With the first Chicago snow of the season also came the opening of Florencia en el Amazonas, and the late Daniel Catán’s opera kept the audience warm with hot romance on a riverboat making its way to Manaus, Brazil. We are greeted with lush jungle greens that flank the stage and the El Dorado sitting […]
Barrie Kosky’s magic take on Mozart’s The Magic Flute, which has been circling the globe for nearly a decade and seen by 700,000 people, landed on the Lyric Opera Stage this week. Concocted by original codirectors Kosky and Suzanne Andrade for Komische Oper Berlin, it’s magic in the most literal sense—a visual sleight of hand […]
This take on Gaetano Donizetti’s 1832 comic opera, L’elisir d’amore, is a two-act antidote for our COVID-plagued reality. Cleverly directed by Daniel Slater and beautifully designed by Robert Innes Hopkins, it’s another one-set production, but what a set! In contrast to Macbeth’s interminable gray, this Elixir transports us to a sunny resort hotel in colorful […]
A Verdi classic, a twist on Bizet, and a doubleheader of new work kick off the opera season in Chicago.
Magical thinking is both bane and balm. Without a little bit of belief in the possibility of miraculous transformation, I’d probably never get out of bed (especially lately). Yet amid the toxic noise of resolute anti-vaxxers-and-maskers and QAnon, it’s obvious that obdurate faith in the impossible against the tide of science, facts, and reality carries […]
A trash island forms the background for Oak Park Festival Theatre’s outdoor staging of The Tempest.
Teatro ZinZanni,the dinner circus spectacle, reopens at the Cambria Hotel.
Cabinet of Curiosity sets sail with a new live show about mermaids, whales, sharks, seagulls—and climate disaster
Ross Compton’s Henchpeople is a shaggy and endearing comedy about supervillain support staff.
North Park Village Nature Center provides an ideal setting for Lyric’s Hansel and Gretel.
Two streaming shows from Theatre in the Dark and Strawdog capture the drama of obsession and isolation.
This interactive performance-piece-by-phone offers a daily dose of oddness.
The annual festival of storytelling offers the freshest catches for COVID days.
Theatre Above the Law and A Red Orchid Theatre dive into the physics and magic of being alive together.
Links Hall and Chicago Shakespeare host two virtual interactive shows on isolation and connection.