Tuesday September 23rd 2014

‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“Love and Drowning”

“Love and Drowning”

Kurt Sharp's set is designed to keep the scenes moving and to keep the audience's focus on the action and of course Dunne's words. Sharply directed by Artistic Director Ann Filmer who has a keen eye for getting the story told as written, this is a play that has several [Read More]

“Smoky Joe’s Cafe”

“Smoky Joe’s Cafe”

One of the reasons I enjoy seeing productions at The No Exit Cafe, produced by TheoUbique , is the intimacy that we the audience get with the performers. Not just on the stage in this quaint little storefront located in Rogers Park, but the fact that the performers are also [Read More]

“Sweet Bird of Youth”

“Sweet Bird of Youth”

The Goodman Theatre, over the last several years has used “star power” to bring classic works of theater to Chicago audiences. Their latest is the work of Tennessee Williams in a reworking of the classic “Sweet Bird of Youth” as seen through the eyes [Read More]

“The Skriker”

“The Skriker”

"The Skriker" by Caryl Churchill is a tale about a shapeshifter ( based on what I saw, a sort of witch who has the ability to change the lives of others). This role is taken on by the intriguing Sadie Rogers, who knows how to hold an audience's attention. Her mission in [Read More]

“I Love Lucy” Live on Stage

“I Love Lucy” Live on Stage

are at The Desilu Studios in California getting to watch our tv favorites Desi Arnez aka Ricky Ricardo ( played with just the right Cuban flavor by Bill Mendieta) and Lucille Ball aka Lucy Ricardo ( Sirena Irwin must have truly studied the late,great Ms Ball as she has [Read More]

“Hamlet”

“Hamlet”

"Hamlet" is a play that should be seen, not read, and to be able to see this fine cast in the intimate Writers' Theatre makes it even more special. The fight scene in the third act was quite scary in that the swords are flying very near to the audience members in the first [Read More]

“42nd Street”

“42nd Street”

The cast is young with energy and the dance numbers truly sharp, but the direction of the overall piece is not what we are used to in "big" musicals at this theater as well as the others ( Marriott, Drury Lane, Paramount etal). Larry Adams, who is a brilliant actor with a [Read More]

“GREASE”

“GREASE”

While this is a play that belongs in a smaller theater allowing the audience to feel as if they are truly peeking in on the lives of these teens, I must admit that the Paramount Theatre, that glorious venue in downtown Aurora under the direction of Michael Unger , is able [Read More]

“Xanadu”

“Xanadu”

you are in for one hell of an entertainment experience when you see what the magical hand of Director/Choreographer Rachel Rockwell has done. Along with her esteemed production crew, Roberta Duchak handling the musical direction and a marvelous set by Kevin Depinet and [Read More]

“IPHIGENIA 2.0″

“IPHIGENIA 2.0″

a unique adaptation to say the least. Directed by David Kersner ( of Lookingglass Theatre) this is a very physical, hip-hop interpretation brought into modern times with with pop culture references and music framing the tragic way in which history can repeat itself.. A [Read More]

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“A Kurt Weill Cabaret”

“A Kurt Weill Cabaret”

This is a slick production with five extraordinary voices under the direction of Anzevino and Ramey with solid [Read More]

“Stories in Motion”- reviewed by Ellie Wise

“Stories in Motion”- reviewed by Ellie Wise

Stories in Motion consisted of three different stories: Prodigal Son, Lilac Garden and RAkU. They were all very good, [Read More]

“Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”

“Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”

the show must go on and this brilliant cast, under the skilled direction of William Pullinsi, tightened their belts and [Read More]

“Native Son” by Michael Horn

“Native Son” by Michael Horn

This is a powerful play with powerful performances. It resonates today as loudly as it did when the book was written [Read More]

“REST”

“REST”

This scene between Thebus and Norris illustrates how people should respect those that they care about and or love. [Read More]

“Death Tax”

“Death Tax”

It is recommended because of the brilliance of the actors who give his script life, something to cling on to and open [Read More]

“The Good Doctor” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

“The Good Doctor” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

The set (Michael Nedza), with the exception of the reader’s digests books, is convincing as every 19th Russian space [Read More]