When P. J. Paparelli moved to Chicago he knew he wanted to write a play about the violence in this city. But instead of creating a new work, he realized the solution was closer to hand: revising his 2005 play about the 1999 school shooting at Columbine High School.
The good news is that Chicago theaters are trying to grapple with the issue of race this season (so much, by the way, for the notion that America would somehow become “post-racial” after the election of President Obama).
Kelly KleimanIf the essence of Halloween is violence and terror (rather than candy, as I firmly believe), the Chicago theater community is getting into the ghoulish swing a bit early this year. Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company just opened Riff Raff
I already honored Ron OJ Parson for his outstanding direction of Home at Court Theatre, by honoring every one the actors he directed in that superb production. That means I get five more bites of the apple!1. Michael Menendian, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at Raven.