Quixote: On the Conquest of Self

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Quixote: On the Conquest of Self

We are the authors of our own lives, mostly figuratively, but exceedingly literally in Writers Theatre’s energetic production of Mónica Hoth and Claudio Valdés Kuri’s Quixote: On the Conquest of Self, translated into English by Georgina Escobar and based on ...

How to Be a Rock Critic

Two writers for the website Third Coast Review—Nancy Bishop and Karin McKie—went to see Erik Jensen’s one-man performance of the life and times of rock critic Lester Bangs. Nancy wrote the review and Karin added {comments}. This is what ...

Ah, Wilderness!

"Ah, Wilderness!", Eugene O’Neill’s only comedy, is a charming, light-hearted play with an element foreign to most O’Neill scripts: a happy ending. The hero, teenaged Richard Miller (truthfully played by Niall Cunningham) is a young man who loves ...

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 ...