Lifeline’s gender-switched “Frankenstein” is a brilliant, dark take on the original

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photos by Suzanne Plunkett. In this, the 200th anniversary of the writing of the classic novel Frankenstein, there will be no fewer than four distinct productions based on Mary Shelley’s emotional Gothic thriller. The rest of them will need to go a long way to be […]

BTE’s “The Dingdong” is fun, silly entertainment

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photos by Rex Howard Photography. There are a few things you expect from a good French farce: lots of doors (of course), intertwining sexual relationships, mistaken identities, and tons of laughs. Buffalo Theatre Ensemble’s The DingDong or How the French Kiss, adapted by Mark Shanahan from […]

“Man of La Mancha”: Enchantment comes to Skokie

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By Beverly Friend, Ph.D., Member American Theater Critics Assn; photos by Beth Laske-Miller. So powerful is the image of Don Quixote, the hero of Cervantes’ 17th Century novel, that the word quixotic has been derived from his name. The definition is “foolishly impractical especially in the pursuit of ideals; marked by rash lofty romantic ideas or […]