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Author: Catey Sullivan

Catey Sullivan has been writing about Chicago theater for over 20 years and is quite pleased to be blogging for Choose Chicago. She is the Chicago theater critic for TheaterMania.com and Pioneer Press and Chicago Magazine's contributing editor for theater. Over the decades, her reviews and features have also been published in Playbill, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times and Midwest Living magazine. She serves as a mentor with the Cindy Bandle Young Critics program at the Goodman Theatre, teaches piano at Oak Park's Steckman School of Music and has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. When she's not working, she travels and has thus far made two trips to the Antarctic, two treks through Nepal and numerous journeys into the wilds of Transylvania, Bhutan, Croatia, Bosnia, Peru, Ecuador, Thailand and Argentina as well the not-so-wild big cities of England, Germany and Italy. When she is not working or traveling, she enjoys spending time with her pugs, Colonel Snopes, Truman Capote and Sweeney Todd.

Top 10 Theatre Week Must-Sees

Friday, February 5, 2016 12:00 AM by Catey Sullivan

Broadway in Chicago presents Cabaret

Dramas, and comedies, and tragedies. Oh my. For the super-cheap price of $15 or $30, you can nab tickets to over 120 different shows from February 11-21, when ChicagoTheatreWeek.com celebrates the city's stages from Skokie to South Shore. The sheer amount of shows is overwhelming. How to pick when the field is so crowded? Here are our picks for the Top Ten Theatre Week Must-Sees.

Chicago Theatre Week | The Second City

Shakespeare called it when he said all the world's a stage. The Bard's sentiment rings doubly true from February 11-21, when the fourth annual Chicago Theatre Week celebrates the art form practiced on more than 200 stages across the city. Produced by the League of Chicago Theatres in partnership with Choose Chicago, the week-long party in the theatrosphere features deeply discounted tickets to 120 different theaters plus free events including sneak previews and a staged reading.

East of Eden at Steppenwolf Theatre Company

At Steppenwolf this fall, the stage is hosting a 25-year reunion among some of the storied theater company's renowned artists. With "East of Eden," adaptor Frank Galati reunites with director Terry Kinney and actor Francis Guinan almost exactly a quarter of a century after the three teamed up for another John Steinbeck story, "The Grapes of Wrath."

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Surely there is nothing quite so vexing as having eight annoying relatives ahead of you in line to inherit the family fortune. Such is the plight of Montague D'Ysquith Navarro, would-be Ninth Earl of Highhurst and antihero of the musical "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," now playing at Bank of America Theatre through Oct. 11. Resourceful in the manner of a true British gentleman, Monty spends the bulk of the show dispatching the D'Ysquiths that stand between him and his inheritance.

Top 5 Shows to See this Fall in Chicago

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 12:00 AM by Catey Sullivan

East of Eden

Welcome to fall, when there are upward of 50 theaters opening new shows. Since only a madman would attempt to get to all of them, you're going to have to curate your way through the maze of dramas, tragedies, comedies and musicals. To help, we've put together a list of five we think rank at the top, ranked in order of how soon they're closing. Take a gander. Then, see a show. Or five.

Disgraced Goodman Theatre

Since its world premiere at North Center's bare-bones American Theatre Company in 2012, Ayad Akhtar's blistering drama "Disgraced" has collected the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Best Play Tony nod. This week, the razor-edged exploration of ethnicity, assimilation and racism that closed on Broadway earlier this year returns to Chicago.

Dirty Dancing

Cinematic production values? Check. Score full of instantly recognizable pop hits? Plot taken straight from a beloved movie? Check and check. "Dirty Dancing" has all the requisites of a hit, and that's just what it is. The musical based on the 1987 movie of the same name opened in in 2004. It's been playing continuously since.

Assassination Theater

Peruse the openings on Chicago stages this past week and you'll stumble across the provocatively named "Assassination Theater." The company's goals are as eyebrow -raising as its name.

"If I've done my job," said AT founder and investigative journalist Hillel Levin, "people will leave the show finally knowing who really killed JFK."

League of Chicago Theatres - Summer Showcase

Some of the best theater companies in town are about to make lunchtime a whole lot more interesting. And you don't need money or reservations to see the performances.

Artists from Barrel of Monkeys, The Hypocrites, Kokandy Productions, Sideshow Theatre Company and the Old Town School of Folk Music will perform free 45-minute shows at noon Aug. 14 and 28 at Water Works, 163 E. Pearson. The mini-shows are part of the League of Chicago Theatres Summer Showcase Series.

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