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“High Fidelity: the Musical” PREVIEW

“High Fidelity: the Musical”  PREVIEW

Tonight, I was one of around 250 people attending a special concert version of “High Fidelity: the Musical: at The Mercury Theater. This was a concert version with two participating companies- Route 66 Theatre Company ( the local company that did the first Chicago [Read More]

“Blues For an Alabama Sky” review by Carol Moore

“Blues For an Alabama Sky”  review by Carol Moore

 Highly Recommended **** Court Theatre’s “Blues for an Alabama Sky” is a gripping play about complicated people doing what they have to do to survive.  According to playwright Pearl Cleage, the Harlem Renaissance was a period of tremendous creative accomplishment [Read More]

“Priscilla: Queen of the Desert” review by Carol Moore

“Priscilla: Queen of the Desert”  review by Carol Moore

Highly Recommended **** “Priscilla: Queen of the Desert” is an over-the-top, sparklingly disco, fabulous time!  Unless you’re a Grinch, you go home laughing and happy.  The Pride Arts Center stage is small, so I wondered how everybody – and the bus – would [Read More]

Francesca’s North- Italian dining on The North Shore

Francesca’s North- Italian dining on The North Shore

Highly Recommended **** Over the years, I have dined in some of the Chicago area restaurants under the banner Mia Francesca. Most notable, the original (or as one might refer, the flagship) in the Wrigleyville area, and of course, the Taylor Street location. While it has [Read More]

“The Tempermentals” reviewed by Carol Moore

“The Tempermentals” reviewed by Carol Moore

 Recommended **** About Face Theatre’s new production of “The Temperamentals” is an intense docudrama about the founding of the Mattachine Society, one of the earliest LBGT organizations in America.  Five talented actors play real men, who came out of the closet at [Read More]

“Saturday Night Fever”

“Saturday Night Fever”

It is sometimes difficult to do the ratings on a production, trying to balance the production, the talent, and the play itself. Tonight was one of those nights. Drury Lane Oakbrook, one of my favorite venues for musical theater, opened their latest production,  [Read More]

“The Grand” IS GRAND

“The Grand” IS GRAND

As we age, many of us think about how we can take care of ourselves. There are of course “senior housing centers” and what we grew up calling “old people’s homes”, a term that I for one, dislike. There are new facilities cropping up. They are [Read More]

“Gloria”

“Gloria”

Recommended *** There are times, after reading the description of a play in the press release, that I anticipate the production. In most cases, the thought process that I have during anticipation works out to perfection. There are other times, that what I expect is not as [Read More]

“Circumference of a Squirrel” review by Carol Moore

“Circumference of a Squirrel”  review by Carol Moore

 Recommended *** “Circumference of a Squirrel”, the Greenhouse Solo Celebration! Series finale, a one-man show featuring Will Allan, is a young man’s rant blaming his father for all of his problems.  I’m sure his father had a certain amount of culpability for his [Read More]

“The Tall Girls” reviewed by Carol Moore

“The Tall Girls”  reviewed by Carol Moore

Highly Recommended **** There are just not enough plays/stories about girls’ hopes and aspirations, so when something as well-written as “The Tall Girls” comes along, you have to embrace it.  Shattered Globe’s production of Meg Miroshnik’s play is beautifully [Read More]

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“Billy Elliot, the Musical”

“Billy Elliot, the Musical”

Tonight was a very special one. Porchlight Music Theatre, beginning its 23rd season in Chicago , opened its production [Read More]

“Hard Times”

“Hard Times”

Highly Recommended **** As Lookingglass Theatre embraces its 30 seasons of bringing quality theater to Chicago, they [Read More]

“”The Making of a Modern Folk Hero” reviewed by Carol Moore

“”The Making of a Modern Folk Hero” reviewed by Carol Moore

Recommended **** Other Theatre’s “The Making of a Modern Folk Hero” is a modern cautionary tale, a sharply [Read More]

“Dracula”   The Hypocrites

“Dracula” The Hypocrites

Somewhat Recommended ** Over the years (in fact 20 years), I have watched the work of Sean Graney and his Hypocrites [Read More]

Destinos  -“Growing up Gonzales”

Destinos -“Growing up Gonzales”

Highly Recommended **** The 1st Chicago International Latino Theater Festival is here! Unlike the Goodman Latinofest of [Read More]

The Corner Auto Service Station- Is It Only a Memory?

The Corner Auto Service Station- Is It Only a Memory?

  Last month, in one of my early morning breakfast conversations at a local café, several “counter creatures” [Read More]

“Evening at The Talk House” reviewed by Jacob Davis

“Evening at The Talk House” reviewed by Jacob Davis

Highly Recommended ***** There may be people in troubled times who can uphold civic virtues and risk all for a better [Read More]