Friday February 27th 2015

‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“Head of Passes”

“Head of Passes”

When we enter the downstairs theater at Steppenwolf, we are greeted by an almost real single family home, two story , sided, with an open patio room. There is a man on the stage, who we witness, but only one of the characters does. That character is Shelah ( an incredible [Read More]

“River North Dance Chicago and Orbert Davis’Chicago Jazz Philharmonic”

“River North Dance Chicago and Orbert Davis’Chicago Jazz Philharmonic”

The music speaks to the hardships of the people and the daily turmoil of living in a country that is not free, but through it all, their spirits, hopes and dreams keep them going, persevering each day. The art and culture of Cuba is what this piece is all about. Pity, we [Read More]

“Living Large in a Mini Kind of Way”

“Living Large in a Mini Kind of Way”

The set, a much smaller version of the original (Jessica Kuehnau Wardell) is te back door of the house, a backyard with a fence and a shed> The lighting is by Mac Vaughey, and once again, works better in this venue. The costumes by Christine Pascual, sound by Steven Yaussi [Read More]

“Oliver”

“Oliver”

the latest production to hit our area is now on the stage at Drury Lane Oak Theatre in Oakbrook and it is by far the best production I have ever seen. Directed and Choreographed by Rachel Rockwell ( need I say more), this is a theatrical experience that will astound and [Read More]

“South Pacific”

“South Pacific”

As I have always said, the ensemble in a musical makes the difference between a production and a must see production ( which is where I classify this one), so although the above mentioned performers all exceeded my expectations, it is the other cast members, the ones who [Read More]

“Let Them Eat Chaos” 2nd city

“Let Them Eat Chaos” 2nd city

What we know we will get as we walk the stairs to the second floor venue, is an evening of funny stuff. Even though we know that much of what we will see and hear is scripted, it is what our lives are all about and what we see in the world that these actors portray that [Read More]

“Underneath the Lintel”

“Underneath the Lintel”

Ms.Thatcher is amazing as she opens her heart and soul to us as this character. Doing a one person show, and being onstage for 80 minutes ( no intermission) can be quite an ordeal for an actor, and requires a great deal of love for the script/story they are telling. Ms [Read More]

“Patria Libre”

“Patria Libre”

This is the story of Maria Perez ( deftly handled by Heather L. Jenks) who fled Nicaragua with her three children after a battle for freedom. Her husband Victor ( played by Kevin Matthew Reyes), as it turns out, died in this battle, but we, the audience get to know a little [Read More]

“Maria/Stuart”

“Maria/Stuart”

I felt that the cast was highly energetic and the direction by Marti Lyons was slick, but that the script had some disconnections. Again, a bit of tightening could have made the flow stronger and the story easier to follow.Mac Vaughey's lighting and Christopher Kriz' sound [Read More]

“Barnum”

“Barnum”

With a book by Mark Bramble ( based on the life of Phineas Taylor Barnum), music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Michael Stewart, and a cast of energetic and talented performers this is the purest of entertainment experiences. Stearns and his cast have become circus performers [Read More]

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“The Cat In The Hat” appears this week-end

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