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“Accomplice”

“Accomplice”

Because of the nature of the story, I must be careful as to what I can say about the plot as I would not want to ruin your adventure at The Metropolis/ "Accomplice" is a sort of British Farce that appears to be one thing, then another and then turns out to be something [Read More]

“Proof”

“Proof”

In all the previous presentations, we are always in the back yard of what is called a Chicago Bungalow ( a building style that lines the streets of Chicago neighborhoods). In this production, set designer Martin Andrew ( I am sure in conjunction with Director Charles [Read More]

“Stones In His Pockets”

“Stones In His Pockets”

Despite the tragedy of the story, it is the story telling that is unique and different and a pleasure to watch. These two fine actors playing a dozen or so characters with merely a change of stance, voice, demeanor or jacket are astounding. At the close of the play, as [Read More]

“Othello:The Remix”

“Othello:The Remix”

I don't care what you think about Shakespeare ( I for one love his works and in particular the sterling productions that CST brings us) and his works, this is a wonderful 90 minutes of entertainment. There is a small intermission, which probably doesn't have to be there, [Read More]

“Jekyll & Hyde the musical”

“Jekyll & Hyde  the musical”

Being pre-Broadway, I am sure they will continue to look at scenes and songs as well as watch audience reactions. Chicago is a great theater city, so they are sure to learn from our audiences. Seeing people hail cabs at intermission is certainly not an indicator as often on [Read More]

“Fiddler on the Roof”

“Fiddler on the Roof”

Most everyone knows the story, and that the Russians make them leave but despite all the hardship these people have faced and the adjustments they are about to make, they do maintain their balance by keeping their faith and loving one another. No matter how many times you [Read More]

” An American Story for Actor and Orchestra”

” An American Story for Actor and Orchestra”

Unlike Mr. Felder's other stories, in this one, there is no piano on the stage, but rather a full orchestra behind some thin curtains and as he tells the story we are treated to the music of Stephen Foster ( "Beautiful Dreamer", "Oh Susanna" and " My Old Kentucky Home" as [Read More]

“A Body of Water”

“A Body of Water”

This is a story with many turns and twists as Wren does whatever she can to help these two, who lose their memory every day in to reality. She does so with fibs and lies, hoping that one of her little tricks will get these two back into normalcy. There are many moments that [Read More]

“How Long Will I Cry?:Voices of Youth Violence”

“How Long Will I Cry?:Voices of Youth Violence”

This is part of an initiative in the city designed to show how young people can make positive changes in their communities and hopefully put a stop to this trend of drive by shootings and killing for no reason at all.. "Now is the Time" and The Chicago Public Library in [Read More]

“From Doo Wop to Hip Hop”

“From Doo Wop to Hip Hop”

The stories, as I said earlier- about young love, old love, tired love, Black and White, "rapper" and younger sister. class differences are all there, even sub stories about a brother who gets shot in a drive-by and one of the neighbors who almost dies. Guess what? They are [Read More]

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“Red Bud”

“Red Bud”

This is their annual trip to "Red Bud", a championship Motocross Rave, somewhere in the rural countryside. While they [Read More]

“Spinning Into Butter” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Spinning Into Butter” review by Lawrence Riordan

focusing too much discourse ultimately interferes with human interaction, and shows that, at least in this play, that [Read More]

“West Side Story”

“West Side Story”

What we bear witness to, in this striking production ,under the slick direction of Rachel Rockwell, the magician of [Read More]

“Scary Tales” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

“Scary Tales” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

a very weird story about shell-shock that seemed like it was struggling to be a feminist critique of mental healthcare [Read More]

“Keys Of The Kingdom” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Keys Of The Kingdom” review by Lawrence Riordan

That said, Penniston’s script produces very high dramatic tension, comic humor, occasional lyrical dialogue, and [Read More]

“Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play”

“Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play”

The cast of players is highly energetic and their desire to entertain is pure and not lacking. It is the script itself [Read More]

“The Rose Tattoo”

“The Rose Tattoo”

Under the sterling direction of Greg Vinkler (many of you may recognize his name from all the reviews of productions at [Read More]