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  • REVIEW: 'The Qualms' from Steppenwolf Theatre Company ★★½

    REVIEW: 'The Qualms' from Steppenwolf Theatre Company ★★½
    Why do married — or otherwise committed — couples go to sex parties? One obvious reason presents itself. But the characters in the new black comedy "The Qualms" — set amid a little clutch of mostly miserable middle-aged Midwestern...
  • 'Romeo and Juliet' remains timeless, no matter the era

     'Romeo and Juliet' remains timeless, no matter the era
    Plays, regardless of when they were written, take place in the eternal present. Updating a classic — for example, resetting Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" in late-1920s Los Angeles, as Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles has done — is a tried-...
  • Dixie Longate rings up laughs and sales in 'Dixie's Tupperware Party'

    Dixie Longate rings up laughs and sales in 'Dixie's Tupperware Party'
    Showbiz has been this route before: a man playing a woman who sports a stereotypical regional and class-specific accent, outrageous hair and accessories, and a wit wicked enough to keep the character airborne on continual gusts of laughter. Spasms, even....
  • 'We Will Rock You' totally misses Queen's mercurial nature

    'We Will Rock You' totally misses Queen's mercurial nature
    What a betrayal. That's what I kept thinking during the long, slow slog through rock 'n' roll cliché that is "We Will Rock You," the jukebox musical built around the songs of Queen that opened Wednesday night at the Ahmanson Theatre. A king-sized...
  • REVIEW: "A Small Fire" at Steep Theatre ★★½

    REVIEW: "A Small Fire" at Steep Theatre ★★½
    Adam Bock's "A Small Fire," a melancholy off-Broadway drama from 2011 now in its first Chicago production at Steep Theatre, is only about 80 minutes long. But the changes it charts in its central character, a middle-aged woman named Emily Bridges, are...
  • iO performs its final show in Wrigleyville space

    iO performs its final show in Wrigleyville space
    When I talked with iO Theater proprietor Charna Halpern late Saturday night, she didn't seem particularly nostalgic about the Wrigleyville location she was leaving after nearly 20 years. "I'm not sad," she said. Not even a little bittersweet. Next week...
  • REVIEW: 'Silk and Steel' at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts

    REVIEW: 'Silk and Steel' at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
    Imagine a huge canvas covered in human flesh and billowing cloth, combining Hieronymus Bosch's earthbound creatures with the angels of Michelangelo's "Last Judgment." That was the vision as the curtain rose on "Surge," a jam-packed visual wonder created...
  • Renee Fleming makes debut in a play at Williamstown Theatre Festival

    Renee Fleming makes debut in a play at Williamstown Theatre Festival
    Renée Fleming has performed dozens of opera's leading roles in a professional career that has spanned three decades. This month, the soprano is trying something altogether new for her -- she's starring in a stage play. The new role isn't actually such a...
  • 'Black Orpheus' to become a Broadway musical

    'Black Orpheus' to become a Broadway musical
    The movie "Black Orpheus," which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1959 and an Academy Award for foreign-language film, will become a Broadway musical under the creative guidance of George C. Wolfe and playwright Lynn Nottage....
  • 'In the Boom Boom Room' piles on misery with unrelenting punch

    'In the Boom Boom Room' piles on misery with unrelenting punch
    2Cents Theatre has taken on David Rabe's seldom-revived early play "In the Boom Boom Room" (1972), the trippy, choleric story of a Philadelphia woman’s degradation. The play can’t exactly be considered a cautionary tale, since even 40...
  • Independent Shakespeare Company's 'Twelfth Night' opens at Griffith Park

    Independent Shakespeare Company's 'Twelfth Night' opens at Griffith Park
    Along with a thousand or so of their closest friends, a high-octane Independent Shakespeare Company ensemble opened the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival’s fifth season with a highly accessible “Twelfth Night” that takes its...