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More... THEATRE AT THE CENTER'S ON GOLDEN POND WARMS UP CHICAGO WINTER    

THEATRE AT THE CENTER'S ON GOLDEN POND WARMS UP CHICAGO WINTER

On Golden Pond is filled with many life lessons and we are better for having seen it

Kicking off their 25th anniversary season, Theatre at the Center makes a strong impression by presenting Ernest Thompson’s touching classic On Golden Pond. This 1979 Tony-Award winning play was later adapted for the big screen where it starred Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda and Katharine Hepburn and won an Oscar. On Golden Pond is a warm and moving story that deals with the challenges an elderly couple are going through during their twilight years and also focuses…

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More... REVIEW: THIS IS MODERN ART    

REVIEW: THIS IS MODERN ART

In and of itself, graffiti is rebellion

Five years ago, anonymous graffiti artists caused quite the hubub at the Modern Wing of the Chicago Art Institute when they "bombed" a major wall of the wing. Their message was clear: THIS is modern art. While a clever, powerful statement, and seemingly jabbing at the art that resides within the walls of the modern art wing, it presents a paradox: Isn't graffiti, by definition, a rebellious art? Would graffiti still be as powerful and compelling…

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More... ENDGAME AT DEN THEATRE: MISERY LOVES COMPANY - AND LAUGHS    

ENDGAME AT DEN THEATRE: MISERY LOVES COMPANY - AND LAUGHS

The characters are as dilapidated and bizarre as the house

As Samuel Beckett once stated, "Nothing is funnier than unhappiness, I grant you that. ... Yes, yes, it's the most comical thing in the world. And we laugh, we laugh, with a will, in the beginning. But it's always the same thing. Yes, it's like the funny story we have heard too often, we still find it funny, but we don't laugh anymore.” Unhappiness the complete surrender to misery is found aplenty in Beckett’s Endgame now…

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More... THE ROYALE AT AMERICAN THEATRE COMPANY    

THE ROYALE AT AMERICAN THEATRE COMPANY

Ramirez's succinctness tells a complete story

American Theatre Company and veteran TV writer Marco Ramirez collaborate to bring this boxing drama to life. Loosely inspired by the real life of Jack Johnson, 'The Royale' tells the story of a young African American heavyweight champ, Jay Jackson, and his rise to fame for usurping a title from the standing white champion. Set against the backdrop of the turn-of-the-century Jim Crow era South, we’re shown a world in which fame can transcend political…

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More... REDLETTER RAISES SMART QUESTIONS ABOUT NEWS COVERAGE    

REDLETTER RAISES SMART QUESTIONS ABOUT NEWS COVERAGE

In true Neo-Futurist fashion we get a nice blend of witty humor and subject matter that we can take home and think about afterwards

Redletter hits on many media related issues such as how the rise of technology has affected the way news is delivered over the years, the mistakes in reporting and transferring the news along with the corrections that go unnoticed (if corrections are even made), the silly stories that have now become news, story oversaturation and the manipulation of media - it’s cause and effect. 

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More... MARIE ANTOINETTE PROJECTS COMPASSION FOR THE “KILLER QUEEN”    

MARIE ANTOINETTE PROJECTS COMPASSION FOR THE “KILLER QUEEN”

It is very interesting to see the many parallels from Marie Antoinette that exist today

Alana Arenas is stunning as Marie Antoinette and does a great job portraying the doomed queen with both biting sarcasm and the occasional childlike grasp of the violent events unfolding all around her and because of her but not within her control at all. She, like the rest of royalty, is completely out of touch with the real world. 

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