CHICAGO TRIBUNE: (3.5 stars)  “Sideshow's ambitious 'HeLa' traces the cosmic wheels back to a woman with cancer in 1951”

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: (3.5 stars) “Sideshow's ambitious 'HeLa' traces the cosmic wheels back to a woman with cancer in 1951”

“J. Nicole Brooks’ “HeLa,” now in a world premiere at Sideshow Theatre (in association with Greenhouse Productions) takes a different and wholly imaginative approach to Lacks’ story. But Brooks’ play is as rooted in the desire for connection and healing….Loss and isolation are among the themes Brooks illuminates here. But so is belief in a cosmos that continues to contain multitudes.” (read full review)

CHICAGO THEATRE REVIEW: (Highly Recommended) Confronting the Past, Dreaming of the Future

CHICAGO THEATRE REVIEW: (Highly Recommended) Confronting the Past, Dreaming of the Future

“The show did a masterful job in portraying how exhausting that unending series of small indignities is. I’ve been thinking about it for the better part of two days now, and I’m not sure I could sum up the show in any concise way. I’m not entirely sure I’m supposed to. What I’ll say is this: both the experience of watching the show and the time I’ve spent mulling over its images and themes has been by turns haunting and lovely.” (read full review)

THE BROADWAY BLOG REVIEW: ‘HOMOS, OR EVERYONE IN AMERICA’

THE BROADWAY BLOG REVIEW: ‘HOMOS, OR EVERYONE IN AMERICA’

“Mr. Kourtis and Mr. Rodriguez are both magnificent. They use every inch of the compact stage to bring the audience on a complex but authentic journey through relationship flashpoints:  the first date and kiss, the animal passion of sex with a new love, an inaugural argument, disappointment, frustration, betrayal and eventually, a breakup.” (read full review)

PICTURE THIS POST REVIEW: Variations on the Theme of Intimacy

PICTURE THIS POST REVIEW: Variations on the Theme of Intimacy

"...humorous and some times painful in this witty and riveting production....It is masterful in weaving the non-linear into a big picture. There is a sense of completeness in the arc of the story. A close up look at how a couple negotiates the vicissitudes of intimacy is less voyeurism and more universal." (read the full review)

CHICAGO THEATRE REVIEW: Love Is Love

CHICAGO THEATRE REVIEW: Love Is Love

"...beautifully utilizes the intimacy of the 85-seat Broadway Theatre to challenge and engage...audience, making each theatergoer feel like an integral part of this story...[the] production bristles with sensuality and immediacy...actors are often so close that the audience could reach out and touch them....skillfully combines...thoughtful, spot-on direction with the intense, rapid-fire dialogue of Jordan Seavey’s script. (read the full review)

PERFORMINK: BLIND DATE at Goodman Theatre

PERFORMINK: BLIND DATE at Goodman Theatre

BLIND DATE reveals our misunderstanding as to what the Presidency actually entails. We optimistically hope that our leaders are crunching facts and figures, soberly and clinically weighing options. Yet in reality, political theater is just that – jockeying to appear a “strong” leader; manipulating the public to appear to be “authentic” – or at least certain brands of carefully curated easygoing, charming, witty or brash and rowdy. Awkwardly authentic will get you nowhere – just ask Hillary Clinton. Americans are hopelessly naïve – it is indeed acting that gets the job done. (read more)

THE ARTS FUSE: The Lyric Stage Company is not “AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF”

THE ARTS FUSE: The Lyric Stage Company is not “AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF”

“…powerful direction avoids Albee’s static quagmire through the use of light, almost frantic pacing; rather than letting every insult land full-force, or dwelling on the hair-raisingly pathetic moments, he lets the cast speed through, or swerve, from beat to beat. This is not so much a marriage as a sinking ship but a car careening out of control.” (Read More)

THE BOSTON GLOBE: Scorching ‘WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?’ still has plenty left to say at Lyric Stage

THE BOSTON GLOBE: Scorching ‘WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?’ still has plenty left to say at Lyric Stage

[The] production at Lyric Stage underscores the extent to which Albee’s play still has the power to unsettle. The air is often charged with the expectation that something ugly is about to happen (or the actuality of something ugly happening). Though it clocks in at nearly three hours (with two intermissions), Lyric Stage’s “Virginia Woolf’’ seldom drags. (Read More)

ORLANDO SENTINEL: "SPEED-THE-PLOW" review

ORLANDO SENTINEL: "SPEED-THE-PLOW" review

“An on-point reminder that sometimes it's hard to tell what's real and what's an act. With music and physicality (not to mention a cocaine-snorting scene) Sacramone has given the whole affair a 1980s Brat Pack feel. One can suddenly imagine Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy and Demi Moore in the roles back in the day.” (Read full review)