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“Time After Time” the Songs of Jule Styne

“Time After Time” the Songs of Jule Styne

Five singers deliver almost two hours of musical memories in this very intimate setting- three women and two men and while I know that the male singers did a good job, it seemed that the women truly were the stars of this production. Songs like "Some People" and "Don't Rain [Read More]

“Hank Williams, Lost Highway”

“Hank Williams, Lost Highway”

Filament, in their "mission statement" says they are dedicated to creating theatre in a folk tradition", they couldn't have picked a better play or man to bring to their stage. This production is on the stage at the Athenaeum Theatre's third floor studion, which is fairly [Read More]

“Immediate Family”

“Immediate Family”

Paul Oakley Stovall's new play, now on the stage in Goodman Theatre's Owen,"Immediate Family" is the story of a Hyde Park, African American family as they get together for one of the sibling's wedding weekend. Directed smoothly by Phylicia Rashad ( of The Cosby Show fame), [Read More]

“Rock of Ages”

“Rock of Ages”

This is a "Rock concert" so the audience is expected to react to the music. In fact, they even hand out fake Bic lighters when you enter the auditorium ( flashlights) so you can enjoy the total "Rock" experience.Yes, many peope will want to wait for the movie ( Tom Cruise [Read More]

“Camelot”

“Camelot”

To make this production one that will stay in our memories and hearts for years, we need to have a solid Lancelot and of course a Guenevere that will make us forget Julie Andrews. They have the delightful Jennie Sophia playing our leading lady to perfection ( Julie who?) [Read More]

“I Am Going To Change The World”

“I Am Going To Change The World”

The intimacy of Chicago Dramatists theater on Chicago Avenue is very special. What makes it even more special is the new works they bring to their stage- works that make you think and works that most of us can relate to, in one form or another. Their current production, a [Read More]

“The Blonde,The Brunette, and the Vengeful Redhead”

“The Blonde,The Brunette, and the Vengeful Redhead”

This stunning performance, directed by Joseph Handreddy, on a marvelous set by Linda Buchanan featuring several wall panels that open to reveal dressing areas which allow us to see Ms Staples transform form character to character as we learn how the event in question [Read More]

“Cirque Shanghai: Year of the Dragon”

“Cirque Shanghai: Year of the Dragon”

Summer fun has begun at Navy Pier! Once again, “Cirque Shanghai” is appearing at “Pepsi” Skyline stage at Navy Pier and will continue to do so for the entire summer ( through September 3rd). Over the years, I have marveled at the improvement in [Read More]

“State Street”

“State Street”

a story that is loosely based on an event that took place in Chicago, in the days just before the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and the story of Crosby's Opera House, which was lost in this blaze. Uranus H. Crosby ( played with great verve and energy by Matthew Keffer) a [Read More]

“The Marvin Gaye Story(Don’t Talk About My Father Because God is My Friend)”

“The Marvin Gaye Story(Don’t Talk About My Father Because God is My Friend)”

Music is pretty much what Black Ensemble is all about! Ms Taylor finds great talent and selects the best musicians to bring to life on her stage, and if you were to ask those in the audience why they visit Black Ensemble Theater on a regular basis, the response you are sure [Read More]

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“Pinkolandia”

“Pinkolandia”

This is a story about people! Directed by Ann Filmer, on a set designed by Joanna Iwanicka, that truly fills the small [Read More]

“The Dance of Death”

“The Dance of Death”

This is a two act play with three characters that takes place in or about 1900 in an island in Sweden. The tale is [Read More]

” Les Miserables”

” Les Miserables”

under the sleek and smooth direction of the always remarkable Rachel Rockwell) we are treated to a powerful rendition [Read More]

“The Great God Pan”

“The Great God Pan”

To be honest, I am of the opinion that Herzog, who I admire very much, needs to take a second look at her play and [Read More]

“God’s Work”

“God’s Work”

This particular 90 minutes of story-telling is one filled with hope and sensitivity as they create art out of ugly [Read More]

“Corea and Fleck, in concert”  reviewed by Michael Horn

“Corea and Fleck, in concert” reviewed by Michael Horn

The full house at the magnificent Auditorium anxiously awaited the start of the concert and hushed when the two giants [Read More]

“CATS”

“CATS”

Robin, once again has taken on the task of moving this production to the same stage, with many new players and has done [Read More]