Archive for January 2011


THE VOTES ARE IN! The 2010 Honor Awards will be presented to 10 winners in 10 categories for his/her exceptional contribution to the Chicago theatre experience last year.  The first tier of voting has determined finalists in each category.  This final round of voting will conclude on February 21st.  Please vote for your favorites and spread the word!... Read more »

Review "In Darfur": Massacre Exploited as Visual Spectacle

TimeLine Theatre presents IN DARFUR At 615 W. Wellington Written by Winter Miller Directed by Nick Bowling Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm Fridays at 8pm Saturdays at 4pm and 8pm Sundays at 2pm Buy Tickets Running Time:  95 minutes with no intermission   Reviewed by Katy Walsh   “Call it civil war, call it ethnic... Read more »

Review "Sex with Strangers": Porn Storyline Goes to Blackout

Steppenwolf Theatre presents SEX WITH STRANGERSIn the upstairs theatre at 1540 N. HalstedWritten by Laura EasonDirected by Jessica ThebusTuesdays through Sundays at 7:30pmSaturday s and Sundays at 3pmThru May 15th Buy TicketsRunning Time:  Two hours with a fifteen minute intermission. Reviewed by Katy Walsh What happens when a blogger seduces a novelist?  It’s ‘less likely... Read more »

"Madagascar" EXTENDS THRU Feb 27th: Fantasy Mystery Rivets

Next Theatre Company presents MADAGASCARAt 927 Noyes Street in EvanstonWritten by J.T. RogersDirected by Kimberly SeniorThursdays at 7:30pmFridays and Saturdays at 8pmSundays at 2pm Buy TicketsRunning Time:  Two hours with a fifteen minute intermission Reviewed by Katy Walsh ‘Find the connection, that’s how you unravel a mystery.’  Three people. One room.  Alone. Together.  Next Theatre... Read more »

Review "Reasons to be Pretty": A man's quest for inner beauty

    Profiles Theatre presents    reasons to be pretty     Written by Neil LaBute Directed by Rick Snyder  at Profiles Theatre, 4147 N. Broadway (map) thru March 13  |  tickets: $35-$40  |  more info Reviewed by Katy Walsh He will hurt you. He’s a guy. It’s a done deal! Profiles Theatre presents the Chicago premiere... Read more »

Review "Short Shakespeare! Macbeth": Killer Visual Effects

   Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents    Short Shakespeare! Macbeth    Written by William Shakespeare Adapted and Directed by David H. Bell at Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand (map) through March 5  |  tickets: $16-$20  |  more info Reviewed by Katy Walsh Ambition. Paranoia. Revenge. Political desires lead to a spiral of destruction and death. Chicago... Read more »

Review "The New Electric Ballroom": Intriguing Never-Ending Dance

A Red Orchid Theatre presentsTHE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM At 1531 N. WellsWritten by Enda WalshDirected by Robin WittThursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pmSundays at 3pmThru March 6th Buy TicketsRunning Time:  Ninety minutes with no intermission Reviewed by Katy Walsh What happens to a coming-of-age story if the rite of passage takes a detour?  What becomes... Read more »

Review "The Trinity River Plays": Flowery, Funny, (dys)Functional Family!

   Goodman Theatre presents    The Trinity River Plays    Written by Regina Taylor Directed by Ethan McSweeny at Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn (map) through Feb 20  |  tickets: $25-$78  |  more info  Reviewed by Katy Walsh ‘You don’t start a garden by digging. You start it by dreaming.’ Goodman Theatre presents the world... Read more »


A slew of wonderful play offerings slide January into February… 1.25.11  The New Electric Ballroom at A Red Orchid Theatre (JSJ) 1.27.11  Reasons to be Pretty at Profiles Theatre (JKJV) 1.28.11  Madagascar at Next Theatre (DM) 1.29.11  Sex with Strangers at Steppenwolf Theatre (JJV) 1.30.11  In Darfur at Timeline Theatre (JAC)  1.31.11  Boys Room at Victory Gardens... Read more »

Review "The Girl of the Golden West": Shimmering Nugget of Riches

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents THE GIRL OF THE GOLDEN WESTAt the Civic Opera House, 20 N. WackerComposed by Giacomo PucciniThree Acts performed in Italian with English titlesLibretto by Guelfo Civinini and Carlo ZangariniBased on David Belasco’s play “The Girl of the Golden West”Conducted by Sir Andrew DavisStage direction by Vincent LiottaJanuary 26th & 29th... Read more »