Mostly transgender cast makes for a special Southern Comfort

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It’s not exactly a secret that the right wing of this country despises transgender people. Since Trump came to power, as a matter of fact, the National Center for Transgender Equality has counted more than thirty separate actions from his administration targeting LGBTQ people and especially transgender people, whom he is trying to “erase” by […]

“Twilight Bowl” captures small town life and the role of chance for all of us

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Erica Weiss. In Twilight Bowl by Rebecca Gilman, now playing at the Goodman’s Owen Theatre, five young women from rural Wisconsin (and one from Winnetka) examine who they are, what their lives are all about, and the role of choice (as opposed to luck) […]

Lifeline’s “The Man Who Was Thursday” is a very funny satire that is perfect for our times

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Suzanne Plunkett. I found a cartoon on Facebook this evening. In the top panel, labeled “Reality 50 Years Ago,” a Democrat and a Republican look at a sideways number on the ground. “Nine,” says the Democrat, which is accurate from his perspective. The Republican, […]

“Gross Indecency” is all about the “love that dare not speak its name”

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Tom McGrath. In his introduction to the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde commented that “there is no such thing as a moral or immoral book; books are well-written or badly written.” This sentiment could be applied to Wilde’s life as well: […]

Joffrey’s world premeire of “Anna Karenina” is “brave, bold, and brilliant”

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Review by Joe De Rosa; photograph by Cheryl Mann There is a moment in Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece Anna Karenina when it is impossible to tell if Anna is brave or crazy. Though her passion for Vronsky–her dashing, dangerous, enigmatic, and maybe a little self-absorbed lover–has overtaken her to the point where she’s made her desire […]