“Kingdom” is a Place Worth Visiting Despite Issues

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photos by Devon Green Kingdom, Broken Nose Theatre’s current presentation at the Den, is a thoroughly engaging and entertaining play. Directed by Kanomé Jones, it tells the story of a queer family (gay fathers, gay son, lesbian cousin) living in Florida shortly after that state legalized […]

“Through the Elevated Line”: An Immigrant Tale Via Tennessee Williams

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photos by Airan Wright Set in Chicago in 2016 against the backdrop of the Cubs’ quest for the World Series, Through the Elevated Line tells the tale of immigrant siblings, one who has been long-established in America and one who just got here, through the prism of […]

Boho’s “Cyrano” is a Funny, Heartbreaking, Swashbuckling Love Story Told With Panache

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photos by Liz Lauren I always find it difficult to begin reviews of very familiar plays. What do you say that has not been said a million times before? And Boho Theatre’s Cyrano, though a new adaptation by Michael Hollinger and Aaron Posner of the Edmond Rostand […]

About Face Opens the Door to LGBTQ History with Compelling “Time Is On Our Side”

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photos by Michael Brosilow  “We hold inside of us a history that ends in an ellipsis.” That statement from late in About Face Theatre’s midwest premiere of R. Eric Thomas’s Time Is On Our Side pretty much sums up both the play’s philosophy and its central mystery. We […]

Nation Onstage FL: Nice Work If You Can Get It, Even Better If You Can See It

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Review by Beverly Friend, American Theatre Critics Association member Once upon a time, there was an elderly, very religious Jewish man, who was illiterate. Because of this handicap, when he prayed, he was only able to recite the Hebrew alphabet because this was all he knew. He was confident that God would be able to arrange the […]

Lifeline’s “Anna Karenina” Shines, Though Act Two Proves Daunting

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Review by Joe De Rosa; photos by Suzanne Plunkett “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” So begins Anna Karenina, a Promethean study of the heart’s capacity for profound love, reckless passion, hopeless frailty, and torturous self-doubt. As a work of realistic fiction, Anna Karenina is a masterpiece. And, […]