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review: faith healer

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-FAITH.html%5D FAITH HEALER by Brian Friel Directed by Mikhael Tara Garver Uma Productions at Chopin Theatre 1543 W. Division / (773) 347-1375 http://www.umaproductions.org Through February 10, 2007 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee January 12, 2007 Uma Productions has created a gem of a production out of a challenging play, in a corner of the downstairs space at the […]

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review: doubt

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-DOUBT.html%5D DOUBT by John Patrick Shanley Directed by Doug Hughes Starring Cherry Jones, Chris McGarry, Lisa Joyce, and Caroline Stefanie Clay Broadway In Chicago at LaSalle Bank Theatre (formerly Shubert Theatre) 18 W. Monroe / (312) 902-1400 http://www.broadwayinchicago.com or www.doubtthetour.com Through January 28, 2007 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee January 11, 2007 In our world of over-hyped mega productions, […]

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review: impossible cities

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-IMPOSSIBLE.html%5D IMPOSSIBLE CITIES Co-created and performed by Seth Bockley, Jessica Hudson, Chloe Johnston, Ira Murfin, and Seth Zurer Directed by Seth Bockley Walkabout Theater Company at Peter Jones Gallery 1806 W. Cuyler, 2nd Floor / (773) 472-6725 / http://www.walkabouttheater.org Through January 27, 2007 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee January 5, 2007 “Impossible Cities” is a multi-layered, multi-sensory exploration […]

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review: the velveteen rabbit

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-VELVETEEN.html%5D THE VELVETEEN RABBIT by Margery Williams Adapted by Elise Kauzlaric Directed by Jenifer Tyler Lifeline Theatre KidSeries 6912 N. Glenwood / (773) 761-4477 http://www.lifelinetheatre.com Through February 4, 2007 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee December 17, 2006 Pull your copy of Margery William‘s “The Velveteen Rabbit” off your library shelves, close your eyes, and recall hearing the words while […]

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review: the real thing

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-REALTHING.html%5D THE REAL THING by Tom Stoppard Directed by James Bohnen Remy Bumppo Theatre Company Victory Gardens Greenhouse Theatre 2257 North Lincoln Avenue / (773) 244-8119 http://www.remybumppo.org Through January 7, 2007 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee November 19, 2006 Remy Bumppo‘s production of “The Real Thing“, directed by James Bohnen takes us into 1982 London and intertwined artistic lives […]

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review: woyzeck

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-WOYZECK.html%5D WOYZECK by Georg Buchner Directed by Greg Allen Greasy Joan & Company at Live Bait Theater 3914 N Clark Street / (312) 458-0718 http://www.greasyjoan.org Through December 17, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee November 12, 2006 Greasy Joan‘s newest offering at Live Bait Theater continues the company’s ongoing commitment to challenge audiences thematically, visually, aurally, stylistically. Greg Allen‘s creative […]

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review: boy gets girl

[originally reviewed: http://aislesay.com/CHI-BOY-GETS.html%5D BOY GETS GIRL by Rebecca Gilman Directed by Steve Scott Eclipse Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Greenhouse 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue / (773) 871-3000 http://www.eclipsetheatre.com Through December 17, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee November 5, 2006 Eclipse Theatre continues its Rebecca Gilman season with her play “Boy Gets Girl“, slightly revised since its premiere at the […]

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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 […]