“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 […]

“Borealis” is funny, heady satire that doesn’t quite come together

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photos by The House Theatre. George S. Kaufman famously said that “satire is what closes on Saturday night.” While he was clearly exaggerating (Kaufman’s own musical satire, Of Thee I Sing, was highly successful), there is no doubt that satire is a hit or miss concept […]

“Homos, or Everyone In America” is the gay play you need to see

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photos by Austin D. Oie Photography. Jordan Seavey’s Homos or Everyone in America is a sexually blunt, politically incorrect, outrageously funny dramedy that is as much about life as a couple as it is about life as a gay couple, which probably explains the title. Gay […]

“A Shayna Maidel” is a timely, powerful look at family and the Holocaust

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photos by Lara Goetsch. In an era when Nazis and white supremacists have gained influence in American culture and politics, when more than 20% of Millennials have no clue what the Holocaust was and a not insignificant number deny it ever happened, when we are adopting […]