Goodman’s “Yasmina’s Necklace” a Combination of Hilarious Marriage Comedy and Powerful Refugee Drama

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Rohina Malik’s Yasmina’s Necklace, now playing at the Goodman Theatre’s Owen Theatre, is a play that, while extremely funny, has a very dark core, as its title character brought a lot more baggage with her than merely what she carried when she came with her father as a refugee from the Iraq War. That coming […]

Promethean Theatre’s “Marisol” Is an Uneven Production

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JosĂ© Rivera’s 1993 apocalyptic absurdist comedy Marisol has always had at least one central flaw: for a comedy, it isn’t all that funny. A lot of what was funny in 1993—making fun of the French, for example—feels flat today. Not that there are no laughs (there are); it just doesn’t feel as topical as it […]

Halloween-Themed Sketch Comedy “Netflix and Kill” Inconsistent But Entertaining

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Theater troupe “26” is known for presenting shows comprised of twenty-six sketches, one for each letter of the alphabet. The scenes are minimally staged, with quick and often amusing changes aided by music and campy voiceovers. “Netflix and Kill,” running at Pride Arts Center in Rogers Park until the 28th, has fun with horror tropes […]

4 AM

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No, that is not the sequel to a Matchbox Twenty song. Went to a play tonight and wrote the review, yeah; I always hurry with things like that A green light recommend , a great show to exalt…and so very darned entertaining… And don’t think, don’t think I’m complaining… But, baby, it’s 4 AM and […]

The Gift’s “A Swell in the Ground”: Life and Death, Literally and Metaphorically

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The title of The Gift Theatre’s final production of 2017, A Swell in the Ground, comes from a famous poem by Emily Dickinson. Being chaperoned in a carriage by Death himself, the narrator “paused before a house that seemed / a swelling in the ground,” clearly her grave. A Swell in the Ground, written by […]

Rivendell’s “Alias Grace” a Powerful Psychological Study

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Alias Grace, a 1996 novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood is a deep and unnerving psychological study of a real-life convicted murderer, Grace Marks, who prosecutors said helped commit a particularly heinous double homicide when she was just sixteen. After her death sentence was commuted, though, and for the duration of her life, there were […]

Review: Interrobang Explores the Nature of Truth in Gripping “Foxfinder”

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Interrobang Theatre’s Chicago premiere production of Dawn King’s Foxfinder has a timely feeling to it. The opening play of the company’s eighth season, thematically entitled, “What Is Truth?” Foxfinder seems uncomfortably familiar. It takes place in a time of political upheaval, a time when England’s food supply has dwindled and, as often happens in a […]