Diseases ranging from polio to cancer to mental illness have inspired playwrights to pick up their pens. But no disease has sparked a continuum of works, a cohesive and evolving and expanding collection of works, like HIV/AIDS.
Seems as if I just finished reporting the Congressional stupidities over 2012 funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (after 10 months of delays and dithering, Congress approved precisely what President Obama had requested) and now here we are again, with the White House budget proposals for
Kelly KleimanCourt Theatre's adaptation of Ralph Ellison'sInvisible Man is a scathing portrait of racism built around the observation that the central character is invisible because the people he deals with can see only his color.
Kelly KleimanTomorrow (Friday) night, Shaw Chicago will present the sole and only local performance of Mark Twain in Person. Richard Henzel, a Shaw Chicago stalwart, has been touring this one-man show for years now, to great acclaim.
Best show of the year in any category: Gary Griffin’s Follies at Chicago Shakespeare. This flawless version of an underappreciated early Sondheim should be remounted somewhere and run forever; there’s not a false note or step anywhere in it.