Hookman

Playwright Lauren Yee calls her play “Hookman" an “existential slasher comedy.” And Steep Theatre’s new production takes her up on that with creative staging, solid performances, especially by the three female leads—and plenty of blood. “Hookman" is smartly directed by  ...

Not About Nightingales

"Not About Nightingales,” an early Tennessee Williams script, is a Depression-era tragedy with many elements that foretell Williams’ genius as a playwright. Its setting—a large prison where the prisoners revolt against their horrific treatment—is unusual for Williams, but the dialogue  ...

Linda Vista

"Linda Vista," in its world premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre, is a smart and thoroughly entertaining production—a very adult comedy—funny, sexy and poignant. Dexter Bullard, who directed "The Flick" and has directed Letts’ plays before, has created a fast-moving story of  ...

Gloria

Have you ever worked in an office—creative or otherwise—where a bunch of young associates groused over their bosses, gossiped about their colleagues, and desperately sought promotion to the next step on the corporate ladder? If you have, then  ...

Pygmalion

Remy Bumppo Theatre’s new production of George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion" is a sparkling, proto-feminist version of the classic 1912 script. Director Shawn Douglass makes sure we capture every word of the linguistic interplay in scenes where Henry Higgins (Nick  ...

King Charles III

In "King Charles III", Chicago Shakespeare stages a story of future history. Queen Elizabeth has just died and, finally, Prince Charles will come in to his own as King Charles III. But an unruly Parliament and his two sons intervene  ...

Algren: A Life

Nelson Algren Biography Explores the Writer’s Struggles with Life and Craft Nelson Algren was a star in Chicago’s bright literary firmament, but his light dimmed in the years after he won the 1950 National Book Award for  ...

The Last Wife

Henry VIII’s sixth and last wife is probably the one you don’t remember. She was Katherine Parr, Henry’s third Catherine, and a feminist before her time. Timeline Theatre’s new production of Kate Hennig’s play, "The Last Wife," introduces her to  ...

War Paint

My ratings for "War Paint": -- Scene design and costumes? Four stars. -- Performances of its leading actors? Three stars plus. -- Sophistication and nuances of its story, smart dialogue, quality of music and lyrics? Two stars. "War  ...