Tuesday January 23rd 2018

‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“Last of The Red Hot Lovers”

“Last of The Red Hot Lovers”

To most theater “buffs”, just hearing the name Neil Simon, brings a smile to their face. His great comedic touch was amazing in its time, and despite the years, some of the stories are still relevant in our very different world. While some of his plays have [Read More]

“Peter Pan”

“Peter Pan”

★★★★★ One of the hardest parts of reviewing plays is convincing my editors and my spouse that even though I have seen a particular play before, every production is new and often, very different. Yes, I have seen “Peter Pan” ( a musical based on the play by Sir [Read More]

“Sammy: A Tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.”

“Sammy: A Tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.”

One thing that can be said for attending a production at Black Ensemble Cultural Center/Theater: you always leave with a smile on your face and a song in your heart! Yes, there are times that the script is not one that makes you think about life, and there are even times [Read More]

“BLKS”

“BLKS”

    “S*** Happens! This is something that has been a mantra through many  generations. Each of our parents, grandparents, and for some of us, our kids and grandkids, have made this statement. In Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s World Premiere production of [Read More]

“They” reviewed by Jacob Davis

“They” reviewed by Jacob Davis

 Do you ever think that artists’ sniping at each other isn’t really helping them to become better at resisting totalitarianism? That certainly appears to be the case in They, the new adaptation by Trap Door Theatre artistic director Beata Pilch of a 1920 play by [Read More]

“Turandot” review by Jacob Davis

“Turandot” review by Jacob Davis

Highly Recommended **** Fairy tales are, by definition, stories that don’t follow the rules of the real world. That sounds obvious, but it creates a problem for an author who is used to naturalistic characters, such as Giacomo Puccini. The composer of La bohème and [Read More]

“Red Velvet”

“Red Velvet”

Back in 2016, The Raven Theatre was host to the premiere of Lolita Chakrabarti’s “Red Velvet. This is a striking story of an African-American actor taking over the role of Othello, a role that was always played by White performers. I was unable to attend the [Read More]

“The Christmas Schooner”

“The Christmas Schooner”

One can certainly tell when it is the Holiday period in Chicago. Goodman brings out their “A Christmas Carol”, American Blues their “It’s A Wonderful Life” and of course The Mercury brings out its perennial “The Christmas Schooner”, [Read More]

“Gobsmacked” reviewed by Carol Moore

“Gobsmacked” reviewed by Carol Moore

Highly Recommended **** “Gobsmacked!” absolutely blew me away!  The show is a fast-moving musical revue, featuring high-energy a cappella harmonics with beatbox support by international star, Ball-Zee (aka Patrick Hirst).  While every member of the cast is a strong [Read More]

“Beautiful”

“Beautiful”

Some shows can come back year after year and still wow an audience. “Beautiful” The Carole King Musical about her early life and her career, is one of these pieces. With a book by Douglas McGrath and music and words by Gerry Goffin and Carole King along with [Read More]

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“Flamingo & Decatur”

“Flamingo & Decatur”

Recommended *** Little by little, the world is seeing Chicago as THE place for live theater! We have seen more actors [Read More]

“All My Sons”  reviewed by Michael Horn

“All My Sons” reviewed by Michael Horn

Highly Recommended ***** A clap of thunder, a flash of lightning, a fallen tree; so begins the Court Theatre’s [Read More]

“Traitor”

“Traitor”

A Red Orchid Theatre is known for bringing  us powerful stories in their very intimate space in “Old [Read More]

“Harbur Gate”

“Harbur Gate”

War is hell! Anyone who has been involved with the current war, or for that mater, Viet Nam ( although we never [Read More]

“She The People”

“She The People”

Highly Recommended **** This is a Second City production, so instead of placing this review at Theater, I am also [Read More]

“Boy”

“Boy”

What would you do if an accident took away a part of one of your children that could change their life? Anna [Read More]

Fireside Restaurant

Fireside Restaurant

Have you ever heard of the expression, “A DESTINATION RESTAURANT”? I am sure you have. What this means is a [Read More]