The Bird Is The Word: Griffin Theatre’s The Birds

It’s not the Hitchcock film but does it work on its own Daphne DuMaurier Conor McPherson terms? Listen to the critics squawk. Plus, K. recommends Liberty City at Eta Creative Arts, a tour de force by a young actress.

Summer Theater Review…


Plus our picks: K. sez “Goldfish” at Route 66; J. offers “Body & Blood” at Gift.

Winter in June: The December Man at Mary-Arrchie Shows the Long-Term Effects of Violence

Regina Taylor’s stop. reset. at the Goodman: Magic realism, Afro-futurism or something wholly new?

Headstrong, Heartfelt, A Must-See: The Projects at American Theatre Company

Plus, J. and K. describe the current building boom: new space for the Goodman’s educational programs, for Steppenwolf, for Writers Theater, even for tiny Factory Theater.  Strawdog may be compelled to move, TimeLine hopes to move, the Actors’ Gym expands into the old Next Theatre, and the last one standing when the music stops is–probably wise.


Irish Theatre of Chicago Takes The White Road

Irish Theatre of Chicago follows Ernest Shackleton to the South Pole, and the Dueling Critics follow them. Plus, Kelly raves over Bad Jews at Theatre Wit.

Congo Square’s Twisted Melodies Addresses Mental Illness With Music

J. and K. laud the performance in this one-man show while debating the text. Also, praise for the Saints, who support the Chicago performing arts community in every way.

Something familiar, something peculiar: Porchlight Music Theatre’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Plus, K. recommends Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s dance concert on Wednesday, May 13.

Martyr at Steep, and some Chicago connections to the Tony nominations


The Bloodhound Law at City Lit Prompts a Civil War of Words over the Civil War

The Critics assess the final play in City Lit’s series of works about the Civil War. Kelly recommends Murder Ballad by Bailiwick at the Flatiron Building, and Jonathan gives thumbs up to Steppenwolf’s The Herd.