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“Two Trains Running”

“Two Trains Running”

Directed by Chuck Smith who has a solid understanding of the poetic words written by Wilson, this cast of seven is very enjoyable to watch. Each character becomes very realistic and we the audience, develop a feeling for each.While we know that Sterling is a dreamer, we [Read More]

“Laundry & Bourbon-Lone Star”

“Laundry & Bourbon-Lone Star”

The actors they bring to their intimate stage, love what they do and it shows! While these are not true comedies or serious dramas, per se, there are funny moments in both and very realistic situations that will make you think about your own lives (at least a bit). There is [Read More]

“Antigonick” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Antigonick” review by Lawrence Riordan

Anne Carson is a poet, and she plays with language, pointing out when characters are inclined to excessive nouns and verbs in her translation, and continually makes puns on the word and name Nick. It can see it even in the idiosyncratic way she has chosen to translate the [Read More]

“The Full Monty”

“The Full Monty”

Forget that this is the first NON-Equity performance of this show in Chicago- this is as good as it gets! Glover knew he could take us on this journey and has done so with all the confidence that he shows in every production he brings to the stage. [Read More]

“The Illusionists”

“The Illusionists”

Adam watched closely as he is into magic, himself. From time to time as a trick began, primarily card tricks (his specialty; after all he is only ten) that he knew this one, but then these masters went one step further and he knew that he still had a lot to learn. This is [Read More]

“First Wives Club, the Musical”

“First Wives Club, the Musical”

One of the features of this show is an amazing character, Duane (Patrick Richwood is hysterical in the scenes he is in, stealing most of the thunder as he takes on personas that will help his ladies be successful in their quest to "get even". Watching this "diva" do his [Read More]

“Redletter” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Redletter” review by Lawrence Riordan

The most affecting scene represented rumor on the internet in the wake of the Boston marathon bombing and the very real human damage it caused—it was the only sequence that stuck in the memory afterword. [Read More]

“Jesus Christ Superstar”

“Jesus Christ Superstar”

I am not sure if Fred goes out and finds the singers that he gets to work in his theater or if they, hearing about the prowess of TheoUbique, come to him, but they just keep showing up and wonder of wonders, they are not only great in their vocal ability, they can act as [Read More]

“Titus Andronicus” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Titus Andronicus” review by Lawrence Riordan

Perhaps the most disturbing scene, but the one which, along with Diane Cotes performance (more anon), makes the entire play worth it, is the one in which Chiron and Demetrius approach the apparently mad Titus dressed as murder and rape. The costume design (Kimberly G. [Read More]

“The Princess and the Pea”

“The Princess and the Pea”

Marriott's slick production using a minimum of actors but all solid talents, tells of the epic story of Prince Wellington (who better for this adorable character than the adorable Alex Goodrich) who is becoming of age and must marry. His mother, Queen Evermean (Susan Moniz [Read More]

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“Work In Progress” reviewed by Sean Kugler

“Work In Progress” reviewed by Sean Kugler

Highly Recommended **** It didn’t take long to realize why Abby McEnany is considered to be a very unique performer [Read More]

A NEW “IN” Spot in the city

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The 60’s at Ravinia with The Commodores opening for Patti LaBelle- rocking night in Highland Park

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Not only was the weather as near perfect as one would want in Ravinia tonight, but the performances we witnessed were a [Read More]

“Hamilton” Tickets

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“Northanger Abbey” reviewed by Carol Moore

“Northanger Abbey” reviewed by Carol Moore

 Highly Recommended *****  If you’ve never been to Lifeline Theatre, you’re missing something really special.  [Read More]

“Company”

“Company”

Highly Recommended **** My regular readers are aware that to me, Stephen Sondheim is the most magical wordsmith in his [Read More]

“The House That Will Not Stand” reviewed by Carol Moore

“The House That Will Not Stand” reviewed by Carol Moore

Recommended *** “The House That Will Not Stand” is a history play about free women of color in 1813 New Orleans.  [Read More]