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Journey for the Sun: A Sci-Fi Cartoon Circus

What do you get when you cross a drive-in movie theater, earth-threatening solar flares, and a popcorn machine who has “recently gained consciousness?” Why, it must be “Journey for the Sun: A Sci-Fi Cartoon Circus,” the winter offering from the Actors Gymnasium. This wonderfully imaginative production is equal parts avant garde spectacle, circus arts expression, […]

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“Luce,” the 34th season premiere from Next Theatre, is a devastating examination of culture, racial stereotypes and trust between parents and their kids. Director Keira Fromm’s staging of playwright JC Lee’s honest, incisive work is a remarkable, chilling cautionary tale of what happens when there is a communication breakdown within a family, and of the […]

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‘The Great God Pan,’ a Success for Next Theatre

Playwright Amy Herzog and director Kimberly Senior have proven to be a formidable pairing. Ms. Senior has previously interpreted Ms. Herzog’s critically acclaimed works “After the Revolution” at Next Theatre and “4000 Miles” at Northlight. Their latest collaboration, “The Great God Pan,” is an overwhelming success for the Next Theatre Company, an evocative, unforgettable production […]

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Kimberly Senior Returns to Next Theatre to Direct ‘The Great God Pan’

Kimberly Senior, Evanston resident and Joseph Jefferson-nominated director, is coming home. Having directed Ayad Akhtar’s 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Disgraced,” both in Chicago (American Theatre Company) and New York (Lincoln Center Theater 3), her next project will be “The Great God Pan” at Next Theatre. This will be the fourth play Ms. Senior has directed […]

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‘The Magical Exploding Boy and the Invisible Circus’

“Join the circus inside your mind,” sings actress/performer Lindsey Noel Whiting, strumming her ukulele, facing a mute dreamer played by professional clown Dean Evans. Daydreams and their physical embodiment make up the spectacle of the breathtaking and brilliantly crafted “The Magical Exploding Boy and the Invisible Circus,” presented by the Actors Gymnasium, Evanston’s circus arts/physical […]

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“Compulsion,” the first play in the Next Theatre Company’s 2013-14 season, is a thought-provoking odyssey of one man’s obsession with bringing the “true” version of “The Diary of Anne Frank” to the stage. Most of the audience will likely have more questions than answers after the curtain call. The true intentions of the characters portrayed, […]