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“Spike Heels”

“Spike Heels”

and after getting to know this character, I doubt that she could ever have fallen in love with either of the men in this show. In fact, there is a scene where she is confronted by Andrew's fiancee, Lydia (deftly handled by Whitney Morse) and I was hoping that they might [Read More]

“Red Bud”

“Red Bud”

This is their annual trip to "Red Bud", a championship Motocross Rave, somewhere in the rural countryside. While they have all had life changing experience over the twenty something years since this tradition began, this is the time in their lives that each sort of relives [Read More]

“Spinning Into Butter” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Spinning Into Butter” review by Lawrence Riordan

focusing too much discourse ultimately interferes with human interaction, and shows that, at least in this play, that it produces disaster for all parties involved who are trying to act in authentic ways, but a disaster which mercifully leads to a dialogue between humans in [Read More]

“West Side Story”

“West Side Story”

What we bear witness to, in this striking production ,under the slick direction of Rachel Rockwell, the magician of Chicago's musical theater scene, is two acts of sheer artistry as she presents the book (Arthur Laurents), music (Leonard Bernstein) and lyrics (Stephen [Read More]

“Scary Tales” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

“Scary Tales” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

a very weird story about shell-shock that seemed like it was struggling to be a feminist critique of mental healthcare of male veterans in the first part of the last century (again, this was more ably done by Virginia Woolf in “Mrs. Dalloway”, and the only reason in [Read More]

“Keys Of The Kingdom” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Keys Of The Kingdom” review by Lawrence Riordan

That said, Penniston’s script produces very high dramatic tension, comic humor, occasional lyrical dialogue, and sophisticated characters on which the director (Greg Werstler) and the actors are able to capitalize. Don Bender’s portrayal of the minister is a muted [Read More]

“Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play”

“Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play”

The cast of players is highly energetic and their desire to entertain is pure and not lacking. It is the script itself that I had a problem with and find it hard to believe that the audiences in New York raved about this show. Of course, we all know that New York's theater [Read More]

“The Rose Tattoo”

“The Rose Tattoo”

Under the sterling direction of Greg Vinkler (many of you may recognize his name from all the reviews of productions at Chicago Shakespeare where he has appeared in lots of productions) on a divine set by Sarah Ross, who truly shows that one can take a "black box" 99 seat [Read More]

“The Who’s Tommy”

“The Who’s Tommy”

The musical began as a record album that depicts the story of "Tommy" who as a little boy is witness to his father shooting his mother's lover, after the father was released from a prisoner of war camp. The trauma that Tommy is thrown into makes him deaf, dumb and blind. [Read More]

“Private Lives”

“Private Lives”

There are highs and lows as we watch Amanda and Elyot drift further apart, each one wanting to take off and escape, the others. But as the act ends, along with the play, there will be a few surprises. I will not spoil for you except to say, the ending is fitting for the [Read More]

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