| Jul 21, 2011
| 12:18 PM
Early in 2009, a group of theater artists in Melbourne, Australia, reached a fork in their creative road. On the other side was an extraordinary outdoor theatrical event taking place right now in Chicago, titled "en route." But let me start back Down...
| Aug 9, 2012
| 2:48 PM
VAMPIRE LESBIANS OF SODOM: Watching this show was like seeing an Orlando Fringe Festival production rise from the dead. At about 75 minutes long, Charles Busch's comedy is suitably Fringe-length. Plus you have the men in drag, the campiness of it all, the...
| Aug 5, 2011
| 8:14 PM
"I'm not bitter," explains the title character in thecomedy "The Understudy." In fact, he explains it repeatedly, you know, in that way that makes you doubt the truthfulness of that statement.
Harry (Josh Geoghagan) has reason to feel that way: He's a...
| Aug 6, 2011
| 8:39 PM
Director Wade Hair has put together a polished production of the rock musical "Spring Awakening," the Broadway darling of the 2006-07 season.
The sharp costumes by Donna Haines evoke the straitlaced time period of 19th-century Germany. Scenery is simple,...
| Aug 12, 2011
| 11:56 AM
The Chicago Fringe Festival has announced the lineup of about 50 performance groups that will take part in its second annual event; the fest takes places Sept. 1-11 at various venues in Pilsen.
The roster includes Rebecca Kling, a Chicago artist...
| Aug 24, 2011
| 11:21 AM
Summer is a good time to catch professional dancers with Howard County roots on hometown visits between gigs. Some are now dancing professionally in other parts of the country, and others are gearing up for big fall tours.
Ashley Blair Fitzgerald is...
| Aug 30, 2011
| 8:32 AM
Jeffrey Sweet--Victory Gardens playwright, New York resident, chronicler of improv history--has had a success at the New York Fringe Festival with his one-man show, "You Only Shoot the Ones You Love," which he describes as the story of his dealings with...
| Aug 31, 2011
| 11:01 PM
Jeffrey Sweet lives in New York, but he's a Victory Gardens playwright and a man long compelled by the history of Chicago theater. So he said this week that he plans to bring his current hit from the New York Fringe Festival to town. Briefly, for now. ...
| Sep 6, 2011
The Chicago Fringe Festival is back for a second year, and this time it's stretching over two weekends and five venues in Pilsen, focusing on the theme "On the Map, Under the Radar." Below are reviews for two shows from opening weekend; reviews for two...
| Sep 9, 2011
The second annual Chicago Fringe Festival continues through Sunday at five venues in Pilsen.
"No Gender Left Behind" ***
Rebecca Kling knows a teachable moment when she sees one. When the transgendered Kling was dismissed as a visiting theater teacher...
| Sep 10, 2011
| 3:23 PM
Late-night theater can be a walk on the wild side as I found at two scrappy productions within a mile of each other.
In "Bouncers," the show starts interactively at the theater door where actors, in character, check your ID before admitting you....