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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 title is “The Book of Will” written by Lauren Gunderson and it is a marvelous story relating the story of the men (and a few women) who made [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 otherwise, I think most audiences look at these shows as “theater”, so let’s tell you about the new show, “Crystal”, which is [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 musical theater scene. The work, which has become an almost global underground  phenomenon, is finally receiving its Chicago premiere in a blistering and [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 musical legend’s music and adding a story that would link the songs can be a hit. Add to this, the great Chicago stages as the gateway to Broadway and [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 Revisits- and they bring back the musicals that have not been done (or even seen) in the area for years. I know that Artistic Director Michael Weber loves [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 Luce, directed by Sean Graney. Written in 1976, this biographical play is about poetress Emily Dickinson and uses her own original poems, diary entries, and [Read More]

” Fade”

” Fade”

Attending Tanya  Saracho’s latest play, “Fade”, made me think of an old Woody Allen story. Seems that after college, he was hired to work for a Park Avenue firm that was said to be “anti-semetic”. His job- “to look Jewish”. Sounds [Read More]

“Significant Other”

“Significant Other”

I will begin my review of the Midwest Premiere of “Significant Other”, the latest play penned by Joshua Harmon (who gave us the sensational comedy “Bad Jews”) now on stage at Theater Wit, by telling you the main character, Jordan (played to [Read More]

“Die Walkure” Reviewed by Jacob Davis

“Die Walkure” Reviewed by Jacob Davis

Highly Recommended ***** The gods in Germanic mythology aren’t immune from fate. For an examination of what that means, look no further than Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre, the second part of his famous Ring Cycle, now being directed in a new production at the Lyric [Read More]

“Dream Freaks Fall From Space” reviewed by Carol Moore

“Dream Freaks Fall From Space” reviewed by Carol Moore

 Highly Recommended ****  The Second City is doing what they do best, making people laugh, and laugh, and laugh some more, with their 106th Mainstage Revue, “Dream Freaks Fall From Space”.  From the first snicker to the last guffaw, this revue scored a ten on the [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]