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‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“Kita y Fernanda”

“Kita y Fernanda”

This is a brilliant and very timely look at class, immigration and relationships between women. While it is presented in a combination of English and Spanish, with no subtitles, there is no problem staying with the story at all, even for us Gringos! Director Doug Mcdade [Read More]

Late: A Cowboy Song

Late: A Cowboy Song

exception of his wanting to enjoy life instead of working. Piven Theatre Workshop is known for giving us thought provoking stories and their latest production, the Chicago premiere of Sarah Ruhl's "Late: A Cowboy Song" certainly does this. The story is about a young couple, [Read More]

Shrek The Musical

Shrek The Musical

With a clever book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire and marvelous music by Jeanine Tesori, this spectacular entertainment special is not for the little ones. In fact, I would think, based on what I witnessed tonight , that 8 yars old might be the youngest I would bring. [Read More]

Pinocchio – An Adventure for Young Theater Audiences

Pinocchio – An Adventure for Young Theater Audiences

The story is very similar to the Disney classic cartoon, but of course being "live" makes it just a little different. What really makes it magical is the people who are involved in theses productions. First of all, this new version is written ( book, music and lyrics) by [Read More]

Dental Society Midwinter Meeting

Dental Society Midwinter Meeting

Their current theater company, At Play Productions, a young New York company dedicated to bringing new plays to the stage and their World Premiere "Dental Society Midwinter Meeting" missed the mark of what we expect at Chicago Dramatists. Written by Laura Jacqmin, this 80 [Read More]

Albany Park Theater Project-“Feast”

Albany Park Theater Project-“Feast”

One of the reasons that the Latino Theatre Festival at The Goodman is unique is that they bring in productions from all over to allow audiences to partake in what one might call a “once in a lifetime experience”. Some of these productions are free to the public [Read More]

A Guide For The Perplexed

A Guide For The Perplexed

Johnson's five character play takes us on several journeys as each of the characters has come to a place in their life where they must either change their behavior or go on with their unhappiness. Under the direction of Sandy Shinner with a solid cast, this bumpy ride [Read More]

The Emperor’s New Clothes

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Summer fun at Navy Pier adds the excitement of family theater at Chicago Shakespeare Theater as the bring a new musical fable to the Courtyard stage, This is a new interpretation/adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's beloved "The Emperor's New Clothes" but with a twist [Read More]

After The Fall

After The Fall

The Eclipse ensemble of players is a strong one with many high quality actors and directors who like a fine wine, just keep getting better as they mature. Director Steve Scott truly has mastered the use of the upstairs stage at The Greenhouse Theater and the set design for [Read More]

Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies

Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies

For over 50 years, Second City has made people laugh. When entering any of the theaters that this company works in, we leave our social problems, work problems and even family problems at the doorstep. With the help of these brilliant comics, we get to look at problems very [Read More]

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“The Rembrandt”

“The Rembrandt”

Recommended ***  Have you ever thought about what might happen if you were to touch a museum work of art, just to see [Read More]

” A New Brain”

” A New Brain”

Highly Recommended ***** When asked how I come to rate a production, I try to explain that the beauty of a production [Read More]

“The 39 Steps” reviewed by Jacob Davis

“The 39 Steps” reviewed by Jacob Davis

Highly Recommended ***** You don’t need to know Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film The 39 Steps to find Patrick [Read More]

“Five Guys Named Moe” reviewed by Michael Horn

“Five Guys Named Moe” reviewed by Michael Horn

The Court Theatre opens its 63rd season with “Five Guys named Moe”; a lively musical tribute to the hit songs of [Read More]

“Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”

“Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”

in 1884, Mark Twain wrote a novel, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, bringing the South and its [Read More]

“Million Dollar Quartet”

“Million Dollar Quartet”

Highly Recommended ***** When I read that Paramount Theatre was planning to do “Million Dollar Quartet” as [Read More]

“90210:The Musical”  reviewed by Jeffrey Leibham

“90210:The Musical” reviewed by Jeffrey Leibham

Somewhat Recommended **   “90210: The Musical” is an unauthorized parody of the popular teen soap opera [Read More]