Friday September 22nd 2017

‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

” A Love Affair”

” A Love Affair”

Recommended *** Often, when I attend one of the openings at Oil Lamp, that quaint little “storefront” in downtown Glenview, I think back to my days at Shady Lane Farmhouse in Marengo. The reason for those flashbacks are the type of plays that Keith and his staff [Read More]

“Trevor ” The Musical

“Trevor ” The Musical

Highly Recommended ***** I want to thank Michael Halberstam and Kathryn M. Lipuma for bringing the World Premiere of “Trevor” The Musical to their stage at Writers Theatre. This amazing play with music ( I prefer to consider this a “chamber musical”) [Read More]

“They’re Playing Our Song”

“They’re Playing Our Song”

It is not often that I miss an opening. In fact, when it is a show that I enjoy, hardly ever! But with the crazy schedule of late, I was unable to attend the opening of Brown Paper Box Company’s “They’re Playing Our Song”, Neil Simon’s [Read More]

“As You Like It” reviewed by Carol Moore

“As You Like It”  reviewed by Carol Moore

Highly Recommended **** I always look forward to the evenings I spend watching First Folio’s Shakespeare under the stars.  Somehow, that atmosphere – an outdoor stage set in the lush Mayslake Peabody Estate – transports me into Shakespeare’s world.  First [Read More]

“La Havana Madrid”- revisited

“La Havana Madrid”- revisited

In reality, Teatro Vista’s “La Havana Madrid” is on its third-go-round, now at the Goodman Theatre, on their Owen stage. From the start, when I saw this show at Steppenwolf’s 1700 stage, I knew that this was a treasure for Chicago audiences. My [Read More]

“Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical” 50th anniversary celebration!

“Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical” 50th anniversary celebration!

It is hard to believe that it has been over 50 years since “the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical HAIR” came alive and rocked the world of “Musical-Comedy”. With a book by Grome Ragni and James Rado who also write the lyrics and music by Galt [Read More]

“The Food Show”

“The Food Show”

For those of you who have attended a Neo-Futurist production the newest one,  “The Food Show” , will not surprise you ! For “newbies”, be prepared for a unique and special theatrical experience. The troupe is a collective of [Read More]

“Last Dancer Standing (More than Hip Hop)”

“Last Dancer Standing (More than Hip Hop)”

Recommended *** Rating the latest production of Black Ensemble Theater was a difficult task. This theater company is a strong force in creating musical pieces that present music of our pasts and the story behind either the artists, the writer or in some cases, the time. [Read More]

“Peter and the Starcatcher”

“Peter and the Starcatcher”

Recommended *** Over the past few years, I have been avoiding some of the productions at The Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.I love the venue itself and the comfort of the downtown Arlington Heights area, but, the theater lacked the quality that I had [Read More]

“An American in Paris ” A new musical

“An American in Paris ” A new musical

Musical theater is for many, the greatest form of entertainment! For others, it is the movies that they find exciting. Isn’t it wonderful when the two are married to re-create something special for both types of audiences? This process often does not live up to what [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]