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YONI KI BAAT – REVIEW

Theater endeavors to take us on trips where few have traveled, covering subjects that few dares speak of. One of the most exotic destinations and taboo topics is that of the VAGINA. The mere mention of the word can strike fear, stupefaction, and excitement, oftentimes simultaneously. Every culture ‘handles’ it differently and every family approaches or avoids, it in their own unique way.

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Tosca – Lyric Opera REVIEW

Tosca

By Giacomo Puccini

Lyric Opera of Chicago

By Lori Dana

Most people with even a passing interest in opera are familiar with Tosca. One of a trio of blockbusters from the height of Puccini’s career, Tosca (along with La Bohéme and Madama Butterfly) cemented the composer’s position among the greatest masters of the operatic form.

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Boojum! Nonsense, Truth and Lewis Carroll – REVIEW

Caffeine Theatre and Chicago Opera Vanguard’s latest endeavor is the American premiere of Boojum! Nonsense, Truth and Lewis Carroll, an ambitious piece of Australian musical theater that made its debut on the Sydney stage in 1986.

Penned by twin brothers Martin and Peter Wesley-Smith, Boojum! takes its name from Lewis Carroll’s epic nonsense ... 

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The Wiz – REVIEW

Few performers can ever simply ease on down the road in The Wiz. Dorothy is Dorothy is Dorothy, ok, but all the other major characters are problematic; Scarecrow, Tinman, and Lion run perilously close to a minstrel show act, while the Wiz himself and all of the witches have their backs up against the worst of blaxploitation stereotypes. In the current production of The ... 

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Boobs and Goombas: A Super Mario Burlesque – REVIEW

EXTENDED – OPEN RUN!

By J. Scott Hill

Nerdbait. Some celebs appeal more strongly to nerds than do others — think Kelly LeBrock in Weird Science, Carrie Fisher in Star Wars, and Alyson Hannigan in everything. MsPixy (a founding member of Belmont Burlesque Revue) has courted the title of “nerdbait”, occasionally performing striptease as a hoodie-wearing dorklette. She has taken her nerd-positive ... 

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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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