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‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“The Locketeer” Review by Jacob Davis

“The Locketeer” Review by Jacob Davis

 Nobel Prize for Literature laureate Elias Canetti was known for his analysis of how totalitarianism interacts with the psychology of the masses. The German-language author’s reputation particularly rests on his philosophical book Crowds and Power, but he was also a [Read More]

” The Antelope Party” reviewed by Carol Moore

” The Antelope Party” reviewed by Carol Moore

 Recommended *** Make no mistake, Theater Wit’s “ The Antelope Party” is not for the faint of heart.  Don’t be fooled by the cute little pony in the advertising.  Although it is billed as a dark comedy, I saw a lot more ‘dark’ than I did comedy.  The [Read More]

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

Over the years, time after time, I am asked, “how can you see a play over and over and then write a review”?  My answer has always been that each director brings something different to the production, and with a new cast, choreographer and set, anything can happen. [Read More]

“Five Mile Lake” reviewed by Carol Moore

“Five Mile Lake” reviewed by Carol Moore

 Unfortunately, I found Shattered Globe’s production of “Five Mile Lake” to be kind of boring.  I found myself zoning out a couple of times during the show.  The problem – there was no real conflict, which is essential for good drama.  Although there were a [Read More]

“Flamingo & Decatur”

“Flamingo & Decatur”

Recommended *** Little by little, the world is seeing Chicago as THE place for live theater! We have seen more actors come here to get the career that they want and of course, Broadway continues to offer us shows before they land on New York stages. This shows the beauty of [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 revival of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” and it is absolutely FABULOUS!   Arthur Miller wrote this tragedy based on a true story and it earned the Tony [Read More]

“Traitor”

“Traitor”

A Red Orchid Theatre is known for bringing  us powerful stories in their very intimate space in “Old Town”. They are currently featuring the World Premiere of Brett Neveu’s adaptation of Heinrich Ibsen’s “An Enemy Of The People” entitled [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 accepted that one as a war) knows that lives change when one has been in battle. In Kathleen Cahill’s play, “Harbur Gate”, now on that stage of [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 putting it at Cabaret, which makes sense as it is not truly a play, but a comedy routine that has a sub-plot. The current run , now onstage at the Up Comedy [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 Ziegler’s “Boy”, now onstage at Timeline Theatre is inspired by a story such as this. In the 1960’s, an accident during what appeared to be a [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]

“Breach”

“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]