Category: First Look - Reviews
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...
Oct 07, 2016
Upon finding out their friend has never seen the show, they take it upon themselves to act out the “Cliff’s Notes” version to help...
First Look review: Second City’s “Unelectable You” is a rollicking, tongue-in-cheek mockery of the 2016 election
Aug 08, 2016
I really liked the oddly charming back and forth in a skit between the candidates’ spouses, as well as a bit on Donald Trump fighting his...
Aug 01, 2016
The dancing is the selling point of the show, as a ridiculously talented young male ensemble shows off its best moves to killer...
First Look review: Jack O’Brien’s The Sound of Music is a fresh, charming version of the well-loved musical
Jun 14, 2016
Kerstin Anderson plays Maria with a little of the wide-eyed innocence the character is known for, but more intuitive, hipper, dreamier and...
First Look review: Watch good Midwestern people fall under the spell of influence and power in The Goodman Theatre’s “Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976”
Jun 08, 2016
Through Kim — and the wonderful performance by Cliff Chamberlain — the audience is thrown right into the big questions. It’s more...
May 12, 2016
For fans of "Chicago," this production hits all the right notes. For the uninitiated, what a perfect introduction.