Campy “Who Killed Joan Crawford?” is anything but a drag

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Review by Karen Topham, ChicagoOnstage, member American Theatre Critics Association. Photo by Glitterati Productions. So you were hunting for a campy drag murder mystery comedy that pays tribute to old Hollywood stars? I don’t know why you have such specific needs, but look no further: Glitterati Productions has exactly what you seek in Who Killed […]

Too much talking and not enough action hurt CityLit’s “Hound of the Baskervilles”

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Review by Karen Topham, ChicagoOnstage, member American Theatre Critics Association. Photo by Steve Graue. One of the problems with adapting any of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories for the stage is that they are not inherently theatrical, as they are told through the perspective of Dr. Watson as he “recorded them” and they sound […]

“Every Brilliant Thing” is one of the most inspiring plays you’ll see this year

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Review by Karen Topham, ChicagoOnstage, member American Theatre Critics Association. Photo by Michael Brosilow. Waking up with a purring cat next to your head One of the most uplifting plays you will ever see is now playing in the South Loop, and it is about suicide. Actually, Every Brilliant Thing at the Windy City Playhouse […]