Category: First Look - Reviews
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.
First Look review: Black Button Eyes Productions’ “Shockheaded Peter” is a delightfully devilish production
Aug 18, 2017
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
Jul 21, 2017
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...
Jul 08, 2017
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
Jun 29, 2017
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
Jun 05, 2017
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
Jun 05, 2017
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
May 28, 2017
First Look review: Subtext Theatre Company’s "A Prayer for the Sandinistas" tackles issues of the heart, family and the value of faith