Story Theatre debuts with brilliant modernized Chekhov play “Leave Me Alone”

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photos by David Hagen. One must never place a loaded rifle on the stage if it isn’t going to go off.  –Anton Chekhov In Leave Me Alone, a modern retelling of Chekhov’s Ivanov, the notion of Chekhov’s gun isn’t just a device; it’s a full-blown storytelling […]

Expanding Coverage

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Just a quick word to let everyone know that, as of today, ChicagoOnStage is expanding its coverage into Raleigh-Durham, an area with over 95 theatres and a thriving community. Our reporter for Raligh-Durham shows is Lauren Van Hemert. She is one of two Raleigh Regional Contributing Editors for Broadway World Raleigh, and we’re happy to have […]

It’s Inevitable: North Carolina Theatre’s “Newsies” is a Hit

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By Lauren Van Hemert; photo by Curtis Brown Photography Note: With this review, ChicagoOnStage’s USAOnStage expands its coverage to the Raleigh-Durham area. In July 1899, hundreds of newsboys formed a union and went on strike against Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst to protest an increase in the wholesale price of the Evening World and […]

Fleetwood-Jourdain’s “Topdog/Underdog” is a dark comedy with deep drama

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member In the Pulitzer Prize-winning Topdog/Underdog, by Suzan-Lori Parks, two brothers struggles with some of the cultural, family, and societal aspects of being young black men in America. Named Lincoln and Booth by their father for a joke, the boys were abandoned by both parents when they […]