Monday December 22nd 2014

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“Being Harold Pinter”

“Being Harold Pinter”

This is true "political theater" utilizing actual transcripts from Belarusian political prisoners telling their stories and adding excerpts from Pinter's works. This is dark ( with some comic moments) theater that deals with politics and the boundaries between what is real [Read More]

“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]

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“The Merry Widow”

“The Merry Widow”

"The Merry Widow" is filled with innuendos, mistaken identities and mishaps between men and women galore, but is a [Read More]

“Sherlock Holmes and the Case of The Christmas Goose” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Sherlock Holmes and the Case of The Christmas Goose” review by Lawrence Riordan

Script-Writers Menedian and John Weagly have decided to embrace this reputation in their adaption, weaving in humorous [Read More]

“Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella”

“Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella”

It is a fresh take on the old story. A chambermaid (due to her father's remarriage and then death) become transformed [Read More]

“Newsies”

“Newsies”

The cast is highly energetic and extremely talented. For the most part, when we get a road tour it is of high quality, [Read More]

” PNC Bank Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier-2014/15″

” PNC Bank Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier-2014/15″

The new features of the Wintertube and snowtubing are very cool- the kids went twice on this one and the Toboggan [Read More]

“Burning Bluebeard”

“Burning Bluebeard”

While I enjoyed last year's production, I found this one even stronger. Perhaps partly because of my prior experience [Read More]

Before you begin YOUR diet

Before you begin YOUR diet

one must dedicate themselves to the program that they are now getting into. One cannot start a diet on Monday and work [Read More]