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Alice Singleton

Alice Singleton is a screenwriter, filmmaker, and local media darling residing in Chicago. She is obsessed with finding the antidote to the cult of mediocrity currently plaguing our society and uses her extensive and vast experience as Everywoman to focus her journalistic pursuits on the gale forces of gender, race and class that make this American life the perfect storm.


Monday, March 8 2010

We Were the World: 86 Words Aboard the Crossover Express

In the second of our Tusk pieces, Alice Singleton explores how Fleetwood Mac fleetingly broke racial barriers in music and captured the heart of black girls raised on funk, R&B, and segregation politics.

Wednesday, March 18 2009

Eugene O’Neill’s ‘Strange Interlude’

The Neo Futurists take what may be O’Neill’s most gut-wrenching work and make dry hijinks from inception to final bow.


Tuesday, October 13 2009

Animal Crackers: 18 September-25 October 2009 - Chicago

Eighty years have passed since the Broadway debut of this work and another national economic crying time greets the Goodman’s production, but we can laugh until we pass out and forget our troubles in the meantime.

Sunday, April 12 2009

Pangs of the Messiah

Lerner's characters lean to one-dimension; their humanity never makes its presence known as they perform high acts of cruelty and treason, even amongst one another.

Tuesday, April 7 2009


As anyone who’s attempted to shake themselves loose from a diseased family tree can tell you, it’s not the branches that eternally grasp and devour the soul; it’s the root that can never be excised.

Thursday, February 12 2009

Eugene O'Neill's "The Hairy Ape"

It’s as if O’Neill had a fever dream of our present times as we too, fear we are little more than hairy apes.

Thursday, February 5 2009

Eugene O’Neill's 'Desire Under the Elms'

This is allegory for the modern reality-show line-up – its classic Jerry Springer and Maury Povich on perpetual familial loop.


Tuesday, May 11 2010

Endgame: Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago

As with Waiting for Godot, Endgame offers up two answers to the eternal question: “everything”, and “nothing”; the question really doesn’t matter if this is all there is to existence.

Tuesday, June 2 2009

Tom Stoppard's Rock 'N' Roll: 15 May 2009 - Goodman Theatre, Chicago

Words by Alice Singleton / Images by Michael Brosilow

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