Theater Reviews

Review: “East of Eden”

Review: “East of Eden”

RECOMMENDED Where: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1650 N. Halsted St. When: through Nov. 15 Tickets: $20-$89 Phone: 312-335-1650 When Steppenwolf Theatre announced that it was kicking off its fortieth season with the world premiere of Frank Galati’s adaptation of John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden” directed by ensemble co-founder Terry Kinney, excitement ran high. Even theatergoers who(…)

Review: “Ride the Cyclone”

Review: “Ride the Cyclone”

RECOMMENDED Where: Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier When: through Nov. 15 Tickets: $30-$48 Phone: 312-595-5600 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic In an interview in the program for “Ride the Cyclone,” Jacob Richmond, who co-authored the musical with Brooke Maxwell, says the inspiration was a desire to humanize the idea of a mass tragedy(…)

Review: “The Tempest”

Review: “The Tempest”

RECOMMENDED Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Courtyard Theater, Navy Pier When: through Nov. 1 Tickets: $48-$88 Phone: 312-595-5600 Sometimes everything about a production comes together to illuminate a play in a new way. Such is the case with “The Tempest” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Brilliantly conceived and beautifully executed, the show is magical in every way,(…)

Review: “Love and Information”

RECOMMENDED Where: Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through Nov. 1 Tickets: $42.50-$52.50 Phone: 773-404-7336 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic It’s tempting to think of Caryl Churchill’s 2012 “Love and Information” as kind of an anti-play. The text doesn’t have any settings, speech headings, or character descriptions.(…)

Review: “American Idiot”

Review: “American Idiot”

RECOMMENDED Where: The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. When: through Oct. 25 Tickets: $28-$36 Phone: 773-525-5991 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic When the touring version of the 2010 Broadway hit, “American Idiot,” came to town in 2012, I hated it. I found the blaring score of the rock musical/concert based on the(…)

Review: “The Revel”

Review: “The Revel”

RECOMMENDED Where: The House Theatre of Chicago at the Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St. When: through Oct. 25 Tickets: $30-$35 Phone: 773-769-3832 Greek tragedies have great staying power and are experiencing something of a revival. Court Theatre has returned to them repeatedly over the years, most recently with an innovative trilogy that started with(…)

Review: “Side Show”

RECOMMENDED Where: Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. When: through Oct. 25 Tickets: $39-$45 Phone: 773-327-5252 Porchlight Music Theatre’s production of “Side Show” shows just what an enterprising off-Loop company can do with a Broadway flop. Artistic director Michael Weber and his large ensemble put their all into the musical inspired(…)

Review: “Sucker Punch”

Review: “Sucker Punch”

RECOMMENDED Where: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. When: through Oct. 18 Tickets: $15-$60 Phone: 773-871-3000 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic British boxing dramas aren’t usually my cup of tea, but Roy Williams creates interesting characters in his 2010 “Sucker Punch,” and the Midwest premiere at Victory Gardens Theater is very well cast and(…)