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“The Burnt Part Boys”

“The Burnt Part Boys”

While I enjoyed the music and the talent on the stage, I am of the opinion that perhaps on a different set and in a different layout of a venue, this story telling would not be as confusing. They cross each other on different paths and of course, the spirits are to powerful [Read More]

“Long Day’s Journey Into Night”

“Long Day’s Journey Into Night”

Recommended*** Anyone familiar with Eclipse Theatre Company , knows that each year they select one playwright and devote their three play season to his or her works. This year, they selected Eugene O’Neill. After success with “Ah Wilderness!” and [Read More]

“The Odd Couple”

“The Odd Couple”

Well, let me tell you, there is absolutely nothing missing from this production and Grapey is one of the best Oscar Madison's I have ever seen. ( I am sure the Jeff Awards people saw the magic that he created on the stage with expert timing and just the right delivery of [Read More]

” I put the fear of mexico in ‘em”

” I put the fear of mexico in ‘em”

Yes, even today, when the Latino vote changed the "complexion" of a presidential race, there are many non-Latinos who still view the Latino community as one. In Matthew Paul Olmos' 95 minute play, now on stage at Chicago dramatists , located at 1105 West Chicago Avenue, we [Read More]

“Superior Donuts”

“Superior Donuts”

"Superior Donuts" is a Chicago story, one filled with heart and soul as two opposites find each other and help alter their lives. Arthur Przybazewski ( a marvelous, heartwarming performance by Richard Cotovsky, who will remind you of Chong from "Cheech and Chong" fame), an [Read More]

“The Quality of Life”

“The Quality of Life”

While this is not an easy topic to relate with some comic touches, Mortensen and her cast make the words of Anderson feel very natural and real. They often say that the best theater is when the fourth wall comes down and the audience feels as if they are eavesdropping on [Read More]

“500 Clown Frankenstein”

“500 Clown Frankenstein”

As you read this, let me tell you a little about why I am giving this a recommended. I love physical comedy! I love slapstick! I grew up with The Three Stooges” and couldn’t stop laughing. Well, in Chicago, we have a trio of players called “500 [Read More]

“Night Over Erzinga”

“Night Over Erzinga”

The purpose of these stories is to bring audiences a different view as some of these communities intersect and overlap and many Americans are not sure of who these people are. The current production on the stage of Pierce hall located in the lower level of The Historic [Read More]

“The Big Knife”

“The Big Knife”

Slowly, as the story unfolds ( very slowly) and over a lot of alcohol consumption, we find that there is blackmail involved by the studio head, Marcus Hoff ( deftly handled by Chuck Spencer, as always) and his right hand man, Smiley Coy ( Greg Caldwell) who is something [Read More]

“Broken Glass”

“Broken Glass”

This is a very impressive production from start to finish.The lighting by Christopher Burpee adds to the effectiveness as does the sound and incidental music chosen to be used and the amazing props assembled by Jeff Shields along with the costuming by kClare Kemock all make [Read More]

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“Death Tax”

“Death Tax”

It is recommended because of the brilliance of the actors who give his script life, something to cling on to and open [Read More]

“The Good Doctor” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

“The Good Doctor” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

The set (Michael Nedza), with the exception of the reader’s digests books, is convincing as every 19th Russian space [Read More]

“King Lear”

“King Lear”

This is a marvelous production, bringing the works of The Bard to a more modern version. While the true Shakespeare [Read More]

“CATS”

“CATS”

The highly energetic cast is all over the stage, tumbling, dancing and introducing us to the different types of [Read More]

Remembering Bernie Yvon   by Joe Stead

Remembering Bernie Yvon by Joe Stead

When Bernie was on stage you never saw the work, only the joy. That joy, love and humor extended to real life too. [Read More]

“Women Beware of Women” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

“Women Beware of Women” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

becomes clear that these are very talented individuals who can read early modern blank verse with passion while [Read More]

“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 [Read More]