Saturday February 25th 2017

‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“ELF”

“ELF”

Highly Recommended **** When it was announced that Marriott Theatre was presenting “ELF” as their “holiday” musical, I thought they might have lost their minds. Yes, the film was hysterical. It was star-studded and designed to fit Will Farrell and [Read More]

“The Play About My Dad”

“The Play About My Dad”

Somewhat Recommended ** Every once in a while, I am placed in a position of being unsure of how to rate a production with my star system. There are times when the actors and direction are wonderful but the play lacks the story that would allow for the rave review, despite [Read More]

“The Seagull” review by Lawrence Riordan

“The Seagull” review by Lawrence Riordan

Highly Recommended **** The Chicago Theatre scene is filled with brilliant new plays so I am always excited when something canonical gets produced, and one cannot get more canonical than the Chekov. I think that two consecutive production’s of Aaron Posner’s “Stupid [Read More]

“Charm”

“Charm”

Highly Recommended ***** The last year, one of constant revelation regarding the Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner story, has brought to the surface more interest in the topic of “transgender” people! Yes, both males and females who feel that they were born in the wrong [Read More]

“Magic Tree House” review by Carol Moore

“Magic Tree House” review by Carol Moore

Highly Recommended **** I took my six year-old granddaughter, Molly, to see Emerald City Theatre’s “Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans”. It turned out to be an excellent choice for her since she’s reading chapter books now.  In fact, she told me she’d read [Read More]

“Unspeakable” review by Carol Moore

“Unspeakable” review by Carol Moore

Not Recommended  “Unspeakable”, the new “dramatic fantasia” about the life of Richard Pryor is not a good play. It is vulgar, profane (more uses of the ‘n’ word than I’ve ever heard) and not at all funny.  If it’s to go any further, it will need a lot of [Read More]

“Barefoot in the Park” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Barefoot in the Park” review by Lawrence Riordan

Step Up production’s of Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” throws the free spirited Corie (Alex Fisher) and conservative lawyer Paul (Colin Sphar) together in the unfortunately sticky covenant of marriage. After a marathon honeymoon spent in a hotel suite, the [Read More]

“James and the Giant Peach” review by Lawrence Riordan

“James and the Giant Peach” review by Lawrence Riordan

My friends and I grew up on Roald Dahl, and “James and the Giant Peach” was the first chapter-book many of us, including myself, read. As children, Dahl inspired in us a taste for the gothic that we were too young enough to recognize, and which First Stage’s [Read More]

“Avenue Q”

“Avenue Q”

Highly Recommended ***** It is not often that I attend a “local” community theater company production. Not because of the quality of their shows, but because of the time that I have to see as many shows as I see. However, when it comes to a few of the local [Read More]

“Ride The Cyclone”

“Ride The Cyclone”

The theater world has changed from days of yore! We used to have dramas, comedies and musicals as our three major types of fare, but the menu has increased to include cabaret and cult movements. Shows that are done in “rap”, chamber musicals (where the music is [Read More]

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“The Columnist”

“The Columnist”

Leave it to American Blues Theater to do their first production in their new home at Stage 773, that will create a true [Read More]

“Game Changers” the Joffrey  Reviewed by Carol Moore

“Game Changers” the Joffrey Reviewed by Carol Moore

Highly Recommended **** The Joffrey Ballet’s “Game Changers”, another brilliant smorgasbord of contemporary [Read More]

“Uncle Vanya”

“Uncle Vanya”

Highly Recommended **** Dealing with Russian “anything” at this time in our country is a tense subject, but [Read More]

“elemeno pea”

“elemeno pea”

Recommended *** Citadel Theatre, Lake Forests’ hidden treasure, has been doing some new and exciting productions. [Read More]

My Special Day

My Special Day

Winning the World Series was an exciting event for Cubs fans. In fact, it was a major event.Yesterday, we were able to [Read More]

“The Illusionists” Live From Broadway.

“The Illusionists” Live From Broadway.

Highly Recommended **** Today was a magical day. This morning, I was able to take a picture with the World Series [Read More]

“Love’s Labor’s Lost”  Reviewed by Jacob Davis

“Love’s Labor’s Lost” Reviewed by Jacob Davis

Recommended *** “This is not so well as I looked for, but the best that ever I heard.” This line, spoken by the [Read More]