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review: argonautika

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-ARGONAUTIKA.html%5D ARGONAUTIKA Adapted and Directed by Mary Zimmerman Lookingglass Theatre Company 821 North Michigan Avenue at Pearson / (312) 337-0665 http://www.lookinggasstheatre.org Through December 23, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee October 28, 2006 Design rules in the spectacular, wooden decked, trapeze strung, cabled and catwalked rectilinear playspace created at Lookingglass for Mary Zimmerman‘s “Argonautika“, subtitled “The Voyage of Jason and […]

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review: vigils

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-VIGILS.html%5D VIGILS by Noah Haidle Directed by Kate Whoriskey Goodman Theatre 170 North Dearborn / (312) 443-3800 http://www.goodman-theatre.org Through November 12, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee October 24, 2006 Playwright Noah Haidle has created in “Vigils” yet another imaginative landscape that is a clear next step from his regional favorite “Mr. Marmalade” of several seasons past. In that […]

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review: a room with a view

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-ROOM.html%5D A ROOM WITH A VIEW by Christina Calvit based on the novel by E.M. Forster Directed by Dorothy Milne Lifeline Theatre 6912 N. Glenwood Avenue / (773) 761-4477 http://www.lifelinethatre.com Through December 3, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee October 23, 2006 Lifeline Theatre continues its mission of developing creative adaptation of Western literature for the stage with […]

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review: those sensational soulful sixties

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-SS6.html%5D THOSE SENSATIONAL SOULFUL SIXITES Written and Directed by Jackie Taylor Black Ensemble Theater Company Black Orchid 230 W. North Avenue, 3rd Floor, Pipers Alley / (312) 944-2200 Extended through February 28, 2007 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee October 21, 2006 Walk into the Black Orchid night club on the third floor of the Piper’s Alley performance complex and you […]

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review: petrified forest

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-PETRIFIED.html%5D PETRIFIED FOREST by Robert Sherwood Directed by Kathy Scambiatterra The Artistic Home 1420 W. Irving Park Road / (866) 811-4111 http://www.theartistichome.org Through November 26, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee October 19, 2006 The Artistic Home Ensemble presents yet another great American playwright from the early decades of the 20th century in “The Petrified Forest“, directed byKathy […]

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review: inherit the wind

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-INHERIT.html%5D Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Directed by Jessica Thebus Northlight Theatre North Shore Center for the Performing Arts / http://www.northlight.org Through November 12, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee October 15, 2006 As full disclosure, I must note that “Inherit the Wind” is one of my favorite plays. I leaf through my […]

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review: denmark

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-DENMARK.html%5D DENMARK by Charles Smith Directed by Dennis Zaek Victory Gardens Biograph Theater 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue / (773) 871-3000 http://www.victorygardens.org Through November 12, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee October 15, 2006 The hum of anticipation is great. The space smells and feels new, fuzzy felt on walls (and seats) as yet unruffled by hands and feet […]

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review: in times of war

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-IN-TIMES.html%5D IN TIMES OF WAR by David Alan Moore Directed by Ann Filmer Stage Left Theatre Company 3408 North Sheffield/ (773) 883-8830 http://www.stagelefttheatre.com Through November 11, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee October 7, 2006 Enter the intimate lobby space at Stage Left Theatre carefully and note the dramaturgical gems that greet you. You will hear Franklin Delano Roosevelt […]

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review: the last days of judas iscariot

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-LASTDAYS.html%5D THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT by Stephen Adly Guirgis Directed by Brad Akin Steep Theatre Company 3902 North Sheridan / (312) 458-0722 http://www.steeptheatre.com Extended Through November 4, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee October 6, 2006 Stephen Guirgis is working through his Catholicism in successfully theatrical ways, and the modern theatre going is reaping the benefits. […]

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review: helen

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-HELEN.html%5D HELEN by Ellen McLaughlin Directed by Andrea J. Dymond Next Theatre Company Noyes Cultural Arts Center 927 Noyes Street (847) 475-1875 / NextTheatre.org Extended Through October 15, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee September 30, 2006 Dramatized poetry or poetic theatre — by whatever name, Ellen McLaughlin‘s exploration of a new twist on the Helen of Troy story […]

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review: king lear

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-LEAR-06.html] KING LEAR by William Shakespeare Directed by Robert Falls Starring Stacy Keach Goodman Theatre 170 North Dearborn / (312) 443-3800 goodmantheatre.org Extended Through October 22, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee September 27, 2006 In “King Lear” at the Goodman Theatre we are told repeatedly, by various characters in various ways, that “nothing can come from nothing”. In […]

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review: the pillowman

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-PILLOWMAN.html%5D THE PILLOWMAN by Martin McDonagh Directed by Amy Morton Steppenwolf Theatre Company Downstairs Theatre 1650 N. Halsted / (312) 335-1650 / www.steppenwolf.org Through November 12, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee September 26, 2006 Four characters in a police station, and four actors portraying imagined or remembered scenes from stories and memories thickly populate the stage of the […]

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review: shear madness

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-SHEAR-06.html%5D SHEAR MADNESS by Marilyn Abrams and Bruce Jordan Directed by Bruce Jordan TheatreDreams by arrangement with Major Production and Mario Tricoci The Chicago Theatre Downstairs 175 North State Street / (312) 902-1500 shearmadnesschicago.com Open ended run Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee September 25, 2006 The show that is everywhere and a new experience every time — in […]

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review: the best man

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-BEST.html%5D THE BEST MAN by Gore Vidal Directed by James Bohnen Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Greenhouse Theatre 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue / (773) 871-3000 http://www.shatteredglobe.org Through November 5, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee September 24, 2006 Gore Vidal has been an American expatriot and brilliant political curmudgeon for years now. This elegant and verbal […]

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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 […]