Author Archives: Kelly Kleiman

The best of 2016 in Chicago theater

The actresses and playwright of Dry Land at Rivendell are among our picks from the past year in Chicago theater.

Which one of us whacks the other in the knee? We review Tonya and Nancy, The Rock Opera

Critical rivals take on Underscore’s Tonya and Nancy—and one another—in a sharp-edged conversation.  Plus, a memory and appreciation of First Folio’s Alison Vesely.

Halcyon’s Production of Fefu and Her Friends Makes Enemies of the Dueling Critics

Plus, Jonathan recommends Rose at the Greenhouse Theatre Center and shares his memories of meeting title character Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

 

American Theater Company Starts a New Residency Program

ATC’s Inaugural CORE Series

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Lie With Me

Monday, September 12 at 7:00 PM

We are kicking off CORE with Michael Patrick Thornton’s Lie With Me, a three act play about an older man who mentors, psychologically manipulates, and sexually molests his friends’ high school son. The play is highly interested in the shame surrounding male bisexuality, the effects, coping mechanisms, and cyclical nature of abuse, and the efficacy of forgiveness.  http://www.atcweb.org/core

 

We measure The Distance at Strawdog

Strawdog Theatre has a new show in a new home; how are they doing?  Plus the Jeff Committee has a new set of Equity nominations; how are they doing?  Inquiring minds want to know and the Dueling Critics want to tell you.

 

Feminism is the theory, violence is the practice? Good Friday at Oracle Productions


 

We talk about Oracle Theatre’s new production Good Friday.

Two critics, Three Hotels: Bluebird Arts Presents Baitz’s Morality Play

 

Plus, Jonathan recommends Endgame and King Lear at American Players Theater in Spring Green, Wisconsin.

The Critics Return to High School courtesy of Albany Park Theatre Project


  • CORRECTION: Learning Curve is NOT a free performance, as we mistakenly said in the review.  Tickets are $40, $18 for Chicago Public School students, faculty and staff.  The Dueling Critics regret the error.

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Our Lady of 121st Street at Eclipse: A Religious Experience?

We duel over Stephen Adly Guirgis’s Our Lady of 121st Street at Eclipse, and then J. recommends Bite: A Pucking Queer Cabaret (a deconstructed Midsummer Night’s Dream) at Mary’s Attic while K. chooses an actual Midsummer Night’s Dream, the one at First Folio.

Three Men and a Babe: Chops at Theater Wit

Jazz lovers reminisce, scheme and try to recapture their old friendship; can they?  Chops examines.  A world-premiere entrant in the Mamet-Scorcese milieu.