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“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]

“Purple Heart”

“Purple Heart”

It is a little "talky" at the onset, but as we get to know these characters and learn more about their lives ( if one can call them lives over existence), the story makes more sense and "grabs" us! You will see, in these characters, people you know, love or even hate, but [Read More]

“Faith Healer”

“Faith Healer”

While this is not a mass appeal production, it is one that I suggest for any young actors to view. Watching these three performers do monologues on an almost bare stage for over 30 minutes each is a true learning experience. To hold an audiences interest for this long, [Read More]

“Oliver”

“Oliver”

The production itself is up to the usual standars of this wonderful company, one of the few smaller ones who employ a full orchestra to make their music memorable. This score features many wonderful pieces: "Who Will Buy", "As Long As He Needs Me", "Where is Love", [Read More]

“The Book Of Mormon”

“The Book Of Mormon”

all the flair of a Broadway show mixed with the intimacy of a Second City production, I can see this production being here for a long run. I am in hopes that Rouleau and Platt will stay for the entire run as they are both solid performers who play off each other well and [Read More]

“WarHorse”

“WarHorse”

the puppetry and effects in telling this lovable story are top-notch. There is also some lovely musical moments as the story is told (Nathan Koci and John Milosich and Jason Loughlin), but the puppeteers are the key to this show being that special memory you will treasure; [Read More]

“The Other Cinderella”

“The Other Cinderella”

The basic story is the same, the Prince finds her and they live happily ever after and she allows her step-family to live in her castle but with some rules that will change their lives and give her just a tinge of revenge. The music is fun, the choreography is sweet and the [Read More]

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular”

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular”

For many years, Chicago audiences have thrilled to the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular, a fun filled entertainment review with holiday music and merriment and a bit of religion in the telling of “The Nativity”- live, and of most importance , the famed [Read More]

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t’s a great and realistic performance, so much so that I regretted it was only 50 minutes, but it’s heavy stuff and [Read More]

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“Titanic”

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In fact, it is hard to believe that the tickets for this production are a mere $20 ( only $10 for seniors and students) [Read More]

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“Pseudo-Chum” by Lawrence Riordan

This is one of those rare circumstances where the writers' constant presence in the production add to, rather then [Read More]

“Amazing Grace”

“Amazing Grace”

The voices of each cast memebr is sheer perfection. Every actor is unique and as I said earlier, the story is easy to [Read More]