Saturday July 30th 2016

‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“Look, we are breathing”

“Look, we are breathing”

The three women in Mike's life are forced to look at themselves and their roles in what took place on that fateful night. While we know that he was warned (at least three times) not to drive after drinking, we also see that despite the warnings, it was his choice to take [Read More]

“The Herd”

“The Herd”

the director is Frank Galati and one can always see his intensity and heart in a play that he is involved with. Look at the program: Molly Regan, Francis Guinan, Lois Smith and John Mahoney. The non-ensemble members are Cliff Chamberlain and Audrey Francis, making for a [Read More]

“Carousel”

“Carousel”

Highly Recommended ***** The Lyric Opera of Chicago, in its new tradition, is presenting a major musical theater presentation each season in addition to the operas presented. This new tradition has been a stunning addition to our “Musical Theater Scene”, and [Read More]

“An Issue of Blood: An Historical Parable”

“An Issue of Blood: An Historical Parable”

Playwright, Marcus Gadley, did not set out to write this play at all. In fact, as he was engaged in writing a piece called "A Wonder In My Soul" which is set in the great migration to Chicago by the African-Americans who left the South. While fact gathering, our country [Read More]

“Penelope, O Penelope”

“Penelope, O Penelope”

I give credit to this young company for reaching out to explore new avenues, but I truly think they need to consider their location and their venue, when selecting plays to do. Then, what they should consider is if they need to do shows that are over two hours [Read More]

“Louis & Keely ‘Live at the Sahara'”

“Louis & Keely ‘Live at the Sahara'”

"I Can't Believe Your In Love With Me", "Hey Boy, Hey Girl", "Night Train", "Ai,Ai,Ai" and of course their most famous "That Ol' Black Magic". There is also a special rendition of "The Autumn Leaves" which has a lot to do with the story. Her first solo, "I Wish You Love" [Read More]

“Comedia Beauregard” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Comedia Beauregard” review by Lawrence Riordan

Recommended *** In the past two centuries, poems based on paintings have become increasingly common. Comedia Beauregard has decided to try its hand at making plays based on pieces of intuit (not Inuit) and outsider art all located at Chicago’s Intuit: The Center for [Read More]

“The Upstairs Concierge”

“The Upstairs Concierge”

Doing "Farce" takes a specific talent and expertise. A writer, no matter how talented, cannot just jump in and hope for the best. Yes, this show has the typical contents for a farce- lots of doors and stairs. The set is wonderful (Todd Rosenthal has truly created a [Read More]

“The Good Book” review by Carole Moore

“The Good Book” review by Carole Moore

A blank look from Luke helps him figure out the Gospels haven’t yet been written. He’s no more successful when he asks about all those rules in the Old Testament. The volatile Paul is dictating a letter to a scribe when Connor interrupts to ask about love, faith and the [Read More]

“Travesties”

“Travesties”

One would have to classify this piece as a true "ensemble piece" and it shows just how strong Remy Bumppo is in this classification of theater companies. They are strong actors, who are able to bring what is needed to the stage as one unit, together for the good of the [Read More]

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“Diana Ross”- Ravinia Debut  reviewed by Jane Bresloff

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“New Dances”  Thodos Dance  Chicago- reviewed by Carol Moore

“New Dances” Thodos Dance Chicago- reviewed by Carol Moore

Thodos Dance Chicago’s 16th Annual “New Dances”, an exhilarating smorgasbord of contemporary dance performed on [Read More]

“The Portrait” Reviewed by Mark Levine

“The Portrait” Reviewed by Mark Levine

The Premise: A solo performance, presented at Lincoln Park’s Greenhouse Theater, centers on Austrian painter, Gustav [Read More]