review: betrayal

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-BETRAYAL.html] BETRAYAL by Harold Pinter Directed by Rick Snyder Featuring Ian Barford, Tracy Letts, and Amy Morton Steppenwolf Theatre Company Upstairs Theatre 1650 N. Halsted Street / (312) 335-1650 / http://www.steppenwolf.org/ Through May 27, 2007 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee February 9, 2007 The lovely Steppenwolf upstairs theatre and its proscenium set for this production

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review: twelve angry men

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-TWELVE.html%5D TWELVE ANGRY MEN by Reginald Rose Directed by Scott Ellis Roundabout Theatre and Broadway in Chicago at the LaSalle Bank Theatre 18 W. Monroe Street / (312) 902-1400 http://www.broadwayinchicago.com Through February 11, 2007 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee January 31, 2007 Just a week or so ago, this same marvelously restored theatre

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review: two rooms

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-TWOROOMS.html%5D TWO ROOMS by Lee Blessing Directed by Monica Wilson Theatre Entropy at No Exit Cafe 6970 N. Glenwood / (773) 505-6766 http://www.theatreentropy.org Through February 3, 2007 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee January 26, 2007 “Two Rooms” has had numerous productions since its first in 1988. One can legitimately ponder the ways in

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review: execution of justice

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-EXECUTION.html%5D EXECUTION OF JUSTICE by Emily Mann Directed by Gary Griffin About Face Theatre at Victory Gardens Greenhouse 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue / (773) 871-3000 http://www.aboutfacetheatre.com Through February 18, 2007 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee January 20, 2007 You know you have come to see a play about the fatal 1978 shootings of

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review: the price

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-PRICE.html] THE PRICE by Arthur Miller Directed by Todd Schmidt Shattered Globe Theatre at Victory Gardens Greenhouse 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue / (773) 770-0333 / www.shatteredglobe.org Through March 3, 2007 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee January 14, 2007 The splendid setting created by Kevin Hagan and lit by Mike Durst in Shattered Globe‘s current production of Arthur Miller‘s “The

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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

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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

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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”

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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

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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

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