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“Ain’t No Crying The Blues ( In The Memory of Howlin Wolf)”

“Ain’t No Crying The Blues ( In The Memory of Howlin Wolf)”

This is a sentimental journey, taking a newer look at his story as told through the eyes of Ms Taylor and director Rueben Echoles. While it is not one of the best scripts ever presented on the stage of the Black Ensemble, the talent that fills the stage is so powerful and [Read More]

“A Cole Porter Songbook”

“A Cole Porter Songbook”

In fact, one of the highlights of attending production at No Exit is meeting some of the new talent that Fred finds. This production features four very able bodied and highly talented performers: William Lucas ( who was part of the "Aspects of Love" production- great vocal [Read More]

“Cirque Shanghai: Dragon’s Thunder” by Michael Horn

“Cirque Shanghai: Dragon’s Thunder”   by Michael Horn

"The Globe of Death" is by far the largest number in this show as we watch, not four ( the usual number) but five motorcycles twist and turn at speeds that are unbelievable , coming within inches of each other. This is the highlight of the show for almost everyone in [Read More]

“Reverb”

“Reverb”

Remember, I saw this production on a 30" almost color monitor standing for 90 minutes and truly enjoyed what I saw, now I will go back and sit in the theater and see it the way it was meant to be performed. Live, in living color! Who knows, I may add a star once I do. [Read More]

“The Electric Baby”

“The Electric Baby”

Is this a great story? Is it one that could be a bit easier to follow? The answer to both these questions is probably yes, but this is a well done production with a cast of solid performers and has some very thought provoking moments. When we lose someone we love, is the [Read More]

“Fight Girl Battle World”

“Fight Girl Battle World”

The story is about a world that has one female human left. She is E-V ( a powerful performance by Shelia O'Conner, who is high energy and very womanly). She is a fighter in what is the "battle world" where all planets send representatives to take on other species. General [Read More]

“Tea with Edie and Fitz”

“Tea with Edie and Fitz”

While these iconic authors were different in temperament, style, lifestyle and talent, they had many similarities in their personal lives. The experience of seeing a story such as this is one that will bring you enjoyment only because of the sterling performances. Just pay [Read More]

“The Hunting of The Snark”

“The Hunting of The Snark”

Upon arriving at Hugen-Hall, entering the area where the action was to take place, I found an assortment of young actors/performers playing "limbo", practicing their movements and balancing sticks. I was asked to be the "keeper of the rope" so when they needed it , they [Read More]

“Blood and Gifts”

“Blood and Gifts”

I am sure that this will be another award winning production for Timeline and one that will possibly be extended beyond the scheduled July 28th date. While July 28th seems so far off, the intimate space at Timeline, located at 615 West Wellington Avenue ( at Broadway) is [Read More]

“Orange Flower Water”

“Orange Flower Water”

Recommended*** Chicago’s theater community continues to grow, in numbers, in talent and in production values. This is something we can be very proud of. There is a new “kid on the block”, !NTERROBANG Theatre Project, which has as it’s [Read More]

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“Our Bad Magnet”

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