Theater Reviews

Review: “The Glass Menagerie”

RECOMMENDED Where: Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. When: through July 28 Tickets: $37 Phone: 773-975-8150 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I didn’t go to Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co.’s acclaimed production of “The Glass Menagerie” at Angel Island this past winter, so I was glad its transfer to Theater Wit provided a(…)

Review: “Reverb”

SLIGHTLY RECOMMENDED Where: Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. When: through June 23 Tickets: $25-$30 Phone: 773-728-7529 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If you have a taste for gonzo Chicago theater in the service of a most distasteful subject, check out the local premiere of Leslye Headland’s “Reverb” at Redtwist Theatre. In the course(…)

Review: “Speech & Debate”

RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Courtyard Theater, Navy Pier When: through June 16 Tickets: $58-$78 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic I didn’t see American Theater Company’s Chicago premiere of Stephen Karam’s “Speech & Debate” in 2008, newly appointed artistic director P. J. Paparelli’s first production for the ensemble, but there seems to be(…)

Review: “Henry VIII”

RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Courtyard Theater, Navy Pier When: through June 16 Tickets: $58-$78 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Seeing “Henry VIII” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. According to the press release, this is the first professional Chicago production in the 400 years since the play made its(…)

Review: “The Misanthrope”

RECOMMENDED Where: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. When: through June 9 Tickets: $45-$65 Phone: 773-753-4472 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic We’re conditioned to believe that classic comedies should have happy endings, but Moliere’s “The Misanthrope” doesn’t fit the mold. At least not on the surface. Rather than interpreting the play to suit our expectations,(…)

Review: “Head of Passes”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through June 9 Tickets: $20-$78 Phone: 312-335-1650 Tarrell Alvin McCraney’s “Head of Passes,” which is enjoying a well-acted world premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, explores the power of faith and prayer. Or the pitfalls, depending on the religious convictions, or lack thereof, viewers bring to(…)

Review: Stella & Lou

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie When: through June 9 Tickets: $25-$72 Phone: 847-673-6300 Northlight Theatre had a winner with Bruce Graham’s “The Outgoing Tide,” directed by Artistic Director BJ Jones and starring Steppenwolf Theatre’s John Mahoney, so it’s no surprise the theater would try(…)

Review: “The Pianist of Willesden Lane”

RECOMMENDED Where: The Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. When: through May 25 Tickets: $45-$49 Phone: 312-988-9000 Hershey Felder has carved out a niche and gained a loyal local following with his dramatized musical biographies of famous composers ranging from Beethoven to Bernstein. Now he’s taking his passion for music and its power to(…)