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“CABARET”

“CABARET”

Those who know the show, are aware that it is the Emcee who is in fact the star and over the last several months we were aware that Artistic Director Rudy Hogenmiller, who we normally see onstage as our opening night "greeter" is living his lifelong dream of playing this [Read More]

“Flashdance The Musical”

“Flashdance The Musical”

It is not very often that I will see a production that deserves more than one rating, but the stage adaptation of the hit film, “Flashdance” is probably a perfect example of going to the extreme. I found the adaptation not even close to the power of the film [Read More]

“Mojada” ( a re-imagining of “Medea”)

“Mojada” ( a re-imagining of “Medea”)

This is a brilliantly told story with just the right touches. Heather Gilbert's lighting,David Hyman's costumes,Jesse Gaffney's props ( so perfect), Liviu Pasare's projections, Mikhail Fiksel's sound and the fight choreography by Ryan Bourque all make this a sterling [Read More]

“Shrek The Musical”

“Shrek The Musical”

Seventy Five minutes is just the right amount of time for the kids ( and some of the grandparents) to view a theatrical production and this is one of sheer perfection from start to finish with a bright set (Scott Davis), great lighting(Jesse Klug),beautiful [Read More]

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

This is a fun show with a cute, but hokey book by Rachel Sheinkin and some non memorable music/lyrics by William Finn. While the show is not one to write home about ( despite being a Tony Award Winner) it is a fun two hours and five minutes with a lesson for all to learn. I [Read More]

“Belleville”

“Belleville”

There are some very funny scenes, but this is by no means a comedy. In fact, one might call this thriller an American tragedy as once the can of worms is opened, the troubles between Zack and Abby multiply quickly leading us to an ending that will make you do a great deal [Read More]

“The Australian Bee Gees Show”

“The Australian Bee Gees Show”

Let's face it! We all have our favorite Bee Gee moments and even some of the younger audience members knew "You Should be Dancin'", "Stayin' Alive" and the amazing "To Love Somebody". While many of us truly love the sound they created, most of us are unaware of the fact [Read More]

“Cymbeline” ( a musical-bluegrass) reviewed by Michael Horn

“Cymbeline” ( a musical-bluegrass) reviewed by Michael Horn

Appalachia, Bluegrass Music, the Civil War, and Shakespeare?  Absolutely!  David Rice’s new adaptation of Shakespeare’s lesser known tragicomedy Cymbeline, being premiered by the First Folio Theater, is original, delightful, and filled with musical energy.  Set in [Read More]

“The Jungle Book”

“The Jungle Book”

The story, again, a combination of the Disney animated film and Kipling's poetic look at "loss of childhood innocence" is a well conceived look at the world as we meet a "human cub" Mowgli ( who begins as a puppet and then is portrayed with great skill by the incredible ten [Read More]

“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” review by Michael Horn

“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)”   review by Michael Horn

Comedy is one of the purest art forms because it can be so unpredictable.  Marry comedy with classic Shakespeare and you have the recipe for a very funny and entertaining show; and that is exactly what you get in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [Read More]

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“Billy Elliot”

“Billy Elliot”

Powerful! That is probably the best word to begin this review with. Last night’s opening night audience at Drury [Read More]

“Anything Goes”

“Anything Goes”

Two hours and fifteen minutes of solid escape from reality into a world of laughter, song and dance (Robin always makes [Read More]

“Badfic Love” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Badfic Love” review by Lawrence Riordan

However, that may or may not be have been Pasen’s intention, and his dialogue, which convincingly balances camp with [Read More]

“Look, we are breathing”

“Look, we are breathing”

The three women in Mike's life are forced to look at themselves and their roles in what took place on that fateful [Read More]

“The Herd”

“The Herd”

the director is Frank Galati and one can always see his intensity and heart in a play that he is involved with. Look at [Read More]

“Carousel”

“Carousel”

Highly Recommended ***** The Lyric Opera of Chicago, in its new tradition, is presenting a major musical theater [Read More]

“An Issue of Blood: An Historical Parable”

“An Issue of Blood: An Historical Parable”

Playwright, Marcus Gadley, did not set out to write this play at all. In fact, as he was engaged in writing a piece [Read More]