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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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