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“Route 66″

“Route 66″

Under the direction of Stacey Flaster, who also does some limited , but clever, choreography, this is a well cast revue, filled with performers who can play instruments ( some of them play four or more), sing a song to the nth degree and have fun with the audience. Theater [Read More]

“Who Do We Think We Are” 2nd city’s 100th revue

“Who Do We Think We Are” 2nd city’s 100th revue

The improv section is very funny as instead of just doing it, they hold an auction where the audience pays ( money goes to charity) to get their dream skit performed by these talented players. Tonight, they did a 70 year old man gyrating ( prompted by his daughter wishing [Read More]

“Hairspray” The Broadway Musical

“Hairspray” The Broadway Musical

WOW! This is by far the best word to start off my description of the sparkling, perfectly cast production of "Hairspray", the Broadway Musical, now onstage at Drury Lane Theatre. This "suburban production" is far superior to any other production of late in the Chicago area [Read More]

“Being Shakespeare”

“Being Shakespeare”

These are some of the things that we learn from this production and Callow's heartfelt way of bringing these facts to our attention is in itself special. This is Shakespeare being brought to us by a great admirer seeped with scholarship, love and humanity. This is not a [Read More]

“The March”

“The March”

The ensemble is made up of some fine actors, many who play minor roles and prove the old adage, "there is no such thing as a small part, only small actors" . Each character in a play adds to the overall totality of the production and while this is not a production that will [Read More]

“Fish Men”

“Fish Men”

Not wanting to give away the intrigue and mystery that Tirado brings to this story, I will only tell you that the chess game does go on and it is not only the game of chess on the board that we witness, but the chess game of man's inhumanity to man and the reasons that each [Read More]

“Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” revisited by Adam and David

“Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” revisited by Adam and David

When Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire opened their current production of "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", I could not fit it into Adam's busy schedule ( ah, the life of a 7 year old) and so I took my grand-niece and her friend and added some of what they had [Read More]

“Enfrascada”

“Enfrascada”

There is much comedy and even though Saracho sprinkles in a bit more Spanish than in her other plays, you will not miss any of the humor or story line. The actresses, all five, are wonderful as they work together in taking us on this journey; visiting the Senoras, who all [Read More]

“The Pirates of Penzance”

“The Pirates of Penzance”

What makes an old show new and sparkling in a new type of production is the direction and choreography, handled to prefection by Dominic Missimi ( director) and Matt Raftery(Choreography) who make a small , intimate stage feel as if it was a large Broadway production. What [Read More]

“Motherhood the Musical”

“Motherhood the Musical”

While it is truly a show for women, the men can relate to some of what they see as well. Let's face it, we all had mothers and if married, wives that they will see in some, if not all , their own exposure to how women handle becoming mothers. One of the numbers, " I Leak" [Read More]

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“Our Class”

“Our Class”

"Our Class" winner of Poland's prestigious Nike Literary Award. This is a play that director Nick Sandys felt was one [Read More]

“Pinkolandia”

“Pinkolandia”

This is a story about people! Directed by Ann Filmer, on a set designed by Joanna Iwanicka, that truly fills the small [Read More]

“The Dance of Death”

“The Dance of Death”

This is a two act play with three characters that takes place in or about 1900 in an island in Sweden. The tale is [Read More]

” Les Miserables”

” Les Miserables”

under the sleek and smooth direction of the always remarkable Rachel Rockwell) we are treated to a powerful rendition [Read More]

“The Great God Pan”

“The Great God Pan”

To be honest, I am of the opinion that Herzog, who I admire very much, needs to take a second look at her play and [Read More]

“God’s Work”

“God’s Work”

This particular 90 minutes of story-telling is one filled with hope and sensitivity as they create art out of ugly [Read More]

“Corea and Fleck, in concert”  reviewed by Michael Horn

“Corea and Fleck, in concert” reviewed by Michael Horn

The full house at the magnificent Auditorium anxiously awaited the start of the concert and hushed when the two giants [Read More]