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“Pass Over”

“Pass Over”

Another World Premiere in Chicago! Wow! It’s about time that the world recognized that Chicago is indeed THE “theater city”. Tonight, I joined an almost full house for a riveting new piece entitled “Pass Over”. No, this is not an eight- day [Read More]

“Bright Half Life”

“Bright Half Life”

As we become more aware as citizens of the complexities in our lives, playwrights continue to explore themes that in the past were considered “tabu”, with homosexuality atop the heap. With the change in our mentalities, the American public has become more [Read More]

“Native Gardens”

“Native Gardens”

Highly Recommended **** This is one that will be all over the board when it comes to reviewers and their feelings. The play is called “Native Gardens” and was written by Karen Zacarias (a playwright who has been known to be somewhat controversial in her [Read More]

La Scarola- “real” Italian dining

La Scarola- “real” Italian dining

For year, I have driven down Grand Avenue, near Milwaukee Avenue/Halsted and never noticed that there was a restaurant near the corner of Grand and the other streets- 721 to be exact. The restaurant is named La Scarola and has been there for over 20 years. Amazing! How [Read More]

The 44th Annual “Non-Equity” Jeff Awards

The 44th Annual “Non-Equity” Jeff Awards

Broken Nose Theatre and Refuge Theatre Project Take Top Honors at the 44th Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards Ceremony David Cerda receives Special Award June 5, 2017 – Chicago, IL.  “At the Table”, Michael Perlman’s drama of scintillating conversation between [Read More]

“Ragtime”

“Ragtime”

Highly Recommended **** In the last few weeks, many openings have been productions where the story involves race relations of some type. “Ragtime” based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow, is a beautifully told story about three families, from different backgrounds [Read More]

“Candide”

“Candide”

Highly Recommended ***** I get great pleasure writing my review of a production when it is a special one. It is not always the case, but I know that when I attend a production of Music Theater Works (formerly Light Opera Works), I am in for a treat. Due to a hectic [Read More]

“King Liz”

“King Liz”

Somewhat Recommended ** I need to begin my review of the latest opening at Windy City Playhouse ( the most comfortable and intimate theater space in Chicago) by saying that they have a slight problem in script selection of late. Their latest production, “King [Read More]

“Parade”

“Parade”

How fortunate the Chicago “theater scene” is to have Writers Theatre here. This amazing company, under the leadership of Michael Halberstam and Kathryn M. Lipuma, is now presenting the powerful  “chamber musical”, “Parade” on its main [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]