Nice Girl

Josephine is the nice girl. She’s so nice that she remains living at home with her mother, working in a dead-end job, when she really wants to do what she wants to do. One problem is that she doesn’t  ...

Blind Date

The blind date actually took place on November 19, 1985, in Geneva. Nothing much happened diplomatically; the world order wasn’t changed. But the two leaders of the U.S. and the then-USSR had a couple of long, personal talks and the  ...

Traitor

As if to prove you can out-Ibsen Ibsen, playwright Brett Neveu has taken Henrik Ibsen’s 1882 play, "An Enemy of the People, "and transmogrified it into a contemporary setting. Neveu transplants a scandal surrounding the water flowing through the Municipal  ...

All My Sons

Charles Newell’s production of Arthur Miller’s "All My Sons" at Court Theatre is an emotionally wrenching tragedy. Secrets and lies that have been hidden for years are gradually teased out. Not until the last few minutes do you understand  ...

The Minutes

Steppenwolf Theatre’s world premiere of The Minutes by Tracy Letts takes place during a small town city council meeting. It’s a satire of small-town politics, individual grievances and so much more. Viewed totally, it’s an example of theater at its  ...

In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play

It’s a woman’s play, about an era when women’s physical and emotional needs and desires were not only misunderstood, but completely ignored. Sarah Ruhl’s "In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play" is a charming and titillating look at  ...

Occidental Express

Trap Door Theatre is staging an expressionistic, phantasmagorical tale of eastern European drama. Their new production, "Occidental Express," by Romanian-born playwright Matei Visniec, is a sometimes wacky, often chilling, always poetic meditation on war, borders, homeland and identity. The play  ...

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  ...