn’t know what to expect when BOOP! THE MUSICAL was announced. How would a cartoon character featured primarily in animated shorts from 1930-1939 make her way into a 2023 mus...

Review: THE GOLDEN GIRLS SAVE XMAS at Hell In A Handbag Productions Photo Review: THE GOLDEN GIRLS SAVE XMAS at Hell In A Handbag Productions
by Zac Thriffiley - December 04, 2023

As sweet as a slice of cheesecake and as spicy as a raunchy joke shared between friends, THE GOLDEN GIRLS SAVE XMAS is a delightfully queer comedy that celebrates friends and family with holiday cheer....

Review: THE WIZ National Tour Presented by Broadway In Chicago Photo Review: THE WIZ National Tour Presented by Broadway In Chicago
by Rachel Weinberg - December 01, 2023

It’s a “brand new day” for THE WIZ with new material from Amber Ruffin in this Broadway-bound engagement, but the production is well-trod territory. ...

Review: MANUAL CINEMA'S CHRISTMAS CAROL at Writers Theatre Photo Review: MANUAL CINEMA'S CHRISTMAS CAROL at Writers Theatre
by Zac Thriffiley - November 26, 2023

Few dramatic adaptations of A Christmas Carol manage to convey the magic, the emotional power, and—yes—the terror of Dickens’s original as effectively and impactfully as Manual Cinema’s version, now playing at Writers Theatre in Glencoe through December 24th....

Review: EMMET OTTER'S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS IS A GIFT at Studebaker Theater Photo Review: EMMET OTTER'S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS IS A GIFT at Studebaker Theater
by Misha Davenport - November 21, 2023

What did our critic think of EMMET OTTER'S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS IS A GIFT at Studebaker Theater?...

Review: ROALD DAHL'S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY at Paramount Theatre Aurora, I Photo Review: ROALD DAHL'S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY at Paramount Theatre Aurora, IL
by Tina St. Angelo Wetzel - November 18, 2023

There are not enough words to describe Paramount Theatre’s current production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which is based on the book by Roald Dahl. Director Trent Stork and this cast (over 20) brings the world of imagination to vivid life....

Review: RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace, Photo Review: RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace, IL
by Tina St. Angelo Wetzel - November 17, 2023

The new production at Drury Lane Theatre is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.  It is an updated version of the 1957 and 1965 TV films starring Julie Andrews and then Lesley Ann Warren. The original book was written by Oscar Hammerstein II....

Review: THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT at TimeLine Theatre Photo Review: THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT at TimeLine Theatre
by Rachel Weinberg - November 16, 2023

These days, truth is elusive — and Timeline Theatre’s THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT plays with that idea. It’s the age of endless fact-checking resources on the internet, but also the age of misinformation spread across TikTok, Reddit, and other social media. Wherein lies the truth? And what is accurate? S...



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