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  ...

Between Riverside and Crazy

The setting was once a large and elegant apartment on Riverside Drive in Manhattan. There’s a spacious living room and a view of the Hudson River. The place has a cluttered, messy vibe, and the Christmas tree  ...

Constellations

“Constellations," the new two-character play at Steppenwolf Theatre, is certainly a nonlinear story. Marianne (Jessie Fisher) and Roland (Jon Michael Hill) at times seem to be in parallel universes. She, an academic theoretical physicist, and he,  ...

Haymarket: The Anarchist’s Songbook

"Haymarket: The Anarchist’s Songbook" takes us on a visit to a tragic but inspiring moment in Chicago history and does it with a bang-up band of actors and musicians. The new Underscore Theatre production premiering this week at the Edge  ...

Spinning

The struggles of single parenthood and the dread of losing a child cause the worlds of Conor (Dan Waller) and Susan (Jodi Kingsley) to spin out of control in the tense 75-minute play, “Spinning", at the Irish Theatre of  ...

The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window

Goodman Theatre opened its Lorraine Hansberry Celebration Monday night with a new production of Hansberry’s last play, "The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window." The play, first produced in 1964 with a three-month Broadway run, is a time-warp  ...

Mary Page Marlowe

Mary Page Marlowe is an ordinary woman, living in US flyover country. (How I hate that term.) She has a couple of failed marriages, loses her job as a CPA, drinks too much, moves from Dayton to Lexington (to the  ...

The Flick

  Annie Baker’s Pulitzer-winning script for "The Flick," newly opened at Steppenwolf Theatre, gives us a chance to get to know three people, underpaid workers in a movie theater in Worcester County, Massachusetts. Their story of the minimum-wage economy  ...

2666

The Goodman Theatre’s new production of “2666," adapted from the massive novel by the late Roberto Bolaño, takes five stories and threads them loosely together with a couple of mysteries that keep us wondering until the end. And the end  ...