Coronavirus forces theatres to try novel approaches

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“I know someone like you understands the importance—the all-consuming social importance of live theater.” — Mark Lew, from Teenage Dick As the coronavirus crisis worsens and states, including Illinois, are instituting “shelter-at-home” proclamations, Americans are having to learn how to deal with a social and cultural situation they have never faced before. Quarantines are adversely […]

My relationship to “A Doll’s House,” and how that affects my reaction to Raven Theatre’s production

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This article is by Karen Topham, ChicagoOnstage, member American Theatre Critics Association, in response to Raven Theatre’s production of A Doll’s House. It isn’t technically a review, though there is a review incorporated within it. It’s more of an extended explanation of why I reacted the way I did to this production despite the clear […]

Come From Away’s real Kevin T discusses Gander, life lessons, and his book

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Kevin Tuerff (left) and Andrew Samonsky, who portrayed him in the original Broadway cast of “Come From Away” “It’s a very American and Canadian story,” said Kevin Tuerff about what happened in Gander, Newfoundland, on Sept. 11, 2001. That story—which includes Tuerff’s experiences—forms the basis for the landmark musical Come From Away, which just finished […]

Mostly transgender cast makes for a special Southern Comfort

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It’s not exactly a secret that the right wing of this country despises transgender people. Since Trump came to power, as a matter of fact, the National Center for Transgender Equality has counted more than thirty separate actions from his administration targeting LGBTQ people and especially transgender people, whom he is trying to “erase” by […]