Category: First Look - Reviews
First Look review: Green Day-inspired punk rock opera “American Idiot” provides an eye-opening experience of political unrest
Mar 08, 2017
With plenty of middle fingers, sex and sense of rebellion, American Idiot shows society what punk rock is really all about.
First Look review: Reinventing the traditional mime performance, “The Best of Bri-Ko” is a rollicking good time
Mar 05, 2017
Despite the lack of dialogue, the characters in The Best of Bri-ko develop personalities that are as sympathetic as they are funny.
First Look review: Steppenwolf’s “Monster” is an emotional performance that tackles the perceptions of African Americans in the judicial system
Feb 26, 2017
Kryi’s character is a terrified teenager who exhibits both an everyday bravery and a confused innocence.
First Look review: Steppenwolf’s “Straight White Men” is fun, full of heart, and uncomfortably thought provoking
Feb 23, 2017
The strength of the ensemble made this show incredibly compelling to watch. From the beginning, I felt drawn in to go along for the ride.
First Look review: Second City’s memorable new “Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno” takes accurate aim at the differences in us all
Jan 25, 2017
Sporting matching oversized plaid jackets, the brothers spouted off a cornucopia of birth control options they are hawking — some legit...
First Look review: The return of Second City’s “Holidazed and Confused” is a romping good way to poke fun at the holiday season
Dec 10, 2016
Flashbacks to classic Christmas movies being re-made in 2016 (Macaulay Culkin’s mom calls him on his cell phone and sends an Uber to the...
First Look review: Greenhouse Theater’s “Uncle Phillip’s Coat” is a brilliant one-man show that explores family, right of passage and what defines you as a person
Dec 05, 2016
Gene Weygandt masterfully creates three uniquely separate characters who are drawn together by their similarities to create an end product...
First Look review: Steppenwolf’s “The Fundamentals” provides a relatable look at the issues that come with moving up in the world
Nov 25, 2016
The Fundamentals successfully portrays the ups and downs of the hotel industry through the satirical use of fundamental building blocks.
First Look review: Steep Theatre’s “Bobbie Clearly” delivers a raw and unapologetic look of what makes us human
Oct 19, 2016
The pacing and intricate care given to character development are the pillars that allow this show to shine.
First Look review: Amusing and educational, The Windy City Music Theatre’s “Seussical the Musical” will have your little ones singing for days
Oct 14, 2016
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the show is the on-stage “kid’s section” seating, where children get to interact with cast...