"Sheepdog" shows that the issue of killer cops is not simply black and white

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Review by Karen Topham, ChicagoOnstage, member American Theatre Critics Association. Photo by Lowell Thomas. We’re barely halfway through January, and I have already seen a play that feels destined to be one of the best shows of the year. Shattered Globe Theatre’s production of Kevin Artigue’s Sheepdog is a challenging, provocative, timely two-hander that moves […]

Trent James thoroughly impresses and amazes at Chicago Magic Lounge

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Review by Karen Topham, ChicagoOnstage, member American Theatre Critics Association. Photo by Chicago Magic Lounge. An evening spent at Chicago Magic Lounge is pretty much guaranteed to be a great time no matter who is performing. Because most performances are one-offs by some of the best talent around, though, it’s difficult to make specific recommendations. […]

"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 […]