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“A Q Brothers Christmas Carol”

“A Q Brothers Christmas Carol”

Several years ago, after seeing one “holiday” ( I heard we are not supposed to refer to them as Christmas, hah, hah!) show, I wondered what it would be like to see a classic, but spoofed. Then, an amazing thing happened. Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier [Read More]

“It’s A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!” reviewed by Carol Moore

“It’s A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!”  reviewed by Carol Moore

Highly Recommended **** Take your family on a nostalgic trip into the past with American Blues Theater’s 16th annual production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!” in their new venue, Stage 773.  You ‘ll join a ‘live radio’ audience with a rare [Read More]

“Barney the Elf”

“Barney the Elf”

The Holiday season is here. Time to be “Merry” and “Gay”, and so theater companies such as Other Theatre, whose mission is to tell stories of persons or groups who are “othered” by systems of oppression, has brought back their sensational [Read More]

“Puff: Believe It Or Not”

“Puff: Believe It Or Not”

Highly Recommended **** When people of my generation hear the word “Puff” they think of cigarettes or perhaps “Puff, The Magic Dragon”, and what that meant. Leave it to Remy Bumppo to find a very old play where this word means a great deal more. The [Read More]

“It’s A Wonderful Life: The Musical” reviewed by Jeffrey Leibham

“It’s A Wonderful Life: The Musical” reviewed by Jeffrey Leibham

A wonderful life, it is. At least for George Bailey. More than just the title has been altered in Theatre at the Center’s holiday presentation of “A Wonderful Life: The Musical.” Sheldon Harnick, who wrote the book and lyrics for this show, had the [Read More]

“Elf, The Musical”

“Elf, The Musical”

Once again, the Paramount Theatre has made a play an experience! Many people are familiar with the film “Elf” that was a smash hit for Will Ferrell (2003- is it really almost 15 years ago?). It was made into a musical that had a fairly solid run on Broadway and [Read More]

“Scrooge and the Ghostly Spirits”

“Scrooge and the Ghostly Spirits”

Turkey Day is over and it is now time for every theater (well, almost) to bring out their Christmas, or perhaps we should say, Holiday, productions. It seems that many theater companies are doing “It’s A Wonderful Life..the Radio Show”, and of course, our [Read More]

“This Way Outta Santaland (and other Xmas Miracles)

“This Way Outta Santaland (and other Xmas Miracles)

Many Chicago theater patrons are familiar with a clever little show entitled “The Santaland Diaries” that was produced for 8 years at Theater Wit. It was the perfect vehicle for actor Mitchell Fain, as he is an adorable little actor with a bubbly personality and [Read More]

Ice Skating is nice skating…even if there is NO Ice

Ice Skating is nice skating…even if there is NO Ice

Imagine if you will, being invited to go ice skating, indoors, in fact in a mall, but where the surface is not ice? What ? Yes! There is something new out there and the first indoor rink located in a shopping center is right here in Vernon Hills at the Hawthorn Mall. Ice [Read More]

“The Pearl Fishers” reviewed by Jacob Davis

“The Pearl Fishers”  reviewed by Jacob Davis

 Imagine what an old Technicolor sword-and-sandal movie would be like as on opera, and you’ve got a good idea of what the San Diego Opera production of The Pearl Fishers directed by Andrew Sinclair is like. Known in the original French as Les pêcheurs de perles, this [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]