Tuesday January 23rd 2018

‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure” Reviewed by Carol Moore

“Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure”  Reviewed by Carol Moore

Highly Recommended **** “Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure” is a certified hit in my book!  Although the new production at Lookingglass might seem light and frivolous at first glance, it actually deals with some serious and provocative topics.  “Thaddeus [Read More]

“An Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse Songbook”

“An Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse Songbook”

Highly Recommended ***** There are songs and there are songwriters that have fame and yet many people have no idea who they are or where the songs they created came from. Confused? You should be! The songwriters I am making reference to are Anthony Newley and Leslie [Read More]

“The Secret Garden” with notes from Sarah Shaw

“The Secret Garden”  with notes from Sarah Shaw

  Highly Recommended ***** There is a new theater company on the North Shore. Lake Forest Theatre, new to the scene, in its home at The John & Nancy Hughes Theatre, opened its 2016/2017 inaugural season tonight with “The Secret Garden” based on the novel by [Read More]

“Tapped: A Treasonous Musical Comedy”

“Tapped: A Treasonous Musical Comedy”

I always try to give the theater companies the benefit of the doubt when it comes to rating their productions. Tonight, I was asked to review a new play, performed by a young, new company to hit the scene, and I was hopeful that I would discover something special. In fact, [Read More]

“Hauptmann” reviewed by Emily Johnson

“Hauptmann” reviewed by Emily Johnson

Written by John Logan and directed by Terry McCabe, Hauptmann tells the story of the conviction of Richard Hauptmann in the Lindbergh kidnapping trial. I am not the most well versed person on this story, and I can’t say I’m much better off after seeing this play. I get [Read More]

“The Sound of Music”

“The Sound of Music”

Somewhat Recommended ** Broadway In Chicago’s latest production of the glorious Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” opened at the Cadillac Palace last night in what was promised as a new and sparkling look at an old familiar classic [Read More]

“Xanadu”

“Xanadu”

When I was sent the press release announcing that American Theater Company was doing, as its final production, this season, “Xanadu”, as a final tribute to their late artistic director PJ Paparelli, I was deeply moved, yet concerned. This “camp” [Read More]

“My Fair Lady”

“My Fair Lady”

Classic works, brought to the stage is what Light Opera Works is all about! FYI- they will be changing their name to  Music Theater Works next year, not for content , to be sure, but because many fear the word “opera” in their old name (36 years of quality in [Read More]

“Caught” reviewed by Emily Johnson

“Caught”  reviewed by Emily Johnson

Sideshow Theatre Company’s Chicago premiere of CAUGHT Caught, written by Christopher Chen and directed by Seth Bockley, plays May 29 May 29 – July 3, 2016 at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Caught Victory Gardens Theater [Read More]

“Kinky Boots”- Milwaukee- reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

“Kinky Boots”- Milwaukee-  reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

Kinky boots deals with themes of intergenerational and hypo-transgender identity while remaining largely unsocial and apolitical, dealing instead with the personal and dramatic narratives of the two main characters: Charlie (Adam Kaplan) and Lola (J. Harrison Ghee). Charlie [Read More]

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“Flamingo & Decatur”

“Flamingo & Decatur”

Recommended *** Little by little, the world is seeing Chicago as THE place for live theater! We have seen more actors [Read More]

“All My Sons”  reviewed by Michael Horn

“All My Sons” reviewed by Michael Horn

Highly Recommended ***** A clap of thunder, a flash of lightning, a fallen tree; so begins the Court Theatre’s [Read More]

“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]