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“The Taming of The Shrew”

“The Taming of The Shrew”

Shakespeare, again? That is what Jane says every time we go to an opening at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier! What might one expect? But, her question is based on her belief that once you see a play, such as “The Taming of The Shrew” ( which is also the [Read More]

“Orphee et Eurydice” review by Jacob Davis

“Orphee et Eurydice” review by Jacob Davis

 At the turn of the last century, nearly every European who regarded themselves as a genius had a print from Arnold Böcklin’s Isle of the Dead series of paintings. Multiple late Romantic composers dedicated concert pieces to it, Lenin had a copy in his office, as did [Read More]

“The Legend of Georgia McBride”

“The Legend of Georgia McBride”

Highly Recommended ***** The Chicago theater scene has another Chicago Premiere that is something very special! The play is “The Legend of Georgia McBride” written by Matthew Lopez, telling the story of a down-on-his-luck Elvis impersonator ( and aren’t [Read More]

“Alias Grace” review by Carol Moore

“Alias Grace”  review by Carol Moore

 Recommended *** Everyone in my book club enjoyed the Rivendell Theatre production of “Alias Grace”, Jennifer Blackmer’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s book about an ugly incident in Canadian history.  Grace Marks (a real person) was tried and convicted of the [Read More]

“The Rembrandt”

“The Rembrandt”

Recommended ***  Have you ever thought about what might happen if you were to touch a museum work of art, just to see if anything special might happen? Many of us laughed fiercely when we saw the films depicting all of the works of art come to life, “Night At The [Read More]

” A New Brain”

” A New Brain”

Highly Recommended ***** When asked how I come to rate a production, I try to explain that the beauty of a production is indeed (as any art is) in the eye of the beholder. Often, after a play, some of us discuss the totality of what we saw, and as I drive home, I wonder [Read More]

“The 39 Steps” reviewed by Jacob Davis

“The 39 Steps” reviewed by Jacob Davis

Highly Recommended ***** You don’t need to know Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film The 39 Steps to find Patrick Barlow’s send up of it hilarious. His clownish adaptation has delighted hundreds of audiences on Broadway and is now causing plenty of chuckles and snorts in [Read More]

“Five Guys Named Moe” reviewed by Michael Horn

“Five Guys Named Moe” reviewed by Michael Horn

The Court Theatre opens its 63rd season with “Five Guys named Moe”; a lively musical tribute to the hit songs of saxphonist Louis Jordan. Directed by Ron OJ Parson and Felicia P. Fields, this a fun filled and energetic production that will keep you smiling.   Louis [Read More]

“Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”

“Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”

in 1884, Mark Twain wrote a novel, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, bringing the South and its traditions to the people up North. In his stories, we meet Huckleberry and his good friend Tom Sawyer (“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”). These are [Read More]

“Million Dollar Quartet”

“Million Dollar Quartet”

Highly Recommended ***** When I read that Paramount Theatre was planning to do “Million Dollar Quartet” as part of their 2017/2018 Season, I was surprised. After all, this is a very intimate “little” piece that has always been in a [Read More]

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“Southern Gothic”

“Southern Gothic”

★★★★★Let me preface my review of the latest production at Windy City Playhouse, by explaining that it is not [Read More]

“Surely Goodness and Mercy”

“Surely Goodness and Mercy”

Highly Recommended **** One of my favorite “storefront” theaters is Redtwist, a PURE storefront on Bryn [Read More]

“Breach”

“Breach”

The actual title of the play now onstage at The Victory Gardens Theater is “Breach: a manifesto on race in [Read More]

“Love Never Dies”

“Love Never Dies”

Recommended *** Chicago was the place for a special theatrical presentation tonight. In particular, the Cadillac Palace [Read More]

“A Moon For The Misbegotten”

“A Moon For The Misbegotten”

Doing the work of a master playwright  such as Eugene O’Neill, is not for every theater. In fact, until Writers [Read More]

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream/Short Shakespeare” review by Carol Moore

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream/Short Shakespeare” review by Carol Moore

Highly Recommended **** Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s production of “Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night’s [Read More]

“Sex With Strangers”

“Sex With Strangers”

Our world has changed a great deal. There are many who feel that the world of the “Internet” has been a [Read More]