Thursday July 30th 2015

‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“The Normal Heart”

“The Normal Heart”

It is the all star cast that truly overcomes a script that could easily be trimmed in many ways. Try ti imagine a stage filled with actors such as Cromer and Fisher and then add to the mix Marc Grapey as Ned's brother/attorney,Patrick Andrews as Felix Turner ( Ned's lover) [Read More]

“Wrecks”

“Wrecks”

Edward tells us of his childhood, being left behind for someone to adopt and a sthe tale of his life, his meeting Jo-Jo, who was 14 years his senior and already married, to his boss, and their falling deeply in love, he continues to smoke away, one after another. As we hear [Read More]

“Mary Poppins”

“Mary Poppins”

Lots of magical , musical moments ( original music from the film and new songs with music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Remember, this was a Broadway production that came to Chicago several years ago. I must tell you, this production, in this intimate [Read More]

“Hello Dolly”

“Hello Dolly”

While watching this production on a set designed by Kevin Depinet that uses the open stage to full advantage, many memories of prior Dolly players come to mind- Channing, Streisand Merman, each one bringing something different to the orle, but it is a pleasure to watch [Read More]

“Cyrano de Bergerac”

“Cyrano de Bergerac”

Cyrano is a difficult part to play as he is onstage almost the entire play, wearing a larger nose ( and when the audience is as close as it gets at CST, it has to be almost perfect to not have a "fake" look. For this role, they have brought back the incredible Harry [Read More]

“We Will Rock You”

“We Will Rock You”

Ben Elton, who is known in England as a comedian and comic writer ( tv's "Mr.Bean", one of my all time favorites) has taken the music of Queen ( "Another One Bites The Dust", "We Are The Champions","Crazy Little Thing Called Love","These Are The Days Of Our Lives", the [Read More]

“The Sovereign Statement”

“The Sovereign Statement”

There are many little political games for the rest of the show including some people being asked to leave the room. I for one have no idea where the "offstage" people really go and if they are watching what we are doing during this time or are having their own little play, [Read More]

“The Odd Couple ( The Female Version)”

“The Odd Couple ( The Female Version)”

Overall, I would have to say that of the several productions of this female version, this one stood out and had some merit. The cast is stronger than others: Kristen Williams,Debra Rodkin,Darcie Bender Hubber and the adorable Meghan Powe as Vera ( the dumb blonde). The set [Read More]

“The Table”

“The Table”

The three puppeteers are amazingly quick as they move in tandem, each assigned to parts of the cardboard puppet,Moses; Mark handles the vocals, the head and the left arm - Sean the right arm and Irena is the feet. We don't see much of her, but she is always on her toes [Read More]

“Compulsion”

“Compulsion”

There are three actors in this production,Mick Webber taking on the challenging role of Sid Silver, the man obsessed with his "play". Webber, handles Silver's powerful personality well, although their are times, when I thought he could be gentler ( in particular with his [Read More]

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“Pippin”

“Pippin”

If one were to ask me for a word that could describe Broadway In Chicago’s latest entry to their season, [Read More]

“Feast” 2015

“Feast” 2015

Recommended *** In 2010, The Goodman Theatre hosted Latino Fest. One of  the performances in this festival was done by [Read More]

“Play It Again, Marvin!” a tribute to Marvin Hamlisch at Ravinia

“Play It Again, Marvin!” a tribute to Marvin Hamlisch at Ravinia

Ravinia is the perfect spot for a concert . The fabulous Pavilion with near perfect sound allows the audience within to [Read More]

” Blue Man Group”- 2015 w/ comments by Adam and Sarah Shaw

” Blue Man Group”- 2015 w/ comments by Adam and Sarah Shaw

Highly Recommended ***** It has been many (very many) years since I have been back to The Briar Street Theatre for the [Read More]

“Take Me Back” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

“Take Me Back” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

Recommended *** Directed by Will Crouse, much the play’s content in Emily Schwend’s “Take Me Back,” rather like [Read More]

“Whatever” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

“Whatever” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

Editor's note: When you attend theater, one can learn a great deal. One thing learned is that we all see with different [Read More]

“Bard Fiction” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

“Bard Fiction” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

While the play’s comes off as straight-up camp, one can’t help but detect a little more than a hint of biting [Read More]