Saturday November 18th 2017

‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“42nd Street”

“42nd Street”

Highly Recommended ***** Often, I am asked “How can you keep seeing the same show, year after year?”. My explanation is very simple. Every production is new and fresh. Each director has his or her own slant on what the author was trying to convey and often, a [Read More]

“Marisol”

“Marisol”

Somewhat Recommended ** Jose Rivera is a solid playwright. In fact, I have enjoyed many of his plays, and Juan Casteneda has done some great work at his Urban Theatre Company in the heart of “Little Puerto Rico” (Division Street/Wicker Park).  Based on the [Read More]

“School of Rock”

“School of Rock”

Highly Recommended ***** Tonight, for the second night in a row, I went to see a musical that was based on a film. Those of  you who are regulars know that I am not crazy about conversion, either way, but adding music to a film that was about music makes far more sense. [Read More]

“Newsies, the Broadway Musical”

“Newsies, the Broadway Musical”

★★★★★When I saw that Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire had “Newsies, the Broadway Musical” on their season, I was stunned. Anyone who knows this in-the-round-venue is aware that the stage is far smaller than any of the Broadway In Chicago stages, and when I [Read More]

“Yerma” reviewed by Jacob Davis

“Yerma”  reviewed by Jacob Davis

 This is a very exciting time for followers of Theatre Y and Red Tape. The two theatres have acquired a new location in Ravenswood (convenient to the Brown Line) as their permanent home, and are co-producing their inaugural production, Federico García Lorca’s Yerma, in [Read More]

“Yasmina’s Necklace”

“Yasmina’s Necklace”

Highly Recommended ***** Our Chicago theater scene is one I find inspiring. We have many stages, large and small, and the beautiful thing is the co-operation that they all have with one another. Many Chicago audiences are not aware of the 16th Street Theater in Berwyn. This [Read More]

“The Pajama Game”

“The Pajama Game”

Highland Park Players has been presenting sparkling musical productions for 30 years! This is a landmark event in the life of a theater, any theater, and the fact that this is not a theater that is operated by the city it is named after, makes it even more remarkable. The [Read More]

“In The Next Room or the Vibrator Play”

“In The Next Room  or the Vibrator Play”

Highly Recommended *****  Back in 2011, Victory Gardens presented Sarah Ruhl’s Pulitzer-Prize finalist ” In The Next Room, or the Vibrator Play” to thunderous applause. Six years have gone by and with Timeline Theatre Company’s new production of [Read More]

“His Greatness” reviewed by Jeffrey Leibham

“His Greatness” reviewed by Jeffrey Leibham

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED****  Suddenly, Tennessee Williams seems to be the hottest playwright in Chicago. Last season saw a well-received production of one of his earliest works and later this season there will be two much-anticipated revivals of works at major theater companies [Read More]

“Occidental Express” reviewed by Jacob Davis

“Occidental Express”  reviewed by Jacob Davis

Highly Recommended **** Much of the nationalist fervor gripping Europe is being fueled by opposition to Muslim migrants, but it had long been simmering due to tensions over migration from the poor, post-communist countries in the east to the wealthier ones in the west. [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]