Wednesday October 1st 2014

‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“The Gifts of The Magi”

“The Gifts of The Magi”

The talent is there! I just felt that the script was a bit weak and needs a little work. But, you be the judge! If you are seeking something different for the holidays, something new that will entertain you and give meaning to the true spirit of the holiday season, you [Read More]

“Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter”

“Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter”

The characters in this play are indeed characters. Each one with a past but no future. Jenny has a secret, one that caused her to lose her leg, her spirit and her desire to go back to normalcy. While Lou represents the "person" who wants Jenny to feel that her country has [Read More]

“Potted Potter”

“Potted Potter”

This is truly a family orientated show that is written and performed by Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner ( formerly BBC TV hosts) that is performed on an almost bare stage with a great many props, adorable songs, some wild costumes, audience participation and a game of [Read More]

“Forever Plaid Tidings”

“Forever Plaid Tidings”

"Forever Plaid Tidings", now being revitalized at Theatre at the Center in Munster,Indiana ( just a hop skip and jump from downtown Chicago), these four men are prompted by Rosemary Clooney, they are transported back to perform a special holiday program for the world-weary [Read More]

“My One and Only”

“My One and Only”

choreography by Mader who proves to be a solid "tap" pro with one number that is close to 17 minutes to the title song , "My One and Only" as danced by Mr. Magic (Ted Louis Levy, an outstanding tap man) and our hero Captain Billy Buck Chandler, Marriott's answer to Gene [Read More]

Momentum” River North Dance by Graham Albachten

Momentum” River North Dance  by  Graham Albachten

The most exciting piece of the first half was a magnificent short solo Beat, which the program listed as “a structured improvisation shaped by: Ashley Roland.” Ahmed Simmons, the dancer, long-limbed and beautiful, has an absolutely enormous stage presence. Somehow, the [Read More]

” Les Miserables”

” Les Miserables”

While this production has been here recently, it seems even stronger after being on the road. Perhaps it is the strong cast gelling! Perhaps it is audiences love of the music and the story of the survival of the human spirit despite all the setbacks thrown at it. Today, [Read More]

“Sister Act”

“Sister Act”

While the story is kind of routine and hokey in many ways and one that has been done over and over, it has charm and many comical moments, but most of all, this is a strong and talented cast that truly gives each audience member a magical experience. You don't have to be [Read More]

“The Burnt Part Boys”

“The Burnt Part Boys”

While I enjoyed the music and the talent on the stage, I am of the opinion that perhaps on a different set and in a different layout of a venue, this story telling would not be as confusing. They cross each other on different paths and of course, the spirits are to powerful [Read More]

“Long Day’s Journey Into Night”

“Long Day’s Journey Into Night”

Recommended*** Anyone familiar with Eclipse Theatre Company , knows that each year they select one playwright and devote their three play season to his or her works. This year, they selected Eugene O’Neill. After success with “Ah Wilderness!” and [Read More]

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