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“Avenue Q”

“Avenue Q”

Highly Recommended ***** It is not often that I attend a “local” community theater company production. Not because of the quality of their shows, but because of the time that I have to see as many shows as I see. However, when it comes to a few of the local [Read More]

“Ride The Cyclone”

“Ride The Cyclone”

The theater world has changed from days of yore! We used to have dramas, comedies and musicals as our three major types of fare, but the menu has increased to include cabaret and cult movements. Shows that are done in “rap”, chamber musicals (where the music is [Read More]

“Fog Island” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Fog Island” review by Lawrence Riordan

Filament Theatre offers theatre patron’s seats at tables with atmospheric period lanterns (Properties Master: Eleanor Kahn) for its production of the Irish folk musical “Fog Island” adapted from Tom Ungerer’s children’s book of the same name by Emily Dendinger. [Read More]

“Direct From Death Row” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Direct From Death Row” review by Lawrence Riordan

Highly Recommended ***** Among the many wonderful small theatres in Chicago, The Raven Theatre with its large stage; spacious house; excellent ensemble; and dedication to producing plays of the American canon with superlative direction, great acting, and convincing, often [Read More]

“Scream Queen Scream” review by Carole Moore

“Scream Queen Scream”  review by Carole Moore

Highly Recommended **** When I think about October, it’s crisp, cool air in the mornings; gorgeous colors on trees; pumpkins and jack o’ lanterns; college football games and my anniversary. For many others, October is the perfect month to scare the bejesus out of [Read More]

“Dirty Dancing” Milwaukee edition review by Lawrence Riordan

“Dirty Dancing” Milwaukee edition review by Lawrence Riordan

 Recommended *** I found it odd that the touring production of “Dirty Dancing” that opened Tuesday night at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts seemed to assume that theatre patrons had seen the movie. More than one person I knew was there, none of whom had seen [Read More]

“Twin Set” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

“Twin Set” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

Highly Recommended ****            The Side Project Theatre produces exclusively new plays that, with some exceptions, tend to be highly topical. They often reference, or are even set, in the midst of contemporary controversies. Consequently, it is unlikely that [Read More]

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”

Highly Recommended **** I love a good old fashion musical comedy! It is truly an art form unto itself and the current Broadway In Chicago production of the Tony Award winning “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”, now on the stage at The Bank of [Read More]

“Blood Brothers”

“Blood Brothers”

Highly Recommended ***** I always ask the same question as I watch a performance at the No Exit Café in Rogers Park- where do they find this talent? Do young actors/singers who move to Chicago seek out Fred Anzevino, or does he do his own “star search”. No [Read More]

“Guardians” review by Lawrence Riordan


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Recommended *** Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. opens its 30th and final season with Peter Morris’s brutal, if lyrical, two-person play “The Guardians,” and the company musters up all its strength to do a story about sham-investigative journalism, sexual sadomasochism, and [Read More]

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“Born Yesterday”

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“Upright Grand”

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Highly Recommended ***** There are a great number of theater-lovers who are unaware of a special little treasure on the [Read More]

“Circus 1903” The Golden Age of Circus

“Circus 1903” The Golden Age of Circus

Recommended ***  The “Greatest Show on Earth” is supposedly gone! Barnum and Bailey will no longer come to [Read More]

“The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” reviewed by Jacob Davis

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