Category Archives: WDCB

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.

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

 

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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