Theater Reviews

Review “Failure: A Love Story”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., upstairs When: through Dec. 30 Tickets: $35-$50 Phone: 773-871-3000 ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If Victory Gardens Theater were presenting “Failure: A Love Story” as a work-in-progress to supplement its regular reason, I’d be perfectly comfortable with the decision. Staged by director Seth Bockley(…)

Review “The Odd Couple”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie When: through Dec. 16 Tickets: $25-$74 Phone: 847-673-6300 What do you do when you plan a whole production around a pair of stars and one of them has to pull out shortly before the opening? That was the panic-inducing(…)

Review “Wasteland”

RECOMMENDED Where: TimeLine Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. When: through Dec. 30 Tickets: $32-$42 Phone: 773-281-8463 ext. 6 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Prisoners of war from different backgrounds bonding in times of duress is an old theatrical theme, but playwright-actor-director-teacher Susan Felder gives it an interesting new spin in “Wasteland.” And the world(…)

Review “QED”

RECOMMENDED Where: theatre4humanity at Collaboraction Theatre, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave., 3rd floor When: through Dec. 9 Tickets: $18-$25 Phone: 866-212-4077 One of the coolest things about “QED,” theatre4humanity’s collaboration with Collaboraction Theatre on Peter Parnell’s play about world-famous theoretical physicist Richard Feynman (1918-1988), is the in-the-square scenic design. Courtney O’Neill has transformed a bare room(…)

Review “James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’”

RECOMMENDED Where: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. When: through Dec. 9 Tickets: $45-$65 Phone: 773-753-4472 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic When Court Theatre staged “James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’” two years in a row a decade ago, some of us (myself included) thought Richard Nelson and Shaun Davey’s beautiful, if melancholy, show would become an(…)

Review “Burn This”

RECOMMENDED Where: Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont When: through Nov. 18 Tickets: $27-$32 Phone: 773-795-8150 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Anyone who saw Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s production of Lanford Wilson’s “Burn This” in Chicago or on Broadway is less likely to remember Joan Allen’s marvelous 1989 Tony Award-winning performance as Anna(…)

Review “Hamlet”

RECOMMENDED Where: Writers’ Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe When: through Nov. 25 Tickets: $35-$70 Phone: 847-242-6000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic While watching the carefully crafted production of “Hamlet” at Writers’ Theatre in Glencoe, I had a minor epiphany. Even with an exceptional ensemble and excellent staging, both in evidence under Artistic Director Michael Halberstam‘s(…)

Review “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”

SOMEWHAT RECOMMENDED Where: Baliwick Chicago Theater at National Pastime Theater, 941 W. Lawrence Ave. When: through Nov. 10 Tickets: $25-$30 Phone: 773-969-6201 My first reaction on seeing the Chicago premiere of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” was one of disbelief. How could such a sophomoric, scattershot show make it to Broadway, as Alex Timbers (book) and(…)