Chicago Theatre Review

Author: Ben Kemper

If You Build A Better Mousetrap

May 17, 2017 Comments Off on If You Build A Better Mousetrap

Ideation – Jackalope Theater


At one point in Aaron Loeb’s sharp, dark comedy Ideation, a character blasts his daughter’s favorite song “How Far

Read More

For My 28 Cents

May 7, 2017 Comments Off on For My 28 Cents

A Little Bit Not Normal – Victory Gardens 

By the door into the theater Arlene Malinowski, writer and actress and the owner of tonight’s story has

Read More

Lord of the Mouth

May 6, 2017 Comments Off on Lord of the Mouth

Where Did We Sit On The Bus? – Victory Gardens 

Written and performed by Brian Quijada

Playful and heartfelt, Where Did We Sit On The Bus? envelops us in the wonderful life of Brian Quijada, an actor/writer/slinger of sick beats. With nothing but a chair, his sound mixing instruments

Read More

Bad Blood

April 28, 2017 Comments Off on Bad Blood

The Firebirds Take the Field – Rivendell Theatre 


It starts in the lobby of Rivendell Theater. A television showing clips from the real-life outbreak of the

Read More


April 21, 2017 Comments Off on Magnificent

Into the Beautiful North – 16th Street Theatre 


There’s a moment at the top of Into The Beautiful North when Nayeli (Ilse Zacharias) a start-eyed

Read More

Upside Down

April 17, 2017 Comments Off on Upside Down

Strangest Things! The Musical – Greenhouse Theatre 

For the subject of a musical parody one would think that Stranger Things, the sci-fi thriller/80’s love

Read More


April 3, 2017 Comments Off on Boundless

Silent Sky – First Folio Theatre


Slight Sky is a play about faith, thought not the kind you’ll find holy books and buildings. It makes it a

Read More

A Hero With A Seven Faces

March 26, 2017 Comments Off on A Hero With A Seven Faces

Six Stories Tall – Adventure Stage 


In Marco Ramirez’s Six Stories Tall, Adventure Stage Chicago serves up stories of kids, for kids,

Read More

Reverie Revine

March 25, 2017 Comments Off on Reverie Revine

Ohio Sate Murders at Dandelion Theater

Famed African American writer Suzanne Alexander (Renee Lockett) has a ghost to face. Asked to

Read More

Assassin Outclass’n

March 21, 2017 Comments Off on Assassin Outclass’n

The Scullery Maid – Idle Muse 

Can a good monarch ever be a good man? Does the price of greatness always have to payed in the

Read More