Category Archives: Gary Zidek

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.

DC split over David Rabe world premiere at Steppenwolf

K says “wunderbar” for WONDERFUL TOWN, J says “Hmmm.”

The House does a dark take on Punch & Judy but it lights up J. & K.

The House Theatre of Chicago roles out a slightly-gothic world premiere by Kara Davidson, directed by Shade Murray and with fascinating puppets by Jesse Mooney-Bullock. If you thought P&J stood for peanut butter and jelly, you’d better think again. Davidson’s historical research is impeccable, with every character in the play–human and puppet–rooted in the actual history of Punch and Judy shows in England. Kelly and Jonathan are fascinated!

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

 

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. ┬áTickets are $40, $18 for Chicago Public School students, faculty and staff. ┬áThe 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.