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Chicago Arts Scene Commentary
for the Week of June 23, 2008

"THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME" at Bailiwick Rep

for the Week of March 24, 2003

"THE TURN OF THE SCREW" at Chicago Opera Theater

for the Week of March 17, 2003
"TAKING CARE" at Steppenwolf Garage Theatre

"MARISOL," greasy joan & company at The Viaduct

for the Week of March 10, 2003
"THE FAMILY OF MANN," Backstage Theatre Company at the Cornelia Arts Building

"DINNER WITH FRIENDS" at Goodman Theatre

for the Week of March 3, 2003
"THE MASTER BUILDER," Keyhole Players at the Josephinum

Robert Moses’ KIN at The Dance Center of Columbia College

for the Week of February 24, 2003
"WHEN THE WALLS HAVE EARS," Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. at Angel Island

"BY THE MUSIC OF THE SPHERES" at Goodman Theatre

for the Week of February 17, 2003
"THE CIDER HOUSE RULES: PART 2," Famous Door Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater

"RAISING BLUE" at Prop Thtr

for the Week of February 10, 2003
"IN THE BLOOD" at Next Theatre

"THIS SIDE OF ANGELS" at Breadline Theatre

for the Week of February 3, 2003
"THE EXONERATED" at the Shubert Theatre

"BEING 11," Serendipity Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater

for the Week of January 27, 2003
"SNAKEBIT" at Profiles Theatre

for the Week of January 20, 2003
"THE ROSE TATTOO" at Goodman Theatre

THE CIDER HOUSE RULES: PART 1, Famous Door Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater

for the Week of January 13, 2003
"ELOISE & RAY," Roadworks Productions at Chopin Theatre

"MADAME DE SADE," European Repertory Company at the Storefront Theater

for the Week of January 6, 2003
"MACHINAL," The Hypocrites at Chicago Dramatists

for the Week of December 16, 2002
"A CHRISTMAS CAROL" at Goodman Theatre

"JULIUS CAESAR" at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier

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"HALE BOPP," Movable Feast Productions and Jigsaw Pictures at Breadline Theatre

"LUNACY," Stockyards Theatre Project at Athenaeum Theatre

"POSEIDON! AN UPSIDE DOWN MUSICAL," Hell In A Handbag Productions at Theatre Building Chicago

for the Week of December 2, 2002
"JAMES JOYCE’S THE DEAD" at Court Theatre

"VINTAGE RED AND THE DUST OF THE ROAD," Visions & Voices Theatre Company at Strawdog Theatre

for the Week of November 25, 2002
"SWEENEY TODD" at Lyric Opera of Chicago

"COOKING WITH ELVIS," Sang Froid Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre

"HOLIDAY," Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater

for the Week of November 18, 2002
"HFOBBLE," TriArts, Inc., at Stage Left Theatre

"ERIC LaRUE" at A Red Orchid Theatre

for the Week of November 11, 2002
"SHE CALLS UP THE SUN," MPAACT at Victory Gardens Theater

"SUGGESTIONS FOR THE PREVENTION OF SERIAL MURDER," O Theater at Chicago Dramatists

for the Week of November 4, 2002
"DANCE CHICAGO 2002" at the Athenaeum Theatre

"GIULIO CESARE," Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio at the Museum of Contemporary Art Theatre

"FRONT," A Reasonable Facsimile Theatre Co. at the Cornservatory

"THE POET, THE PUPPET AND THE PRISONER" at Pegasus Players in Truman College’s O’Rourke Center for the Performing Arts

"LIFE’S NOT FAIR…SO WHAT," John R. Powers at Lakeshore Theater

"PAN & BOONE," Running With Scissors at Prop Thtr

"LIFE SEPARATES US," Cousin Billy Plays & VanChester Productions at Chicago Actors’ Studio

"TIME OF THE CUCKOO," Shattered Globe Theatre at Victory Gardens Theater

for the Week of October 21, 2002
"ROUNDING THIRD" at Northlight Theatre in North Shore Center for the Performing Arts

"DRINKING & WRITING," The Neo-Futurists at T’s Bar and Restaurant

"OCEAN SEA" at National Pastime Theatre

for the Week of October 7, 2002
"IMPROVANOV: ANTON CHEKHOV UNSCRIPTED," The Free Associates at Royal George Theatre (Upstairs Studio)

"BOOK OF MERCY" at Chicago Dramatists

"HARD TIMES," Lookingglass Theatre Company at Ruth Page Center for the Arts

Contributing Critic
for the Week of September 30, 2002
"SKEPTICS," Free Street’s MadJoy Theatrics at Pulaski Park

"GUYS," The Grounded Theatre at Chicago Actors Studio

"JUMP TO COW HEAVEN" at Profiles Theatre

"BLOODY BESS" at Red Hen Productions’ Kenneth LeTraunik Theatre

for the Week of September 23, 2002
"JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES)," Chemically Imbalanced Comedy at Frankie J’s Methadome Theatre

"LOVE’S LABOR’S LOST" at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

"ARIADNE’S THREAD" at Victory Gardens Theater

"THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE" at Steppenwolf Theatre

for the Week of September 16, 2002
"ONE MAN SEEN," Andy Eninger at WNEP Theater

"EMPTY" at Stage Left Theatre

"THE MONUMENT," JABOA Theatre Company and DePaul University at Victory Gardens Theater

"HELLHOUND ON MY TRAIL" at The Viaduct

for the Week of September 9, 2002
"ORSON’S SHADOW" at Chicago Center for the Performing Arts

"QUAKE" at American Theater Company

"LOSERS BRACKET: FOUR MONKEYS HUMP’N A FOOTBALL" at WNEP Theater

"NEVER THE SINNER," Shining Through Productions at Heartland Studio Theatre

"HENRY 5," The Hypocrites at The Storefront Theater

for the Week of August 26, 2002
"MARVIN’S ROOM" at Raven Theatre

"FIVE ROOMS OF FURNTURE," Organic Theater Company at Loyola University’s Kathleen Mullady Memorial Theatre

for the Week of August 19, 2002
"I REMEMBER NOW AND THEN: A CATHARTIC COLLAGE OF CONNECTIONS," Thresholds Theatre Arts Project at Theatre Building Chicago

"STANDING ON MY KNEES," Janus Theatre at Stage Left Theatre

"BATTLE SCARS," Fillet of Solo Festival at Live Bait Theater

"WAX & WAYNE," Local Infinities at National Pastime Theater

"WAX & WAYNE," Local Infinities at National Pastime Theater

Contributing Critic
for the Week of August 5, 2002
"WENDALL GREENE" at Steppenwolf Studio Theatre

for the Week of July 29, 2002
"THE TERRIBLE TRAGEDY OF PETER PAN," The House at The Viaduct

"END OF THE WORLD PARTY" at Bailiwick Repertory

for the Week of July 22, 2002
"POPULARITY CONTEST," Jerk Alert Productions at WNEP Theater

"MOVIN’ OUT" at The Shubert Theatre

"FREEDOMLAND," TriArts, Inc. at Athenaeum Theatre

for the Week of July 15, 2002
"SCARLET CONFESSIONS," J. O’Reilly Productions at Victory Gardens Theater (Upstairs Mainstage)

"MY SISTER IN THIS HOUSE" at Tinfish Theatre

"PURPLE HEART" at Steppenwolf Theatre

for the Week of July 8, 2002
"DOPE," Defiant Theatre at American Theater Company

"WHOSE BODY?" at Lifeline Theatre

"PARALLEL LIVES," Euphemism Here Productions at The Space

Contributing Critic
Contributing Critic
"PLAYING DUMB WITH JILL BENJAMIN" at the Apollo Theater

"INSIDE OUT," About Face Youth Theatre at About Face Theatre

"PHYRO-GIANTS!," Roadworks Productions at Victory Gardens Theater (Upstairs Studio)


for the Week of July 1, 2002
"LOVE & SIN: A SOLO EXPERIENCE," at Steppenwolf Garage Theatre

"GALILEO GALILEI" at Goodman Theatre

"GYNECOLOGY," A Broad Comedy Production at ComedySportz

"MR. SMARTY-PANTS," Serendipity Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater (Downstairs Studio)

"THE OLD MAN’S FRIEND" at Victory Gardens Theater

"THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF AMERICA (ABRIDGED)" at Noble Fool Theater

"NEW DANCES 2002," Melissa Thodos & Dancers at Ruth Page Center for the Arts

for the Week of June 17, 2002
"TRIVIAL PURSUITS," Visions & Voices Theatre Co. at Athenaeum Theatre

The Hypocrites’ "RHINOCEROS" at Athenaeum Theatre

"THE HOUR WE KNEW NOTHING OF EACH OTHER," T.U.T.A. Theatre Company at National Pastime Theatre

The Second City’s "ALL THE STAGE IS A WORLD" at Theater on the Lake

for the Week of June 10, 2002
for the Week of June 3, 2002
"IT’S AN EARTHQUAKE IN MY HEART," Goat Island Performance Group at the Athenaeum Theatre

"INDULGENCES IN THE LOUISVILLE HAREM," Rivendell Theatre Ensemble at Chicago Cultural Center’s Studio Theater

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