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Culture, Stage "A Bright Room Called Day": Production Is Unequal to the Play

"A Bright Room Called Day": Production Is Unequal to the Play

In his pre-show speech, director Brian Katz warns us that his production of A Bright Room Called Day at the Custom Made Theatre Co. runs two hours and 40 minutes with intermission — what he calls "short for a Tony…
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Tony Kushner's quirky rumination on the political fate of Russia in the 1980s and 1990s could easily be seen as nothing more than a clever intellectual exercise. Yet the combination of our own heady political times and the snappy production…
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The Heidi Chronicles

This bittersweet comedy is considered a modern classic for good reason — it's smart, heartfelt, and has deep human resonance. It's Wendy Wasserstein's masterpiece, and one of the few great American plays to emerge from the 1980s (it won the…
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Saint Joan of the Stockyards

This early Brechtian fable of corporate greed in the Chicago meat market rarely gets produced, most likely because Bertolt Brecht wrote so many other, more potent plays. His young Joan Dark works for the Black Hats, a Salvation Army-like outfit…
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