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“Another Kind of Love” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Another Kind of Love” review by Lawrence Riordan

That said, if Johnson and Young turn in less powerful performances, their characters’ are likewise less powerful forces than the women and Young more than captures the awe he feels around them and handles the last scene exceptionally well. [Read More]

“La Raison d’Etre”

“La Raison d’Etre”

This is a solid dance group that needs to find someone to weave the story with greater detail. Act two begins with the evening being over and the bar closing. Why even have two acts? I would think 75 minutes of show can be handled by the audiences. [Read More]

“Trust us /Screw You” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Trust us /Screw You” review by Lawrence Riordan

usually in a theatre, we know we are watching a performance—although during this play, the distinction between what being performed and what is being improvised with audience members, or even what was actually happening, could be hard to deduce, much like when you know [Read More]

” The Magic Parlour” (with notes by Adam Shaw)

” The Magic Parlour”  (with notes by Adam Shaw)

To quote Adam, "As I expected, it was a great show. The magic was unreal and only five feet in front of us. To make it more fun, almost everyone in the audience got chosen to participate and had a great time". [Read More]

“The Little Foxes”

“The Little Foxes”

These are selfish people, all only interested in their personal gains and the riches they can get from the sweat of others. The mill will offer employment to the recently freed slaves, but on their terms, allowing the Hubbards to once again be in the lead [Read More]

“The Book of Mormon” review by Lawrence Riordan

“The Book of Mormon” review by Lawrence Riordan

The professionalism and artistry which the director and actors brought to this production was illustrated on opening night by the fact that the lead Elder Price, played by David Larsen in the first Act, had to be replaced by his understudy, Ryan Bondy, in the second, yet [Read More]

“Our New Girl” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Our New Girl” review by Lawrence Riordan

He could be a morose child who delights in the macabre, as many kind people of all ages are, or his interest could point to an underlying threat of violence (some of his behaviors certainly do). As we wait for the affair between Annie and Richard to be relieved, the nature [Read More]

” INANA “

” INANA “

There are a number of twists and turns in this sort of convoluted story about a man who may or may not be responsible for the great work of art being missing from his gallery. A forger who offers to make a perfect replica if the curator is willing to wed the forger's [Read More]

“Big Fish” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Big Fish” review by Lawrence Riordan

John August’s Big Fish has arrived in Milwaukee fresh from Broadway in a condensed and sanitized version for Todd Wehr Theatre’s Young Audiences Series. Nonetheless, under the direction of Jeff Whiting, it is a magical show filled with strong performances and voices, [Read More]

“Melancholy Play: a Chamber Musical” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Melancholy Play: a Chamber Musical” review by Lawrence Riordan

Others might find Ryan Lanning’s performance the most noteworthy. He provided a very considerable amount of much needed, before the second act anyhow, comic relief as the psychiatrist Lorenzo. In fact, with him involved, there was really no reason for people to turn into [Read More]

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“A Man In The Ring” Reviewed by Carol Moore

 Highly Recommended *****  As “Man in the Ring” ended, I was wiping away tears.  This gripping drama is based on [Read More]

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“The Last Wife”

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Highly Recommended ***** I was lucky enough to see Company Theatre Mumbai’s “Piya Behrupiya”, a Hindi translation [Read More]

“Fly by Night”

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Highly Recommended *****. Nearly ten months into the Shakespeare 400 Festival, the second half of Chicago Shakespeare [Read More]