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July 2, 2024 / Theatre Reviews

The Neilson Nutshell, June 20 4/10 There is no greater play than King Lear. None is more disturbing, nor more moving, and no other Shakespeare work possesses so many characters of note. No role approaches the emotional breadth and height of Lear, nor his apocalyptic and hallucinogenic imagery. Even Othello…

June 22, 2024 / Theatre Reviews

Capitol Theatre, June 13 7/10 Chicago borrowed two of the most vacuous characters in theatrical history – Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart – and made them razzle-dazzle the world. Simultaneously its creators, John Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, launched a satirical rocket attack on the US justice system, which,…

June 17, 2024 / Theatre Reviews

Wharf 1 Theatre, June 11 8/10 Little children suffer terror with minimal provocation. Dreams, sounds and shadows on the wall will do it, let alone hospitals, war and abduction. Alongside tidal waves of grief, families ripped asunder, all sense of home and belonging annulled and lives devastated beyond salvage, the…