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Archive for February, 2012

“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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“The Most Ado: a party play”

“The Most Ado: a party play”

This is an extreme adaptation of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" by Mikey Laird that played at The Den Theatre [Read More]

Another visit to Santas Village- by the Shaw and Ingber kids

Another visit to Santas Village- by the Shaw and Ingber kids

It is hard to believe, but Santa's Village ( now called Santa's Village Azoosment Park) in East Dundee, is now [Read More]

“Fiddler on the Roof” reviewed by Michael Horn

“Fiddler on the Roof” reviewed by Michael Horn

The plot is based on short stories written around the turn of the 20th century by Sholom Aleichem, often called the [Read More]

“Mike and Seth” by Lawrence Riordan

“Mike and Seth” by Lawrence Riordan

his play’s scope is more universal; it is about the grief, comfort, and resentment that inevitably accompany any [Read More]

“Miles Away: reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

“Miles Away: reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

Moreover, sometimes it is all too clear that they are reciting a script. These problems become significantly less [Read More]

“Churchill”

“Churchill”

Keaton has taken Churchill's own writings and the teleplay "Winston Churchill" written by Dr. James C. Humes to a new [Read More]

“Hank Williams: Lost Highway” remount

“Hank Williams: Lost Highway” remount

What makes this show very special is the cast that has been assembled to tell this story, almost concert style as we [Read More]