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'Mosque Alert' in Chicago

Roxane Assaf Lynn | Posted 04.04.2017 | Chicago
Roxane Assaf Lynn

n playwright Jamil Khoury's characteristically ethnographic way, "Mosque Alert" at Silk Road Rising offers a matrix of possibilities, each raising questions and offering contrasting responses.

Voyeur Theatre Collective: Millennial Theatre

Isabella Mehiel | Posted 05.08.2016 | Arts
Isabella Mehiel

Red solo cups are not the stuff of sonnets. There is no poetry in sweaty basements. The millennial party experience has remained a fairly untouched source material for fine art, suggesting tailgates have no place in the theatre.

Alvin Ailey at the Auditorium Theater - The Celebration Continues

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 06.14.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

The 125 Anniversary celebration of Chicago's illustrious Auditorium Theater continued last month with a two-week residency of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. And boy was I ready.

From "The Nutcracker" to the NFL: Celebrating Auditorium Theatre's 125 Years

Robert Bullen | Posted 02.07.2015 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

Nestled on the east edge of Chicago's loop, it's our golden gem. And this gem is now celebrating an unparalleled 125-year anniversary, crowned by a celebration on December 9.

The Art of Falling: Hubbard Street Dance and Second City's Comic Liaisons

Carla Escoda | Posted 12.18.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Early on in the ingenious collaboration between Second City and Hubbard Street Dance, Procol Harum's counterculture hymn permeates Chicago's Harris Theater as actors and dancers assemble in rows of folding chairs facing the audience.

An Unforgettable Marathon of Theater

Robert Loerzel | Posted 10.13.2014 | Chicago
Robert Loerzel

Like most stage plays, All Our Tragic concludes with a final appearance by its cast. Just seeing all of those actors again was an unusually stirring experience on Sunday night. This was no ordinary curtain call. It felt more like watching runners crossing the finish line at the end of a marathon.

Chicago's Top Theater Of 2013

Posted 12.30.2013 | Chicago

2013 was an eventful year in Chicago. As we look to 2014, we wanted to take this opportunity to look back on the year that was, including some of the ...

Sex Trafficking in Chicago? NO! Yes.

Sally Duros | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Sally Duros

The plight of women in prostitution has always captured our attention. We've seen plenty of plays, movies and books written about and by women of the streets -- all usually through a dreamy vaseline lens. Now comes to Chicago Shadow Town, a play by Mary Bonnett.

High-Energy Evita Needs a Touch of Star Quality

Robert Bullen | Posted 11.23.2013 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

While this tour needs some time to find its footing and grit, there are many assets, including a sizable orchestra and thrilling new orchestrations, that make this a worthy viewing.

Who's Afraid of a Muslim Man? One Play Tells Who and How Come

Roxane Assaf Lynn | Posted 09.25.2013 | Chicago
Roxane Assaf Lynn

Did you hear the one about the Syrian Slovak Pole who started a theatre company with a Pakistani businessman, then a famous downtown Chicago church gave them a permanent stage for plays about sex, religion and politics? Surprise: It really happened!

Meet Vera Stark Shows Us Hollywood's Past and Present Race Problems

Zach Stafford | Posted 07.15.2013 | Chicago
Zach Stafford

In the newest play at the Goodman Theatre, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage gives a look into this topic by giving us an intimate look into the fictional life of a black woman in early-Hollywood.

By The Way, Meet Vera Stark at The Goodman Theatre

Hermene Hartman | Posted 07.15.2013 | Chicago
Hermene Hartman

The genius of Chuck Smith is throughout this production. His passion is loud. It is crafted with love, and the depiction is great as the story unfolds. The set design is masterful as it uses multimedia to realize the story.

One Man's Journey to Self-Discovery in Compelling Seek and Ye Shall Find

Robert Bullen | Posted 07.15.2013 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

Seek and Ye Shall Find is a refreshing and vastly entertaining 72 minutes of pretentious-free storytelling.

A Brutally Honest The Whale at Victory Gardens

Robert Bullen | Posted 06.17.2013 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

Brutal honesty. That's playwright Samuel D. Hunter's razor-sharp focus in his deeply significant play, The Whale.

Everything Is Illuminated Shines in New Stage Version

Robert Loerzel | Posted 05.01.2013 | Chicago
Robert Loerzel

Simon Block's stage version of Foer's novel might still benefit from a few tweaks, but it captures much of what made the book so compelling and even adds some intriguing new angles on the stories.

On the Culture Front: Africa Onstage and Up Close

Chris Kompanek | Posted 04.16.2013 | New York
Chris Kompanek

The unknown is generally thrilling in any form. It's the feeling that all your past experiences have been rendered irrelevant by what's now in front of you.

Despite an Excellent Norma Desmond, a Dreary Sunset at Drury Lane

Robert Bullen | Posted 04.13.2013 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

Sunset Boulevard at Drury Lane Theatre just didn't go far enough for me -- and I think Osetek and company could have gone for the grotesque without sacrificing the truth of the story. In other words, shocking doesn't have to be campy.

Alexis Rogers Captivates as Billie Holiday in Porchlight's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

Robert Bullen | Posted 04.09.2013 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

In Porchlight's seductive and sobering production of Lanie Robertson's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, the moment Alexis J. Rogers makes her reluctant entrance, drink in hand, you know you're in for a turbulent ride.

Curtis M. Wong

Tyler Clementi's Story Comes To Chicago Stage | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

When asked to explain why he decided to write the play “Teddy Ferrara,” Christopher Shinn says, “I thought a lot about committing suicide in hig...

Mercury Theater's A Grand Night for Singing Is 'Something Wonderful'

Robert Bullen | Posted 03.31.2013 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

It's a very rare thing to come across a show that embraces its simplicity with virtually zero pretense. A Grand Night for Singing at Mercury Theater is such a show.

Winter Is Actually A Great Time To Visit Chicago

Lisa Dworkin | Posted 03.25.2013 | Travel
Lisa Dworkin

Contrary to popular belief, Chicago is a wonderful year-round destination. Yes, Chicago's nickname is "The Windy City," which conjures up images of being blown down city streets by an icy wind off of Lake Michigan.

Rivendell's American Wee-Pie Finds Sweet Victory in Second Chances

Robert Bullen | Posted 03.18.2013 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

American Wee-Pie gives hope for those who aim for a second act in their lives. Life is too short, and sometimes the safe, socially acceptable path isn't the right one. Sometimes we need sprinkles and surprise.

'Book Of Mormon' Run Extended

Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

The Chicago run of the satirical Tony-winning Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon" has been a big hit since it opened last month -- so much so that t...

Best Local Theater Of 2012

Posted 12.29.2012 | Chicago

With 2012 nearing its conclusion, HuffPost Chicago reached out to some of city's most prolific trendsetters and thought leaders in style, music and cu...

A Grand War Horse and Giddy Book of Mormon Burst Into Chicago

Robert Bullen | Posted 02.20.2013 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

The theatrical year in Chicago has ended in full gallop with two highly anticipated shows receiving full-scale, top-notch productions, playing through the new year.