Sunday November 19th 2017

‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“Caught” reviewed by Emily Johnson

“Caught”  reviewed by Emily Johnson

Sideshow Theatre Company’s Chicago premiere of CAUGHT Caught, written by Christopher Chen and directed by Seth Bockley, plays May 29 May 29 – July 3, 2016 at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Caught Victory Gardens Theater [Read More]

“Kinky Boots”- Milwaukee- reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

“Kinky Boots”- Milwaukee-  reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

Kinky boots deals with themes of intergenerational and hypo-transgender identity while remaining largely unsocial and apolitical, dealing instead with the personal and dramatic narratives of the two main characters: Charlie (Adam Kaplan) and Lola (J. Harrison Ghee). Charlie [Read More]

“Constellations”

“Constellations”

Relationships are a major part of our lives and each of us have looked back at the ones we have either enjoyed or hated thinking what could I have done differently? What could have happened if I had done______? Or what might have taken place if she had done_______?. Nick [Read More]

“Soups, Stews, and Casseroles:1976”

“Soups, Stews, and Casseroles:1976”

Highly Recommended **** When I read the press release that The Goodman will be featuring a Rebecca Gilman play, I know that I will be in for a solid story. At this time, they are presenting their eighth Gilman play, “Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976”, in its [Read More]

“The Seagull” reviewed by Emily Johnson

“The Seagull” reviewed by Emily Johnson

Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, written in Russian in 1895, directed by Cody Estle, runs at the Artistic Home this month. The production lays out the first of Chekhov’s four major plays faithfully as it tells the story of a young wanna-be writer trying to escape the [Read More]

“The Distance”

“The Distance”

I know that many a good story was written by a British playwright, but often wonder why the production company feels they must present it as an “English story” in a local production. Haven Theatre Company’s U.S. Premiere of Deborah Bruce’s “The [Read More]

“Tug Of War:Foreign Fire” review by Carol Moore

“Tug Of War:Foreign Fire” review by Carol Moore

 Highly Recommended **** “Tug of War: Foreign Fire” is such a huge production it’s hard to know where to start when writing a review.  Watching “Foreign Fire” was like binge watching three or four episodes of a TV drama like “Outlander” or “Game of [Read More]

“One Man, Two Guvnors” review by Carol Moore

“One Man, Two Guvnors” review by Carol Moore

Recommended *** Do you remember that scene in “Bull Durham” where Kevin Costner’s character told the rookie to learn his clichés and use them?  I’m going to go out on a limb and mention a couple of reviewer clichés I’ve heard.  First cliché, the Court Theatre [Read More]

“Haymarket: The Anarchist’s Songbook”

“Haymarket: The Anarchist’s Songbook”

Highly Recommended **** One of Chicago’s newest “hotspots” when it comes to dining out, the Randolph Street area, just west of Halsted, has some strong history for the city of Chicago. The story of Lucy Parsons, daughter of a slave and the widow of Albert [Read More]

“Johanna Faustus” review by Emily Johnson

“Johanna Faustus”  review by Emily Johnson

Johanna Faustus opened May 20 at the Den Theater for a 9-day run. Adapted by Emily Casey and Artistic Director Sean Graney, this clever retelling of the Faustus tale (from Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus) features a minimalist set and an ensemble cast who take on [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]