Monday May 25th 2015

‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“Invasion!”

“Invasion!”

To be honest, although I found the cast very talented, I found that the story, as written was not what I had expected to see. I was hoping that it would deal with more than just an Egyptian and his plight, and get more into what we can do to control the prejudices and the [Read More]

First Look Repertory- “Buena Vista”

First Look Repertory- “Buena Vista”

There is something special about attending a new work of theater- being "in at the onset" and each year, Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents its' "First Look Repertory" at the Garage, we, the theater audiences of Chicago are treated to developing scripts, but not as [Read More]

“CABARET”

“CABARET”

Those who know the show, are aware that it is the Emcee who is in fact the star and over the last several months we were aware that Artistic Director Rudy Hogenmiller, who we normally see onstage as our opening night "greeter" is living his lifelong dream of playing this [Read More]

“Flashdance The Musical”

“Flashdance The Musical”

It is not very often that I will see a production that deserves more than one rating, but the stage adaptation of the hit film, “Flashdance” is probably a perfect example of going to the extreme. I found the adaptation not even close to the power of the film [Read More]

“Mojada” ( a re-imagining of “Medea”)

“Mojada” ( a re-imagining of “Medea”)

This is a brilliantly told story with just the right touches. Heather Gilbert's lighting,David Hyman's costumes,Jesse Gaffney's props ( so perfect), Liviu Pasare's projections, Mikhail Fiksel's sound and the fight choreography by Ryan Bourque all make this a sterling [Read More]

“Shrek The Musical”

“Shrek The Musical”

Seventy Five minutes is just the right amount of time for the kids ( and some of the grandparents) to view a theatrical production and this is one of sheer perfection from start to finish with a bright set (Scott Davis), great lighting(Jesse Klug),beautiful [Read More]

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

This is a fun show with a cute, but hokey book by Rachel Sheinkin and some non memorable music/lyrics by William Finn. While the show is not one to write home about ( despite being a Tony Award Winner) it is a fun two hours and five minutes with a lesson for all to learn. I [Read More]

“Belleville”

“Belleville”

There are some very funny scenes, but this is by no means a comedy. In fact, one might call this thriller an American tragedy as once the can of worms is opened, the troubles between Zack and Abby multiply quickly leading us to an ending that will make you do a great deal [Read More]

“The Australian Bee Gees Show”

“The Australian Bee Gees Show”

Let's face it! We all have our favorite Bee Gee moments and even some of the younger audience members knew "You Should be Dancin'", "Stayin' Alive" and the amazing "To Love Somebody". While many of us truly love the sound they created, most of us are unaware of the fact [Read More]

“Cymbeline” ( a musical-bluegrass) reviewed by Michael Horn

“Cymbeline” ( a musical-bluegrass) reviewed by Michael Horn

Appalachia, Bluegrass Music, the Civil War, and Shakespeare?  Absolutely!  David Rice’s new adaptation of Shakespeare’s lesser known tragicomedy Cymbeline, being premiered by the First Folio Theater, is original, delightful, and filled with musical energy.  Set in [Read More]

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