Two more Chicago reviews by Charles Giuliano
Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 11:05PM
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“The remarkable Jackie Taylor built the new $19 million Black Ensemble Theatre. She also writes, produces and directs musicals about the immortals of soul. Currently a boffo hit The Marvin Gaye Story: Don’t Talk About My Father Because God Is My Friend is the coolest show of a sizzling Chicago summer.” Read the whole review here. (As a bonus, Guiliano includes pictures he took of a Marvin Gay concert in 1983, plus pictures of the current cast, including “the massively talented Rashawn Thompson as Marvin Gaye.”)

“Conforming to Aristotle’s paradigms for drama, in Immediate Family by Paul Oakley Stovall, the action involving an African American family gathered for a wedding occurs at a furious pace with over the top histrionics, directed at warp speed by Phylicia Rashad, all in one day.” Read the whole review here.

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