In our conversation yesterday about My Kind of Town, Steve Edwards raised the question why the staged version of Chicago’s police torture scandal affected audiences so much more, and more viscerally, than written accounts of the scandal. There’s the physical presence of theater, of c
Though there are certainly exceptions it remains the case that Chicago theaters are more interested in stories about boys than in stories about girls. Instead, our theaters should be practicing affirmative action by seeking out plays by and about women.
As the home of stylish comedies of manners and exuberant musicals, Circle Theatre isn't usually where you'd look for new and deeply reflective drama. But they've taken it on here in the form of Andrew Bovell’s poetic account of family dystopia, and it is a beauty.
History is bunk.History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards.Each of these bon mots makes something of the same point: that we study history to learn not ab