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 […]

Silly/fun, though uneven, Peter and the Starcatcher lands at Citadel

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Review by Karen Topham, ChicagoOnstage, member American Theatre Critics Association. Photo by North Shore Camera Club. Many of us can remember watching the Peter Pan musical with Mary Martin (and later Sandy Duncan) in the title role in our childhoods. J.M. Barrie’s story of the boy who wouldn’t grow up has, over the years, spawned a […]

AstonRep’s “Equus” exposes the raw sensuality of a confused mind

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Review by Karen Topham, ChicagoOnstage, member American Theatre Critics Association. Photo by Emily Schwartz. The first time I saw Peter Shaffer’s award-winning psychological drama Equus was in its initial production in Chicago back in the late 70s, not long after its 1974 Broadway premiere. If memory serves, Ken Howard of TV’s “The White Shadow” played […]