Monday February 26th 2018

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“Do The Hustle”

“Do The Hustle”

Under the careful direction of William Brown on an almost bare stage with just the smallest of set pieces (designed by Kevin Depinet) that allows the flow of action to move swiftly and keep the focus on what this father and son are doing and feeling about life and each [Read More]

“The Earl”

“The Earl”

While I can recommend this play, I must preface this by letting you know that this is a 55 minute fight-fest, with lots of pain and suffering by three solid actors, so if you are someone who does not deal well with pain and blood, even for a short period of time- this is [Read More]

“Burn The Floor”

“Burn The Floor”

a wonderful two hours of dancing and music that takes ballroom dancing to a whole new level. It is Electrifying, sensual and erotic with one of them most energy packed troupe of dancers I have ever seen on any stage. WOW! that would have to be a one word description of [Read More]

“The Boys Room”

“The Boys Room”

This is a "Dark comedy" ( a title that Johnson doesn't appreciate) but has many touching and funny moments. There is a lot of use of the "F - word", but even when used by Ron's daughter, Roann ( a dynamic performance by young Allison Torem who many of us have watched grow [Read More]

“Toy Story 3- Disney on Ice”

“Toy Story 3- Disney on Ice”

Disney on Ice has been a favorite of mine and my other grandkids for years. It is a time for a family to bond and share some valuable moments that will produce wonderful memories. I have these with my older granddaughters, Caitlin and Allison ( twins) and now with Sara and [Read More]

Sex With Strangers”

Sex With Strangers”

Written by Laura Eason ( a member of The Lookingglass Theatre Company) this is a solid story about two personalities who come together, but even though one feels they "were meant to be" what they have never evolves to what they had hoped for. Directed by Jessica Thebus, who [Read More]

“Shining City”

“Shining City”

As we watch the stories unfold ( the stories being the mindset of our two main characters), we begin to think about what might happen to each and at the end, while it appears that John has indeed overcome his fears and guilt, we are not altogether sure about the path that [Read More]

“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]

“Funk It Up About Nothin'”

“Funk It Up About Nothin'”

"Much Ado About Nothing" is one of Shakespeare's comedies and as most of them do, there is love, love lost, love regained, confusion, identity conflicts, class conflicts and in normal cases three hours of hard to understand language that dates back hundreds of years. This [Read More]

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“Cosi Fan Tutte” review by Jacob Davis

“Cosi Fan Tutte” review by Jacob Davis

★★★★★ Sublime music mismatched with fluffy subject matter—that’s the long-standing criticism of Wolfgang [Read More]

“The Wolves”

“The Wolves”

As someone who has spent many years around soccer, in particular, girl’s/women’s soccer, watching the [Read More]

“Southern Gothic”

“Southern Gothic”

★★★★★Let me preface my review of the latest production at Windy City Playhouse, by explaining that it is not [Read More]

“Surely Goodness and Mercy”

“Surely Goodness and Mercy”

Highly Recommended **** One of my favorite “storefront” theaters is Redtwist, a PURE storefront on Bryn [Read More]

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“Breach”

The actual title of the play now onstage at The Victory Gardens Theater is “Breach: a manifesto on race in [Read More]

“Love Never Dies”

“Love Never Dies”

Recommended *** Chicago was the place for a special theatrical presentation tonight. In particular, the Cadillac Palace [Read More]

“A Moon For The Misbegotten”

“A Moon For The Misbegotten”

Doing the work of a master playwright  such as Eugene O’Neill, is not for every theater. In fact, until Writers [Read More]