Theater Reviews

“The Diary of Anne Frank”

“The Diary of Anne Frank”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre, Books of Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe When: through Aug. 16 Tickets: $35-$70 Phone: 847-242-6000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic While Writers Theatre is building an ultramodern new home, the ambitious Glencoe company is also showing off how much it has been able to accomplish in its tiny original space at(…)

Review: “All Our Tragic”

Review: “All Our Tragic”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Den Theatre, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. When: through Aug. 16 Tickets: $125, available at the-hypocrites.com The Hypocrites’ “All Our Tragic” should be required viewing for anyone interested in theater. After seeing the world premiere of artistic director Sean Graney’s mash-up of all 32 surviving Greek tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides last(…)

Review: “Kinky Boots”

RECOMMENDED Where: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St. When: through July 26 Tickets: $25-$108 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic When I reviewed the pre-Broadway premiere of “Kinky Boots” at the Bank of America Theatre in 2012, I praised the concept, the music and lyrics by pop idol Cyndi Lauper, David Rockwell’s scenic(…)

Review: “Inana”

Review: “Inana”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. When: through July 26 Tickets: $39-$52 Phone: 773-281-8463 By Anne Spiselman Theater Critic Just read the papers or watch the news, and it seems like irreplaceable antiquities are being destroyed every day. The precious remains of human history and culture are blown up by invaders,(…)

Review: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”

Review: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”

RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theater, 170 N. Dearborn St, When: through Aug. 2 Tickets: $27-$79 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic You don’t have to be a Chekhov aficionado to enjoy Goodman Theatre’s Chicago premiere of Christopher Durang’s 2013 Tony Award-winning “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” but it helps. Durang mixes, matches, and mashes(…)

Review: “Doubt: A Parable”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers Theatre at Glencoe Union Church, 263 Park Ave. When: through July 19 Tickets: $35-$75 Phone: 773-975-8150 What’s a moral person to do when she becomes absolutely convinced that a great evil is being perpetrated even though she has no concrete proof and the powers that be make it impossible to rectify the(…)

Review: “The Birds”

Review: “The Birds”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Griffin Theatre Company at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. When: through July 19 Tickets: $35 Phone: 773-975-8150 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Strangers stuck in claustrophobic surroundings with little chance of escape: It is a perfect scenario for a psychological thriller. Add the imminent apocalypse courtesy of terrifying creatures right outside,(…)

Review: “Goldfish”

Review: “Goldfish”

RECOMMENDED Where: Route 66 Theatre Company at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through July 12 Tickets: $39-$43 Phone: 773-404-7336 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I went to see Route 66 Theatre Company’s local premiere of John Kolvenbach’s “Goldfish” mostly because two of the top actors working in Chicago, Francis Guinan and(…)