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“Yasmina’s Necklace”

“Yasmina’s Necklace”

Highly Recommended ***** Our Chicago theater scene is one I find inspiring. We have many stages, large and small, and the beautiful thing is the co-operation that they all have with one another. Many Chicago audiences are not aware of the 16th Street Theater in Berwyn. This [Read More]

“The Pajama Game”

“The Pajama Game”

Highland Park Players has been presenting sparkling musical productions for 30 years! This is a landmark event in the life of a theater, any theater, and the fact that this is not a theater that is operated by the city it is named after, makes it even more remarkable. The [Read More]

“In The Next Room or the Vibrator Play”

“In The Next Room  or the Vibrator Play”

Highly Recommended *****  Back in 2011, Victory Gardens presented Sarah Ruhl’s Pulitzer-Prize finalist ” In The Next Room, or the Vibrator Play” to thunderous applause. Six years have gone by and with Timeline Theatre Company’s new production of [Read More]

“His Greatness” reviewed by Jeffrey Leibham

“His Greatness” reviewed by Jeffrey Leibham

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED****  Suddenly, Tennessee Williams seems to be the hottest playwright in Chicago. Last season saw a well-received production of one of his earliest works and later this season there will be two much-anticipated revivals of works at major theater companies [Read More]

“Occidental Express” reviewed by Jacob Davis

“Occidental Express”  reviewed by Jacob Davis

Highly Recommended **** Much of the nationalist fervor gripping Europe is being fueled by opposition to Muslim migrants, but it had long been simmering due to tensions over migration from the poor, post-communist countries in the east to the wealthier ones in the west. [Read More]

“Helping Hands”

“Helping Hands”

Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with a Northbrook Chiropractic,  Dr. Jose Aguilar. Dr. Aguilar, raised in Iowa, grew up in a household that had very little. There were lots of siblings and his mother suffered from migraines. These migraines were so bad, she would [Read More]

“Mrs. Libra and Zoey Zebra” book review by Rebecca Shaw

“Mrs. Libra and Zoey Zebra”  book review by Rebecca Shaw

Children’s books are fun. I am far from the correct person to do a review, so I find that by allowing my grandkids the pleasure, two things occur. First they get to read a new book ( age appropriate, of course), and secondly, they learn to “sing for their [Read More]

“Living The Black Renaissance”

“Living The Black Renaissance”

I love the work of Black Ensemble Theater! I must preface this review by starting with this statement. Over the years, Jackie Taylor, the creator of this amazing theater company has done wonders and has brought to light the biographies of many of the larger-than-life [Read More]

“Par For the Corpse”

“Par For the Corpse”

Recommended *** Tonight, while visiting one of Chicago’s hidden treasures (in reality, in Glenview), The Oil Lamp Theater, I was reminded of the days of Shady Lane Farm Theater in Marengo and others such as Tenthouse in Highland Park, both Summer Theaters. Oil Lamp, [Read More]

“The Man Beast” reviewed by Carol Moore

“The Man Beast” reviewed by Carol Moore

Highly Recommended **** Every autumn, First Folio Theatre celebrates October with a scary and/or macabre drama.  This year, they’re kicking off their season with the premiere of “The Man Beast”, Joseph Zettelmaier’s third exploration of the horror genre.  “The [Read More]

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“The Minutes”

“The Minutes”

When I hear  that I will be seeing a Tracy Letts play, I anticipate having an evening where my brain will work harder [Read More]

“The Importance of Being Earnest”

“The Importance of Being Earnest”

Drawing Room comedies are difficult to pull off. Most theater companies avoid them completely as they require actors [Read More]

“I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile”

“I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile”

Highly Recommended **** Many of you are used to seeing glowing reviews from the productions at Redtwist Theatre, so [Read More]

“Sleeping Beauty” with added looks by Lily Kienzle and Claire Casey

“Sleeping Beauty” with added looks by Lily Kienzle and Claire Casey

When it comes to theater  “for young audiences” , Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire surely hits the nail [Read More]

“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]