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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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“They” reviewed by Jacob Davis

“They” reviewed by Jacob Davis

 Do you ever think that artists’ sniping at each other isn’t really helping them to become better at resisting [Read More]

“Big Red and The Boys”

“Big Red and The Boys”

Chicago has been watching the talented Meghan Murphy truly become a household name. She is dynamic in everything she [Read More]

“Turandot” review by Jacob Davis

“Turandot” review by Jacob Davis

Highly Recommended **** Fairy tales are, by definition, stories that don’t follow the rules of the real world. That [Read More]

“Red Velvet”

“Red Velvet”

Back in 2016, The Raven Theatre was host to the premiere of Lolita Chakrabarti’s “Red Velvet. This is a [Read More]

“The Christmas Schooner”

“The Christmas Schooner”

One can certainly tell when it is the Holiday period in Chicago. Goodman brings out their “A Christmas [Read More]

“Gobsmacked” reviewed by Carol Moore

“Gobsmacked” reviewed by Carol Moore

Highly Recommended **** “Gobsmacked!” absolutely blew me away!  The show is a fast-moving musical revue, featuring [Read More]

“Chicago Trolley Holiday Lights Tour” by Carol Moore

“Chicago Trolley Holiday Lights Tour” by Carol Moore

 Recommended **** I have a checklist somewhere of things I’ve always wanted to do, but never got around to doing.  [Read More]