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Two more Chicago reviews by Charles Giuliano

“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...

Milwaukee odyssey and Chicago reflections

Bill Hirschman: The post-Chicago odyssey to Milwaukee was a stunning surprise for those of us who had never been there and might even have been dismissive. Anne Siegel gave us a whirlwind tour of a fraction of the city’s theatrical community that was impressive to say the least. Yes,...

Site changes coming; Chicago news continues

The Chicago conference produced plans for website changes, including ways to call attention to new content on internal pages and to members-only features. Most of this will have to wait a few weeks to allow for vacations and the inevitable post-conference exhaustion. But if you...

Essential words from the Milwaukee add-on

Some of the attendees from the Chicago Conference, which Jonathan Abarbanel so masterfully put together, have come to Milwaukee for an “add on” arranged by Anne Siegel. Among our stops today was the Broadway Theater Center — home to the Skylight Music Theatre, The Milwaukee...

Charles Giuliano on ‘Eastland’ and the ATCA website

Charles Giuliano reviews “Eastland” at Lookingglass (click here) and then responds to the ATCA website: Overall the Chicago conference was rich and insightful. Johnathan did a great job of organizing theatre and panels. I enjoyed meeting and interacting with other critics. It would have been better to have that...

Poetry and Ferocity, or the Dare of the Page

Caridad Svich Chicago, June 15 — In response to being honored at the 2012 ATCA annual conference for winning the 2011 Francesca Primus Prize, playwright Caridad Svich delivered a poetic evocation of “the dare of the page.” She began with thanks to ATCA, the Francesca Ronnie Primus Foundation, Isabel Allende...

Chicago schedule, final day

June 17, Sunday     - 10AM-Noon, continental breakfast, final General Membership Meeting, Silk Road Rising, 77 W. Washington Street, lower level. NOTE: the Chicago Temple Building houses a church in which services will be going on as we meet; please enter quietly and take the stairs or elevator down...

Survive and thrive

The conference so far has gone off without a major hitch and conference chair Jonathan Abarbanel deserves kudos and awe. In addition to the worthy productions we’ve seen, there has been a great deal to be learned talking with artistic directors discovering what they have...

Chicago conference stages African-Americans

Lou Harry, Indianapolis: By accident rather than design, the first three plays of my current Chicago theater jag (where I’m participating in the American Theatre Critics Association conference) focused on (and, in two cases, were created primarily by) African-Americans. And while the results were mixed, collectively,...