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“There’s A Girl In My Soup” by Jeff Brody

“There’s A Girl In My Soup”  by Jeff Brody

All is smooth as silk, until one night, at a party, Robert meets Marion ( the lovely Shanna Brown) at a party and invites her back to his apartment. Marion is a free spirit and has her own agenda- she is flirty and somewhat irrisistable. She is one that is unlike all the [Read More]

“A Grand Night For Singing”

“A Grand Night For Singing”

Eugene Dizon is the musical director, but as he is getting ready to begin The Mercury's next production, he has turned his baton over to the highly talented Elizabeth Doran for this production. She handles the keyboards and has five extraordinary musicians on stage with [Read More]

“Skylight”

“Skylight”

The actors and the script itself are the keys to this story telling adventure into what might be called "why opposites attract", in that our story involves a wealth businessman Tom Sergeant ( brilliantly played by Phillip Earl Johnson) who comes back to his former lover, [Read More]

“The Music Man”

“The Music Man”

In this infamous role, director/Choreographer Rachel Rockwell, who of late has proven beyond a doubt that she is one of our finest, has cast Stef Tovar, who many of us know from his various Chicago credits. I have always enjoyed watching him perform and even though I [Read More]

“The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs”

“The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs”

Our job as an audience is to be entertained! That is why we go to the theater, isn't it? To break away from the stress and strife in our own lives, for at least a small period of time, where we can laugh or cry and have a diversion from the things that may be troubling us. [Read More]

“American Wee-Pie”

“American Wee-Pie”

. He does go to visit Linz and her husband,Pableu ( played to sweet perfection by Mark Ulrich) in their cafe where he bakes cupcakes that are amazing. It turns out that fate may have made their paths cross as Zed has a palate that can detect all the ingredients of his [Read More]

“Side Effects May Include….”

“Side Effects May Include….”

Pond plays all the roles with great feeling and dexterity and plays off the audience as well, making them understand that all of the so called cures out there have "side effects" and many can be worse than the original illness. While this story is based on the true life [Read More]

“Pygmalion”

“Pygmalion”

For many years, after watching the many versions of “My Fair Lady” that Chicago theater’s have produced, we often forget about the original that caused this musical to be written- “Pygmalion” by George Bernard Shaw. Now, celebrating 100 years [Read More]

“The Motherf**ker With The Hat”

“The Motherf**ker With The Hat”

But despite the great set, the chilling lighting (Donald Holder), and the enchanting original music (Terrence Blanchard) it is the finely tuned cast that makes this production one to put on you "to see" list. Each actor defines his or her role and allows you to enter into [Read More]

“The Glass Menagerie”

“The Glass Menagerie”

This is a very slick production in a small space with some wonderful music by Daniel Knox- eerie and lovely, that sets the tones for some of the creativity that Fleischmann brings to this Williams' classic. There is a great deal of projection usage that I was a bit [Read More]

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“The Lion King” review by Lawrence Riordan

“The Lion King” review by Lawrence Riordan

The story of Disney’s “Lion King” is so well known that it hardly bears summary. A young Lion, Prince Simba [Read More]

Where do all the actors come from!” Check out “Cabaret”

Where do all the actors come from!” Check out “Cabaret”

In this production, which sparkled from start to finish, our Emcee/Master of Ceremonies ( the incredible Andy Cohen, [Read More]

The Mousetrap” review by Michael Horn

The Mousetrap” review by Michael Horn

This production is entertaining and well structured. Director Jonathan Berry shows skill in managing the movement and [Read More]

“The American Revolution” review by Lawrence Riordan

“The American Revolution” review by Lawrence Riordan

However, these shortcomings are somewhat mitigated by the simple, flexible, and convincing period costumes (Alice [Read More]

“Camelot”

“Camelot”

as imagined by guest director/choreographer Alan Souza, the show is kept under three hours and while the talent he has [Read More]

“Barrel of Monkeys: Chicago’s Weird Grandma”  review by Lawrence Riordan

“Barrel of Monkeys: Chicago’s Weird Grandma” review by Lawrence Riordan

The stories are written by students at underserved Chicago Public Schools as part of the Barrel of Monkeys creative [Read More]

“Dancing Pros : Live!”

“Dancing Pros : Live!”

In this two hour plus "live" show, hosted by Alan Thicke, we get to watch five pairs of dancers compete for a trophy. [Read More]