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11:11 – REVIEW

Hey Kids, Jesus is awesome! At least, the notion of Jesus is awesome when it inspires hysterically thought-provoking theater, as it does here in The New Colony’s world premiere if 11:11.

Playwrights Tara Sissom and Evan Linder delightfully imagine a Christian summer camp brimming with good intentions and charming characters. They are gearing up for the arrival of the kiddies but after a long inspirational ... 

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Letters to and regarding Chicago Theater – #1

I went to Oracle Theatre’s Halloween show last night. Disturbed – REVIEW – Chicago Stage Review

It was also an open house for their re-branding but it wasn’t a corporate re-branding as much as it was this company’s need to share their renewed enthusiasm about (what I like to call) the great commission of theater. You know, reinstalling enchantment in people’s lives, creating ... 

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Smartphones – a pocket size farce – REVEW

I remember a couple decades ago when carrying a mobile phone resembled carrying around a car battery with a landline phone receiver attached to the top. They were cumbersome eyesores and yet the very few that had them would display these bulky techno-toys as a status symbol of sorts, oblivious to the fact that it looked lame.

Mobile phones have gotten exponentially smaller and now everybody has one. ... 

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Variety Meets: Vaudezilla’s Red Hot Annie

Burlesque has made a strong comeback into the popular imagination in recent years.  1950s pinup/stag-film star/bondage queen/legendary sex symbol Bettie Page was the subject of two recent biopics.  The Burlesque dance troupe The Pussycat Dolls has become a chart-topping pop group.  Retro-Burlesque performer Dita Von Teese has her own signature-edition Wonderbra.

There is Burlesque going on all ... 

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Wonder of the World – REVIEW

In the movie Stripes, Army enlistee John Winger (Bill Murray) and the rest of his mismatched unit of misfits cause their sergeant to be hospitalized and must finish their Basic Training on their own. In the end they succeed, in spite of their sergeant and in spite of themselves. There is an element of this in LiveWire Chicago Theatre’s production of Wonder of the World at the Side Project Theater. ... 

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Jesus Christ Superstar – REVIEW

It always rains on the second weekend of July. It is as if the heavens try to tell me, “Don’t drag your family all the way to Michigan to pick blueberries; stop at a farm stand twenty miles across the Illinois-Indiana state line and buy the fruits of someone else’s labor.” So every year, full of the finest intentions, I get no further east than Hobart or Portage before the rain starts and ... 

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Beast Women 2012 Spring Series – REVIEW

Chicago may have barely had a winter this winter, but spring has certainly already sprung, which means that the Beast Women are back to prowl Lincoln Park late nights. The Greenhouse Theater Center is an apt home to the Beast Women 2012 Spring Series, as this all-female cabaret is always fresh, always growing.

Every performance of Beast Women 2012 Spring Series has a ... 

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THE HUNCHBACK VARIATIONS OPERA – REVIEW # 2 – Masterpiece EXTENDED – DON’T MISS!

Last night I was asked the question, “What’s the BEST play in town right now?” I’m frequently asked that and normally I have to stop and think before answering, as there is almost always more than one excellent show running at any given time in Chicago. Without the slightest hesitation, I confidently said THE HUNCHBACK VARIATIONS OPERA.

Theater Oobleck’s remarkable production was slated ... 

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Bruiser: Tales from a Traumatized Tomboy – REVIEW

Kelsie Huff is a Chicago-based comedian who has made a departure from her usual stand-up and ventured into that ineffable realm called “solo performance.” Solo performance is often difficult to categorize.

For example, Christopher Titus, John Leguizamo, Spalding Gray, and David Sedaris all have performed the same general type of autobiographical solo material; yet, while doing so, they are considered ... 

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The Windy City Burlesque Fest opening @ The Greenhouse Theatre Center

The Windy City Burlesque Fest

The Windy City Burlesque Festival’s mission is to celebrate the present, honor the past, and showcase the future of burlesque performance, in all of its multi-disciplinary expressions, through local, regional, national, and international perspectives, by presenting and producing performances and workshops for both the general public and practicing burlesque artists.

April 15-17, 2010 – The Second ... 

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