Provocative Casa Valentina looks back at the little-known world of early 60s crossdressers

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by  Cody Jolly Photography. Harvey Fierstein’s playwrighting career was launched with his sensitive Torch Song Trilogy back in 1982. Though he has spent most of the time since then working in the showier world of musicals (Kinky Boots, Hairspray and others), he returned to the […]

(Non)Fiction asks who owns our stories as it focuses on the relationship of a woman, her lover, and her book

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by  Sarah Heilbronner of Aviva Media Company. Jillian Leff’s (Non)Fiction, now playing in a world premiere by the Right Brain Project, is one of those intense little black box gems that so often seem to arrive under the radar at Chicago’s neighborhood theatres. Presented on […]

Gary Griffin and Writers Theatre take us on a magical journey “Into the Woods”

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Michael Brosilow. Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods has been a source of joy and fascination to me since its 1987 Broadway premiere. I listened to and wore out recordings of its soundtrack long before I ever actually saw the show, and […]

“Out of Love” is as brilliant and complex as the female friendships it embodies

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Emily Schwartz. Elinor Cook’s impressive, poignant Out of Love belongs to an unfortunately rare genre: plays that, without pulling punches, highlight and explore the complexity of women’s relationships. Its two protagonists, daughters of friends, grow up together and remain connected all of their lives […]

USAOnstage NYC: Love, Noël: The Songs and Letters of Noël Coward presents the elegance of yesteryear

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Review by Ed Rubin, member of American Theatre Critics Association, NYC’s Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle; photo by Carol Rosegg There are probably greater painters than Noël. Greater novelists than Noël, greater librettists, greater composers of music, greater singers, greater dancers, greater comedians, greater tragedians, greater stage producers, greater film directors, greater cabaret artists, […]

Red Tape’s “All Quiet” is a brilliant, harrowing interpretation of Remarque’s famous novel

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Austin Oie. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque is probably the quintessential fictional account of WWI, a novel with German protagonists overwhelmed by the harsh realities of a war they had signed up for after being assured it would be […]

USAOnStage NYC: The Rolling Stone takes on the deadly plight of gays in Uganda

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Review by Ed Rubin, member of American Theatre Critics Association, NYC’s Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle; photo by Jeremy Daniel.  While New York City recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising with much hoopla and an enormous, traffic-stopping Gay Pride parade that went on well into the night, New York’s Lincoln Center […]