Organic’s “The Memo” is a well-staged trip into the absurd

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Anna Gelman. Organic Theater Company director Brian Wakefield and his talented team of actors must have had a wonderful time working with Czech playwright Vaclav Havel’s The Memo. Wakefield has created a production of so much visual absurdity that it almost dwarfs the absurdity […]

Lookingglass’s “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” is a brilliant blend of story and storyteller.

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Liz Lauren. This having been the 200th anniversary of the debut of the horror classic Frankenstein, we in Chicago have been treated in the past several months to several theatrical versions of the story. The fourth and final version is now onstage at Lookingglass […]

Northlight examines theatre, gender roles, and more in “Into the Breeches”

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Liz Lauren. I generally am a big fan of plays that celebrate and/or deconstruct theatre itself, so I looked forward to seeing Northlight Theatre’s Into the Breeches, Park Ridge native George Brant’s comical exploration of a group of women trying to keep a local […]

Hamilton to Close 1/5/20; Final Block of Tickets on Sale 5/17

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CHICAGO (May 15, 2019) – The musical HAMILTON will conclude its more than three (3) year run in Chicago at Broadway In Chicago’s CIBC Theatre (18 W. Monroe St.) on January 5, 2020, it has been announced by producer Jeffrey Seller.  Chicago was the first city outside New York where HAMILTON opened; the production began performances on September 27, 2016 at […]

“The Winter’s Tale” is a mixture of tragedy and comedy.

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Liz Lauren. The Winter’s Tale, which is known mostly for its famous stage direction “Exits, pursued by a bear,” is one of the Shakespearean plays categorized as a “romance,” mostly because it doesn’t fit neatly into any other category. For its first half, it […]