Recommended by J. Joseph Cox

  • Another Jungle
    9 May. 2018
    Saw Cloudgate Theatre's production of Another Jungle in the old Profiles Theatre space in Chicago. Perfect venue for this show. Kristin seamlessly transitions the play from one set on shining a light on the mistreatment of Polish immigrants in early Chicago to one that takes aim at the abuse of women in the theatre. And she made me laugh while doing it. I am still thinking of this play weeks later.
  • Once I Was a Kingdom
    9 May. 2018
    By page two I was enveloped in the mystery of this piece. It's poetry carried me through the rest. Gemma has created a fascinating character in the psychic, Zeynab. One whose vision goes far beyond the past lives of those who seek her out, burrowing into the psyche of the one who stands before her.
  • Covet (10 min)
    17 Oct. 2017
    From the very beginning this play had me smiling. By the end, I was nodding in agreement as well. Tabitha's views on motherhood would make even the most nurturing of caregivers consider sterilization.
  • Missed Connections
    25 Sep. 2017
    I was intrigued by the premise of this play—the Missed Connections section of the local rag predicting encounters that haven’t happened yet. But, ultimately, what got me was the way those ads encouraged the characters to take charge of their lives instead of letting them pass by. A wonderful example of matching theme with plot device.
  • Girl Found
    23 Sep. 2017
    The mystery at the core of Girl Found takes us beyond the facts and fictions of the title character’s identity. It reflects back to us the omissions, half-truths, and outright lies we sometimes commit in an effort to create and preserve a sense of belonging. Barb Lhota has given us broken characters who are willing to overlook so much in their desperate desire to fix the past.
  • Em 'n' Nam
    19 Sep. 2017
    Em ‘n' Nam explores the power and gender dynamics between a student and her professor in a wildly fun, at times horrifying, and absolutely absurd way. Dana creates a classroom where truth is whatever comes from the mouth of the powerful. That truth is defined and redefined with every sentence--be it spoken or not.