Relationship Contradictions Abound in Brilliant “Significant Other”

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“Don’t get old. Don’t die young but don’t get old. I feel so useless.” This advice, from his grandmother Helene to Jordan, the main character of About Face Theatre and Theatre Wit’s joint midwest premiere of Joshua Harmon’s acclaimed Significant Other, speaks volumes about the way that this play works. Harmon doesn’t spend much of the […]

City Lit’s Brilliant and Original “J.B.” a Powerful Evening

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Archibald MacLeish’s morality play J.B., a modern retelling of the Book of Job that takes place within the confines of a circus tent, seems to have fallen out of favor with theatre troupes perhaps seeking “edgier” material. Fortunately, City Lit’s artistic director Terry McCabe enjoys the classics (this season also includes Aeschylus and Oscar Wilde), and […]

Even Without Its Star, Miss Saigon Shines

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Having heard so much about Eva Noblezada’s Tony-nominated performance as Kim in the Cameron McIntosh-produced revival of Miss Saigon, the musical from Les Miserables creators Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, I was naturally disappointed to arrive at the theatre to find that she was being replaced by an understudy. I needn’t have worried. Of course this production would […]

Julie Taymor’s chrysalis transforms “M. Butterfly” into…well, you get the drift.

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David Henry Hwang’s Tony-Award-winning M. Butterfly was a controversial masterpiece in the 80s when it first graced the Broadway stage. For the first-ever revival of this modern classic, there was simply no one who could do the job but Julie Taymor, the inventive director who transformed Disney’s The Lion King from an animated film into one of the most […]

This Is Not a Review of “The Band’s Visit”

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 This is not a review of the wonderful new musical at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, The Band’s Visit. It can’t be: The Band’s Visit hadn’t opened yet as of the time this article (not “review’) is being written. Thus, what I witnessed this afternoon was a preview, albeit one that followed a long off-Broadway run last year and a […]