Tuesday September 1st 2015

‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“Elf, The Musical”

“Elf, The Musical”

The stage version, that is now on the stage at The Cadillac Palace Theatre ,as part of the Broadway In Chicago season, is a festive and cute holiday entertainment, and although the star,Will Blum is very close to Ferrell ( and possibly a little Seth Rogen and Conan Obrien [Read More]

“It’s A Wonderful Life:Live in Chicago”

“It’s A Wonderful Life:Live in Chicago”

while in a new venue, is stronger than ever. I for one, noticed that the change to the first floor theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center on Lincoln Avenue is even more perfect for a live radio presentation. Yes, the players are live actors and we, the audience , get the [Read More]

“The SantaLand Diaries”

“The SantaLand Diaries”

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Here we are, almost Thanksgiving ( and this year Channukah , as well) and the Holiday shows are popping up everywhere. While everyone loves this time of year, we often forget about those who have the task of working in the [Read More]

“A Very Merry Madrigal”

“A Very Merry Madrigal”

This is a show that is designed to bring the audience to a relaxed nature- it is a concert of sorts but the ensemble does move through the small theater and has some relationship with the audience. In fact, as is the custom for a Madrigal, a King and Queen must be chosen [Read More]

“A Christmas Carol- The Musical”

“A Christmas Carol- The Musical”

William Pullinsi, a master at making musicals get to the heart of those watching has put together a slick production with some solid performers taking on many roles. The key to doing this show is to have the right person playing Ebenezer Scrooge and for this role, who [Read More]

“Paulus”

“Paulus”

Over my years of covering Silk Road Rising, I have reported on many types of stories, mainly related to areas that follow the "Silk Road", dealing with ethnic situations, customs and of course racial profiling. Their current production, "Paulus" written in hebrew by Motti [Read More]

“The Nutcracker”

“The Nutcracker”

For decades and decades, families have thrilled to the amazing story of a special holiday treat- “The Nutcracker”. For many it is the ballet or the movie version that has thrilled little girls for two hundred years. The dazzling music of Tchaikovsky has now been [Read More]

“Detroit ’67”

“Detroit ’67”

Once again, I am at a point where I wish I could do my rating based on several factors instead on one rating for the entire production. If that were the cae, my review for Northlight Theatre's current production, "Detroit '67" would be the above for the play, but for the [Read More]

“Appropriate”

“Appropriate”

The home they are in is an old plantation in Arkansas and adjacent to the property a graveyard where generations of family members are buried. Beyond that plot is another grave yard, where the slaves were buried and these photos have some meaning with this area, but we [Read More]

“Hellcab”

“Hellcab”

The stories are told in brief snippets well choreographed by Cox ( who is quite familiar with swiftness of movement) and although the original production has far fewer actors playing more than one role, this ensemble, large and talented makes us see the different types of [Read More]

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“Santana- The Corazon Tour” hits Ravinia

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Despite, very, very wet conditions, the grassy area of Ravinia was filled, sidewalk to sidewalk of fans of the sounds [Read More]

“Patchwork Drifter” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Patchwork Drifter” review by Lawrence Riordan

Note: this Review refers to a preview performance in which the director is still making changes in front of an audience [Read More]

“The Jacksonian”

“The Jacksonian”

Somewhat Recommended ** I am one that loves the smaller storefront theater scene that Chicago audiences hold dear. [Read More]

“October Sky”

“October Sky”

Most of the Marriott Theatre subscribers are used to seeing the old “standbys’ on this “arena [Read More]

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“From Broadway to Hollywood”

Highly Recommended ***** For most people, a visit to Ravinia is either the Pavilion seats or picnicking with friends [Read More]

“After Miss Julie”

“After Miss Julie”

Somewhat Recommended ** It is not very often that I am somewhat disappointed in Strawdog Theatre Company’s work. [Read More]

“Oh, What a Night”- “Happy Together Tour”

“Oh, What a Night”- “Happy Together Tour”

Our ride to Aurora’s Paramount Arts Centre, felt long on a Friday night, but the anticipation of hearing the [Read More]