Steppenwolf’s “Downstate” examines pedophilia in a new way

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Chicago Reviews

Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Michael Brosilow. In our society, there is probably no class of citizens more reviled than pedophiles. Despite (or maybe because of) the fact that we understand that this abhorrent predilection is not something they can actually control, we punish them not only with the […]

Timeline’s “Master Class” is indeed masterful

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Chicago Reviews

Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photos by Lara Goetsch. Is it possible to teach greatness? Can a master instructor work the miracle of bringing technical virtuosity into the realm of brilliance? Can you teach art? These are questions I found myself pondering after witnessing Timeline Theatre’s  new production of Terrence McNally’s […]

Remy Bumppo’s Frankenstein: a powerful performance in an oddly distancing play

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Chicago Reviews

Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photos by. In this year, the 200th anniversary of the novel Frankenstein, Chicago is blessed to have multiple theatre companies taking on the iconic work from many different perspectives. This week marks the opening of Remy Bumppo’s take on the Mary Shelley masterwork. Using a script […]