“Stop Kiss” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

***RECOMMENDED*** For the fifth time in the past 14 years the play “Stop Kiss” is being presented here in Chicago, and each production has been presented by vastly different companies. Ironically, four of the five (including this one) have opened in the month of January. Do we as Midwesterners crave dark and intellectually stimulating works the most to brood over during one of our darkest and traditionally brutally coldest months? Sure seems like it! That’s not to say that “Stop Kiss” is a totally heavy piece of theatre that will send you into a deep depression. On the contrary, it is an oftentimes humorous and endearing glimpse at the emerging love that is generated between two very different people. With the alarming rate of anti-Semitic acts rising in the United States and Europe, as well as the increase in hate crimes committed against the LGBTQ community at large (particularly the appalling homicide rate for transgender women of color), now seems to be an opportune time to revisit playwright Diana Son’s 1998 off-Broadway hit in a solidly staged co-production of Pride Films and Plays and The Arc Theatre. 3 SPOTLIGHTS

“Stop Kiss” continues to February 9, 2020

The Buena, Pride Arts Center, 4147 North Broadway, Chicago, IL

Thursdays to Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 5:00 PM and Monday, February 3 at 7:30 PM

Ticket Prices: $40 premium reserved seats, $30 general reserved seats, $25 students and seniors (not valid on Saturdays)

Tickets available by phone at 866-811-4111 or 773-857-0222 or online at

Running time is 90 minutes with no intermission.

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