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A dark and compelling 'Tosca' at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Chicago opera lovers are getting a "twofer" with this season's dark and compelling production of Puccin...

'Or,' gives the Restoration a playful dose of contemporary attitude

With her fanciful play "Or," Liz Duffy Adams has reimagined the early Restoration period with a touch of Ja...

'Blues for Mr. Charlie' at Washington University: not perfect, but powerful

James Baldwin dedicated his play “Blues for Mr. Charlie” to the memory of Medgar Evers and of the four gi...

‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ has a bite that equals its bark

If there's one thing Edward Albee knows, without equivocation, it is the darker side of intimacy. The deep cuts t...

'The Winslow Boy' pairs social justice with a bit of romance

The St. Louis Repertory Theatre's current production, "The Winslow Boy," by Terrence Rattigan, is, at i...

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At their best, innovative, experimental films offer thoroughly astonishing cinematic experiences. And director Alejandro González Iñárritu provides exactly that in "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)." Following middle-aged Riggan Thompson trying to jump-start and salvage his acting career with…
August 14, 1944, at a farm on the Hungarian border, a mother deposits her twin 12-year-old boys with their maternal grandmother, a relative they've never met and whom the daughter has avoided for 20 years. The grandmother's reputation as a…
"The Good Lie" tells the deeply moving story of four Sudanese refugees. Three brothers and their sister count among the thousands of so-called Lost Boys and Girls driven by South Sudan's civil war in the '80s to the U.N.'s Kakuma…
As the cliché says, politics makes strange bedfellows, and surely one of the most unexpected connections occurred in 1984 Great Britain. Following the June 30 Gay Pride Parade, a group calling themselves Lesbians and Gays Supporting Miners reached out to…
The mystery of a wife's disappearance is the catalyst for "Gone Girl," but that unknown doesn't drive director David Fincher's film. There are no spoilers here since early in the film the woman in question--Amy Elliot Dunne--begins to narrate her…
The current Alpha Players production takes place in medieval England, as a historian, played with plummy BBC vowels by Chuck Brinkley, informs us. So Destiny Graham's set shows us the facade of a beautifully painted medieval castle. But obviously painted.…
Who but Stephen Sondheim would think of a musical about people who shoot at presidents. It's called "Assassins," with Sondheim's music and lyrics and a book by John Weidman. And it works, both as script and in this production.
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 22:05

A home in the wilderness: 'Off the Map' at West End

Written by Bob Wilcox
"Off the Map" is not an easy play to do. It has something a little Chekhovian about it. A family, a friend, an unexpected visitor, isolated, with troubles personal, financial, even, suddenly, erotic.
Monday, 29 September 2014 12:38

Storm Large sparkles at BB's

Written by Katie McGrath
Jack Sock. Razor Shines. Pickabo Street. Joe Montana. Storm Large.
HotCity theater brings Larry Kramer's heartbreaking "The Normal Heart" to life in a dark, somber production filled with an endless parade of the dead and dying, running through September 27, 2014 the Kranzberg Arts Center. 
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