Month: March 2022

Review: GOOD NIGHT, OSCAR at Goodman Theatre 

Review: GOOD NIGHT, OSCAR at Goodman Theatre 

Doug Wright’s GOOD NIGHT, OSCAR, now in its world premiere production at Goodman Theatre, is an engaging play that brings the story of one infamous night in the life of Oscar Levant to the stage. As the drug-addicted and depressed Oscar, Sean Hayes (perhaps best known for his role on WILL AND GRACE) gives a magnetic performance that reflects the man’s immense capacity for humor and his musical genius but also his deep insecurities. While Wright’s script doesn’t necessarily wade into new waters in terms of set up and the unfolding of the play’s events, Hayes’s central performance is a magnificent character study. Hayes is every bit as compelling a stage performer as one might expect, and GOOD NIGHT, OSCAR affords him the opportunity to showcase his formidable talents in some familiar and surprising ways. 

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<strong>Review: WHITE at Definition Theatre Company</strong>

Review: WHITE at Definition Theatre Company

WHITE is a sharp and genuinely funny critique of the modern art world, the subjectivity of contemporary art, and the question of who should be represented and who has access to the upper echelons of said art world. 

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Review: KING JAMES at Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Review: KING JAMES at Steppenwolf Theatre Company

KING JAMES is a platonic male love story — and Rajiv Joseph’s world premiere play at Steppenwolf is one slam dunk of a bromance. 

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HADESTOWN National Tour Presented by Broadway In Chicago

HADESTOWN National Tour Presented by Broadway In Chicago

HADESTOWN takes audiences on a wild and original ride into Hades’s underworld. With music, lyrics, and book by Anaïs Mitchell, HADESTOWN combines the Greek myths of the ill-fated lovers Orpheus and Eurydice, along with that of Hades and Persephone, lord of the underworld and his beloved wife who spends half of each year on earth and half underground — thus causing the seasons. Mitchell’s score and lyrics likewise draw on a variety of musical influences, incorporating New Orleans style jazz, folk, and pop Broadway sounds. The more jazz influenced numbers form the heart of HADESTOWN; they’re the most distinctive, inventive, and lively. 

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