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A Drama About Race and Privilege

November 22, 2017 No Comments

The Minutes – Steppenwolf Theatre

 

The storm rages outside. Amidst the loud thunder and flickering lights, the rain continues to fall outside. For the moment, all’s quiet within the cavernous town

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An Angel Gets His Wings

November 21, 2017 No Comments

It’s a Wonderful Life -American Blues Theatre 

 

What’s undoubtedly the most popular, best-loved holiday movie of all time? Well, here’s a hint: The name George Bailey has become synonymous with Christmas

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Style and Sincerity Rule

November 20, 2017 No Comments

The Importance of Being Earnest – Writers Theatre

 

Can there be a more exquisite comedy in the English language? Populated by some of literature’s most delightfully self-absorbed characters, Oscar Wilde’s comedy

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Acceptance in the Kingdom of Colors

November 20, 2017 No Comments

Sleeping Beauty – Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences

 

Forget the Grimm Brothers, Charles Perrault or Walt Disney’s fairy tale versions of this story. Marc Robin takes familiar fairy tales and rewrites them for today’s kids.

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Grrrl Power

November 16, 2017 No Comments

Lizzie – Firebrand Theatre

 

Opening with the familiar sing-song refrain of the childish rhyme, “Lizzie Border took an axe and gave her mother 40 whacks; and when she saw what she had done, she gave her

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Blow Out Your Candles

November 13, 2017 No Comments

The Glass Menagerie – Jedlicka Performing Arts Center 

 

Tennessee Williams’ self-entitled Memory Play launched his career as a respected playwright. It

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Art Imitating Life

November 11, 2017 No Comments

Fade – Teatro Vista and Victory Gardens

 

Tanya Saracho, cofounder of Teatro Luna and a Victory Gardens ensemble playwright, maintains that her 2013 play isn’t about her own life. This, despite the fact

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You’ve Gotta Have Friends

November 11, 2017 No Comments

Significant Other – About Face Theatre

 

Jordan is a young man, on the cusp of turning 30. As the play opens, he’s enjoying a mostly fulfilling social life as the Gay Best Friend of his three college pals, Kiki,

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As History Repeats, Still We Stumble

November 7, 2017 No Comments

Third Eye Ensemble – With Blood, With Ink

Third Eye Ensemble continues to highlight the spiritual journey of women with its current production of David Crozier’s operatic dramatization of the life of Juana Inés de la Cruz, a nun, scholar, poet, and champion of women’s rights well before our time, when women dare to hope, often hopelessly, that their humanity will be “protected.”

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Go Into Your Dance!

November 7, 2017 No Comments

42nd Street – Drury Lane Oakbrook

 

There’s an old saying proclaiming that “everything old is new again.” Generally it implies that, if you wait long enough, yesterday’s ideas will come back into fashion again. But that’s

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