Theater Reviews

Review: “Rapture, Blister, Burn”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Goodman Theatre Albert Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. When: through Feb. 22 Tickets: $25-$81 Phone: 312-443-3800 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic A preposterous premise and a pat ending are two of the problems with Gina Gionfriddo’s “Rapture, Blister, Burn,” but Goodman Theatre’s Chicago premiere is for the most part more amusing than(…)

Review: “Waiting for Godot”

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. When: through Feb. 15 Tickets: $45-$65 Phone: 773-753-4472 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I went to Court Theatre’s “Waiting for Godot” with a certain amount of skepticism. Having seen Samuel Beckett’s most famous play at least ten times, I wondered how director Ron OJ Parson and(…)

Review: “Lookingglass Alice”

Review: “Lookingglass Alice”

RECOMMENDED Where: Lookingglass Theatre Company, Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. When: through Feb. 22 Tickets: $45-$85 Phone: 312-37-0665 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Since it premiered in 2005, “Lookingglass Alice” has become a mainstay for Lookingglass Theatre Company, both in Chicago, where the current production is the fifth, and on tour. The(…)

Review: “H.M.S. Pinafore”

Review: “H.M.S. Pinafore”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: The Hypocrites, The Den Theatre, 1329-33 N. Milwaukee Ave. When: through Feb. 7 Tickets: $36-$50 Phone: 773-525-5991 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If you’re a fan of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas, you should go to The Hypocrites’ “H.M.S. Pinafore” with an open mind, a very open mind. If you’re unfamiliar with the(…)

Review: “Airline Highway”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through Feb 8 Tickets: $20-$86 Phone: 312-335-1650 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Lisa D’Amour is no Lanford Wilson. Not yet, at least. Although the world premiere of her “Airline Highway” at Steppenwolf Theatre has been compared to the company’s legendary productions of Wilson’s(…)

Review: “The Clean House”

Review: “The Clean House”

RECOMMENDED Where: Remy Bumppo at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through Jan. 11. 2015 Tickets: $42.50-$52.50 Phone: 773-404-7336 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic In the right hands, Sarah Ruhl’s “The Clean House” can be profoundly moving, even transformative. I remember a stunningly staged Goodman Theatre production several years ago that struck(…)

Review: “Pericles”

RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Courtyard Theater, Navy Pier When: through Jan. 18 Tickets: $48-$78 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic In an interview in the program for Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s “Pericles,” director David H. Bell describes the late play, probably written in 1608 or 1609 with a collaborator and often dubbed the first(…)

Review: “Newsies”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. When: through Jan. 4, 2015 Tickets: $40-$130 Phone: 800-775-2000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I’d recommend the touring production of “Newsies” for the choreography, the dancing, and the set. But not much else. Christopher Gattelli won a 2012 Tony Award Best Choreography for the Disney Theatrical(…)