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review: come back little sheba

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-SHEBA.html] COME BACK LITTLE SHEBA by William Inge Directed by David Cromer Shattered Globe Theatre at Victory Gardens Greenhouse Theatre 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue / (773) 871-3000 http://www.shatteredglobe.org Through October 21, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee September 24, 2006 It is 1950 in Midwestern America. Do we know where our children are? Shattered Globe Theatre‘s stunning production of William Inge‘s […]

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review: raisin

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-RAISIN.html%5D RAISIN Based on A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry Book by Robert Nemiroff and Charlotte Zaltzberg Music by Judd Woldin Lyrics by Robert Brittan Directed by Charles Newell Starring Ernestine Jackson Court Theatre at the University of Chicago 5535 S. Ellis Avenue / (773) 753-4472 CourtTheatre.uchicago.edu Through October 22, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee September […]

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review: clay

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-CLAY.html%5D CLAY Written and performed by Matt Sax Developed in collaboration with and Directed by Eric Rosen About Face Theatre and Lookingglass Chase Studio Theatre 821 North Michigan Avenue at Pearson / (312) 337-0665 lookingglasstheatre.org Through November 19, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee September 14, 2006 Mesmerized by moments — my three word review of “Clay“, a […]

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review: pantomime

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-PANTOMIME.html%5D PANTOMIME by Derek Walcott Directed by Jonathan Wilson Pegasus Players in the O’Roarke Center at Truman College 1145 West Wilson Avenue / (773) 878-9761 http://www.pegasusplayers.org Through October 22, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee September 13, 2006 This two-hander takes place in “no time” but references to World War II war duty could place the action anytime […]

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review: the last supper

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-LAST.html%5D THE LAST SUPPER by Dan Rosen Adapted from his screenplay Directed by Mitch Golob Infusion Theatre Company at Chopin Theatre 1543 West Division Avenue / (773) 525-8981 http://www.infusiontheatre.com Through October 21, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee September 12, 2006 Playwright Dan Rosen has adapted his 1995 film as a provocative, timely, aggravating, efficiently told story of political […]

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review: mother courage and her children

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-MOTHER.html%5D MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN by Bertolt Brecht Adapted by David Hare Directed by Elizabeth Carlin-Metz Original Music by Gregor Mortis and Kevin O’Donnell Vitalist Theatre at Theatre Building Chicago 1225 West Belmont Avenue / (773) 327-5252 http://www.vitalisttheatre.org Through October 22, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee September 11, 2006 You are immediately, visually, aurally embraced (confronted?) […]

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review: hamlet

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-HAMLET.html%5D HAMLET By William Shakespeare Directed by Terry Hands Chicago Shakespeare Theatre Navy Pier / (312) 595-5600 http://www.chicagoshakes.com Through November 18, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee September 10, 2006 Any review of “Hamlet” is a daunting task. The art of director and designer Terry Hands and the other performers behind the scenes and on the boards animating the Chicago Shakespeare […]

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review: the water coolers

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-WATERCOOLERS.html%5D THE WATER COOLERS: AN OFFICE MUSICAL by Thomas Michael Allen, Sally Allen, Joe Allen, Marya Grandy, and E. Andrew Sensenig Directed by Kurt Johns Lakeshore Theater 3175 N. Broadway / (773) 472-3492 http://www.lakeshoretheater.com Open run Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee August 27, 2006 In the Off Broadway (and cross country) ensemble songfest The Water Coolers five corporate types […]

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review: the scarlet letter

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-SCARLET.html%5D THE SCARLET LETTER by Nathaniel Hawthorne Adapted by Rebecca Zellar Directed by Rebecca Zellar The GreyZelda Theatre Group StageLeft Theatre 3408 N. Sheffield / (773) 883-8830 http://www.stagelefttheatre.com Through September 16, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee August 24, 2006 The Scarlet Letter is currently in Chicago as adapted and staged by GreyZelda, a young company headed by Rebecca Zellar […]

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reading ruminations: spare change

[originally published Aisle Say Chicago August 6, 2006] Spare Change by Mia McCullough Directed by Lisa Portes First Look Repertory of New Work Steppenwolf Garage Theatre 1624 North Halsted / (312) 335-1650 / http://www.steppenwolf.org Through August 13, 2006 In the third of the three First Look new plays viewed in a marathon weekend, “Spare Change” features Brad (Paul Noble) and […]

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review: spinning into butter

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-SPINNING.html%5D SPINNING INTO BUTTER by Rebecca Gilman Directed by Anish Jethmalani Eclipse Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater 2257 North Lincoln Avenue / (773) 335-1650 http://www.eclipsetheatre.com Through September 3, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee July 27, 2006 The second of three productions in Eclipse Theatre Company‘s Rebecca Gilman season is currently running upstairs at the Victory Gardens Theatre.“Spinning Into […]

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review: the unmentionables

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-UNMENTIONABLES.html%5D THE UNMENTIONABLES by Bruce Norris Directed by Anna D. Shapiro Starring Amy Morton and Rick Snyder Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre 1650 North Halsted / (312) 335-1650 http://www.steppenwolf.org Through August 27, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee July 16, 2006 Bruce Norris‘s newest play “The Unmentionables” is set in an unnamed African country, yet could be in any regime with haves […]

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review: wants and needs

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-WANTS.html%5D WANTS AND NEEDS: AN IMROVISED EXPLORATION OF LIFE IN THE LAND OF PLENTY Directed by Jim Dennen Lookingglass Theatre 821 North Michigan Avenue / (312) 337-0665 / www.lookingglasstheatre.org Through August 6, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee July 15, 2006 It is important to enter the Lookingglass Theatre at Michigan and Pearson knowing what to expect from the […]

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review: unchanging love

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-UNCHANGING.html%5D UNCHANGING LOVE by Romulus Linney Based on story by Anton Chekhov Directed by Gillian Kelly The Artistic Home 1420 West Irving Park Road / (773) 404-1100 / www.theartistichome.org Through August 20, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee July 14, 2006 “Unchanging Love” at The Artistic Home is an Appalachian, musically nuanced, classically structured tragedy based on a Chekhov short story. […]

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review: gaudy night

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-GAUDY.html%5D GAUDY NIGHT Adapted from Dorothy L. Sayers by Frances Limoncelli Directed by Dorothy Milne Starring Jenifer Tyler and Peter Greenberg Lifeline Theatre 6912 North Glenwood Avenue / (773) 761-4477 / http://www.lifelinetheatre.com Through July 30, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee June 30, 2006 Lifeline Theatre‘s newest literary adaptation, “Gaudy Night” is a swiftly moving, mesmerizing, and romantic piece […]

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review: dreams of sarah breedlove

[originally published: http://www.aislesay.com/CHI-DREAMS.html%5D THE DREAMS OF SARAH BREEDLOVE Written and Directed by Regina Taylor Starring L. Scott Caldwell and Keith Randolph Smith Goodman Theatre 170 North Dearborn / (312) 443-3811 goodmantheatre.org Through July 23, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee June 26, 2006 “The Dreams of Sarah Breedlove” at the Goodman Theatre is at once a classically staged family drama and a […]