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"It's not like we're saying sex doesn't happen—when you get adults in a hotel somewhere, stuff's going to happen," says Matt Berger, media relations lead for Midwest FurFest. "But sex…

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Turning life lessons into a Korporate Bidness

When you were in high school, did you ever sneak into a girl's house after school? And did her dad happen to come home, after being fired from work, in…

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Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them is Christopher Durang at his darkest

Christopher Durang's Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them is the kind of exquisite, biting satire that below-average comedians think they have created when audiences find them…

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Rutherford and Son is Succession without the sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll

For a mostly forgotten 1912 play, written by Githa Sowerby (but presented under a male-sounding pen name at the time), this family drama is surprisingly similar to HBO's Succession—minus the…

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The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley cashes in on Jane Austen

In commercializing Jane Austen's enduring appeal, playwrights Margot Melcon and Lauren Gunderson have found a surefire formula for feel-good, oft-produced holiday hits. Like 2016's Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, The…

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Oliver! earns its exclamation point at Marriott

Lionel Bart's musical adaptation of Charles Dickens's 1839 novel Oliver Twist first premiered on London's West End in 1960, went on to a Tony Award-winning run on Broadway in 1963,…

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Queen of Sock Pairing pushes boundaries

With ambitious productions that push the boundaries of subject matter, Red Tape Theatre continues to evolve, and its latest, Queen of Sock Pairing by Sophie Weisskoff, directed by Zach Weinberg,…

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Oedipus Rex leaves nothing in the shadows

Montaigne, quoting from ancient sources, describes a painting of the sacrifice of Iphigenia. In it, the victim's father is shown with a veil hanging over his face, as if to…

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The Nutcracker retains its hold on the heart

It took me nine years to get out to the House Theatre's annual nonballetic staging of The Nutcracker, but after finally seeing it last year, I was eager to make…

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Lindiwe is at its best when it lets the music do the talking

Steppenwolf's long association with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the legendary South African male a cappella choral group, stretches back nearly 30 years, since Tug Yourgrau's apartheid-era drama The Song of Jacob…

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