Thursday November 27th 2014

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“Reasons To Be Pretty”

“Reasons To Be Pretty”

This is an intense look at relationships and one of the fastest 90 minutes of theater I have seen of late. Each character, flawed as they may be, is real and may in fact appear to be someone that you know, or perhaps, if you truly look in the mirror, you! Directed by [Read More]

“The Trinity River Plays”

“The Trinity River Plays”

This is billed as a "trilogy" rather than a three act play ( 3 hours-15 minutes with two intermissions) which is a bit misleading as the stories, while bound together by the characters, depend and in fact ,rely on each other to make it complete. That being said, this [Read More]

“Three Tall Women”

“Three Tall Women”

MASTERFUL! This would be the best way to describe Court Theatre's dazzlingly beautiful production of Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize Winning "Three Tall Women". Albee wrote this piece soon after the death of his adoptive mother and as we watch the story unfold we see just [Read More]

“Toy Story 3″ takes to the ice

“Toy Story 3″ takes to the ice

The Feld Entertainment Company, leaders in "family entertainment" bringing entertainment that will lift the human spirit and create lifelong memories that can be shared for years and years. Now, they are bringing the hit animated film, "Toy Story 3" to life at both the [Read More]

Whoopi comes to The Horseshoe

Whoopi comes to The Horseshoe

Get ready "The View" fans- Whoopi Goldberg is coming to our area for one night only to help celebrate "Black History Month" at The Venue. The big night is Friday,February 11th, and while the theater is large ( roughly 2,400 seats) tickets will sll out quickly, so you can [Read More]

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

Over the years, I have learned to love the work that Lifeline Theatre has done in doing adaptations of children's stories and adding music to many. Their current production, "Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch" is an adorable hour of solid storytelling. Based on the book by [Read More]

“The Pirates of Penzance”

“The Pirates of Penzance”

The cast is small but quite energized and as the play progresses, the audience becomes energized as well. Robert McLean is solid as the Pirate King ( among other roles, as they almost all play more than one- except Frederic), and the other pirates who also play the police [Read More]

Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier

Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier

It is hard to believe, but it is the 10th year of Navy Pier’s fabulous annual event “Winter Wonderfest” and what a fest it is. Over the years, my grand-kids have had a blast visiting this even and we have enjoyed watching them as they experience the warmth [Read More]

“Handel’s Messiah Rocks”

“Handel’s Messiah Rocks”

This bright and energetic production has three dominating performers, Mike Eldred ( the Tenor), Ramona Keller and Marty Thomas ( the Baritone) and a solid orchestra. In addition, they use two local chorus groups, one of high school age, the other a little older. In fact, [Read More]

Cabaret Comes to Millennium Park For The Holidays

Cabaret Comes to Millennium Park For The Holidays

While the weather outside is frightful, the cabaret at Millennium Park- "Cabaret With A View" promises to be delightful! Yes, Cabaret will be performed at Millennium Park in the winter. How? ,You may ask! It will be performed ON the stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and [Read More]

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To lose or not to lose..and when?

To lose or not to lose..and when?

It used to be seasonal. Weight loss…diets! Summer would be coming and women would start thinking short shorts and [Read More]

“Lookingglass Alice”

“Lookingglass Alice”

From the very start to the very end, you will find yourself and your loved ones enthralled with what they are watching [Read More]

“It’s A Wonderful Life:Live In Chicago!”

“It’s A Wonderful Life:Live In Chicago!”

Many of the actors in this sterling, heart warming production have been around since its inception in 2002, but over [Read More]

“Wizard of Oz” with notes by Sarah and Adam Shaw

“Wizard of Oz” with notes by Sarah and Adam Shaw

"The Wizard of Oz", a remake and retake of the classic film into a one hour staged musical under the direction and [Read More]

“The Lion King” review by Lawrence Riordan

“The Lion King” review by Lawrence Riordan

The story of Disney’s “Lion King” is so well known that it hardly bears summary. A young Lion, Prince Simba [Read More]

Where do all the actors come from!” Check out “Cabaret”

Where do all the actors come from!” Check out “Cabaret”

In this production, which sparkled from start to finish, our Emcee/Master of Ceremonies ( the incredible Andy Cohen, [Read More]

The Mousetrap” review by Michael Horn

The Mousetrap” review by Michael Horn

This production is entertaining and well structured. Director Jonathan Berry shows skill in managing the movement and [Read More]