City of Angels at Marriott: Film Noir Takes the Stage

The two critics take on one musical with two simultaneous stories. Plus, J. picks the Goodman’s Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike and explains about Chekhov for anyone who might not have gotten the reference.

Celebrating the 4th of July with The America Play at Oracle

The DCs puzzle out the meaning of Suzan-Lori Parks’ play about a man who makes his living impersonating President Lincoln at Fords Theatre. Plus, J. recommends Matawan at the Ruckus (shark attacks) while K. recommends Good People at Red Twist (stabs from the past).


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.