Review: Through the Leaves (Side Project Theatre)

Laurie Larson and H.B. Ward star in Side Project Theatre's "Through the Leaves" by F.X. Kroetz, directed by Andy Hager. (photo credit: Scott Dray)        
      
Through the Leaves

Written by F.X. Kroetz
Translated by Roger Downey
Directed by Andy Hager
Side Project Theatre, 1439 W. Jarvis (map)
thru Feb 1  |  tickets: $15-$20   |  more info 
       
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Review: Men Exposed (Redtwist Theatre)

Zach Finch, Beau Forbes, Christopher Hahn, John Mark Jernigan, Andrew Marikis, Ken Miller, Mattew Webb and Dan Wenzel star in Redtwist Theatre's "Men Exposed" by Scott Woldman, directed by Matt Dominguez. (photo credit: Jan Ellen Graves)        
      
Men Exposed

Written by Scott Woldman
Directed by Matt Dominguez
at Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr (map)
thru Jan 25  |  tickets: $15   |  more info
       
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Top 10 Chicago Plays of 2013

Karl Hamilton and Mark David Kaplan in Chicago Children's Theater's "A Year with Frog and Toad" by Robert and William Reale, directed by Henry Godinez. (photo credit: Charles Osgood) Greta Oglesby and Toni Martin in TimeLine Theatre's "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by Ron OJ Parson. (photo credit: Lara Goetsch) Hans Fleischmann stars as Tom in Mary-Arrchie Theatre's "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams, directed by Hans Fleischmann. (photo credit: Emily Schwartz) Jackson Doran, GQ, JQ and Postell Pringle in Chicago Shakespeare's "Othello: The Remix," created and directed by the Q Brothers. (photo credit: Michael Brosilow) Kenesha Reed, Genesis Salamanca, Angelina Llongueras, Lindsey Scalise, Hisako Sugeta and Danielle Nicholas star in Her Story Theater's "Shadow Town," written and directed by Mary Bonnett. (photo credit: Katie Herst)
Redtwist Theatre's "Clybourne Park" starred Kelly Owens Rodman, Michael Sherwin and Frank Pete star in Redtwist Theatre's "Clybourne Park" by Bruce Norris, directed by Steve Scott. (phtoo credit: Kimberly Loughlin) Manny Buckley, Tyshaun Lang, Keith Neagle, McKenzie Chinn, Lucy Sandy, Marjie Southerland and Morgan McNaugh in Pavement Group's "Harry and the Thief" by Sigrid Gilmer, directed by Krissy Vanderwarker. (photo credit: Brittany Barnes) Shavac Prakash and Scott Baity, Jr star in Collaboraction's "Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology," conceived and directed by Anthony Moseley. (photo credit: Cesario Moza) Daniel Strauss and Lauren Lopez star as El-Fayoumy and Mother Theresa in Judas Redux and Starkid's "Last Days of Judas Iscariot" by Stephen Adly Guirgis, directed by Julia Albain. Callie Johnson, Rod Thomas, Susan McMongale and Josh Tolle in Drury Lane Theatre's "Next to Normal," directed by William Osetek. (photo credit: Brett Beiner)

 

Another year, another 12 months of great theater! 2013 blessed the Windy City with inspired new works and riveting revivals from a wide range of companies – the largest equity houses to the smallest of Chicago’s storefronts. Taking into account the 600+ productions that we reviewed in 2013, here are our picks for the best of the best. Bravo!!   (note: for the 3rd year in a row, we’re honored to have the national website Huffington Post use our choices for their Top 10 Chicago productions!)

See our picks below the fold

     
December 29, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Review: An Inspector Calls (Remy Bumppo Theatre)

Greg Matthew Anderson, Nick Sandys, Lia Mortensen, Roderick Peeples, Isabel Ellison, Luke Daigle and Maggie McCally star in Remy Bumppo Theatre's "An Inspector Calls" by J.B. Priestly, directed by David Darlow. (photo credit: Johnny Knight)       
      
An Inspector Calls

Written by J.B. Priestly
Directed by David Darlow
Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln (map)
thru Jan 12  |  tickets: $15-$53   |  more info
       
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Review: Annie Get Your Gun (Light Opera Works)

Colette Todd stars as Annie Oakley in Light Opera Works' "Annie Get Your Gun" by Irving Berlin, directed by Rudy Hogenmiller.        
      
Annie Get Your Gun

Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Book by Herbert and Dorothy Fields
Directed by Rudy Hogenmiller
at Cahn Auditorium, Evanston (map)
thru Dec 31  |  tickets: $32-$94   |  more info
       
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Review: Shipwreck! An Entertainment (Redtwist Theatre)

Michael C. Countryman, Daniela Colucci and Matt Browning star in Redtwist Theatre's "Shipwreck! An Entertainment" by Donald Margulies, directed by Ian Frank. (photo credit: Jan Ellen Graves)        
      
   
Shipwreck! An Entertaiment

Written by Donald Margulies  
Directed by Ian Frank
at Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr (map)
thru Jan 13  |  tickets: $15-$20   |  more info
       
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Christmas sanity break: 5 year-old Claire signs her Christmas concert for her deaf parents!

 

The only thing cuter than kindergartners singing in a holiday concert is this video of five-year-old Claire Koch going into full ASL-mode so that her hearing-impaired parents can fully enjoy her class’s holiday show.  (I especially love the “Santa is his Name-O”)  With that expressive face, she’s made for the stage – what a ham!

December 20, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Review: Winter Pageant (Redmoon Theatre, 2013)

Yana Atim stars in Redmoon Theatre's "Winter Pageant," directed by John Musical with Will Bishop, choreographed by Pranita Jain. (photo credit: Al Zayed)        
      

Winter Pageant

Directed by John Musial with Will Bishop
Choreographed by Pranita Jain
at Redmoon, 2120 S. Jefferson (map)
thru Dec 22  |  tickets: $10-$25   |  more info
       
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December 18, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Review: The Little Prince (Lookingglass Theatre and The Actors Gymnasium)

Amelia Hefferon and Ian Barford star as the Prince and the Aviator in Lookingglass Theatre's "The Little Prince" by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar, directed by David Catlin.        
      
The Little Prince

Adapted by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar
From book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Directed by David Catlin
Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan (map)
thru Feb23 Mar 16  |  tickets: $45-$75   |  more info
       
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Review: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Chicago Shakespeare)

Heidi Kettenring, Scott Jaeck and Kelli Fox in Merry Wives of Windsor, Chicago Shakespeare        
      
The Merry Wives of Windsor

Written by William Shakespeare 
Directed by Barbara Gaines 
Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier (map)
thru Jan 19  |  tickets: $48-$78   |  more info
       
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Review: Tribes (Steppenwolf Theatre)

Francis Guinan and Molly Regan in Tribes, Steppenwolf Theatre        
      
Tribes

Written by Nina Raine  
Directed by Austin Pendleton
Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted (map)
thru Feb 15  |  tickets: $20-$82   |  more info
       
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Review: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of of the Christmas Goose (Raven Theatre)

Tyler Rich stars as Sherlock Holmes in Raven Theatre's "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Golden Goose," adapted by Michael Menendian and John Weagly. (photo credit: Dean La Prairie)        
      
Sherlock Holmes and the
   Case of the Golden Goose

Adapted by Michael Menendian and John Weagly 
From story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  
Directed by Michael Menendian
at Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark (map)
thru Dec 29  |  tickets: $15-$20   |  more info
       
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December 15, 2013 | 0 Comments More