Wednesday March 29th 2017

‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“My Way… a Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra”

“My Way… a Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra”

Recommended *** TheoUbique Cabaret Theatre has chosen the ultimate in “cabaret” performers to highlight for their holiday production, one “Chairman of the Board- Frank Sinatra”. This production was conceived by Todd Olson and David Grapes and [Read More]

“It’s A Wonderful Life- Live in Chicago!” review by Carol Moore

“It’s A Wonderful Life- Live in Chicago!” review by Carol Moore

Highly Recommended **** If you’re looking for a holiday-themed play for your family, one of the best choices would be American Blues Theater’s production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!”  The ‘live radio’ audience (you and your family) gets a rare [Read More]

“A Christmas Story-The Musical”

“A Christmas Story-The Musical”

Highly Recommended **** It’s that “time of year”, again! Once we enjoy our Turkey and family get together, we know that it is only 4 weeks until Christmas is here and all the theaters begin to bring in their holiday plays. So be it! This has become a [Read More]

“A Christmas Carol” review by Carol Moore

“A Christmas Carol” review by Carol Moore

 The Goodman Theatre’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol” remains essentially the same from year to year, which their audiences seem to love.  The Goodman lobby positively sparkles with festive decorations and an expanded holiday shopping area.  Everywhere I [Read More]

“A Christmas Story” review by Carol Moore

“A Christmas Story”  review by Carol Moore

Highly Recommended **** Every family has their own holiday traditions.  In my family it was “A Christmas Story”.  For some reason, that was my children’s favorite Christmas movie.  More recently, it’s become one of my favorite plays.  Ralphie, Randy, Flick and [Read More]

“Sherlock Holmes”

“Sherlock Holmes”

” My evening at the theater has been spoiled”. This is a line in tonight’s Broadway In Chicago’s “Sherlock Holmes”, an original adaptation by Greg Kramer that was of course inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tales. These [Read More]

“Seussical” the musical

“Seussical” the musical

Highly Recommended ***** The Holiday season is here and the holiday shows begin to open, one after another. Yes, we all “need a little Christmas”, but does a Holiday show, need to be about a holiday at all? I think that the shows being offered at this time of [Read More]

“Oliver”

“Oliver”

Tonight was a special night for one of our smaller theatre companies, Citadel Theatre Company of Lake Forest. They are in their 13th season (always an unlucky number, according to tradition and “old Wives”). Their venue is the very intimate space in the old Lake [Read More]

“Spill” review by Carol Moore

“Spill” review by Carol Moore

Highly Recommended ****  TimeLine Theatre Company’s production of “Spill” reminded me a bit of “Assassination Theatre”, not, of course the subject matter, rather the style.  “Spill” is a docu-drama, done as a hearing investigating the 2010 BP oil spill.  [Read More]

“Agamemnon” review by Michael Horn

“Agamemnon”  review by Michael Horn

The Court Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert presents Nicholas Rudall’s world-premiere translation of Aeschylus’ tragedy, Agamemnon, directed by Charles Newell.  This is the second installment of  [Read More]

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“For the Love of (or, the Roller Derby Play)” reviewed by Carol Moore

“For the Love of (or, the Roller Derby Play)” reviewed by Carol Moore

  Highly Recommended **** Pride Films and Plays has done themselves proud – I know, I just couldn’t resist – [Read More]

“Born Yesterday”

“Born Yesterday”

★★★★★ Brilliant! That would be my definition if someone were to ask me to describe the current Remy Bumppo [Read More]

“Merrily We Roll Along” comes to Palatine

“Merrily We Roll Along” comes to Palatine

LZP Productions presents the rare Sondheim musical Merrily We Roll Along to the Cutting Hall Theater April 1st through [Read More]

“By the Water”

“By the Water”

Highly Recommended **** If one has never been involved with a natural disaster, one can only imagine what goes through [Read More]

“Upright Grand”

“Upright Grand”

Highly Recommended ***** There are a great number of theater-lovers who are unaware of a special little treasure on the [Read More]

“Circus 1903” The Golden Age of Circus

“Circus 1903” The Golden Age of Circus

Recommended ***  The “Greatest Show on Earth” is supposedly gone! Barnum and Bailey will no longer come to [Read More]

“The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” reviewed by Jacob Davis

“The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” reviewed by Jacob Davis

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (pronounced ooey) may be the last historical play you ever want to see become relevant [Read More]