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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]

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure

The beauty of our storefront theaters is that we get to see some great theater at very low cost. Idle Muse Theatre Company, a relative newcomer to the Chicago theater scene is presenting a wonderful little story, "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure" in a marvelous little [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]

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]

New Theater in Waukegan

New Theater in Waukegan

Waukegan was chosen as the birthplace for this company due to its diverse population and its wonderful history. In addition, with the exception of the newly renovated Genesee Theatre, there is a need for more culture in the community. Waukegan, in its hay-days was a vibrant [Read More]

Hello Chicago Performing Arts Lovers!

Hello Chicago Performing Arts Lovers!

Welcome to Around the Town Chicago with your host Al Bresloff! I have started this website to give my two cents on      what I think is really special here in Chicago in terms of the Arts and Food culture. [Read More]

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“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 [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 [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 [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 [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 [Read More]

“Million Dollar Quartet”

“Million Dollar Quartet”

Highly Recommended ***** When I read that Paramount Theatre was planning to do “Million Dollar Quartet” as [Read More]

“90210:The Musical”  reviewed by Jeffrey Leibham

“90210:The Musical” reviewed by Jeffrey Leibham

Somewhat Recommended **   “90210: The Musical” is an unauthorized parody of the popular teen soap opera [Read More]