Kris Vire, Chicago Sun-Times

Kris Vire

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago, IL, United States

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Past:
  • Chicago Sun-Times
  • Time Out New York

Past articles by Kris:

‘I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter’ review: A rising star shines

Karen Rodriguez shows the layers of hurt and hope in a grieving teen in adept adaptation of hit YA novel set in Chicago. → Read More

Raven Theatre delivers faithful revival of Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House’

19th century mores are alive and well in director Lauren Shouse’s staging of the classic drama. → Read More

‘Roe’ ultimately gives a compelling look at both sides of landmark abortion case, key figures

Before the play even begins, director Vanessa Stalling has established that "Roe," Lisa Loomer’s 2016 work about the people behind the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide, isn’t strictly a history play. → Read More

Evanston teen band revisited in compelling, rockin’ ‘Verböten’

Punk rock, like so many subcultures, was about finding a chosen family when you couldn’t relate to the family you were given. The play suggests the rear-view perspective of those who’ve grown old enough to recognize that you need both kinds. → Read More

‘Once on This Island’ showing its age in lackluster road show

The touring production, likely through circumstances beyond producers’ control, seems to be missing some of the magic it conjured on Broadway. → Read More

An intriguing ‘Casa Valentina’ sinks into melodrama

Harvey Fierstein’s play skims the surface of fascinating, richly drawn characters. → Read More

Porchlight's intimate 'Chorus Line' staging magnifies every movement and emotion

Unlike some renditions of the crowd-pleasing musical, this one displays deep empathy for the dancers. → Read More

‘DJEMBE! The Show’ may not be pure theater, but it is pure fun

“DJEMBE!” takes its name from the goblet-shaped percussion instrument with origins in West Africa. → Read More

Though discussed at length, subject of 'Leonard Pelkey' remains a cipher

As American Blues Theater solo show recaps a gay teen's life, it focuses too much on his impact on the straight people. → Read More

Matters of love, friendship find a home in compelling 'Landladies'

Playwright Sharyn Rothstein’s new work “Landladies,” was inspired by her reading of Matthew Desmond’s 2016 book “Evicted." → Read More

Young cast struggles to find its footing in 'Southern Comfort'

“Southern Comfort” manages to be commendable, invigorating, and insufficient all at once. → Read More

Stellar cast delivers potent history lesson in 'We are Proud to Present ...'

Last week, the president of the African nation of Namibia made a speech calling on Germany to formally apologize for the massacre of its Herero and Nama tribes over 100 years ago. → Read More

Faith brings family together, tears them apart in far-reaching 'Act(s)' of God'

Playwright Kareen Bandealy is reckoning not with any particular religion but with religion itself — the human impulse to look to a higher power. → Read More

Rebecca Gilman back in her social-issue lane with empathetic 'Twilight Bowl'

“Twilight Bowl” is a closely observed and authentic-feeling slice of life, but the issues it raises get more attention than the story. → Read More

In 'The Abuelas,' aftershocks of Argentina's Dirty War are felt in Chicago

Some moving moments emerge as a secret is revealed in follow-up to playwright's 'The Madres.' → Read More

Love, hate, forgiveness are centerstage in TimeLine Theatre’s ‘Cardboard Piano’

Playwright Hansol Jung’s overarching themes ask: What does it mean to do good? How do we decide which sins are forgivable? What actually is love? → Read More

In 'Rightlynd,' an idealist embraces Chicago politics — but at what cost?

For “Rightlynd,” writer Ike Holter pulls out all of the realistic stops, the better to express his disdain for the city’s entire political system. → Read More

Deeply moving 'Private Peaceful' makes plain one soldier's torment

The precision and ease with which Shane O’Regan swaps dialects and physicalities to embody a total of 24 characters is a sight to behold. → Read More

Devil gets his due in the artful language of Writers Theatre’s ‘Witch’

Period characters speak in modern language in the world premiere play by Jen Silverman. → Read More

Actress who defied convention gets conventional treatment in ‘Nell Gwynn’

She's more interesting as one of the first women on the British stage than as a royal mistress in the Chicago Shakespeare Theater production. → Read More