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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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“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]