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“The Bridges of Madison County”

“The Bridges of Madison County”

I must confess, after doing some research on the musical version of the film “The Bridges of Madison County”, I doubted that it would be one that would hold my attention, let alone, be a play that I would give five stars to, but, guess what? It is terrific! The [Read More]

“Macbeth” reviewed by Jacob Davis

“Macbeth” reviewed by Jacob Davis

Highly Recommended **** Given the inherent risk of outdoor theatre in Illinois, it is very important for the Oak Park Festival Theatre to pick plays that really benefit from an under-the-stars performance. They’ve picked wisely with William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. This [Read More]

“Ah, Wilderness!”

“Ah, Wilderness!”

There are many “coming of age” plays, and one of my favorites is now on the stage at The Goodman Theatre ( in the Albert). It is Eugene O’Neill’s “Ah, Wilderness”. Here is a story that was written almost a hundred years ago, and while [Read More]

“Going To A Place Where You Already Are”

“Going To A Place Where You Already Are”

Most of you know that I adore the work at Redtwist Theatre, that little “black box” on Bryn Mawr, where they continue to bring strong drama in an intimate setting. It is difficult not to, based on the work they continue to bring to their stage. Currently, they [Read More]

“Jacques Brel’s Lonesome Losers of the Night”

“Jacques Brel’s Lonesome Losers of the Night”

Recommended *** Back in 2008, TheoUbique, that great little storefront in Rogers Park presented  a revue, conceived by their Artistic Director, Fred Anzevino, that was loved by their regulars and attracted a new audience to the No Exit Café on Glenwood.Those who were fans [Read More]

Whatever became of “the Fatman” in Lake Bluff? Want to bet?

Whatever became of “the Fatman” in Lake Bluff? Want to bet?

Recommended *** Driving to Lamb’s Farm in Libertyville or just to the “toll-Road”, or for you Harley fans on Route 176, you always saw the “Fatman” sign. A bowling center that is now just a memory. What happens to a building that housed 16 [Read More]

“Moby Dick” 2017

“Moby Dick”  2017

There are times that theater is more than just a production, it is an experience! The Lookingglass Theatre production of “Moby Dick” is in fact, an event that should not be missed! The return of this Award-Winning production of the Melville classic, adapted and [Read More]

“The King and I “

“The King and I “

Highly Recommended **** I guess I should preface my review by saying that I LOVE “The King and I”! It has been one of my very favorites since I was involved with the Music Theatre of Highland Park’s summer production in 1960 featuring Patrice Munsel as [Read More]

“Santa’s Village 2017”

“Santa’s Village 2017”

Still Highly Recommended ***** I have been taking my kids and then grandkids to Santa’s Village in East Dundee for decades. As many of you know, this is the famed amusement park designed for the little ones that closed its doors several years ago, making many families [Read More]

“The Golden Girls-The Lost Episodes”

“The Golden Girls-The Lost Episodes”

I know that David Cerda just won a special Jeff Award for the brilliance he has brought to the stage through his Hell In A Handbag Production company, and that some of his “drag” shows are amazingly delightful, but, his newest work, making its World Premiere at [Read More]

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“The Book of Will”

“The Book of Will”

Another Midwest premiere at Northlight! This one will have special meaning for the Shakespeare lovers out there. The [Read More]

“Crystal” Cirque Du Soleil

“Crystal” Cirque Du Soleil

While Cirque Du Soleil should be classified as “performance Art” as it is in fact, not a play, musical or [Read More]

“Lizzie”  reviewed by Jeffrey Leibham

“Lizzie” reviewed by Jeffrey Leibham

Firebrand Theatre, with its inaugural production of “Lizzie,” has put an indelible stamp on the local [Read More]

“Escape to Margaritaville…the Musical”

“Escape to Margaritaville…the Musical”

Highly Recommended **** With the great success of Abba and their “Mama Mia”, it was obvious that taking a [Read More]

“Woman of the Year”  revisited

“Woman of the Year” revisited

Highly Recommended ***** I love the concept that Porchlight  Musical Theatre has developed. They call it Porchlight [Read More]

“The Belle of Amherst”  reviewed by Michael Horn

“The Belle of Amherst” reviewed by Michael Horn

  Highly Recommended  ***** The Court Theatre continues its 63rd season with “The Belle of Amherst” by William [Read More]

” Fade”

” Fade”

Attending Tanya  Saracho’s latest play, “Fade”, made me think of an old Woody Allen story. Seems [Read More]