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‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“New Country” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

“New Country” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

 As I made my way from one The Den Theatre’s elegant lobbies (equipped with a bar) through one of its mazes to one of its many studios, I was expecting to see a raunchy play about a young country music star, Justin’s (Michael Monroe Goodman), bachelor party gone awry [Read More]

“Crashing with Flamingos” Review by Carole Moore

“Crashing with Flamingos”  Review by Carole Moore

Recommended **** Towle Theater’s new production, Jim Henry’s new play “Crashing with Flamingos”, is a quirky little play about married life and unexpected guests.  It’s funny yet poignant, and it has a lot to say.  Just when I thought I’d figured out where it [Read More]

“Heathers: The Musical”

“Heathers: The Musical”

Taking cult movies to the stage is not an easy task. One can see how difficult it is this week alone as I watched “Midnight Cowboy” on one of our stages and tonight, the Chicago premiere of “Heathers: The Musical”. This cult piece is known as a dark [Read More]

“Adoration of the Old Woman”

“Adoration of the Old Woman”

Recommended *** While Chicago is known for its many splendid theatrical companies, those with large stages and wonderful history, we are also known for the many store-front theaters that make their homes in the neighborhoods of the city. One of these is the Urban Theater [Read More]

“The Compass” reviewed by Carole Moore

“The Compass” reviewed by Carole Moore

Highly Recommended **** “The Compass” absolutely blew me away!  It is unique and one of the most creative plays I’ve ever seen.    It’s just too bad there are so few public performances – and limited seating at those.  If I had any influence with [Read More]

“Porchlight Revisists…Applause”

“Porchlight Revisists…Applause”

Highly Recommended ***** While this  is “not” a play, but instead, one of a series of staged readings with music and dance, I have opted to classify my article as a “review” and also at Cabaret. Porchlight Music Theatre is a very special entity to [Read More]

“Midnight Cowboy”

“Midnight Cowboy”

This is one that is difficult to rate. Lifeline Theatre does a great job of adapting novels to stage, but they have selected a story that is pretty well known in “Midnight Cowboy”. Most of us, at least those of my generation, are familiar with the film that [Read More]

“2666”

“2666”

The Ttile of the very Special Event” at The Goodman is hard to make sense of. “2666” is a five-part “Novello” based on the book written by Roberto Bolano, adapted by Robert Falls and Seth Bockley to be performed as a World Premiere on the [Read More]

“School House Rock Live!”

“School House Rock Live!”

Recommended *** Back when my kids were growing up, I mean, way back in the ’70s, every Saturday morning, in-between regular programming, they would toss in some snippets called “School House Rock”. These were musical numbers that besides being fun and [Read More]

“Othello”

“Othello”

Highly Recommended ***** As early as the Middle Ages, “Moors were commonly viewed as being mostly black or very swarthy, and hence the word is often used for negro,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary. Author and historian Chancellor Williams said “the [Read More]

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“Spamilton”  An American Parody

“Spamilton” An American Parody

Recommended *** Back in time, theater-lovers watched parodies of their favorite Broadway shows in an intimate setting, [Read More]

“The School for Lies” reviewed by Carol Moore

“The School for Lies” reviewed by Carol Moore

Highly Recommended **** I loved The Artistic Home’s production of “The School for Lies”, a modern satire done in [Read More]

“The Tin Woman”

“The Tin Woman”

Highly Recommended *****  Many of us take the ride to Munster ( just a hop, skip and jump from the “loop” [Read More]

“A Gem in Ravenswood Manor”

“A Gem in Ravenswood Manor”

Driving along Montrose Avenue, one sees many types of signage along the way. If you start at the Lake, heading west, [Read More]

“The Nance” review by Carol Moore

“The Nance” review by Carol Moore

Recommended *** Pride Films and Plays production of “The Nance” takes us into the naughty world of burlesque in [Read More]

“Beauty’s Daughter”

“Beauty’s Daughter”

    Highly Recommended **** For over 30 years, American Blues Theater Company has been bringing stories of [Read More]

“My Son The Waiter : A Jewish Tragedy”

“My Son The Waiter : A Jewish Tragedy”

HEEEE’s BACK! Brad Zimmerman is back in the Chicago area doing his thing . . telling his story! As someone who [Read More]