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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]

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 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]

“Escape to Margaritaville…the Musical”

“Escape to Margaritaville…the Musical”

Highly Recommended **** With the great success of Abba and their “Mama Mia”, it was obvious that taking a [Read More]

“Woman of the Year”  revisited

“Woman of the Year” revisited

Highly Recommended ***** I love the concept that Porchlight  Musical Theatre has developed. They call it Porchlight [Read More]

“The Belle of Amherst”  reviewed by Michael Horn

“The Belle of Amherst” reviewed by Michael Horn

  Highly Recommended  ***** The Court Theatre continues its 63rd season with “The Belle of Amherst” by William [Read More]

” Fade”

” Fade”

Attending Tanya  Saracho’s latest play, “Fade”, made me think of an old Woody Allen story. Seems [Read More]