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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 […]

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review: don’t make me over

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-DONT.html%5D DON’T MAKE ME OVER (In Tribute to Dionne Warwick) Written and Directed by Jackie Taylor Black Ensemble Theater 4520 North Beacon Street / (773) 769-4451 http://www.blackensemble.org Through August 27, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee June 25, 2006 Black Ensemble Theater‘s newest production “Don’t Make Me Over” honors the career of Dionne Warwick with style, energy, and enthusiasm in a […]

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review: ellen under glass

Ellen Under Glass By Ben Lobpries Directed by Tommy Rapley The House Theatre of Chicago Storefront Theater Gallery 37 Center for the Arts 66 East Randolph Chicago, Illinois Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee April 3, 2006 Movement, Music, and Lyrical Language Combine in ELLEN UNDER GLASS “We’ve already made our mistake; now we have to live with it.” “Art is […]

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review: the cocktail party

The Cocktail Party By T.S. Eliot Directed by Jennifer Shook Caffeine Theatre Production Athenaeum Theatre Studio One 2936 N. Southport Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60657 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee April 2, 2006 This PARTY Offers Poetic Philosophical Musings and Grand Theatre “It’s such a nice party I hate to leave it; It’s such a nice party I hate to repeat […]

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review: clash by night

Clash by Night By Clifford Odets Directed by John Mossman The Artistic Home 1420 West Irving Park Road Chicago, Illinois 60614 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee March 31, 2006 Stunning and Simple CLASH Provides Electric Theatre “They’re not happy those movie people, none of them” ”I know when I’m in a cold storage atmosphere, so give me a base on […]

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review: the chalk garden

The Chalk Garden By Enid Bagnold Directed by William Brown A Northlight Theatre production North Shore Center for the Performing Arts 9501 Skokie Boulevard Skokie, IL 60077 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee March 29, 2006 Bagnold’s Exploration of Family and Justice Elegantly and Unevenly Staged by Northlight “A life without a room of one’s own is unbearable.” “I never allow […]

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review: the house of bernarda alba

The House of Bernarda Alba By Federico Garcia Lorca, English version by David Hare Directed by Kristin Gerhring A Circle Theatre production Mainstage 7300 West Madison Street Forest Park, IL 60130 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee March 28, 2006 Lorca’s Story of Repression and Violence Struggles for Balance “Better never to lay eyes on a man, never to have seen […]

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review: fighting words

Fighting Words By Sunil Kuruvilla Directed by Tara Mallen A Rivendell Theatre Ensemble production At the Viaduct Theater Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee March 25, 2006 Women’s Lives Cycle Through the Boxing Ring and Back to Themselves The Rivendell Theatre Ensemble production of Sunil Kuruvilla’s drama “Fighting Words” at the Viaduct Theater challenges and frustrates the viewer with glimpses of […]

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review: the sweetest swing in baseball

The Sweetest Swing in Baseball By Rebecca Gilman Directed by Nathaniel Swift An Eclipse Theatre Company production At Victory Gardens Theater 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL Running time 2 hours with 1 intermission Through April 23, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee March 19, 2006 Midwest Premiere of Gilman Gem Glows Rebecca Gilman’s “The Sweetest Swing in Baseball” received […]

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review: white hot black comedy

White Hot Black Comedy By Cate Plys and Carly Figliulo Directed by Marissa McKown A We’ll Show Them Theater production At Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N. Southport Avenue Chicago, IL Running time 2 hours with 1 intermission Through April 23, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee March 10, 2006 White Hot Black farce/comedy has moments Five women who are connected by […]

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review: of mice and men

Of Mice and Men By John Steinbeck Directed by Michael Rice At Steep Theatre Company 3902 North Sheridan Chicago, IL Running time 2 hours with 1 intermission Through March 28, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee March 8, 2006 Of Mice and Men brings literature to gentle life The small-scale story of people living on the edge of society, first […]