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“The Book Of Mormon”

“The Book Of Mormon”

all the flair of a Broadway show mixed with the intimacy of a Second City production, I can see this production being here for a long run. I am in hopes that Rouleau and Platt will stay for the entire run as they are both solid performers who play off each other well and [Read More]

“WarHorse”

“WarHorse”

the puppetry and effects in telling this lovable story are top-notch. There is also some lovely musical moments as the story is told (Nathan Koci and John Milosich and Jason Loughlin), but the puppeteers are the key to this show being that special memory you will treasure; [Read More]

“The Other Cinderella”

“The Other Cinderella”

The basic story is the same, the Prince finds her and they live happily ever after and she allows her step-family to live in her castle but with some rules that will change their lives and give her just a tinge of revenge. The music is fun, the choreography is sweet and the [Read More]

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular”

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular”

For many years, Chicago audiences have thrilled to the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular, a fun filled entertainment review with holiday music and merriment and a bit of religion in the telling of “The Nativity”- live, and of most importance , the famed [Read More]

“The School For Lies”

“The School For Lies”

this is sheer comedy on stage. The story is a bit inane and far from the original work, but to be honest, I could care less. It is a fun-filled evening with some solid acting and a special playfulness in the connection between the characters on the stage and the audience. [Read More]

“You Never Can Tell”

“You Never Can Tell”

The chain of events includes new loves, old loves, identities confused, truths discovered and in general, general mayhem. At the hotel, there is a waiter of note, who the twins have named William ( they thought he looked like a statue of Shakespeare) who kind of puts all [Read More]

“How The Grinch Stole Christmas! ” The Musical

“How The Grinch Stole Christmas! ” The Musical

I would hope that in the years to come, one of our local companies might take this production on as their own holiday show and make it more intimate and affordable for more families to be able to see. We have many theater companies who do annual Christmas shows, so why not [Read More]

“We Three Lizas” a Holiday Bender

“We Three Lizas” a Holiday Bender

I must preface this by explaining my confusion as to exactly what About Face There is bringing to the stage at the Steppenwolf Garage on Halsted Street. The show is called "We 3 Lizas"a Holiday Bender and it is a "cabaret" 90 minutes of fun and frolicking over a dark, sexy [Read More]

“It’s a Wonderful Life..Live at The Biograph”

“It’s a Wonderful Life..Live at The Biograph”

"It's a Wonderful Life" is a very heartwarming American tale of a man who gave up many of his hopes and dreams in order to save his town and help the people of that community have healthier and happier lives. The movie of the same name, which was based on the short story [Read More]

“Singin’ In The Rain”

“Singin’ In The Rain”

Tony Yazbeck, who came in to replace the injured original Don, does one heck of a job with his acting, his vocal range and his amazing dance routines, including the dynamite title song as the rains come tumbling down and he dances and splashes for the entire number. To [Read More]

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“Amazing Grace”

“Amazing Grace”

The voices of each cast memebr is sheer perfection. Every actor is unique and as I said earlier, the story is easy to [Read More]

:Dead Accounts” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

:Dead Accounts” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

If the dialogue makes the script, than it is the characters that make the production, and the perfectly timed and [Read More]

“Both Your Houses”

“Both Your Houses”

sees the items that are being added to the budget, he decides to be more honest and upright, no matter the cost. Now we [Read More]

“The Wild Party”

“The Wild Party”

Manhattan fable about love, drugs, alcohol, sex and decadence. The 100 minute (no intermission) story begins on a small [Read More]

“Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

“Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

It is almost as if the role was written just for them. That is the case in this production. Both Girolmo and Finnegan [Read More]

“The Art Of Falling”

“The Art Of Falling”

In several scenes, the dancers are projected on a large screen so that they appear to be floating in air, although [Read More]

“Owners” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Owners” review by Lawrence Riordan

Anyone who has lived in England will realize that accents are not homogenous even among people in the same place, [Read More]