CST’S “Midsummer Night’s Dream” perfect to warm midwinter nights

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Liz Lauren. Singing and dancing fairies. Giant Hieronymus Bosch-influenced flowers. A Puck who appears in midair. Half-naked lovers. A gigantic sluice in the middle of the forest. Joe Dowling’s tenth time directing Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream brings the classic comedy into the 21st […]

“Klingon Christmas Carol” is a holiday gift to Star Trek fans

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member. Edge of Orion Theatre is well aware that most people already know the story of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. In fact, with their annual holiday production, they are pretty much counting on it: A Klingon Christmas Carol is performed entirely in Klingon, an invented language […]

“Algorithm Nation” is uneven but still very funny Second City

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Timothy M. Schmidt. If you’re looking for uproarious laughter around the holidays in Chicago, you could go to see the touring company of The Play That Goes Wrong. Or you could opt for something homegrown, spend a lot less money and be thoroughly entertained […]