Check out the list below for suggestions on the best theatre in Chicago for this weekend! Click the show title for the full review.
"...Overall, Evening at the Talk House is a harrowing piece of dystopian fiction that will chill you with its twist ending. While it never achieves a complex discussion on the ramifications of such a world, the production does a commendable job to immerse you in an alternate reality that only seems one moral left turn away from our own."
"...The writing is razor sharp and the acting is skillful, but the inclusion of the time jumping is an element that is never as fleshed out as the other facets of the play. Despite clever nods to the other scenes in both the writing and the stage design (an oriental vase prop carryover, a transplant line from a previous scene, etc.), it never becomes clear as to why the time jumping needs to occur in the first place. It was perhaps introduced to develop a thematic idea on the perseverance of art, but this theme seems to take backseat to the other topics and stories which are much more polished. This takes attention away from the strengths of the show as the audience grapples with re-familiarizing themselves with the different settings."
"...But, the production itself is a massive success. Drury Lane’s Rock of Ages works because neither the director nor the actors take themselves and this silly show too seriously. Instead, they fully commit to the campiness of it and refuse to shy away from any theatrical impulses. Nothing is off-limits, and everything is well-supported by Stephanie Kelemmons’ fearless choreography and Scott Weinstein’s clear direction. As the old woman behind me exclaimed after the show: “It’s terrific!”"
"...The Invisible Scarlet O'Neil is a very entertaining work that engages the audience with its hilarious comedy and visually spectacular stage design. While it drags in parts and not all plot points work, the spectacle of the comic-panel set design and hilarious writing make for a production well worth the price of admission."
"...I would never think that I could find myself laughing with characters undergoing the very real plights of the LGBTQI+ community in the 1950's, but Perfect Arrangement walks the line incredibly well. Slapstick comedy paired with smart writing and some powerfully dramatic scenes make for a solid show well worth the price of admission."