Articles by Jessie Bond

The Burials Review - A Courageous Exploration of a Contentious Issue

The Burials Review - A Courageous Exploration of a Contentious Issue Powerful, profound, and timely, this contemporary tale with ancient themes tackles one of the defining issues of a generation with sensitivity, empathy, and wisdom

Dead Children review – Dark but Dull around the Edges

Dead Children review – Dark but Dull around the Edges Somewhere between heartfelt and disturbing, this new work tackles difficult issues with mixed success

Hand to God Review - A Devilish New Comedy

Hand to God Review - A Devilish New Comedy Hilarious, provocative, and darkly philosophical, this fast-paced satire brings an entirely new meaning to the phrase “the devil made me do it"

Fefu and Her Friends Review - A Thoughtful Examination of Womanhood

Fefu and Her Friends Review - A Thoughtful Examination of Womanhood Giddy and dark in equal turns, Fefu and Her Friends features a skilled ensemble of actors that bring Fornés’ text to vivid life

You on the Moors Now Review - Literary Heroines Write Their Own Story

You on the Moors Now Review - Literary Heroines Write Their Own Story Filled with gut-busting humor and outrageous twists, this feminist reimagining of classic literature layers a surprising amount of genuine meaning into its madcap storyline

A Comedical Tragedy for Mister Punch Review - That’s the Way to Do It! (Mostly)

A Comedical Tragedy for Mister Punch Review - That’s the Way to Do It! (Mostly) With gorgeous design work and deliciously dark undertones, this Punch-and-Judy-inspired show features a number of spellbindingly strange elements but struggles to create a unified whole

Farewell My Friend Review - An Intimate Experience of Star-Crossed Lovers

Farewell My Friend Review - An Intimate Experience of Star-Crossed Lovers Farewell My Friend brings its audience into close contact with the stories of Romeo & Juliet and Tristan & Iseult, creating a fresh interpretation and new perspectives on familiar tales

Kinky Boots National Tour Review - Heavy on Glitz, Light on Substance

Kinky Boots National Tour Review - Heavy on Glitz, Light on Substance This popular young musical dresses up a classic narrative of a son struggling to live up to his father's legacy in sequins and heels, with mixed success

The Good Person of Szechwan Review - An Unimpressive Interpretation

The Good Person of Szechwan Review - An Unimpressive Interpretation While this production gets some things right, it misses the mark in its attempt to bring this significant piece of the modern theatrical canon into 2016

Learning Curve Review - A Gripping Exploration of High School Life

Learning Curve Review - A Gripping Exploration of High School Life Learning Curve cracks open the world of a city high school and guides its audience through every nook and cranny of what’s inside

Now. Here. This. Review - A Superb New Musical

Now. Here. This. Review - A Superb New Musical Packed with fantastic songs, smart acting choices, and straightforward truth-telling, Now. Here. This. is a masterpiece in every way a piece of theatre can be

Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 Review - An Uninspired Tale

Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 Review - An Uninspired Tale In spite of some strong acting and design work, this script simply fails to impress

World Builders Review - Redefining Crazy

World Builders Review - Redefining Crazy In turns sweet, sincere, and painfully honest, this short play about a rarely discussed condition brings to light fascinating questions about the relative merits of being sane

The North Pool Review - An Insightful New Play

The North Pool Review - An Insightful New Play Funny, shocking, and truthful in turn, this new one-act by a celebrated playwright takes a complex look at privilege and the nature of guilt

Best of Enemies Review - A Gripping Tale of Crossing Boundaries

Best of Enemies Review - A Gripping Tale of Crossing Boundaries Funny, provocative, and heartwarming in turn, Best of Enemies successfully tells a fascinating true story with nuance and grace

Dry Land Review - Making the Political Personal

Dry Land Review - Making the Political Personal Equal parts humorous and raw, this exploration of a hot-button political issue is both complex and deeply human

Polarity Ensemble Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Review - 60s Music Galore

Polarity Ensemble Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Review - 60s Music Galore This production is a fairly traditional interpretation of Shakespeare’s text, executed well but not artistically remarkable

Suor Angelica Review - An Average Opera

Suor Angelica Review - An Average Opera This debut work by OperaWest! foretells okay things to come

Food Truck Festival Review - A Fun Twist on Lunch

Food Truck Festival Review - A Fun Twist on Lunch This festival provides the perfect opportunity to experience what Chicago food trucks have to offer

The Last Big Mistake Review - High Stakes Meets High Heels

The Last Big Mistake Review - High Stakes Meets High Heels This high-stakes tale of action, adventure, and platform shoes is an entertaining night of theatre, if not a work of high art

Raggedy And Review - Impressive Diversity, Unimpressive Writing

Raggedy And Review - Impressive Diversity, Unimpressive Writing Despite some funny moments and an admirable commitment to diversity, the play overall lacks polish

Cocked Review - Gun Control Made Personal

Cocked Review - Gun Control Made Personal This new work encapsulates comedy, high stakes, and complex issues in turn

LaunchingFWD: Season 2 Review - An Exciting First Look at Works in Progress

LaunchingFWD: Season 2 Review - An Exciting First Look at Works in Progress FWD Theatre Project's second sneak preview concert featured selections from five musicals in progress, performed by a veritable slew of Chicago talent

The Glass Menagerie Review - A Contemporary Take on a Classic Text

The Glass Menagerie Review - A Contemporary Take on a Classic Text Hans Fleischmann's re-imagining of a classic Tennessee Williams play is compelling, if not revolutionary

Body/Courage Review - A Funny and Thoughtful Exploration of Body Image

Body/Courage Review - A Funny and Thoughtful Exploration of Body Image Funny, honest, and charming, Pinnock’s performance and writing combine to create a kaleidoscope of perspectives and experiences

Seven Must-See February Shows

 Seven Must-See February Shows With so much fantastic theatre available in the Windy City, it's difficult to choose what to see. To help you narrow down your options, here are Chicago Splash's top seven shows running during the month of February

Le Switch Review - Queer Theatre at Its Finest

Le Switch Review - Queer Theatre at Its Finest Confronting issues of love, marriage, commitment, tradition, and queerness, this sweet exploration of gay male life after the legalization of same-sex marriage is funny, charming, and touching

Bruise Easy Review - Snapshot of American Suburbia More Superficial Than Edgy

Bruise Easy Review - Snapshot of American Suburbia More Superficial Than Edgy Dan LeFranc's story of estranged siblings in southern California is more yawn-inducing than thought-provoking

Pegasus Theatre's 29th Young Playwrights Festival Review - Showcasing the Talent of the Next Generation

Pegasus Theatre's 29th Young Playwrights Festival Review - Showcasing the Talent of the Next Generation This festival of one acts showcases the writing of three highly talented high school students

Chicago Philharmonic Society Awarded Its First Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Chicago Philharmonic Society Awarded Its First Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts The Chicago Philharmonic Society will use its $10,000 Art Works grant for the commission and performance of a new work

The Orchestra Review - What Did I Just Watch?

The Orchestra Review - What Did I Just Watch? At times completely predictable and at times totally bizarre, this hodgepodge story makes for a performance that is both confusing and dull

Potted Potter Review - Seven Harry Potter Books in Seventy Minutes

Potted Potter Review -  Seven Harry Potter Books in Seventy Minutes Potted Potter is a fun evening of theatre that appeals to Harry Potter fans of all ages, as well as those less familiar with the wizarding world

Robin Hood and Maid Marian Review - A Classic Folk Tale Comes to Life

Robin Hood and Maid Marian Review - A Classic Folk Tale Comes to Life This lively retelling of a classic tale in an intimate house is a testament to the ways in which live theatre can give old stories new life

A Kokandy Christmas Review - An Evening of Holiday Cheer

A Kokandy Christmas Review - An Evening of Holiday Cheer This evening of stories and songs celebrating the Christmas season is a fun show that leaves its audience in good spirits

A Christmas Carol Review - A Dazzling Christmas Performance

A Christmas Carol Review - A Dazzling Christmas Performance This 38th annual production of Charles Dickens’ immortal Christmas story is a delight for audiences of all ages

No More Sad Things Review - A Beautiful Production of a Beautiful Play

No More Sad Things Review - A Beautiful Production of a Beautiful Play This well-crafted tale of an improbable yet somehow inevitable relationship is a gorgeous piece of theatre

You Can’t Take It With You Review - A Fun and Thoughtful Show

You Can’t Take It With You Review - A Fun and Thoughtful Show Quirky and touching, this story of the wacky Sycamore family’s attempts to connect with the straight-laced Kirbys is both entertaining and meaningful

The Long Christmas Ride Home Review - Paula Vogel Play is Elegant But Incohesive

The Long Christmas Ride Home Review - Paula Vogel Play is Elegant But Incohesive While there is elegance and insight in many of the show’s individual moments, the play as a whole felt incohesive

Marjorie Prime Review - A Beautiful, Haunting Piece of Theatre

Marjorie Prime Review - A Beautiful, Haunting Piece of Theatre Marjorie Prime is unsettling in the best possible way

Love and Information Review - Churchill's Latest Masterpiece Executed Masterfully

Love and Information Review - Churchill's Latest Masterpiece Executed Masterfully Elegant and thought-provoking, this collection of vignettes explores the effects of seeking and finding information in the modern age

Jamaica Farwell Review - One-Woman Show is Funny, Moving

Jamaica Farwell Review - One-Woman Show is Funny, Moving Jamaica Farewell is autobiographical solo performance at its finest

Don Chipotle Review - New Musical Has Great Elements, Confusing Story

Don Chipotle Review - New Musical Has Great Elements, Confusing Story Don Chipotle has all the elements of a fantastic show, but lack of clarity in the plot makes it difficult to fully engage in the story

How the World Began Review - Conflict between Religion and Science Inexpertly Explored

How the World Began Review - Conflict between Religion and Science Inexpertly Explored While the play’s premise is interesting and it certainly has some lovely moments, the story falls shy of its full potential

Whatever Review - This Show is Just, Like, Whatever

Whatever Review - This Show is Just, Like, Whatever Adam Webster and Robert Tenges have formed a perfect partnership. Unfortunately, Whatever just didn’t work for me

Stupid F***ing Bird Review - So Nice, They Did It Twice

Stupid F***ing Bird Review - So Nice, They Did It Twice Mixing the cerebral with the visceral, this witty, insightful, and deeply human production remains just as stunning as it was a year ago

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Review - Chicago Premiere of Brilliant Comedy a Must-See

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Review - Chicago Premiere of Brilliant Comedy a Must-See The Goodman brings together a strong cast to perform this masterpiece of a script, which blends side-splitting comedy with moving introspection

The Who & the What Review - A Beautiful Story of Family and Faith

The Who & the What Review - A Beautiful Story of Family and Faith This rich, compelling story of a Pakistani-American writer struggling to reconcile her family’s traditions with her modern ideals is not to be missed

Les Liaisons Dangereuses Review - An Irresistible Story of Sex and Power

Les Liaisons Dangereuses Review - An Irresistible Story of Sex and Power This thrilling story of intrigue and deceit among Russian aristocrats captivates its audience with rich characters and surprises at every turn

Abraham Lincoln Was a F*gg*t Review - Gay Comedy Is Full of Laughs, Short on Insight

Abraham Lincoln Was a F*gg*t Review - Gay Comedy Is Full of Laughs, Short on Insight Although deeply funny and occasionally touching, this play about a teenage boy determined to prove that Abraham Lincoln was gay falls short of providing any genuinely fresh insight into the state of gay rights in the U. S.

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose Review – Holmes Adaptation Is Fun for the Whole Family

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose Review – Holmes Adaptation Is Fun for the Whole Family This family-friendly adaptation of a Sherlock Holmes story is sure to get you in the holiday spirit

Stupid F***ing Bird Review – Chekov Rewrite Boils Classic Down to Its Essence, Creates Something New

Stupid F***ing Bird Review – Chekov Rewrite Boils Classic Down to Its Essence, Creates Something New This comic reinterpretation of Chekov’s The Seagull will make you laugh, cry, and question everything you thought you knew about life, love, and theatre.

Goodman General Theatre Studies Final Performance Review – Heartscape Gives A Voice to Teenage Artists

Goodman General Theatre Studies Final Performance Review – Heartscape Gives A Voice to Teenage Artists The Goodman Theatre’s General Theatre Studies program empowers young people by offering them a chance to share their voices in ways they might not have been able to otherwise

Mike and Seth Review – Beautiful Story of Male Friendship a Must-See

Mike and Seth Review – Beautiful Story of Male Friendship a Must-See Run, don’t walk, to see this thought-provoking contemporary work at the side project.

Big Fish Review – Heartfelt Musical Loses Something in Lower-Budget Production

Big Fish Review – Heartfelt Musical Loses Something in Lower-Budget Production It’s easy to see how a classic father-son tale riddled with fantastical storytelling would be touching and appealing to audiences. Unfortunately, the Jedlicka Performing Arts Center fails to deliver

Othello Review — Shakespeare’s Tragedy Compelling in Intimate Space

Othello Review — Shakespeare’s Tragedy Compelling in Intimate Space The Gift Theatre’s talented ensemble brings the Bard’s classic “story about a handkerchief” to life, immersing audience members in the drama of the tale while adding their own twist

9 to 5 Review—80s Girl Power Musical is a Delight

9 to 5 Review—80s Girl Power Musical is a Delight 9 to 5 is a hilarious musical adaptation of the 1980’s film about three office workers who rebel against their “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot” of a boss.

Cabaret Review—Light Opera Works Delights with Music Theatre Classic

Cabaret Review—Light Opera Works Delights with Music Theatre Classic Whether it’s your first or thirty-first time seeing Cabaret, Light Opera Works' production of the original 1966 script will not leave you disappointed

Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier Review – Starkid Parody is Equal Parts Touching and Hilarious

Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier Review – Starkid Parody is Equal Parts Touching and Hilarious As gut-bustlingly funny as it is touching, Twisted is a worthy addition to the repertoire of Starkid shows.

Flashdance Review—Iconic 80s Film Finds New Life on Chicago Stage

Flashdance Review—Iconic 80s Film Finds New Life on Chicago Stage Flashdance—The Musical brings the classic 80s story to life in a dynamic, engaging performance enjoyable for all generations

2nd Annual Shakespeare in the Parks Review—Chicago Shakespeare Excels at putting the COMEDY in Comedy of Errors

2nd Annual Shakespeare in the Parks Review—Chicago Shakespeare Excels at putting the COMEDY in Comedy of Errors A delightful romp in the park…

Uptown Opera Review – A Fun Exploration of Uptown’s Appalachian Roots

Uptown Opera Review – A Fun Exploration of Uptown’s Appalachian Roots An original work by the Genesis Ensemble, Uptown Opera is a fun exploration of the history of Appalachians’ migration to Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood

Facing Angela Review – Identity Play Falls Short of Expectations

Facing Angela Review – Identity Play Falls Short of Expectations Facing Angela promises an exploration of the relationship between identity and appearance, but delivers a dull, surface-level narrative instead.

The Pride Review – LGBTQ History Comes to Life

The Pride Review – LGBTQ History Comes to Life About Face Theatre’s production of the thought-provoking and provocative show The Pride is worth the ticket price for adults of all orientations

Inner Voices Review – Dynamic Italian Theatre Sparkles in Chicago

Inner Voices Review – Dynamic Italian Theatre Sparkles in Chicago At times humorous and at times profound, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre's Inner Voices is two hours of quality theatre-making that transcended the boundaries of time, language, and nationality

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