Friday August 1st 2014

‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“Sunday in the Park with George”

“Sunday in the Park with George”

There are many theater-goers who are like me, in that they truly love the work of Sondheim and become mesmerized by his cleverness in creating a blend of words and music that stick in the head. There are those who just don't "dig" ( or perhaps understand just what it is he [Read More]

“Jesus Christ Superstar”

“Jesus Christ Superstar”

What makes a solid production is the creative eye of the production team. Not just the director, but the designer, musical director, costumer, lighting and set designer and yes, even the props person. Let's fact it ; without all the proper ingredients, even the best recipe [Read More]

“Metamorphoses”

“Metamorphoses”

The set design surrounding the pool (Daniel Ostling) is very striking and the lighting (T.J. Gerckens) sets the mood for the stories we are being told. Mara Blumenfeld's costumers and the sound( Andre Pluess) and original music( Willie Schwarz) are the pieces that complete [Read More]

“Good People”

“Good People”

we get a very thought provoking glimpse into the life of a single mother, Margaret, who loses her job and finds that her high school sweetheart is back in town and is now a highly respected doctor. Margaret ( supremely played by Mariann Mayberry) while talking with her [Read More]

“Freshly Fallen Snow”

“Freshly Fallen Snow”

There is no doubt that Chicago Dramatists IS “the playwrights’ theatre”, giving us some of the meatiest of theatrical productions, on a tiny stage in an intimate theater, allowing audiences to truly feel that they have broken through the fourth wall. Thier [Read More]

“Love and Drowning”

“Love and Drowning”

Kurt Sharp's set is designed to keep the scenes moving and to keep the audience's focus on the action and of course Dunne's words. Sharply directed by Artistic Director Ann Filmer who has a keen eye for getting the story told as written, this is a play that has several [Read More]

“Smoky Joe’s Cafe”

“Smoky Joe’s Cafe”

One of the reasons I enjoy seeing productions at The No Exit Cafe, produced by TheoUbique , is the intimacy that we the audience get with the performers. Not just on the stage in this quaint little storefront located in Rogers Park, but the fact that the performers are also [Read More]

“Sweet Bird of Youth”

“Sweet Bird of Youth”

The Goodman Theatre, over the last several years has used “star power” to bring classic works of theater to Chicago audiences. Their latest is the work of Tennessee Williams in a reworking of the classic “Sweet Bird of Youth” as seen through the eyes [Read More]

“The Skriker”

“The Skriker”

"The Skriker" by Caryl Churchill is a tale about a shapeshifter ( based on what I saw, a sort of witch who has the ability to change the lives of others). This role is taken on by the intriguing Sadie Rogers, who knows how to hold an audience's attention. Her mission in [Read More]

“I Love Lucy” Live on Stage

“I Love Lucy” Live on Stage

are at The Desilu Studios in California getting to watch our tv favorites Desi Arnez aka Ricky Ricardo ( played with just the right Cuban flavor by Bill Mendieta) and Lucille Ball aka Lucy Ricardo ( Sirena Irwin must have truly studied the late,great Ms Ball as she has [Read More]

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“The Importance of Being Earnest”

“The Importance of Being Earnest”

What we witness during these two acts (roughly 2 hours and 15 minutes with a 15 minute intermission), is the truth [Read More]

Is Barter the NEW way to do business?

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“Geezers”

“Geezers”

At the very start, we meet a young man, jack (a marvelous performance by Aaron Kirby,who is making his mark in our [Read More]

“Men Should Weep”

“Men Should Weep”

There are many set-backs and over the two plus hours of story-telling we know that these are strong people who despite [Read More]

“Principal Principle”

“Principal Principle”

We learn a great deal about the system and teachers in general, but in a way that is also entertainment. There are [Read More]

“Funny Old Broads” reviewed by Jane Bresloff

“Funny Old Broads” reviewed by Jane Bresloff

The songs ( many are paraphrased words to familiar melodies) as sung by Jan Slavin and Pam Peterson hit all the topics [Read More]

“The Story of the Marvelettes”

“The Story of the Marvelettes”

This is a wonderful look at some history and it is done with some powerful flashbacks as two of the "Marvelettes" are [Read More]