The fourth wall is the theatre term used to describe the invisible wall that separates the audience from the stage.  When a friend suggested The Fourth Walsh as the name of my blog, I agreed it was perfect!  I'm reviewing theatre from the audience perspective.  I'm not a theatre expert or a critic.  I'm just an opinionated person who enjoys being entertained!

May 31, 2013 marks my fourth anniversary of reviewing plays in Chicago.  What started as a musing at a Cubs games has turned into a jobby.  In 4 years, I've changed platforms three times: blogspot to wordpress to moving word.  I've established a permanent home on Chicago Now with features on Chicago Theater Beat.  In addition, I've co-hosted a theatre weekly podcast with Joshua J. Volkers called Chicago Theatre Off Book on CHIRP.  We produced 68 shows before we went dark. I've seen 750+ plays from 200+ different theatre companies! Josh and I have interviewed storefront and the big theatre guns.  I am in constant awe of the talent in the Chicago theatre community.  Actors, writers, directors, designers are passionately committed to their craft in an effort to entertain often with little to no compensation. Even when I didn't enjoy a show, I delighted in some element of the production (...mostly!). With Year 5, I'm looking forward to again immersing myself in innovative theatre Chicago-style!  And now on with the show...


Katy Walsh