review: pantomime

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-PANTOMIME.html%5D PANTOMIME by Derek Walcott Directed by Jonathan Wilson Pegasus Players in the O’Roarke Center at Truman College 1145 West Wilson Avenue / (773) 878-9761 http://www.pegasusplayers.org Through October 22, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee September 13, 2006 This two-hander takes place in “no time” but references to World War II war duty

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review: the last supper

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-LAST.html%5D THE LAST SUPPER by Dan Rosen Adapted from his screenplay Directed by Mitch Golob Infusion Theatre Company at Chopin Theatre 1543 West Division Avenue / (773) 525-8981 http://www.infusiontheatre.com Through October 21, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee September 12, 2006 Playwright Dan Rosen has adapted his 1995 film as a provocative, timely, aggravating,

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review: mother courage and her children

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-MOTHER.html%5D MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN by Bertolt Brecht Adapted by David Hare Directed by Elizabeth Carlin-Metz Original Music by Gregor Mortis and Kevin O’Donnell Vitalist Theatre at Theatre Building Chicago 1225 West Belmont Avenue / (773) 327-5252 http://www.vitalisttheatre.org Through October 22, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee September 11, 2006 You are

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review: hamlet

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-HAMLET.html%5D HAMLET By William Shakespeare Directed by Terry Hands Chicago Shakespeare Theatre Navy Pier / (312) 595-5600 http://www.chicagoshakes.com Through November 18, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee September 10, 2006 Any review of “Hamlet” is a daunting task. The art of director and designer Terry Hands and the other performers behind the scenes and on

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review: the water coolers

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-WATERCOOLERS.html%5D THE WATER COOLERS: AN OFFICE MUSICAL by Thomas Michael Allen, Sally Allen, Joe Allen, Marya Grandy, and E. Andrew Sensenig Directed by Kurt Johns Lakeshore Theater 3175 N. Broadway / (773) 472-3492 http://www.lakeshoretheater.com Open run Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee August 27, 2006 In the Off Broadway (and cross country) ensemble songfest The

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review: the scarlet letter

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-SCARLET.html%5D THE SCARLET LETTER by Nathaniel Hawthorne Adapted by Rebecca Zellar Directed by Rebecca Zellar The GreyZelda Theatre Group StageLeft Theatre 3408 N. Sheffield / (773) 883-8830 http://www.stagelefttheatre.com Through September 16, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee August 24, 2006 The Scarlet Letter is currently in Chicago as adapted and staged by GreyZelda, a

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reading ruminations: spare change

[originally published Aisle Say Chicago August 6, 2006] Spare Change by Mia McCullough Directed by Lisa Portes First Look Repertory of New Work Steppenwolf Garage Theatre 1624 North Halsted / (312) 335-1650 / http://www.steppenwolf.org Through August 13, 2006 In the third of the three First Look new plays viewed in a marathon weekend, “Spare Change”

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review: spinning into butter

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-SPINNING.html%5D SPINNING INTO BUTTER by Rebecca Gilman Directed by Anish Jethmalani Eclipse Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater 2257 North Lincoln Avenue / (773) 335-1650 http://www.eclipsetheatre.com Through September 3, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee July 27, 2006 The second of three productions in Eclipse Theatre Company‘s Rebecca Gilman season is currently running upstairs at

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review: the unmentionables

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-UNMENTIONABLES.html%5D THE UNMENTIONABLES by Bruce Norris Directed by Anna D. Shapiro Starring Amy Morton and Rick Snyder Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre 1650 North Halsted / (312) 335-1650 http://www.steppenwolf.org Through August 27, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee July 16, 2006 Bruce Norris‘s newest play “The Unmentionables” is set in an unnamed African country, yet could be

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review: wants and needs

[originally published: http://aislesay.com/CHI-WANTS.html%5D WANTS AND NEEDS: AN IMROVISED EXPLORATION OF LIFE IN THE LAND OF PLENTY Directed by Jim Dennen Lookingglass Theatre 821 North Michigan Avenue / (312) 337-0665 / www.lookingglasstheatre.org Through August 6, 2006 Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee July 15, 2006 It is important to enter the Lookingglass Theatre at Michigan and Pearson knowing

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