The brave and brutal ‘Black Watch’ will rattle you to the core

Black Watch is the kind of show that shakes you to the core. Not only are the grim realities of war and sacrifice played out with brutal honesty, but Gareth Fry’s sound design authentically recreates the earth-rattling soundscape accompanying the “war on terror” in Iraq. Bring ear plugs. The National Theatre of Scotland‘s Black Watch… Read More The brave and brutal ‘Black Watch’ will rattle you to the core

‘Follies’ comes to Chicago Shakespeare Theatre: my thoughts

Chris Jones reports that Gary Griffin will direct Stephen Sondheim’s Follies to kick off the 2011-12 season at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. This is Big News for me. Some thoughts before I head out the door … I had two immediate reaction to this news: excitement and disappointment. Let’s get the disappointment out of the way… Read More ‘Follies’ comes to Chicago Shakespeare Theatre: my thoughts

You’ll more than like Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s ‘As You Like It’

Matt Schwader sweeps Kate Fry off her feet in Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s “As You Like It.” “Can one desire too much of a good thing?,” aks the love-happy Rosiland in William Shakespeare’s gender-bending, romantic romp, As You Like It. In Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s extremely winning production, it’s quite possible. This is one thoroughly enjoyable production,… Read More You’ll more than like Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s ‘As You Like It’

New EDGE review: Private Lives @ Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

When attending a Noël Coward play, you expect wit, brainy banter and cutting insights on life and love. Private Lives, his 1930 hit comedy, offers these charming delights in spades, and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s wonderfully refined production elevates it all to the moon. Literally — there’s a giant, glowing moon hovering above the stage. And,… Read More New EDGE review: Private Lives @ Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

Tonight: Private Lives @ CST

Gary Griffin knows what he wants and how to get it. And what he wanted for Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s production of Noël Coward’s Private Lives was an in-the-round staging. So, they’ve completely transformed the Courtyard’s thrust stage to achieve this. I’m greatly looking forward to it.