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Theatre Review

REVIEW: Broadway's 'Big Fish'

Christian Nilsson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Christian Nilsson

The musical opens with a big dance number that features a mermaid, giant, witch and every other character we've yet to formally meet. Subsequently, the score provides only enough to keep the audience engaged up to the show's tearjerking finale.

TimeLine's Blood and Gifts Makes Afghanistan Make Sense

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 08.06.2013 | Chicago
Kelly Kleiman

The good news is that Blood and Gifts is an intimate show staged in TimeLine's home space, the church on Wellington just west of Broadway. The bad news is that the intimacy restricts the number of people who will get to experience the work.

Powerful Theatre: Box Explores Resilience, Slavery, and the Haitian Experience

Cecilia T. Capers | Posted 11.30.2011 | Black Voices
Cecilia T. Capers

I was so moved by a performance of Box, a new off-Broadway play, I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about it. Days later, I am still inspired by the powerful themes and performances.

Anna Deavere Smith, Human Tape-Recorder Extraordinaire

Erika Milvy | Posted 08.13.2011 | Arts
Erika Milvy

Smith's most significant accomplishment is in revealing the impact of the spontaneously spoken word. As she lets her subjects talk -- and think -- and hesitate -- and talk some more, what emerges is often quite magnificent.

Theater Review: A 'Merchant' for Modern Times

Marc Porter Zasada | Posted 06.18.2011 | Los Angeles
Marc Porter Zasada

If you hurry to the Broad Stage before April 24, you might just catch the best Merchant of your life -- The Merchant of Venice, that is, Shakespeare's tragi-comic masterpiece.