Tuesday January 23rd 2018

‘Articles’ Archives

Theater Workshop “The Second Oldest Profession”

Many people, people who attend theater on a regular basis, are not aware of what it took for that play to be a full scale production, as they see it. I think to many, they think a writer just writes a script, a director finds the actors and then, Voila, a play appears on a [Read More]

“Godspell”

“Godspell”

a groundbreaking "Rock" musical that tells the story of the Gospel of St. Matthew and shares the messages of tolerance, kindness and love. The cast of players is energetic and talented and although they give it 100% plus, this is not one of my favorites to report on. The [Read More]

Ignition 2010 at Victory Gardens

Ignition 2010 at Victory Gardens

For those of you unfamiliar with the "Ignition" program, it is a festival showcase of new works by emerging playwrights of color under the age of 40. Victory Gardens hosts 6 new works over a five day period, each play is different, but all share passion, humor and images [Read More]

The Hot Mikado

The Hot Mikado

One of the beauty parts of "live" theater- in particular, live musical theater is the importance of the ensemble members, the singers and dancers who make the show work, filling in different roles and handling lots of dance numbers ( when David Bell is at the helm, there [Read More]

CAROUSEL

CAROUSEL

When it comes to Musicals, there is nothing like the old classics- the works of Rodgers and Hammerstein being among my favorites. One of our local companies, Light Opera Works manages to bring these old classics to their stages ( they have two venues in Evanston) andmanages [Read More]

Broadway in Chicago Backstage

By seeing the actors talk about their experiences, seeing sets being built, actors becoming their characters ( Shrek takes hours to become an Ogre), people will develop a greater appreciation for the "art" that "live theater" is! Chicago is a great town for THEATER! and [Read More]

The WIGGLES are coming

The WIGGLES are coming

To youngsters, they are known as “The Fab Four from Down Under” and they promise that this new live show will be a wonderful experience for pre-schoolers and their families. They will be joined by all the kid’s favorites: Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosauer, [Read More]

The Philadelphia Story

The Philadelphia Story

Try to imagine the days before the Internet, the days when gossip columns were a selling point in the newspaper industry. Now let us look at the powerful, delightful story written by Philip Barry, that was a wonderful movie many years ago and has been translated to the [Read More]

“Kita y Fernanda”

“Kita y Fernanda”

This is a brilliant and very timely look at class, immigration and relationships between women. While it is presented in a combination of English and Spanish, with no subtitles, there is no problem staying with the story at all, even for us Gringos! Director Doug Mcdade [Read More]

Enough The Musical at The Theatre Building

Enough The Musical at The Theatre Building

When people talk about the raw talent here in Chicago, they are not kidding. Tonight I was witness to a "demo release" of a new sort of rock musical written by two teen-agers that will knock your sox off. In fact, the entire cast of recent grads from Hinsdale High School is [Read More]

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“Flamingo & Decatur”

“Flamingo & Decatur”

Recommended *** Little by little, the world is seeing Chicago as THE place for live theater! We have seen more actors [Read More]

“All My Sons”  reviewed by Michael Horn

“All My Sons” reviewed by Michael Horn

Highly Recommended ***** A clap of thunder, a flash of lightning, a fallen tree; so begins the Court Theatre’s [Read More]

“Traitor”

“Traitor”

A Red Orchid Theatre is known for bringing  us powerful stories in their very intimate space in “Old [Read More]

“Harbur Gate”

“Harbur Gate”

War is hell! Anyone who has been involved with the current war, or for that mater, Viet Nam ( although we never [Read More]

“She The People”

“She The People”

Highly Recommended **** This is a Second City production, so instead of placing this review at Theater, I am also [Read More]

“Boy”

“Boy”

What would you do if an accident took away a part of one of your children that could change their life? Anna [Read More]

Fireside Restaurant

Fireside Restaurant

Have you ever heard of the expression, “A DESTINATION RESTAURANT”? I am sure you have. What this means is a [Read More]