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‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“The Explorers Club”

“The Explorers Club”

Recommended *** I have fallen in love with one of Chicago’s “black box” theaters. It is The Windy City Playhouse” located on one of the busiest streets on the North Side, Irving Park Road. This is an old warehouse or factory that has been gutted and [Read More]

“Jeeves at Sea”

“Jeeves at Sea”

First Folio Theatre, that darling little company, in Oakbrook, is a treat when it comes to the offerings they bring to their theater, whether in the reshaped chapel of the Mayslake Peabody Estate or during the summer months on the grounds of this same treasured spot. They [Read More]

“Mothers & Sons”

“Mothers & Sons”

Highly Recommended ***** How does one deal with the death of a child, many years later? In the story that is told by Terrance McNally in “Mothers & Sons”, now onstage at Northlight Theatre, we have such a case. Katherine ( played to perfection by Chicago [Read More]

” Vices and Virtues” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

” Vices and Virtues” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

Highly Recommended ****             Profiles Theatre is producing two series of one act plays on alternating nights under the titles “Vices and Virtues”, but there are plenty of both in each. That said, as a theme, Vice, or at the least potentiality [Read More]

“Estrella Cruz (The Junkyard Queen)

“Estrella Cruz (The Junkyard Queen)

Somewhat Recommended ** I am not sure how many people know about the Halcyon Theatre Company, a  ten year old company that has as its mission statement that they are “committed to making the stage as diverse as the City of Chicago, dedicated to presenting new voices [Read More]

“The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes”

“The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes”

Highly Recommended ***** A World Premiere Musical has opened at the Mercury Theater Chicago, that lovely gem of a theater on Southport. The newest of musicals to hit Chicago, is one that has taken a great deal of time and energy and patience on those involved to get to this [Read More]

“Satchmo at the Waldorf” reviewed by Carol moore


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Recommended **** I was absolutely fascinated watching Barry Shabaka Henley’s performance in the Court Theatre’s production of “Satchmo at the Waldorf”.  Although I was certainly aware of Louis Armstrong as a performer, I knew very little about him as a person.  [Read More]

“Another Word for Beauty”

“Another Word for Beauty”

Recommended *** There are times when giving a rating to a play that I have viewed is difficult. Do I rate the play on the script? On the acting? The direction? Or the entire production and its value? Tonight’s World Premiere of “Another Word for Beauty” , [Read More]

“The Gilded Age”

“The Gilded Age”

Recommended *** It has been awhile since I have read  or watched anything written by Mark Twain. In my college days, in particular in Literature class, much time was spent on one of our great American treasures. City Lit Theater, which is known for its “literate [Read More]

“Hairspray the Broadway Musical”

“Hairspray the Broadway Musical”

After recently reviewing the musical, “Bye Bye Birdie” a story about the relationship between teens and “Rock and Roll” during the 50’s and 60’s, it is even more amazing to watch the cult movie transformed to a hit musical, [Read More]

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“Harvey” reviewed by Carol Moore

“Harvey” reviewed by Carol Moore

Highly Recommended **** Kudos to Court Theatre for bringing back one of my favorite classic comedies, “Harvey”. [Read More]

“St. Jude”  Up close and Personal

“St. Jude” Up close and Personal

I have now seen all three of the Up Close and Personal Series productions at Victory Gardens Theater. The third, [Read More]

“The My Way Residential”  reviewed by Carol Moore

“The My Way Residential” reviewed by Carol Moore

Recommended *** I really enjoyed the Irish Theatre Chicago production of “The My Way Residential”.  Putting a [Read More]

“Time Stands Still”  reviewed by Jeffrey Leibham with editor’s notes

“Time Stands Still” reviewed by Jeffrey Leibham with editor’s notes

Recommended*** The title of the Donald Margulies play “Time Stands Still” would perhaps be more accurate if [Read More]

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Highly Recommended ****  What happens when a classic story, in fact, not just a classic, but a Dickens’ classic, is [Read More]

“Relativity”

“Relativity”

Highly Recommended ***** Albert Einstein was noted for his brilliance, and yet, few know a great deal about his [Read More]

EscapeHouse/SafeHouse- Chicago Style

EscapeHouse/SafeHouse- Chicago Style

What a night! We had heard about the “EscapeRoom” adventures, several times, and decided it was time to [Read More]