Theater Reviews

Review: “My Name is Asher Lev”

Review: “My Name is Asher Lev”

RECOMMENDED Where: TimeLine Theatre Company at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. When: through Oct. 18 Tickets: $37-$50 Phone: 773-327-5252 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic TimeLine Theatre Company’s 18th season gets off to an auspicious start with the Chicago premiere of “My Name is Asher Lev,” Aaron Posner’s adaptation of Chaim Potok’s best-selling 1972 novel(…)

Review: “Ecstasy”

Review: “Ecstasy”

RECOMMENDED Where: Cole Theatre at A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St. When: through Sept. 28 Tickets: $15-$25 Phone: 773-747-6821 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Based on the brief first act, you’d expect Mike Leigh’s 1979 “Ecstasy” to be one of those rage-fueled, violence-wracked British “kitchen sink” dramas of the Thatcher era (though it premiered(…)

Review: “On the Town”

RECOMMENDED Where: The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire When: through Oct. 12 Tickets: $40-$48 Phone: 847-634-0200 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If you’re familiar with “On the Town,” it’s probably because you’ve seen the 1949 MGM movie about a trio of World War II sailors’ day off in New York City starring Gene Kelly(…)

“All Our Tragic”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: The Hypocrites at the Den Theatre, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. When: through October 5 Tickets: $75, $30 for partial show; call for details Phone: 773-525-5991 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If you see The Hypocrites’ premiere of “All Our Tragic,” founding artistic director/adapter/director Sean Graney’s mash up of the 32 surviving Greek tragedies,(…)

“The Qualms”

“The Qualms”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through August 31 Tickets: $20-$86 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Bruce Norris won a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for “Clybourne Park,” but the Steppenwolf Theatre world premiere of “The Qualms,” his latest, isn’t very satisfying as a play. Four couples(…)

Review: “Brigadoon”

RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre, Albert Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through August 17 Tickets: $25-$97 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic When I was an adolescent, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s “Brigadoon” was one of my favorite musicals. I can’t remember exactly why. Maybe it was because the idea of an 18th(…)

Review: “Othello”

RECOMMENDED Where: The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. When: through August 24 Tickets: $20-$35 Phone: 773-285-7071 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Othello” at The Gift Theatre represents a few firsts: the first time the 13-year-old company has presented a play by Shakespeare, the first time director Jonathan Berry has tackled the Bard, and my(…)

Review: “This Is Our Youth”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through July 27 Tickets: $20-482 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I’ve been working on thinking of Kenneth Lonergan’s “This Is Our Youth” as Chekhov for the slacker generation. This isn’t as farfetched as it may seem. Like Chekhov, Lonergan exposes the existential angst(…)