Category: First Look - Reviews
First Look review: The Joffrey Ballet’s “Swan Lake” is a physical and aesthetic spectacle primed for ballet lovers — as well as first-timers
Oct 23, 2018
The leads were performing moves of extreme athletic intensity with the fluidity and precision of moving illustrations. ... It was truly...
First Look review: Steppenwolf’s “Downstate” is a thought-provoking story that challenges one of society’s most unwavering preconceptions
Oct 18, 2018
Steppenwolf's "Downstate" does an excellent job of balancing perspectives and challenging preconceptions. ... It invites the audience to...
First Look review: “Southern Gothic” is a uniquely interactive theatrical experience at the Windy City Playhouse
Aug 14, 2018
This was by far the most unique and one of the coolest experiences I have ever been a part of. This entire show is essentially...
First Look review: Chicago History Museum’s new exhibit, “Amplified: Chicago Blues,” highlights the city’s influence on the 1950s-60s movement
Jul 07, 2018
First Look review: The Chicago History Museum's new exhibit, "Amplified: Chicago Blues," highlights the city's influence on the blues’...
First Look review: The Goodman’s “Support Group for Men” is comedic therapy for navigating through what it means to be a man in today’s America
Jul 07, 2018
The characters are written to be so well-rounded and fleshed out, it sets up for a wonderfully enjoyable comedic backdrop for the show.
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.