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‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“The Portrait” Reviewed by Mark Levine

“The Portrait” Reviewed by Mark Levine

The Premise: A solo performance, presented at Lincoln Park’s Greenhouse Theater, centers on Austrian painter, Gustav Klimt, creator of the 1907 masterpiece, The Kiss. Klimt straddled the line between traditional portraiture and modernism, and often chose women as the [Read More]

“The Odd Couple” Review By Carol Moore

“The Odd Couple”  Review By Carol Moore

 Highly Recommended **** Theatre at the Center’s production of “The Odd Couple” is a laugh riot.  Even though the jokes are old, they still work, and work well, if all the guffaws from the audience were any indication.  To paraphrase TATC General Manager Richard [Read More]

“War Paint”

“War Paint”

Recommended *** The long  anticipated opening has arrived. The Broadway bound musical, “War Paint” with a book by Doug Wright and music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie has opened at The Goodman Theatre on its journey to Broadway. This biography ( [Read More]

“As You Like It” Reviewed by Mark Levine

“As You Like It”  Reviewed by Mark Levine

A sunny afternoon at Touhy Park hosted Midsommer Flight’s pleasant but childish production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It.  The company’s laudable goal of bringing free Shakespeare to the public in local parks around the city is an exciting one, so I settled in on [Read More]

“Woz: A Rock Cabaret”

“Woz: A Rock Cabaret”

Highly Recommended ***** It is not often that I miss an opening night, but last night I attended another previous engagement, missing the opening at The Victory Gardens of “Woz: A Rock Cabaret”! luckily, I was able to get there tonight bringing my proof Editor and his [Read More]

“Squeeze My Cans” Review by Emily Johnson

“Squeeze My Cans”  Review by Emily Johnson

Highly Recommended **** Scientology has always been interesting to people outside it. They discourage journalists, psychiatrists, and any outsiders to pry into their affairs, which are open secrets now because of the number of ex-Scientologists, many of them disgruntled and [Read More]

“The Velveteen Rabbit”

“The Velveteen Rabbit”

Highly Recommended ***** When it comes to  theater for children, Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, with its sterling Theatre for Young Audiences , offers amazing musicals. I feel that because of the production values they generate, these youngsters will grow up with a love [Read More]

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Review by Carol Moore

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Review by Carol Moore

 Highly Recommended ****  I love seeing Shakespeare under the stars.  With its forest setting, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is an ideal choice for First Folio’s 20th anniversary on the outdoor stage.  Nay-sayers aside, we know that Shakespeare doesn’t have to [Read More]

“Chops”

“Chops”

Highly Recommended ***** The time is 1984. The place is a small neighborhood bar in Chicago. The play is called “Chops” and right now, it’s world premiere is taking place at Theater Wit on stage one. Written by Chicago playwright Michael Rychlewski, and [Read More]

“Lolita de Lares” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Lolita de Lares”  review by Lawrence Riordan

I am thrilled that The Urban Theatre Company has returned to the Chicago stage. Despite the plethora of theatre companies in the city, another voice always adds to our cities theatrical vibrancy: the vibrancy that a number of years ago led the London paper The Guardian to [Read More]

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“Traitor”

“Traitor”

A Red Orchid Theatre is known for bringing  us powerful stories in their very intimate space in “Old [Read More]

“Harbur Gate”

“Harbur Gate”

War is hell! Anyone who has been involved with the current war, or for that mater, Viet Nam ( although we never [Read More]

“She The People”

“She The People”

Highly Recommended **** This is a Second City production, so instead of placing this review at Theater, I am also [Read More]

“Boy”

“Boy”

What would you do if an accident took away a part of one of your children that could change their life? Anna [Read More]

Fireside Restaurant

Fireside Restaurant

Have you ever heard of the expression, “A DESTINATION RESTAURANT”? I am sure you have. What this means is a [Read More]

“Rose”

“Rose”

Last year, when The Greenhouse Theater Center was presenting its hit “SOLO” series, I missed one of the [Read More]

“For The Loyal” reviewed by Jeffrey Leibham

“For The Loyal” reviewed by Jeffrey Leibham

RECOMMENDED***              Lee Blessing’s play “For the Loyal” was completed in 2015, [Read More]