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“United Flight 232” revisited 2017

“United Flight 232”  revisited 2017

Below this mini-review  is the review I wrote in 2016- Highly Recommended *****This is the new version, but is just as strong today as it was then. A few cast members have changed, but this amazing piece of theater, based on the true events of “United Flight [Read More]

“Our Town”

“Our Town”

Recommended *** everyone has ( or should have seen) Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town”. The play is 70 years old and probably  every high school and community theater in the country has produced a version of this warm story of a small town back in the early [Read More]

“Rock of Ages”

“Rock of Ages”

Tonight, for the fourth time, I watched “Rock of Ages”, a  true “rock concert” made into a play, but with a local flavor. There was no major guest star as we have seen in the previous “Broadway In Chicago” versions circa  2010 ( Bank of [Read More]

“Bonnie & Clyde” the Musical

“Bonnie & Clyde”  the Musical

 Often I am asked “how can you see the same show more than once?”. My answer is always “every production is different from the previous. A new cast and different director can make all the difference in the world.” These words became true tonight,as [Read More]

“Machinal”

“Machinal”

In 1928, Ruth Snyder and Henry Judd Gray were sentenced to death by electric chair for the murder of Albert Snyder, Ruth Snyder’s husband! watching the celebrities and the trial was Sophie Treadwell, a writer for one of the papers. As we learned, she did not come to [Read More]

“Honeymoon in Vegas”

“Honeymoon in Vegas”

Highly Recommended **** When it comes to musical theater, one can always rest assured that the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire will bring quality to their stage. Even when they opt to do a show during the season that is not highly rated, when they  put it on their stage, [Read More]

“A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Gynecological Oncology Unit At Sloan-Kettering Memorial Cancer Center Of New York City”

“A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Gynecological Oncology Unit At Sloan-Kettering Memorial Cancer Center Of New York City”

I have to say that the hardest part of writing this review is the space the title takes! Try to imagine the zaniness that had to go through the mind of its creator, playwright Halley Feiffer, as she wrote down “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Gynecological [Read More]

“A Chorus Line” in concert

“A Chorus Line”  in concert

I am a lover of “A Chorus Line” with a book by James Kirkwood Jr and Nicholas Dante and the music of Marvin Hamlisch with lyrics by Edward Kleban, but I guess for me, a concert version does not “cut the mustard”. “A Chorus Line” is about [Read More]

“The Audience”

“The Audience”

Timeline Theatre Company remains a gem in the “Chicagoland Theater Community”. Known for presenting theater that is inspired by history, connecting those periods with the social and political issues of today, each production entertains and educates its audience. [Read More]

“Gypsy” reviewed by Jacob Davis

“Gypsy”  reviewed by Jacob Davis

 Lovers of musicals are undoubtedly delighted to see Music Theater Works mounting Gypsy with their full orchestra, and with Roger L. Bingaman conducting, the show does not disappoint. Jules Styne’s compositions have long made it one of the most cherished pieces of music [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]