Saturday January 21st 2017

‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“Tommy Guns Garage”

“Tommy Guns Garage”

Theater is a chance to escape from reality. While I know that the audience interactive show “Tommy Guns Garage” has been around for some time, 24 years to be exact, I decided that it is about time that my readers were made aware of this rip-roaring 1920’s [Read More]

“Next To Normal”

“Next To Normal”

How does one create a musical with the theme of “Bi-polar disorder”? Brian Yorkey’s “Next To Normal” with music by Tom Kitt and lyrics by Yorkey, does just that. It is a riveting “chamber musical” that won three Tony awards in 2009 [Read More]

“Marvel Universe LIVE!”

“Marvel Universe LIVE!”

This is truly NOT a true theater production, it is an entertainment concept that may become a standard as the years progress. Think of the Disney on Ice and Circus events that hit every major city each year. I am of the belief that “Marvel Universe LIVE!”, now [Read More]

“Jamaica Farewell”

“Jamaica Farewell”

When one sees the name Hershey Felder connected to a production, one can safely assume that they are in for something special. While most of his works, one person shows, are musical in nature, the current production, now on the stage of The Royal George Theatre, [Read More]

“The Price”

“The Price”

Timeline has done it again! This amazing theater company brings the seldom done “The Price” by Arthur Miller to its stage. This play is one that goes into our pasts as two brothers must come to terms with the “stuff” left behind by their father. It [Read More]

“The Adventures of Don Chipolte” reviewed by Carol Moore

“The Adventures of Don Chipolte” reviewed by Carol Moore

 “The Adventures of Don Chipotle” has turned out to be a very difficult play for me to write about. For some reason, the production started 20 minutes late – unforgivable! The actors were enthusiastic but their delivery was so shrill it was impossible to understand [Read More]

“Peter and the Starcatcher”

“Peter and the Starcatcher”

  Recommended ***There are often times that rating a play becomes a difficult task indeed. Tonight’s  opening of “Peter and the StarCatcher” is just one of those “times”. While the Midwest premiere at Drury Lane Oakbrook is far better [Read More]

“Patchwork Drifter” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Patchwork Drifter” review by Lawrence Riordan

Note: this Review refers to a preview performance in which the director is still making changes in front of an audience in preparation for opening night. I arrived at City Lit Theatre, located on the second floor of a Presbyterian Church in Edgewater, early so I spent some [Read More]

“The Jacksonian”

“The Jacksonian”

Somewhat Recommended ** I am one that loves the smaller storefront theater scene that Chicago audiences hold dear. Profiles Theatre is one that brings us intense drama, no matter which of their stages or even , as they have in the past, on a leased stage elsewhere. Tonight, [Read More]

“October Sky”

“October Sky”

Most of the Marriott Theatre subscribers are used to seeing the old “standbys’ on this “arena stage”, year after year, after year. But  each year Marriott tries to offer the added value of a FIRST! Yes, a brand new, never before seen [Read More]

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“A Disappearing Number”

“A Disappearing Number”

 Recommended *** Tonight I was witness to a production at Timeline Theatre which wowed me in many ways, and yet, I can [Read More]

“Fable-ous”  reviewed by Carol Moore

“Fable-ous” reviewed by Carol Moore

Highly Recommended **** Lifeline Theatre’s newest children’s play, “Fable-ous!”, is a treat for everyone, [Read More]

“What of The Night”  reviewed by Carol Moore

“What of The Night” reviewed by Carol Moore

 Somewhat Recommended ** Watching “What of the Night?” was an extremely frustrating experience.  Instead of [Read More]

“Fantastic Super Great Nation Numer Uno” 41st Revue at Second City ETC

“Fantastic Super Great Nation Numer Uno” 41st Revue at Second City ETC

Recommended *** One of the problems I imagine Second City has come up against, of late, is coming up with new [Read More]

” 30th Young Playwrights Festival” reviewed by Carol Moore

” 30th Young Playwrights Festival” reviewed by Carol Moore

Highly Recommended ****     The first time I went to see the Young Playwrights Festival, I didn’t know what to [Read More]

“The Dining Room”

“The Dining Room”

Recommended *** For those of you familiar with the intimate Glenview “storefront”, Oil Lamp Theater, you [Read More]

“T DAY”- I can smile again!

“T DAY”- I can smile again!

It is now January, 2017. I have had several visits with Dr. Mendez, my new Dentist, and I have been prepped for the big [Read More]