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“The North Plan”

“The North Plan”

Try to imagine being in a very rural town, a town filled with "rednecks", where a bureaucrat has been taken into custody because he has an enemy list that the FBI truly wants as there is a group that is taking over the government. This man, Carlton Berg ( deftly handled by [Read More]

“Always…Patsy Cline”

“Always…Patsy Cline”

Memories in musical theater, of those who have passed away, serve to keep them alive in our hearts. Patsy Cline was a young Country Western singer who in her few short years rose to the top and yet, without stories, such as "Always...Patsy Cline" her name and music might be [Read More]

Short Shakespeare! “The Taming of The Shrew”

Short Shakespeare! “The Taming of The Shrew”

This is true Shakespeare with people changing identities and lots of mistaken identities and laughter for the audience. The silly Hortensio ( Matthew Sherbach is a scream),Jessie Fisher,Jeffrey Baumgartner, Jose Antonio Garcia, Mick Weber,and Terrance Mosley are delightful [Read More]

“Oohrah!”

“Oohrah!”

The acting is powerful, the set by Judy Radovsky, well done and except for the two lighting spots where Pop Pop speaks,Eric Bransort, has done a great job. The sound and music by Stephen Ptacek and properties by Maria DeFabo are better than usual for a low budget production [Read More]

Chicago Live!

Chicago Live!

If you need a place to unwind before the week-end, The UP Comedy Club is the place and every Thursday night, Rick Kogan and his staff deliver the best "happy hour" in the city.Visit www.chicagolive.com to view the upcoming shows and reserve your space to be a part of a fun [Read More]

“Bully” -Facing History and Ourselves

“Bully”  -Facing History and Ourselves

Lee Hirsch's "Bully",, a character driven documentary, examines the disastrous consequences of bullying through the testimony of five students and their families. Through the power of their stories, it is the intent of the film to make more of us aware of the challenges [Read More]

“A Catered Affair”

“A Catered Affair”

an exploration of just how strong love can be. This is 90 minutes of deep emotion brought to the stage under the clear direction of Nick Bowling with musical direction by Doug Peck; need I say more? [Read More]

Disney Live! all new “family show” comes to Rosement

Disney Live! all new “family show” comes to Rosement

As in previous Disney Live! productions, you will be captivated by the characters coming to life, the special choreography, costumes and sets that will become an experience you will remember for years to come. This is a short run [Read More]

Second City opens its new “UP Comedy Club”

Second City opens its new “UP Comedy Club”

and as if they were not already the destination spot for laughter, a brand new venue has been added to the Second City stages- UP Comedy Club, a marvelous cabaret that will bring back memories of the days of Mister Kellys and The Happy Medium on Rush street has taken over [Read More]

“South Pacific” by Jeff Brody

“South Pacific”   by Jeff Brody

this is a scaled down touring show with a far younger and less experienced cast of non-Equity performers who are just earning their credits. They are strong and play their roles well and make the wonderful score of this show come alive, and unlike other recent productions [Read More]

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“Pippin”

“Pippin”

If one were to ask me for a word that could describe Broadway In Chicago’s latest entry to their season, [Read More]

“Feast” 2015

“Feast” 2015

Recommended *** In 2010, The Goodman Theatre hosted Latino Fest. One of  the performances in this festival was done by [Read More]

“Play It Again, Marvin!” a tribute to Marvin Hamlisch at Ravinia

“Play It Again, Marvin!” a tribute to Marvin Hamlisch at Ravinia

Ravinia is the perfect spot for a concert . The fabulous Pavilion with near perfect sound allows the audience within to [Read More]

” Blue Man Group”- 2015 w/ comments by Adam and Sarah Shaw

” Blue Man Group”- 2015 w/ comments by Adam and Sarah Shaw

Highly Recommended ***** It has been many (very many) years since I have been back to The Briar Street Theatre for the [Read More]

“Take Me Back” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

“Take Me Back” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

Recommended *** Directed by Will Crouse, much the play’s content in Emily Schwend’s “Take Me Back,” rather like [Read More]

“Whatever” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

“Whatever” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

Editor's note: When you attend theater, one can learn a great deal. One thing learned is that we all see with different [Read More]

“Bard Fiction” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

“Bard Fiction” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

While the play’s comes off as straight-up camp, one can’t help but detect a little more than a hint of biting [Read More]