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“The Downpour”

“The Downpour”

Robin is married, living in Chicago and Hazel, who writes children's books is a loner. As the story unfolds, we learn of some of their childhood problems, but it is not until much later, when Robin announces that her and her husband, Fred( deftly handled by Peter Moore) are [Read More]

“Isaac’s Eye”

“Isaac’s Eye”

The theater in the back of the book store one of the few left in today's high-tech world), is quite intimate with around 42 seats placed so that each audience member feels like the "fly on the wall" we all hear about. They have done some new things like adding dressing [Read More]

“My Name is Ascher Lev” reviewd by Lawrence Riordan

“My Name is Ascher Lev”  reviewd by Lawrence Riordan

Often, adaptations of novels fall flat (largely because plays are so dialectical), but Aaron Posner’s script maintains the novels compelling narrative arc and contains plenty of sharp and meaningful dialogue. Under the direction of Kimberly Senior, Alex Weisman, delivers [Read More]

“The Game’s Afoot”

“The Game’s Afoot”

Not wanting to spoil the "whodunit" part of this sterling, hysterical comedy, I will only tell you that what you think should be the truth, is often, not so! There is a lot of little innuendos and story telling about each of our actors and their history with one another. As [Read More]

“Methacular” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

“Methacular” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

I understand that Strafford wanted to write the play in a way which made sure that we never felt like we were being chided for laughing along with him, but the pathos and humiliation are directed and staged in such a way that the contrast between these experiences and [Read More]

“The Arsonists” by Lawrence Riordan

“The Arsonists” by Lawrence Riordan

Alistair Beaton’s English adaptation of Max Frisch’s 1950’s German play “The Arsonists” works well in The Strawdog Theatre’s performance space. The idiosyncratic layout of the stage and house allow a great deal of room for the large chorus of firefighters to [Read More]

“Reasons To Be Happy”

“Reasons To Be Happy”

I was a bit thrown as to why these ladies both wanted this man. He is nothing special. he has nothing special to offer. Yet, two attractive women find themselves eager to change their lives to make him happy, which I think means they can find happiness with. But can he find [Read More]

“Ecstasy”

“Ecstasy”

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 having some solid actors. Again, why do we have to have this story be in England? Why do they need to have thick accents? There are many places in the world [Read More]

“Some Men” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

“Some Men” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

fortunately, superb direction by David Zak and Derick Van Barham, as well excellent acting bring by the entire cast, bring out what is great about Terence McNally’s script. Although the first and last scene is a gay wedding, the play largely starts emotionally and [Read More]

” On The Town”

” On The Town”

Directed by the always energetic David H. Bell with Choreography by Alex Sanchez, this is an incredible production that uses the small "in-the-round_ stage to perfection. Even the dream sequences work! The story is about three sailors arriving in New York for 24 hours. [Read More]

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“The Shape of Things”

“The Shape of Things”

Recommended *** The newest production brought to the stage by the Eclectic Full Contact Theatre (I will make an effort [Read More]

“R + J : Martha’s Vineyard” review by Lawrence Riordan

“R + J : Martha’s Vineyard” review by Lawrence Riordan

Instinctually, I am a purist when it comes to Shakespeare, but if something truly innovative can be done that brings [Read More]

“American Buffalo”

“American Buffalo”

This is a hard review to write. Not because of the production, or in fact, anything to do with the sterling [Read More]

“The Explorers Club”

“The Explorers Club”

Recommended *** I have fallen in love with one of Chicago’s “black box” theaters. It is The Windy [Read More]

The Senior Radio players, bring back LIVE Radio”

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Radio! Oh, the days when radio was not just music and talk, but in fact, real shows- what television calls variety [Read More]

“Judy & Liza- Once in a Lifetime”

“Judy & Liza- Once in a Lifetime”

Highly Recommended ***** I just found a new spot in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. It is called the Uptown [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 [Read More]