Saturday November 1st 2014

‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

” Les Miserables”

” Les Miserables”

While this production has been here recently, it seems even stronger after being on the road. Perhaps it is the strong cast gelling! Perhaps it is audiences love of the music and the story of the survival of the human spirit despite all the setbacks thrown at it. Today, [Read More]

“Sister Act”

“Sister Act”

While the story is kind of routine and hokey in many ways and one that has been done over and over, it has charm and many comical moments, but most of all, this is a strong and talented cast that truly gives each audience member a magical experience. You don't have to be [Read More]

“The Burnt Part Boys”

“The Burnt Part Boys”

While I enjoyed the music and the talent on the stage, I am of the opinion that perhaps on a different set and in a different layout of a venue, this story telling would not be as confusing. They cross each other on different paths and of course, the spirits are to powerful [Read More]

“Long Day’s Journey Into Night”

“Long Day’s Journey Into Night”

Recommended*** Anyone familiar with Eclipse Theatre Company , knows that each year they select one playwright and devote their three play season to his or her works. This year, they selected Eugene O’Neill. After success with “Ah Wilderness!” and [Read More]

“The Odd Couple”

“The Odd Couple”

Well, let me tell you, there is absolutely nothing missing from this production and Grapey is one of the best Oscar Madison's I have ever seen. ( I am sure the Jeff Awards people saw the magic that he created on the stage with expert timing and just the right delivery of [Read More]

” I put the fear of mexico in ‘em”

” I put the fear of mexico in ‘em”

Yes, even today, when the Latino vote changed the "complexion" of a presidential race, there are many non-Latinos who still view the Latino community as one. In Matthew Paul Olmos' 95 minute play, now on stage at Chicago dramatists , located at 1105 West Chicago Avenue, we [Read More]

“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]

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” Highwood still has it!”

In reality, when you dine at Washington Gardens, the "family" is still present. We had dinner there the other night; [Read More]

“The King and I”

“The King and I”

As the strong-willed Governess/teacher, Anna, Marriott has cast the perfect actress, Heidi Kettenring, whose acting [Read More]

“Welcome to America” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Welcome to America” review by Lawrence Riordan

t’s a great and realistic performance, so much so that I regretted it was only 50 minutes, but it’s heavy stuff and [Read More]

“Strandline”

“Strandline”

But it is the entire cast of women who truly bring these words to us in a way that allows us to hear clearly (despite [Read More]

“The Hundred Flowers Project” review by Lawrence Riordan

“The Hundred Flowers Project” review by Lawrence Riordan

(There is some highly symbolic and stylized but affecting violence, reminiscent of video footage of any number of [Read More]

“Titanic”

“Titanic”

While the music is nothing to write home about, it has moments that will hold you and certainly keep you into the [Read More]

“The Lieutenant of Inishmore”

“The Lieutenant of Inishmore”

In fact, it is hard to believe that the tickets for this production are a mere $20 ( only $10 for seniors and students) [Read More]