“Empty Threats” Is a Reality-Bending Trip from Neo-Futurists

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Joe Mazza/Brave Lux. It’s not often that I am challenged as much at the theatre as I was in attending the Neo-Futurists’ new play, Lily Mooney’s Empty Threats, starring Mooney and directed by Krissy Vanderwarker. The play, a full-length feature from the Neo-Futurists instead […]

“Neverwhere” Is a Place You Should Visit

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photos by Suzanne Plunkett. For its final production of this season, Lifeline Theatre is remounting its acclaimed 2010 hit, an original adaptation (by Robert Kauzlaric) of Neil Gaiman’s urban fantasy Neverwhere. Sadly, I never saw the original production; however, I will say that if it was […]

“Father Comes Home”: A Funny, Provocative, Powerful Examination of Freedom

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photos by Liz Lauren. At the start of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks’ 2014 drama Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2, & 3, now playing in its Chicago premiere at the Goodman Theatre, a singer (Melody Angel) enters with a guitar and says […]

Lookingglass’s “20,000 Leagues” is a Visually Arresting Show

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photos by Liz Lauren. Lookingglass Theatre has become renowned over the years for inventive staging of shows, including the use of puppetry. I don’t think, though, that they’ve ever had to tackle a giant squid before. In the adaptation by Steve Pickering (Althos Low) and director […]