Photo: Johan Persson (Measure for Measure)
Make It Better magazine, October 2014 — “Treasure Island” is one of those stories that has seeped into our culture. The way we picture pirates — those eye patches, peg legs, parrots and treasure maps — can be traced back to Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1888 novel. The book has been turned into dozens of plays, movies and cartoons, and now it’s getting the Mary Zimmerman treatment at Lookingglass Theatre. Read the interview.
Photo by Liz Lauren
Make It Better, September 24, 2015 — Read my preview of October 2015 plays.
Make It Better, September 3, 2005 — Read my preview of September 2015 plays.
Make It Better, July 24, 2015 — Young people can be so puzzling to older generations. Countless articles have asked, “What’s up with millennials, anyway?” And several recent plays at Steppenwolf Theatre, including “The Night Alive” and “Airline Highway,” zeroed in on this struggle for comprehension across the generational divide. In each of these plays, the story is propelled by the arrival of a young woman among a group of older adults… Read the review of Grand Concourse at Steppenwolf Theatre.
Make It Better magazine, June-July 2015 — While many theater groups take a pause for summer vacation, others keep busy in June and July. Highlights include the launch of a new season by the North Shore company Light Opera Works and a new version of a familiar story about a whale. Read more at Make It Better.
Picture: “Moby Dick” at Lookingglass
Make It Better magazine, May 12, 2015 — One of the most striking and unusual things about the Goodman Theatre’s new production of “The Little Foxes,” a classic 1939 play by Lillian Hellman, is the music. An orchestral score… Read my review at Make It Better.
Photo by Liz Lauren
Make It Better magazine, April 21, 2015 — Putting together a new musical is a big deal. It isn’t easy finding the right combination of words, melodies, characters and spectacle that will win over audiences. But three new musicals are hitting local stages in May… Read my story for Make It Better.