"Thirst" is a provocative exploration of war and relationships

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Review by Karen Topham, ChicagoOnstage, member American Theatre Critics Association. Photo by Jesus J. Montero. Thirst, now playing at Strawdog Theatre, lives at the intersection of speculative fiction, racism, conservation, and relationship drama. It opens with something that feels like WWIII. Bombs fall, factions arise, people die, racism abounds, and civilized democratic society crashes to […]

"Dance Nation" takes its audience back to the confusion of being 13

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Review by Karen Topham, ChicagoOnstage, member American Theatre Critics Association. Photo by Michael Brosilow. I doubt that (with the exception of dementia sufferers) there is a person alive, no matter how old, who cannot close their eyes and see every detail of certain seismic experiences from their childhoods, no matter how much of them we […]

"The Land of Forgotten Toys" may have a few issues but it's still a tremendously entertaining holiday show

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Review by Karen Topham, ChicagoOnstage, member American Theatre Critics Association. Photo by Zeke Dolezalek. It’s time to review the second new musical in town that derives itself from the “Island of Misfit Toys” in the claymation classic “Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer.” Unlike Pride Films and Plays’ America’s Best Outcast Toy, CPA Theatricals’ The Land of […]