Thursday 21 September 2017
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Category: First Look - Reviews

First Look review: Greenhouse Theater Center’s bold “Machinal” provides a feminist perspective on traditional marriage

Both powerful and disturbing, Machinal is all about resisting the stereotypical gender role of obedient and defenseless women.

First Look review: Black Button Eyes Productions’ “Shockheaded Peter” is a delightfully devilish production

I was blown away. The music, the performance, the dancing and the humor were all wildly entertaining, but I was most impressed because I...

First Look review: Cirque Du Soleil brings “Luzia,” a vibrant story of water and light, to Chicago through Sept. 3

Luzia will be the first circus show to have actual water stored under the tent, allowing for bouts of pouring rain on stage as acrobats fly...

First Look review: The Goodman’s “Ah, Wilderness” is a funny, endearing tale of teenage heartache

Ah, Wilderness is a very well-rounded show that had me thinking back to the foolish tendencies I had as a love-struck teenage boy.

First Look review: Griffin Theatre’s version of “Ragtime” is a seriously unserious story of race and class in turn-of-the-century America

Whether you like musicals or not, it would be impossible not to admit that the stage direction of Ragtime was something close to genius.

First Look review: “Robot Revolution” at the Museum of Science and Industry proves the future of technology is now

This is an exhibit that all ages will enjoy because it provides a deeper look into the world of robots compared to the surface version we...

First Look review: “Jurassic World: The Exhibition” at the Field Museum is a fun, sophisticated blend of real-life science and cinematic wonder

The exhibit was developed in close collaboration with renowned paleontologist Jack Horner, who served as an adviser on the movie series,...

First Look review: Subtext Theater Company’s “A Prayer for the Sandinistas” tackles issues of the heart, family and the value of faith

First Look review: Subtext Theatre Company’s "A Prayer for the Sandinistas" tackles issues of the heart, family and the value of faith

First Look review: Shattered Globe’s “For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday” is a fun reminder that you can always be young at heart

While the theme focuses on what it truly means to grow up, what is most enjoyable is the constant banter among the siblings.

First Look review: Steppenwolf’s “Linda Vista” is a chilling comedy about irresponsibility and getting old

Part of what affected me so much was the reality and rawness of it. Full of unrestrained profanity, frank discussions about the world and...