Saturday December 20th 2014

‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“25 Saints”

“25 Saints”

Again, the actors do the best with the story that was written by Rollins; one that probably should have had more readings before bringing it to fruition. The production people deserve credit for what they bring to the overall production as well.Mike Durst ( Lighting), Sarah [Read More]

“Fela!”

“Fela!”

The cast is solid with some great dance numbers ( Maija Garcia handles this as well as the direction of this cast on this stage, based on the original work by Jones). Michelle Williams is the "name power" they have brought with this company ( former member of Destiny's [Read More]

“A Soldier’s Play”

“A Soldier’s Play”

I will not tell you the final outcome of the story, a sit would ruin the flow of action for you, should you see it, and I do suggest that you find the time in your busy schedules to see this excellent production. What a cast! In addition to Whitfield and Pete ( who are [Read More]

“The Fox On The Fairway”

“The Fox On The Fairway”

Yes, it is filled with silly situations, but like all good farces, all of the antics have a reason for being there and in the end, everyone is happy and with the right party. A special note; when the play ends and the actors take their bows, do not leave the theater, [Read More]

“Empanada For A Dream”

“Empanada For A Dream”

This is a special look into a life and an experience of a man who was able to reduce his fears and go on with his own dreams of doing something special and leaving the past behind and it is told to perfection by Villa. Yes, there is some Spanish used, but not enough to [Read More]

“Julius Caesar”

“Julius Caesar”

This production is roughly 2 1/2 hours ( with an intermission) and is spellbinding from start to finish.Even though we know it is a tragedy and there is a great deal of death and war, we know that Shakespeare did have a meaning to what he penned. This is a story about [Read More]

“Teddy Ferrara”

“Teddy Ferrara”

There are some light tones ( mostly handled by Mr. Clear and Ms Brooks) but the overall story is one that is real and scary, yet because there is an attempt to cover too much, it gets a bit confusing. There are several things that change the course of the lives of these [Read More]

“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”

“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”

Directed by Rob Lindley ( a cabaret performer himself), we get the sense that this return home to Philly may be her last. As it turned out, it was four months later that she passed away, so this biography was written not only to honor her, but to tell her story. While the [Read More]

“The Magnificents”

“The Magnificents”

There are many who say, "theater is magic", and if you see the name Dennis Watkins on the press release or in an ad, you know that you are in for just that, "MAGIC". Watkins is one of the country's true geniuses when it comes to magic, and when The House Theatre of Chicago [Read More]

“Jeeves Takes A Bow”

“Jeeves Takes A Bow”

Well, fans, those of you who just want a laugh or two ( or even more), First Folio's production of "Jeeves Takes a Bow" will give you almost two hours of silliness, zaniness, and of the most importance, laughs!.Based on the short stories by P.G. Woodhouse ( who created [Read More]

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