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‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“Dreamgirls:

“Dreamgirls:

Highly Recommended ***** How does one spell “perfection”? When it comes to the current production at Stage 773 , as presented by Porchlight Music Theatre, the word is “Dreamgirls”!!! This production, directed and choreographed by Brenda Didier, [Read More]

“Mary Page Marlowe”

“Mary Page Marlowe”

Tracy Letts, as both performer and playwright, is for the most part, a sure winner. His works are mind-boggling and very deep into the mental being of his characters. His newest work, “Mary Page Marlowe”, now making its World Premiere on the main stage at [Read More]

“Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin” REVISITED

“Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin”  REVISITED

Highly Recommended *****  Last November, Hershey Felder brought this show to The Royal George Theatre– It is back again!  And as powerful today as it was last year! When one sees the name Hershey Felder attached to a production, one knows that they are in for an [Read More]

“Antigone” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan First Stage/Milwaukee

“Antigone” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan  First Stage/Milwaukee

Highly Recommended *****Jean Anouilh’s Antigone is an adaptation of Sophocles’ 5thc BCE Greek play of the same name. Anouilh’s adaptation, written and first performed during the period of French-Nazi collaboration and the French resistance, takes Sophocles’ drama, [Read More]

“Hillary and Clinton”

“Hillary and Clinton”

Playwright Lucas Hnath has written a play featuring iconic figures once again. His narratives have included such notables as Walt Disney, Anna Nicole Smith and Sir Isaac Newton. His new play, now having its World Premiere on the stage at Victory Gardens is titled [Read More]

“Time Steps” review by Carol Moore

“Time Steps” review by Carol Moore

Recommended *****I don’t know what I was expecting when I went to see Chicago Tap Theatre’s “Time Steps”, but it sure wasn’t the beautiful, evocative and emotional story dance I saw.  This is not the tap you’ll see/hear in a Broadway musical like “42nd [Read More]

“ONCE !” ( Milwaukee version) reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

“ONCE !” ( Milwaukee version) reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

” Once!” (Enda Walsh and Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova) features an intelligent, generic, and unusually static set (Bob Crowley). It looks like, and sometimes serves, as an Irish pub as well as a backdrop for numerous other settings. Basically, it’s a [Read More]

“Hazel, a Musical Maid in America”

“Hazel, a Musical Maid in America”

Another new musical has opened in the Chicago area. It is a musical version of an old television sit-com, “Hazel” ( bringing fame to actress Shirley Booth), having its World Premiere at Drury Lane. The sit-com was based on a cartoon character (or might we say [Read More]

“Riverdance- celebrating 20 years” reviewed by Emily Johnson

“Riverdance- celebrating 20 years” reviewed by Emily Johnson

 Highly Recommended **** Everyone knows about” Riverdance”—it’s one of those shows, like Blue Man Group, that has been popular for a generation. It has spurred many offshoots, a few stars, and a renaissance in interest in Irish Dance. Now the blockbuster [Read More]

“Fooling Buddha” reviewed by Carol Moore

“Fooling Buddha” reviewed by Carol Moore

Recommended **** I’m not quite sure how to describe First Folio’s “Fooling Buddha”.  It’s a one-man show, for sure, but it’s also a memoir filled with Buddhist truisms and a little bit of magic thrown in just for fun.  The important thing – “Fooling [Read More]

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“The Legend of Georgia McBride”

“The Legend of Georgia McBride”

Highly Recommended ***** The Chicago theater scene has another Chicago Premiere that is something very special! The [Read More]

“Alias Grace”  review by Carol Moore

“Alias Grace” review by Carol Moore

 Recommended *** Everyone in my book club enjoyed the Rivendell Theatre production of “Alias Grace”, Jennifer [Read More]

“The Rembrandt”

“The Rembrandt”

Recommended ***  Have you ever thought about what might happen if you were to touch a museum work of art, just to see [Read More]

” A New Brain”

” A New Brain”

Highly Recommended ***** When asked how I come to rate a production, I try to explain that the beauty of a production [Read More]

“The 39 Steps” reviewed by Jacob Davis

“The 39 Steps” reviewed by Jacob Davis

Highly Recommended ***** You don’t need to know Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film The 39 Steps to find Patrick [Read More]

“Five Guys Named Moe” reviewed by Michael Horn

“Five Guys Named Moe” reviewed by Michael Horn

The Court Theatre opens its 63rd season with “Five Guys named Moe”; a lively musical tribute to the hit songs of [Read More]

“Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”

“Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”

in 1884, Mark Twain wrote a novel, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, bringing the South and its [Read More]