Thursday November 27th 2014

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“Now & Forever; the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber”

“Now & Forever; the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber”

This is a very slick production with only one problem as I see it- because it is in the round, and some very special lighting effects have been placed in the show, there were a few times, where the actors walked from light to darkness while moving to the next spot. I would [Read More]

“Other Desert Cities”

“Other Desert Cities”

This is an exhilarating story about a family that is filled with political secrets smoothly directed by Henry Wishcamper on a marvelous set ( designed by Thomas Lynch that anyone would want to move in to tomorrow). The story takes place in in 2004 in Palm [Read More]

“Waiting For Godot”

“Waiting For Godot”

This is a sharp production with a lot of high energy by the cast and Fisher has used some new ideas to bring a bit more humor to the story. Due to the very small theater, the audience being just a few feet from the players, the cast members , in some cases, appear to be [Read More]

“There’s A Girl In My Soup” by Jeff Brody

“There’s A Girl In My Soup”  by Jeff Brody

All is smooth as silk, until one night, at a party, Robert meets Marion ( the lovely Shanna Brown) at a party and invites her back to his apartment. Marion is a free spirit and has her own agenda- she is flirty and somewhat irrisistable. She is one that is unlike all the [Read More]

“A Grand Night For Singing”

“A Grand Night For Singing”

Eugene Dizon is the musical director, but as he is getting ready to begin The Mercury's next production, he has turned his baton over to the highly talented Elizabeth Doran for this production. She handles the keyboards and has five extraordinary musicians on stage with [Read More]

“Skylight”

“Skylight”

The actors and the script itself are the keys to this story telling adventure into what might be called "why opposites attract", in that our story involves a wealth businessman Tom Sergeant ( brilliantly played by Phillip Earl Johnson) who comes back to his former lover, [Read More]

“The Music Man”

“The Music Man”

In this infamous role, director/Choreographer Rachel Rockwell, who of late has proven beyond a doubt that she is one of our finest, has cast Stef Tovar, who many of us know from his various Chicago credits. I have always enjoyed watching him perform and even though I [Read More]

“The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs”

“The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs”

Our job as an audience is to be entertained! That is why we go to the theater, isn't it? To break away from the stress and strife in our own lives, for at least a small period of time, where we can laugh or cry and have a diversion from the things that may be troubling us. [Read More]

“American Wee-Pie”

“American Wee-Pie”

. He does go to visit Linz and her husband,Pableu ( played to sweet perfection by Mark Ulrich) in their cafe where he bakes cupcakes that are amazing. It turns out that fate may have made their paths cross as Zed has a palate that can detect all the ingredients of his [Read More]

“Side Effects May Include….”

“Side Effects May Include….”

Pond plays all the roles with great feeling and dexterity and plays off the audience as well, making them understand that all of the so called cures out there have "side effects" and many can be worse than the original illness. While this story is based on the true life [Read More]

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“Lookingglass Alice”

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From the very start to the very end, you will find yourself and your loved ones enthralled with what they are watching [Read More]

“It’s A Wonderful Life:Live In Chicago!”

“It’s A Wonderful Life:Live In Chicago!”

Many of the actors in this sterling, heart warming production have been around since its inception in 2002, but over [Read More]

“Wizard of Oz” with notes by Sarah and Adam Shaw

“Wizard of Oz” with notes by Sarah and Adam Shaw

"The Wizard of Oz", a remake and retake of the classic film into a one hour staged musical under the direction and [Read More]

“The Lion King” review by Lawrence Riordan

“The Lion King” review by Lawrence Riordan

The story of Disney’s “Lion King” is so well known that it hardly bears summary. A young Lion, Prince Simba [Read More]

Where do all the actors come from!” Check out “Cabaret”

Where do all the actors come from!” Check out “Cabaret”

In this production, which sparkled from start to finish, our Emcee/Master of Ceremonies ( the incredible Andy Cohen, [Read More]

The Mousetrap” review by Michael Horn

The Mousetrap” review by Michael Horn

This production is entertaining and well structured. Director Jonathan Berry shows skill in managing the movement and [Read More]