The Project(s)

Chicago, IL

The Project(s)

American Theater Company’s brave new world premiere, “The Project(s),” is a lesson in Chicago history and an explanation of some of its present troubles. Writer/director P.J. Paparelli conceived the play to dramatize the experiences of residents of Chicago’s public housing  ...

The Little Foxes

Most people look at Lillian Hellman’s 1939 play, “The Little Foxes,” as a play about a dysfunctional family battling over sex, money and property. You know, the kind that made Steppenwolf Theatre famous. But this one is being staged at  ...

Three Sisters

Anton Chekhov’s 1900 play “Three Sisters” is considered one of his masterpieces and The Hypocrites do it justice in their fine new production. The play is heartbreakingly sad and yet occasionally funny, with intimations of changes to come in Russia.  ...

Side Man, Chicago

  The jazzmen sit on a sofa in a small New York apartment, transfixed by the image on the TV set. It’s September 1956 and Elvis Presley is playing his first gig on the Ed Sullivan Show. The trumpet  ...

Between You, Me and the Lampshade

Family secrets and dreams are explored in Raul Castillo’s “Between You, Me and the Lampshade” in a world premiere being staged by Teatro Vista. Set in a barren area of Rio Grande County in south Texas, the play addresses immigration  ...

The Upstairs Concierge

Todd Rosenthal’s set design for The Hotelman Arms hotel in “The Upstairs Concierge” is quite handsome, done in Prairie Style with Frank Lloyd Wright-type stained glass window panels, faux oak staircases, moldings, cabinetry and doors. Even the typography of the  ...

Travesties

The first time I saw a Tom Stoppard play was on my first trip to London in 1981. We saw a production of “On the Razzle,” adapted from an 1842 Austrian farce that also inspired Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker.” (Going  ...

Endgame

        The term “black humor” could have been invented to describe Samuel Beckett’s mid-century play, “Endgame”. Its humor is grotesque, absurd, sometimes cruel. But humor nevertheless. And the new Hypocrites production takes full  ...