Interrobang’s “The Spin” is a captivating look behind the political scenes

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Review by Karen Topham, ChicagoOnstage, member American Theatre Critics Association; photo by ITP During the shutdown necessitated by COVID-19, some theatres are creating new content by streaming Zoom versions of known plays. Though these sometimes work quite well, there is always that bit of reservation knowing that viewers are cutting some slack due to the […]

Two great performances anchor Invictus’ ‘Night Mother

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Review by Karen Topham, ChicagoOnstage, member American Theatre Critics Association There is something marvelously compact about Marsha Norman’s ‘Night Mother, a play that begins with a grown daughter informing her mother that she will be killing herself before the night is over. Its dialogue structure and simple, clear emotional content make it a nearly perfect […]

NeoFuturists inventive new show explores the unsung role of America’s First Lady

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Review by Karen Topham, ChicagoOnstage, member American Theatre Critics Association; photo by NeoFuturists Theatre as a history lesson: I actually learned something just reading the subheading on NeoFuturists’ page promoting its newest offering, 45 Plays For America’s First Ladies. As internet memes put it, I was “today old” when I first learned that we have […]

WE’RE BACK with a review of Strawdog’s online offering of “Run the Beast Down”

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Review by Karen Topham, ChicagoOnstage, member American Theatre Critics Association; photo by Kamille Dawkins The traditional British fox hunt, of course, features hunters on horseback and packs of dogs on long leashes tracking down an elusive fox for some reason alleged to be sport. British playwright Titas Halder turns that old image on edge in […]