Chicago Shakes’s marketing says it all, doesn’t it? As You Like It, William Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy. Music by The Beatles, forgers of one of the most piquant and diverse songbooks in music history. That VW minibus done up in rainbow hearts. Everything screams pure flower power. But that’s not at all what we discover upon
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By Quinn Rigg Getting into the holiday season, it’s natural to ponder holiday seasons past. Over the years, each celebration creates another constant, stable platform built off of the one before it. Safety is found in knowing the playbook that tradition formulates. However, Black Button Eyes Productions challenges this notion by the most charming means
By Quinn Rigg There are remedies for sickness, and there are fixes for what is broken, but there is no panacea for a broken heart. Boards can be nailed, cloth can be sewn, and fevers can be settled; but, save time and attention, nothing can relieve the suffering of a vulnerable desire denied its satisfaction.
By Anna DeNoia Those unfamiliar with Theo Ubique’s new home on Howard Street, where it had moved not too long before shutdown, are in for a treat. There are still candles burning on quaint cabaret tables, and there’s still a cozy bar at the back of the house. It’s a suitably intimate space for the
By Eric Karas Theater is back, and so are the boys in plaid! Easing into things, Drury Lane Oakbrook presents Forever Plaid, that perennial feel-good show about four Sixties-era close-harmony singers who, though struck down in a car accident, have one more show in them before heading to that Great Bandstand in the Sky. The