Category: 2011 Reviews

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Review: How to Survive a Fairytale (Lifeline Theatre)

Amanda Link as Gretel, Nathaniel Niemi as Jack, Jacquis Neal as Hansel, and Heather Currie as the Witch in HOW TO SURVIVE A FAIRY TALE, running January 7-February 26, 2012 at Lifeline Theatre. (photo credit: Suzanne Plunkett)       
      
How to Survive a Fairytale 

Written by James Grote  
Directed by Shole Milos
at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood (map)
thru Feb 26  |  tickets: $15   |  more info
       
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January 8, 2012 | 0 Comments More

The best of Chicago theater in 2011

December’s end brings frantic resolutions, plans for heavy drinking and of course, a barrage of best/worst lists. Being the largest theater review site west of Broadway, Chicago Theater Beat covered over 600 shows in 2011, and the difficulty of choosing the top 25 speaks to the city’s vibrant cultural landscape. In alphabetical order, here are our choices for the year’s best:

Sadieh Rifai - American Theater Company - The Amish Project Mierka Girten, Susan Monts-Bologna - Becky Shaw, Red Orchid Theatre Mortensen, Leahy - The Big Meal, American Theater Company CST_BlackWatch_1 - Copy Jay Torrence, Dean Evans, Leah Urzendowski, Ryan Walters, Molly Plunk
Theatre Mir - Caucasian Chalk Circle - Production 1 Jennifer Lim and James Waterston - Chinglish Goodman Theatre Karen-Aldridge-Cliff-Chamberlain-Ste[3] East of Berlin, Russian Play - Signal Ensemble en-route---Chicago-Shakespeare-One-S[2]
Faust - TheMASSIVE - Chicago Festen_Lev_911 Chicago Shakespeare Theater's "Follies" About Face Theatre's "The Homosexuals" Timothy-Edward-Kane---Court-Theatre-[3]
CCTJackieMe_10 Frank, Fiffer, Bone Harry Groener, Ora Jones, by Peter Bosy Steve-Casillas-Jessie-David-Marvin-Q Andrea Prestinario and Nathan M. Hosner - My Fair Lady Paramount Theatre
Outgoing Tide - Northlight Theatre 011 004_Passing Strange by Bailiwick Chicago Plumpp-and-cast---H1 The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard - Writers Theatre 015 stef-tovar-and-projections-by-john-b[1]

 

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December 31, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Review: The Addams Family (Broadway in Chicago)

Douglas Sills (Gomez) and Sara Gettelfinger (Morticia) in THE ADDAMS FAMILY.       
      
The Addams Family 

Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Directed by Julian Crouch & Phelim McDermott
Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph (map)
thru Jan 1  |  tickets: $37-$100   |  more info
       
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December 28, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Review: The Secret Garden (Light Opera Works)

Sophie Thatcher is Mary Lennox - Secret Garden       
      
The Secret Garden 

Book and lyrics by Marsha Norman
Music by Lucy Simon  
Directed by Stacey Flaster 
at Cahn Auditorium, Evanston (map)
thru Jan 1  |  tickets: $32-$94   |  more info
       
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December 28, 2011 | 1 Comment More

Top 10 Chicago plays of 2011

After covering nearly 600 productions this year, here are our picks of the best of the best. Bravo!!  FYI: The national website Huffington Post has kindly posted our choices on their Chicago page, which you can see here.

Clybourne Park, Steppenwolf Theatre One Step At A Time, en route Festen - Steep Theatre Chicago Shakespeare Theatre's "Follies" The Homosexuals - About Face Theatre
Timothy Edward Kane - Court Theatre An Iliad 003 Jackie and Me - Chicago Children's Theatre Momma's Boyz - Teatro Vista Court Theatre's "Porgy and Bess" stef-tovar-and-projections-by-john-boesche

 

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December 26, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Review: It’s A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play (American Theater Company)

A scene from American Theater Company's "It's A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play," directed by Jason W. Gerace.       
     
It’s A Wonderful Life:
       The Radio Play
   
Adapted from the Frank Capra film 
Directed by Jason W. Gerace
American Theater Co., 1909 W. Byron (map)
thru Dec 31  |  tickets: $35-$40   |  more info
       
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December 25, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Review: That’s Weird, Grandma – Holiday Edition (Barrel of Monkeys)

A scene from Barrel of Monkey's "That's Weird, Grandma - Holiday Edition," directed by Molly Brennan.       
      
That’s Weird, Grandma 
       Holiday Edition
  

By students from Chicago Public Schools
     and Chicago Park District
Directed by Molly Brennan
The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland (map)
thru Jan 2  |  tickets: $5-$10   |  more info
       
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December 24, 2011 | 1 Comment More

Review: In The Jungle (Howard Brown Health Center)

In the Jungle, Howard Brown Health Center, The Brown Elephant       
      
     
In the Jungle 

Written by Bertolt Brecht  
Directed by Keaton Wooden 
at The Brown Elephant Andersonville (map)
thru Dec 18  |  tickets: $30   |  more info 
            
         
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Review: La Cage Aux Folles (Broadway in Chicago)

LES CAGELLES in LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, book by Harvey Fierstein, choreographed by Lynne Page and directed by Terry Johnson.  The production is playing at the Longacre Theatre, 220 West 48th Street.  

©Joan Marcus
      
      
La Cage aux Folles 

Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman 
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Directed by Terry Johnson
Bank of America Theatre, 18 W Monroe (map)
thru Jan 1  |  tickets: $32-$95   |  more info
       
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December 23, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Review: Silent Night of the Living Dead (New Millennium Theatre)

New Millennium Theatre's "Silent Night of the Living Dead," written by Sean Harklerode and Chad Wise.       
      
   Silent Night
      of the Living Dead
 

Written by Sean Harklerode and Chad Wise
Directed by Chad Wise
at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont (map)
thru Dec 30  |  tickets: $18   |  more info
       
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December 18, 2011 | 0 Comments More

Review: The Eight: Reindeer Monologues (Stage Left)

Vance Smith as Dasher in The Eight: Reindeer Monologues.  Photo by Greg Werstler       
      
   The Eight:
       Reindeer Monologues
 

Written by Jeff Goode
Directed by Greg Werstler, Jason Fleece,
     Drew Martin and Mark Pracht
at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont (map)
thru Dec 31  |  tickets: $15   |  more info
       
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December 18, 2011 | 2 Comments More

Review: Christmas in Chicago (The Fine Print Theatre)

Tommy Beardmore, Fine Print Theatre, Christmas in Chicago       
      
Christmas in Chicago 

Created by David Himmel & Patrick Kenney 
Directed by Aaron Graham  
at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago (map)
thru Dec 18  |  tickets: $20   |  more info
       
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December 18, 2011 | 0 Comments More