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  • Dance for fall 2014: 'Swan Lake' and Beijing Dance Theater

    Dance for fall 2014: 'Swan Lake' and Beijing Dance Theater
    Some of the classical dance this fall has been bent, folded or mutilated — in the best possible way, of course. It's set to indie rock, transformed into a ballet within a ballet, dedicated to the philosophical significance of the growth and death of...
  • Choreographer Jan Bartoszek makes Cuban connections

     Choreographer Jan Bartoszek makes Cuban connections
    "I'm really trying to find out what makes people dance," says choreographer Jan Bartoszek. "It's got to come from the whole body — it's not just intellectual, not about mimicking." Bartoszek, who's helmed contemporary troupe Hedwig Dances for...
  • REVIEW: 'Reasons to be Happy' by Profiles Theatre ★½

    REVIEW: 'Reasons to be Happy' by Profiles Theatre ★½
    Costco, the giant chain of warehouse stores, is known for paying slightly higher hourly wages than its competitors. Thus a job at Costco is generally considered a good job, even a way, perhaps, to gain a tentative foothold in the middle class. In 2009...
  • iO opens with a mondo 'Armando'

    iO opens with a mondo 'Armando'
    When former Chicago writers and improvisers of the caliber of David Koechner, Joel Murray, Laura Krafft, Amber Ruffin, Scott Adsit and Stephnie Weir are to be found together on a stage, replete with a dozen or more of their celebrity friends, it generally...
  • Rock opera 'Psyche' at Greenway Court aims high, falls short

    Rock opera 'Psyche' at Greenway Court aims high, falls short
    The setting outshines the jewel in “Psyche,” a world-premiere rock opera at the Greenway Court Theatre. But oh, what a setting. A modern-day retelling of the Psyche myth, the production features a mind-bogglingly intricate staging that...
  • Graceful cast saves 'Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle'

    Graceful cast saves 'Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle'
    At first, “The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle” by Irish playwright Ross Dungan gives the impression of a short story that somehow fell into the submission pile at Son of Semele theater — whereupon director Matthew McCray gamely...
  • REVIEW: 'Ecstasy' at Cole Theatre ★★½

     REVIEW: 'Ecstasy' at Cole Theatre ★★½
    As a first show for a new, Equity-affiliated theater in Chicago, Mike Leigh's "Ecstasy" is one tough assignment. We can deduce that the Cole Theatre ("'Victory of the People' is our rally cry") is up for a challenge. That bodes well for the future....
  • REVIEW: 'Methtacular!' at Theater Wit ★★★

     REVIEW: 'Methtacular!' at Theater Wit ★★★
    Be it a story of sex, booze, cocaine or, in the case of the actor Steven Strafford, crystal methamphetamine, aka the most dangerous drug in the world, the challenge with any personal narrative of addiction is maintaining sympathy for the addict. Hear...
  • 'Fiddler on the Roof's' universal themes still resonate after 50 years

    'Fiddler on the Roof's' universal themes still resonate after 50 years
    On Sept. 22, 1964, after the long-awaited Broadway opening of "Fiddler on the Roof," invited guests gathered at New York's swank Rainbow Room to celebrate. The first review that came in that night was from Herald Tribune critic Walter Kerr, and it wasn'...
  • REVIEW: 'My Name Is Asher Lev' by TimeLine Theatre ★★★

    REVIEW: 'My Name Is Asher Lev' by TimeLine Theatre ★★★
    "Be a great artist," a mentor tells a young Jewish painter who likes to draw Jesus Christ. "It is the only justification for all the pain you are about to cause." In the case of the youthful Hasid Asher Lev, born among traditions of religiosity,...
  • REVIEW: 'Stupid F***ing Bird' by Sideshow Theatre Co. ★★★½

     REVIEW: 'Stupid F***ing Bird' by Sideshow Theatre Co. ★★★½
    At one point in "Stupid F***ing Bird," the endlessly self-aware play by Aaron Posner that will be sweet and oft-hilarious relief for anyone who has sat through way too many shattering productions of the fragile plays of Anton Chekhov, the characters,...