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“Last Dancer Standing (More than Hip Hop)”

“Last Dancer Standing (More than Hip Hop)”

Recommended *** Rating the latest production of Black Ensemble Theater was a difficult task. This theater company is a strong force in creating musical pieces that present music of our pasts and the story behind either the artists, the writer or in some cases, the time. [Read More]

Kona Grill, a national chain with the feeling of a local dining spot

Kona Grill, a national chain with the feeling of a local dining spot

I have driven down Milwaukee Avenue in Lincolnshire many times, and yet, have never ventured in to the plaza at Aptakisic and Milwaukee where several dining spots are located. Tonight, as requested by several readers, we went to the Kona Grill, an Asian-American restaurant [Read More]

“Peter and the Starcatcher”

“Peter and the Starcatcher”

Recommended *** Over the past few years, I have been avoiding some of the productions at The Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.I love the venue itself and the comfort of the downtown Arlington Heights area, but, the theater lacked the quality that I had [Read More]

“An American in Paris ” A new musical

“An American in Paris ” A new musical

Musical theater is for many, the greatest form of entertainment! For others, it is the movies that they find exciting. Isn’t it wonderful when the two are married to re-create something special for both types of audiences? This process often does not live up to what [Read More]

“An Octoroon”

“An Octoroon”

Recommended *** Victory Gardens has added a new “resident Company” to its stable. The company is Definition Theatre Company (they print it as “def-i-ni-tion”), and they are committed to bringing high quality work to the Chicago community that [Read More]

“The God of Isaac”

“The God of Isaac”

“You don’t have to be Jewish”! That is the first thing I might say about James Sherman’s “The God of Isaac” now in a revival at the Piven Theatre in Evanston. Presented by Grippo Stage Company, this touching story takes place in Skokie [Read More]

“Madagascar” at Chicago Shakespeare with notes from 9 year old Lily Kienzle

“Madagascar” at Chicago Shakespeare with notes from 9 year old Lily Kienzle

Highly Recommended ***** This is evidently the year of Dream Works as Chicago Shakespeare Theater follows the footsteps of Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire bringing the musical adventure “Madagascar” on its stage. While I truly loved the Marriott production, [Read More]

Cirque Du Soleil- Luzia ( a Waking Dream of Mexico)

Cirque Du Soleil- Luzia ( a Waking Dream of Mexico)

Recommended *** Since 1984, we have been exposed to the art form known as “Cirque Du Soleil” which brings story-line and “under the big top” performance art to audiences of all ages. Performers from around the world are assembled to bring us some of [Read More]

“Little Fish” review by Carol Moore

“Little Fish” review by Carol Moore

Recommended *** In its essence, “Little Fish” is a story about a young woman’s struggle to quit smoking.  I could relate – as could almost anyone who has gone through nicotine withdrawal.  Self-loathing is just one of the emotions that desperately surly person [Read More]

“Spamilton” An American Parody

“Spamilton”  An American Parody

Recommended *** Back in time, theater-lovers watched parodies of their favorite Broadway shows in an intimate setting, on a small stage, known as “Forbidden Broadway”. Later, Monty Python brought us the amazing “Spamalot” which parodied [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]