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“Good People”

“Good People”

we get a very thought provoking glimpse into the life of a single mother, Margaret, who loses her job and finds that her high school sweetheart is back in town and is now a highly respected doctor. Margaret ( supremely played by Mariann Mayberry) while talking with her [Read More]

“Freshly Fallen Snow”

“Freshly Fallen Snow”

There is no doubt that Chicago Dramatists IS “the playwrights’ theatre”, giving us some of the meatiest of theatrical productions, on a tiny stage in an intimate theater, allowing audiences to truly feel that they have broken through the fourth wall. Thier [Read More]

“Love and Drowning”

“Love and Drowning”

Kurt Sharp's set is designed to keep the scenes moving and to keep the audience's focus on the action and of course Dunne's words. Sharply directed by Artistic Director Ann Filmer who has a keen eye for getting the story told as written, this is a play that has several [Read More]

“Smoky Joe’s Cafe”

“Smoky Joe’s Cafe”

One of the reasons I enjoy seeing productions at The No Exit Cafe, produced by TheoUbique , is the intimacy that we the audience get with the performers. Not just on the stage in this quaint little storefront located in Rogers Park, but the fact that the performers are also [Read More]

“Sweet Bird of Youth”

“Sweet Bird of Youth”

The Goodman Theatre, over the last several years has used “star power” to bring classic works of theater to Chicago audiences. Their latest is the work of Tennessee Williams in a reworking of the classic “Sweet Bird of Youth” as seen through the eyes [Read More]

“The Skriker”

“The Skriker”

"The Skriker" by Caryl Churchill is a tale about a shapeshifter ( based on what I saw, a sort of witch who has the ability to change the lives of others). This role is taken on by the intriguing Sadie Rogers, who knows how to hold an audience's attention. Her mission in [Read More]

“I Love Lucy” Live on Stage

“I Love Lucy” Live on Stage

are at The Desilu Studios in California getting to watch our tv favorites Desi Arnez aka Ricky Ricardo ( played with just the right Cuban flavor by Bill Mendieta) and Lucille Ball aka Lucy Ricardo ( Sirena Irwin must have truly studied the late,great Ms Ball as she has [Read More]

“Hamlet”

“Hamlet”

"Hamlet" is a play that should be seen, not read, and to be able to see this fine cast in the intimate Writers' Theatre makes it even more special. The fight scene in the third act was quite scary in that the swords are flying very near to the audience members in the first [Read More]

“42nd Street”

“42nd Street”

The cast is young with energy and the dance numbers truly sharp, but the direction of the overall piece is not what we are used to in "big" musicals at this theater as well as the others ( Marriott, Drury Lane, Paramount etal). Larry Adams, who is a brilliant actor with a [Read More]

“GREASE”

“GREASE”

While this is a play that belongs in a smaller theater allowing the audience to feel as if they are truly peeking in on the lives of these teens, I must admit that the Paramount Theatre, that glorious venue in downtown Aurora under the direction of Michael Unger , is able [Read More]

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“Principal Principle”

“Principal Principle”

We learn a great deal about the system and teachers in general, but in a way that is also entertainment. There are [Read More]

“Funny Old Broads” reviewed by Jane Bresloff

“Funny Old Broads” reviewed by Jane Bresloff

The songs ( many are paraphrased words to familiar melodies) as sung by Jan Slavin and Pam Peterson hit all the topics [Read More]

“The Story of the Marvelettes”

“The Story of the Marvelettes”

This is a wonderful look at some history and it is done with some powerful flashbacks as two of the "Marvelettes" are [Read More]

“Merry Wives of Windsor” reviewed by Michael Horn

“Merry Wives of Windsor” reviewed by Michael Horn

Director Nick Sandys has balanced this production with the right amount of physical gags and jokes to establish a tone [Read More]

“The Qualms”

“The Qualms”

The evening ahead is a "party" of sorts, where as the evening progresses, couples will join with others in what they [Read More]

“Othello”

“Othello”

The Gift Theatre, that lovely little space in Jefferson Park has been around for over a dozen years, bringing us [Read More]

“Broadway at Ravinia” by Michael Horn

“Broadway at Ravinia” by Michael Horn

This was a wonderful evening of music at the best outdoor venue in America on a magnificent summer evening. It [Read More]