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“Superior Donuts”

“Superior Donuts”

"Superior Donuts" is a Chicago story, one filled with heart and soul as two opposites find each other and help alter their lives. Arthur Przybazewski ( a marvelous, heartwarming performance by Richard Cotovsky, who will remind you of Chong from "Cheech and Chong" fame), an [Read More]

“The Quality of Life”

“The Quality of Life”

While this is not an easy topic to relate with some comic touches, Mortensen and her cast make the words of Anderson feel very natural and real. They often say that the best theater is when the fourth wall comes down and the audience feels as if they are eavesdropping on [Read More]

“500 Clown Frankenstein”

“500 Clown Frankenstein”

As you read this, let me tell you a little about why I am giving this a recommended. I love physical comedy! I love slapstick! I grew up with The Three Stooges” and couldn’t stop laughing. Well, in Chicago, we have a trio of players called “500 [Read More]

“Night Over Erzinga”

“Night Over Erzinga”

The purpose of these stories is to bring audiences a different view as some of these communities intersect and overlap and many Americans are not sure of who these people are. The current production on the stage of Pierce hall located in the lower level of The Historic [Read More]

“The Big Knife”

“The Big Knife”

Slowly, as the story unfolds ( very slowly) and over a lot of alcohol consumption, we find that there is blackmail involved by the studio head, Marcus Hoff ( deftly handled by Chuck Spencer, as always) and his right hand man, Smiley Coy ( Greg Caldwell) who is something [Read More]

“Broken Glass”

“Broken Glass”

This is a very impressive production from start to finish.The lighting by Christopher Burpee adds to the effectiveness as does the sound and incidental music chosen to be used and the amazing props assembled by Jeff Shields along with the costuming by kClare Kemock all make [Read More]

“The Opponent”

“The Opponent”

A powerhouse of a story, directed so smoothly, you will not feel that you are watching a play, but instead, have taken down the fourth wall and are in Rock and Anvil Gym in Lafayette,Louisiana. Every little piece of this production is perfect. Joe Court's sound, Mike [Read More]

“One Name Only” ( A Different kind of reality show”

“One Name Only” ( A Different kind of reality show”

this crazy world of TV Reality shows. We are witness to a group of women, all wanting to win the $100,000 and recording contract that is the prize for the winner. Echoles introduces us to each with a bit of their back story; the single mother who is about to be evicted [Read More]

“The Book Thief”

“The Book Thief”

The story is beautifully narrated by a character named HIM ( the always reliable Francis Guinan, who represents DEATH, and yet we like him). This is 2 hours and 15 minutes of sheer artistry in story telling. While we are familiar with the atrocities that came with this war, [Read More]

“The Mistakes Madeline Made”

“The Mistakes Madeline Made”

I love live theater! I love the big splashy productions and the smaller storefronts! I enjoy seeing the vast number of talented performers in the Chicago area as well as the new material that comes along on a regular basis. That being said, there are shows that fail because [Read More]

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“Pseudo-Chum” by Lawrence Riordan

“Pseudo-Chum” by Lawrence Riordan

This is one of those rare circumstances where the writers' constant presence in the production add to, rather then [Read More]

“Amazing Grace”

“Amazing Grace”

The voices of each cast memebr is sheer perfection. Every actor is unique and as I said earlier, the story is easy to [Read More]

:Dead Accounts” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

:Dead Accounts” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

If the dialogue makes the script, than it is the characters that make the production, and the perfectly timed and [Read More]

“Both Your Houses”

“Both Your Houses”

sees the items that are being added to the budget, he decides to be more honest and upright, no matter the cost. Now we [Read More]

“The Wild Party”

“The Wild Party”

Manhattan fable about love, drugs, alcohol, sex and decadence. The 100 minute (no intermission) story begins on a small [Read More]

“Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

“Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

It is almost as if the role was written just for them. That is the case in this production. Both Girolmo and Finnegan [Read More]

“The Art Of Falling”

“The Art Of Falling”

In several scenes, the dancers are projected on a large screen so that they appear to be floating in air, although [Read More]