Kelly Kleiman argues that efforts to solve Chicago's economic and social problems by fostering the arts only slaps a layer of glittery paint on poverty — an approach unworthy of the “world-class city” we’re always claiming we plan to be.
The unbearably hot weather we’ve suffered of late tells the entire story of the drawbacks of outdoor theater: Everyone, actors and audience alike, is at the mercy of the elements. Still, critic Kelly Kleiman says it’s worth it.
While watching Victory Gardens Theater's staging of Oedipus Rex in contemporary, gang-ridden L.A., critic Kelly Kleiman was reminded that "the classics are classics because they address the big questions — in the case of Oedipus, is anyone in charge of the insane way that life unfolds."
When she heard that robots were writing sports stories, Kelly Kleiman was hardly surprised. But robots writing criticism? "The mind (at least mine) boggles," she writes. "Are reviews really that formulaic?"