At the beginning of 2019, I set myself a goal: write at least one review per week. My contributions at Third Coast Review were gearing up, and I’d recently been accepted to the Chicago Film Critics Association, so I wanted to challenge myself to write more consistently. I knew it would take commitment—it’s the first time I’ve tried anything like this, and it meant prioritizing the time each week to be thoughtful about at least one film or performance (time I didn’t always have).
But here we are, 52 weeks later and I actually did it! Not only that, but there were many weeks where I wrote two, three and sometimes more reviews at once, meaning I more than surpassed my “one review per week” goal. Considering I do all of this for the love of it (certainly not the money!), I’d say that’s a pretty decent showing in the end!
Over the course of the year, I managed to post at least one byline per week at Third Coast Review, and as I look back on all those headlines, I have to admit I kind of impress myself that I managed it at all. I did my best to cross-post reviews here as well, but the weekly work at Third Coast is fairly time consuming already, so towards the end of the year I let those posts stand on their own.
Now that the year is winding down, though, I’ll recap the weekly posts here to put them all in one place, for you and posterity. For the better part of the year, my reviews live right here on the site…most of them, at least. I wrote more for Third Coast that I didn’t always repost here. So here’s a breakdown by month, with the all the reviews in one place!
May // Hail Satan?; Ask Dr. Ruth; the Lyric Opera’s West Side Story; Poms (which marked my first review posted to Rotten Tomatoes, too!); The Winter’s Tale at the Goodman Theatre; Photograph; The Biggest Little Farm; Non-Fiction; Ma; Walking on Water; Six at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (which opens on Broadway in 2020!); and Falsettos on tour with Broadway in Chicago
July // Toni Morrison – The Pieces I Am; The Music Man at Goodman Theatre; Maiden; The Farewell; Cooked; The Recommendation at Windy City Playhouse; Skin; Sword of Trust; The Art of Self-Defense; and Teatro ZinZanni, a new cabaret-style dinner theater in downtown Chicago
September // The Band’s Visit on tour with Broadway in Chicago; Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles; Give Me Liberty; Victory Garden Theatre’s Tiny Beautiful Things; a storefront production called Be Here Now; Monos; the stage adaptation of The King’s Speech at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; the Sundance Short Film tour; A Faithful Man;
November // Harriet; Last Christmas; By the Grace of God; Stuffed; The Kingmaker; Feast of the Seven Fishes; Marriage Story; Waves; Honey Boy; the holiday classics It’s a Wonderful Life from American Blues Theatre and A Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre