Category: First Look - Reviews
First Look review: Steppenwolf’s “Columbinus” brilliantly uses a mix of storytelling and recreation to document our troubled history of school shootings
May 21, 2018
In a terrifyingly realistic setup, the audience feels like they at the scene of the shooting — anyone might be the next victim.
First Look review: The Steep Theatre’s “Birdland” is an intensely captivating exploration of the pitfalls of fame
May 04, 2018
Birdland's exploration of the psychological impact and pain resulting from a barrier-free life is original and highly nuanced.
First Look review: The Griffin Theatre Company’s “Letters Home” is a brilliantly harrowing story of struggle, triumph and loss
Apr 14, 2018
What is being performed feels genuine because artificial relationships are replaced with distilled artifacts of war in the form of...
First Look review: “Dress Codes” is an exquisite range of photographs exploring dress and identity at the Art Institute
Mar 11, 2018
For anyone interested in the ways identity and expression can manifest in the photographic form, or simply anyone drawn to striking...
First Look review: Paul Heyer’s multi-sensory exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art invites us into a fantastical existence
Feb 17, 2018
Heyer beckons us to reimagine the world around us as a place of infinite possibilities.
First Look review: The Field Museum’s “Ancient Mediterranean Cultures in Contact” analyzes four different ancient civilizations
Nov 11, 2017
First Look review: The Field Museum's "Ancient Mediterranean Cultures in Contact" analyzes four different ancient civilizations
First Look review: The Goodman’s “Yasmina’s Necklace” is a heartwarming love story told through a unique lens
Nov 11, 2017
Yasmina’s Necklace is speckled with honest, family moments while having the ability to tackle serious themes such as racism, culture...
First Look review: Stephen Hanthorn’s “The Best Magic Show” combines magic and improv for a fun Friday night out
Oct 18, 2017
Whether you are fan of classic card tricks or magic based on reasoning, The Best Magic Show has a little something for everyone.
First Look review: Second City’s “She the People” is a reassuringly funny discussion about sexism and the world of women
Oct 11, 2017
This final sketch summed up the tone of She the People perfectly, recognizing the sexism that is rampant but defeating it with the honest...
First Look review: Greenhouse Theater Center’s bold “Machinal” provides a feminist perspective on traditional marriage
Aug 24, 2017
Both powerful and disturbing, Machinal is all about resisting the stereotypical gender role of obedient and defenseless women.