Wednesday January 18th 2017

‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“Moon Over Buffalo”

“Moon Over Buffalo”

Charlotte's mother (played to perfection by Nancy Kolton) and the young ingénue Eileen (solidly handled by Katie Hunter) along with good friend, lawyer Richard (Rob Reinalda) are the shining lights to making this play have some realistic characters [Read More]

“Grand Concourse”

“Grand Concourse”

Having dedicated her life to religious service, Shelley runs a Bronx soup kitchen with unsentimental efficiency. Her brisk nature masks an unsettling fear that her efforts are meaningless. When Emma-a rainbow-haired college dropout-arrives to volunteer, her volatile mix of [Read More]

“The Little Mermaid” review by Carol Moore

“The Little Mermaid” review by Carol Moore

Director and Choreographer Rachel Rockwell really knows how to get the most out of her cast. She’s incorporated tumbling, aerials and elements of rhythmic gymnastics into the choreography, added colorful puppets of fish and other undersea creatures and even has the sea [Read More]

“The Winter’s Tale” reviewed by Michael Horn

“The Winter’s Tale” reviewed by Michael Horn

There is probably no better way to see Shakespeare than on a pleasant summer evening under the stars on the outdoor stage at the Mayslake Peabody Estate. What a setting; towering trees green lawns, and a really fine speaker system. Bring a blanket, bring lawn chairs, and [Read More]

“Men of Soul”

“Men of Soul”

Black Ensemble Theater is doing what it does best! That is probably the best way to put it, as they now do “Men of Soul” with a tribute to Bill Withers, more of a Cabaret Review over a “book play” and as far as the opening night audience was [Read More]

“Pinocchio”

“Pinocchio”

Rebecca was caught into the action from the very "get-go" and loved the dazzle and costumes (Nancy Missimi). There is no question in my mind that Marc Robin is a true kid at heart as he transforms these epic tales into theater for young audiences at Marriott. It is his [Read More]

“Motown”- Milwaukee review by Lawrence Riordan

“Motown”- Milwaukee review by Lawrence Riordan

In addition to music, and plot, the show tried to give a sense of the time and political crises, and seemed to have an almost academic thesis that the cultural integration of black and white people did and can serve as a force for more progress in race relations. In one [Read More]

“Kinky Boots” 2015

“Kinky Boots” 2015

I suggest you make it a point to catch this gem of a show. A marvelous ensemble recreates the magic of the original production of this glorious musical with a book by Harvey Fierstein and music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper. [Read More]

“Murderers”

“Murderers”

This is a combination of monologues, each about 30 minutes in length directed by Artistic Director Keith Gerth, using the set from their concurrent production "never the Bridesmaid". All three actors come out to tell us that they are indeed "Murderers". [Read More]

“Moby Dick” review by Carole Moore

“Moby Dick” review by Carole Moore

Lookingglass Theatre new production of David Catlin’s original adaptation of Herman Melville’s classic novel, “Moby Dick”, is stunning. Superbly acted, “Moby Dick” features a tour de force performance by Christopher Donahue as the increasingly insane Captain [Read More]

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“What of The Night” reviewed by Carol Moore

 Somewhat Recommended ** Watching “What of the Night?” was an extremely frustrating experience.  Instead of [Read More]

“Fantastic Super Great Nation Numer Uno” 41st Revue at Second City ETC

“Fantastic Super Great Nation Numer Uno” 41st Revue at Second City ETC

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” 30th Young Playwrights Festival” reviewed by Carol Moore

” 30th Young Playwrights Festival” reviewed by Carol Moore

Highly Recommended ****     The first time I went to see the Young Playwrights Festival, I didn’t know what to [Read More]

“The Dining Room”

“The Dining Room”

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“T DAY”- I can smile again!

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It is now January, 2017. I have had several visits with Dr. Mendez, my new Dentist, and I have been prepped for the big [Read More]

“Phedre”  reviewed by Jacob Davis

“Phedre” reviewed by Jacob Davis

Highly Recommended **** Jean Racine’s 1677 tragedy Phédre is remembered as the epitome of not only his career, but [Read More]

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