“Algorithm Nation” is uneven but still very funny Second City

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Timothy M. Schmidt. If you’re looking for uproarious laughter around the holidays in Chicago, you could go to see the touring company of The Play That Goes Wrong. Or you could opt for something homegrown, spend a lot less money and be thoroughly entertained […]

“The Woman in Black” is a scary, entertaining ghost story

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Roger Mastroianni. Arthur Kipps, the central character of Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black is invited to contribute to a circle of people telling ghost stories on Christmas Eve. (Ghost stories, we are being told, are not just for Halloween.) Despite […]

“Mansfield Park” may not be perfect Austen, but it is entertaining Austen

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member There is a reason why Jane Austen is so enduringly popular. Well, there are several. One is that she managed so perfectly to capture the class and sexual struggles of her time. Another is that her characters are always compelling. Yet another is that the plots […]