Steppenwolf’s Hilarious BLKS Is All About Friendship

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“There’s something intrinsic about a couch in black culture,” Aziza Barnes, the author of BLKS, the hilarious and often powerful play about being young, female, and black, says in an interview published in the play’s program. “It’s like a porch for city dwellers…It’s really evocative of a pioneer life and what matters and what mattered was a place that you or anyone could […]

Theatre Person of the Month: Delia Kropp

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“I was kind of upset. You could tell there was not a transgender person within twenty yards of the rehearsal room” Delia Kropp, one of Chicago’s preeminent transgender actors and advocates, is speaking of theatres trying to tell trans stories without actually consulting trans people. “What the directors usually say is ‘I have a friend […]

Harmony France and Firebrand Theatre Are Out to Make a Change

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A firebrand is, according to google.com’s dictionary, a person who is passionate about a particular cause, typically inciting change and taking radical action. Dictionary.com goes further, adding “agitator” and “troublemaker” to the definition. Somehow I don’t think that any of these would be offensive to Harmony France, co-founder and Artistic Director of Firebrand Theatre, Chicago’s only Equity […]

“Twelfth Night” Is Shakespeare for Everyone

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Review by Bradley Laas Midsummer Flight’s holiday production managed to be even more enticing and wondrous than the ‘theater’ it was performed in. The production, Twelfth Night, did what most millennials, like myself, would deem impossible: make Shakespeare understandable and enjoyable. The actors also somehow kept my short attention span even in the gorgeous Show […]