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  ...

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  ...