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The Things We Keep (Comments Off on The Things We Keep)

February 8, 2016 • Category: August Lysy, REVIEWS, REVIEWS BY, Theatre Reviews

By Mark Boergers Directed by Natalie Sallee Produced by The Arc Theatre Playing at Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Evanston A Promising But Convoluted Play A lot of “firsts” surround The Arc Theatre’s current production of The Things We Keep. For one, it’s a World Premiere production by The Arc’s Artistic Director and co-founder Mark Boergers. […]

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Nabucco (Comments Off on Nabucco)

Music by Giuseppe Verdi Libretto by Temistocle Solera An opera in four acts in Italian Conducted by Carlo Rizzi Stage Director Matthew Ozawa At the Lyric Opera of Chicago Beautiful melodies with wonderful chorus singing propels Verdi’s first hit opera. Giuseppe Verdi’s 1842 opera, Nabucco was not only his first hit, it became an example […]


Bel Canto (Comments Off on Bel Canto)

World Premiere Music by Jimmy Lopez Libretto by Nilo Cruz Opera in two acts in Spanish, English, Japanese, Russian, German, French and Quechua Based on  the novel by Ann Patchert Commissioned by the Lyric Opera of Chicago Curated by Renee Fleming Conductor Sir Andrew Davis Stage director Kevin Newbury At the Lyric Opera Chicago Stunning […]


The Old Friends (Comments Off on The Old Friends)

By Horton Foote Directed by  Michael Menendian At Raven Theatre, Chicago Not so friendly rich Texas family vies for love and companionship Set in 1965 in the fictional Texas town of Harrison (near Houston), playwright Horton Foote’s dark comic drama, The Old Friends, tells of the combative members of two old-money Texas families who are […]


Another Word for Beauty (Comments Off on Another Word for Beauty)

By José Rivera Directed by Steve Cosson Music by Héctor Buitrago Produced by Goodman Theatre, Chicago Co-Commissioned by The Civilians There’s Nothing that Can Kill a Show Like Too Much Exposition Another Word for Beauty, the play now premiering at the Goodman, is a dramatic adaptation for the stage by José Rivera of a documentary […]


Animals Out Of Paper (Comments Off on Animals Out Of Paper)

By Rajiv Jospeh Directed by Devon de Mayo Produced by Shattered Globe Theatre At Theater Wit, Chicago Interesting, yet ultimately unfulfilling, comic-drama reshaping more than paper figures Playwright Rajiv Joseph, in Animals Out Of paper,  tells a story about a unique web of teacher-student relationships. We meet Ilana (Courtney McKenna), a famous reclusive origami artist […]

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