Call it agit-prop if you like, or say "If you want to send a message use Western Union;" but if you're not inspired by Clifford Odets's Waiting for Lefty as performed by American Blues Theater, you must have ice water in your veins.
Kelly KleimanI really thought I could not bear to see another Cyrano. Edmund Rostand's verse drama about the nasally-challenged romantic is so terminally depressing that the only appropriate critical response to it is a good stiff drink.
If the test of success for a Stephen Sondheim show is whether you leave the theater in a state of utter despair about human relationships, then Porchlight Music Theatre's season-opening Putting It Together is the Platonic ideal of Sondheim shows.
This weekend's Chicago Tribune travel section contained a piece about a trip to Spring Green, Wis.--and if the married reporters' capabilities are truly reflected in this piece, it's no wonder the paper is circling the drain.