Coronavirus forces theatres to try novel approaches

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“I know someone like you understands the importance—the all-consuming social importance of live theater.” — Mark Lew, from Teenage Dick As the coronavirus crisis worsens and states, including Illinois, are instituting “shelter-at-home” proclamations, Americans are having to learn how to deal with a social and cultural situation they have never faced before. Quarantines are adversely […]

My relationship to “A Doll’s House,” and how that affects my reaction to Raven Theatre’s production

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This article is by Karen Topham, ChicagoOnstage, member American Theatre Critics Association, in response to Raven Theatre’s production of A Doll’s House. It isn’t technically a review, though there is a review incorporated within it. It’s more of an extended explanation of why I reacted the way I did to this production despite the clear […]

Joffrey to interpret another great novel in Cathy Marston’s Jane Eyre

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Article by Joe DeRosa; Photo by Cheryl Mann If things keep going the way they’ve been going for Ashley Wheater and the world-renowned Joffrey Ballet, Cathy Marston’s adaptation of the 19th-century classic novel Jane Eyre will turn out to be the perfect choice to open the 2019-20 season. Since his appointment in 2007 as the […]

Chicago-style magic is the name of the game at Chicago Magic Lounge

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When Joey Cranford’s wife jokingly bought him a magic kit they had seen at Walgreens as a Christmas present, she had no idea what she had unleashed.  “There was an especially good trick in there,” he says, one that spurred the research-oriented Cranford to begin exploring what magic is and eventually led him to discover […]

Come From Away’s real Kevin T discusses Gander, life lessons, and his book

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Kevin Tuerff (left) and Andrew Samonsky, who portrayed him in the original Broadway cast of “Come From Away” “It’s a very American and Canadian story,” said Kevin Tuerff about what happened in Gander, Newfoundland, on Sept. 11, 2001. That story—which includes Tuerff’s experiences—forms the basis for the landmark musical Come From Away, which just finished […]

Mostly transgender cast makes for a special Southern Comfort

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It’s not exactly a secret that the right wing of this country despises transgender people. Since Trump came to power, as a matter of fact, the National Center for Transgender Equality has counted more than thirty separate actions from his administration targeting LGBTQ people and especially transgender people, whom he is trying to “erase” by […]