Wednesday September 3rd 2014

‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“One Name Only” ( A Different kind of reality show”

“One Name Only” ( A Different kind of reality show”

this crazy world of TV Reality shows. We are witness to a group of women, all wanting to win the $100,000 and recording contract that is the prize for the winner. Echoles introduces us to each with a bit of their back story; the single mother who is about to be evicted [Read More]

“The Book Thief”

“The Book Thief”

The story is beautifully narrated by a character named HIM ( the always reliable Francis Guinan, who represents DEATH, and yet we like him). This is 2 hours and 15 minutes of sheer artistry in story telling. While we are familiar with the atrocities that came with this war, [Read More]

“The Mistakes Madeline Made”

“The Mistakes Madeline Made”

I love live theater! I love the big splashy productions and the smaller storefronts! I enjoy seeing the vast number of talented performers in the Chicago area as well as the new material that comes along on a regular basis. That being said, there are shows that fail because [Read More]

“Wasteland”

“Wasteland”

Don't let the title confuse you. This is not a play about television, but rather a play about survival and the power of human connection. This is a stirring 90 minutes ( no intermission) about two men, prisoners of war in Viet Nam, both isolated in underground cave-like [Read More]

“Kinky Boots” The Musical

“Kinky Boots” The Musical

Get ready, Broadway! Another new musical is making waves in Chi-town and lucky New York gets another major musical, "Kinky Boots the Musical" based on the "cult" film of the same name written by Tim Firth and Geoff Deane, has been taken to a new level, one that will start a [Read More]

“Trainspotting USA”

“Trainspotting USA”

This dark and graphic story is directed by Tom Mullen, who selected the Midwest as the perfect place to reassign these characters and for this production Welsh has added material specific to the United States. The story centers around Mark ( a powerful performance by Shane [Read More]

“Assassins”

“Assassins”

This is a play that is not as familiar to many theater goers, even those who adore Stephen's work and is being done by a brand new theater company, that calls itself Billy Pacholski Presents ( a little vanity company) that has some incredible talent and an Artistic [Read More]

“Black Watch”

“Black Watch”

This space was used for military training by the State of Illinois during World War I, so it is very fitting that is be used by this troupe to present a play that deals with a story made up of interviews with soldiers, members of The Black Watch who served in Iran. Burke's [Read More]

“Operetta’s Greatest Hits”

“Operetta’s Greatest Hits”

Those of us who have experienced the works of Light Opera Works, know the majesty of the productions they bring to their stages. While they do not have the funding that the downtown and larger regional theaters have, they have creative minds and a lot of talent, many hoping [Read More]

“Equivocation”

“Equivocation”

a tale that takes us back to 1606 as a down and out playwright, who he has named Shagspeare, receives a royal commission to write a play and perform it with his band of co-operative actors. The play is more propaganda than play and the desire is to promote the government's [Read More]

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I was a bit thrown as to why these ladies both wanted this man. He is nothing special. he has nothing special to offer. [Read More]

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I am not sure if this was the best selection for a new company to make for their first. It is weak in story despite [Read More]

“Oh, What a Night!-What a Season” BIC 2014/2015

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2014 Jeff Nominations

2014 Jeff Nominations

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“Some Men” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

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” On The Town”

Directed by the always energetic David H. Bell with Choreography by Alex Sanchez, this is an incredible production that [Read More]

“The Most Ado: a party play”

“The Most Ado: a party play”

This is an extreme adaptation of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" by Mikey Laird that played at The Den Theatre [Read More]