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Hedy Weiss has been Theater and Dance Critic of the Chicago Sun-Times since 1984, reporting on local, national and international productions, as well as a …

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Hypocrites’ 12-hour marathon demands stamina from cast, audience

A Herculean labor for those on stage as well as for the audience, “All Our Tragic” turns out to be a mind-boggling flight of the imagination, with many sequences of immense passion, intense physicality and wit.

Great actresses sent to extremes in First Look plays

HEDY WEISS: Lusia Strus’ talents back on view at Steppenwolf in the best of the trio, Martyna Majok’s “Ironbound.”

Hypocrites’ ‘All Our Tragic’ a production of epic proportions

“All Our Tragic,” The Hypocrites’ newest project, meshes 32 Greek tragedies into an 11-hour marathon.

Upton Sinclair’s searing ‘Jungle’ makes a powerful statement on stage

HEDY WEISS: “The Jungle,” the revelatory 1906 novel by Upton Sinclair, is now being presented in a bare-bones, wildly inventive, powerhouse world premiere staged by Oracle Productions.

Ronald Keaton launches SoloChicago theater company, brings Winston Churchill to life in first show

“Churchill,” directed by Kurt Johns, is based on the prolific writings of Churchill (1864-1975), as well as the teleplay, “Winston Churchill” by Dr. James C. Humes.

‘Intimate Apparel’ at Eclipse Theatre lays bare a woman’s difficult relationship

Eclipse Theatre has staged a beautifully fine-tuned revival of Lynn Nottage’s heart-piercing 2003 play, “Intimate Apparel,” whichoffers a very different view of female oppression and survival.

Simply ‘Marvelous’ — Marvelettes’ story sings at Black Ensemble

HEDY WEISS: The story of the Marvelettes unfolds amid the joy and the tears at Motown.

Leafy parks lend themselves to a mirthful ‘Midsummer’

HEDY WEISS: High-propulsion actors help the ear adjust to Shakespeare’s language in this winningly played, visually entrancing production.

‘Small Fire’ a surreal journey that heats things up at Steep

Adam Bock might just be the Rene Magritte of contemporary playwrights.

‘Seussical’ musical is fun for all the family

The best indication a family show is doing everything right is that the adults in the audience are as fully entranced as the tiniest tots. This is clearly the case at Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s “Seussical,” the 90-minute musical based on the Dr. Seuss canon.

  • A ‘Midsummer’ treat from Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks

    Chicago Shakespeare Theatre created Shakespeare in the Park to bring admission-free, family-friendly productions of the Bard’s plays to parks throughout the city.

  • Gift Theatre’s first Shakespeare a tight, smart ‘Othello’

    HEDY WEISS: Director Jonathan Berry has approached the play almost as if he were making an indie film, using tight close-ups on the principal characters against the most minimalist backdrop.

  • Stunning ‘Men Should Weep’ explores dynamic between poverty and family

    HEDY WEISS: The overdue Chicago debut of Ena Lamont Stewart’s rarely seen 1947 classic at Griffin Theatre features some of the most gorgeous performances you will find on any stage in this city.

  • An Appreciation: Elaine Stritch, iconic Broadway star, dies at 89

    Elaine Stritch, the brassy, acerbic, jaded-but-vulnerable Broadway baby who possessed a potent stage presence, great legs, a smoke-enhanced voice and a rocky road sort of personal history, died Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich. She was 89. Read more. http://voices.suntimes.com/arts-entertainment/the-daily-sizzle/an-appreciation-elaine-stritch-iconic-broadway-star-dies-at-89/

    As a musical, ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ offers a heapin’ helpin’ of heart

    HEDY WEISS: Tuneful score, appealing cast help the sitcom make a charming transiton to Theatre at the Center stage.

    ‘The Qualms’ a new play full of tired old ideas

    HEDY WEISS: No need to bother meeting the people in Bruce Norris’ smug but vacuous world premiere, now at Steppenwolf.

  • Griffin Theatre raises the curtain on rarely staged ‘Men Should Weep’

    The Griffin Theatre’s staging will mark the first time ‘Men Should Weep’ has been produced in this country in 30 years.