Hell in a Handbag’s Poseidon, still campy silly fun, sails again

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Rick Aguilar Studios. 1972’s The Poseidon Adventure, the classic tale of the doomed SS Poseidon and its New Year’s capsizing, was perhaps the premiere achievement in the era of disaster films, an era that included Earthquake, The Towering Inferno, Airport, and others and is […]

“Sweat” is simply a brilliant piece of theatre

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Liz Lauren. I’m just going to come right out and say it: The Goodman Theatre’s production of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer-Prize winning Sweat is just about as good as theatre can get. Director Ron OJ Parson has taken Nottage’s play and found in it even […]

“Hands on a Hardbody” is a slice of Americana

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Nick Roth. America was founded, despite current political rhetoric, by immigrants who capitalized on opportunities to uproot themselves and move across an ocean to a new land. We haven’t rested since. Part of what became the American Dream has always involved the freedom to […]

The revised “She the People” is Second City at its best

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Timothy M. Schmidt. Six women stand triumphantly on the stage of the UP Comedy Club. “Are you ready to change the world?” one asks the crowd, receiving an enthusiastic response. And that is precisely what is happening in Second City’s hilarious, amazing She the […]

“A Bronx Tale” is a violent musical with a lot of heart

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Joan Marcus. There are probably some movies less likely to be made into a musical than A Bronx Tale. (Heathers comes to mind, but that one is a musical as well.) Still, Chazz Palminteri’s one-man show turned Hollywood movie turned musical is unusually violent […]

“Bridges of Madison County” shines in Theo Ubique’s intimate new space.

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Cody Jolly Photography. What do we do when true love comes too late? This is the question that is faced by Francesca (Kelli Harrington) and Robert (Tommy Thurston) in Theo Ubique’s beautiful new production of Marsha Norman and Jason Robert Brown’s The Bridges of […]