Thursday July 24th 2014

‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“Sleeping Beauty”

“Sleeping Beauty”

"Sleeping Beauty" as most fairy tales and fables are, has a moral that is very important for kids to learn early. This story is about revenge and change and Sarah got it. Magenta places a wicked curse on Amber at her birth. She will die at the age of sixteen by touching a [Read More]

“Girls Night:The Musical”

“Girls Night:The Musical”

Somewhat recommended ** Not being a female, I have never attended a “bachelorette Party”, but I have heard that they are quite raunchy and that the women tend to let it all hang out!. “Girls Night: The Musical” now playing at The Club, a basement [Read More]

“Reefer Madness-the Musical”

“Reefer Madness-the Musical”

If you enjoy "Camp"- this is it! Personified!Director Matthew Gunnels has put together one of the best cast shows Circle has ever assembled and uses the stage to perfection . Peter O'Neill's set, multi-leveled with many doors and a unique platform has created the perfect [Read More]

“Little Shop of Horrors”

“Little Shop of Horrors”

While "Little Shop" has been done over and over, the new vision now on the stage at Theatre At The Center in Munster, under the creative eye of Director/Choreographer Stacey Flaster, brings this musical story to new heights.Ms Flaster has put together a sterling cast and [Read More]

“The Merchant of Venice”

“The Merchant of Venice”

Directed by Alison C. Vesely, on a set by Angela Weber Miller, this is a smooth production making the 2 1/2 hours appear much shorter. Working under the stars, the show cannot begin until the sky is dark enough ( roughly 8:15) and while they cannot use as many lighting [Read More]

“Beauty and the Beast”

“Beauty and the Beast”

this is a 75 minutes of captivating story telling, solid music ( under the skillful direction of Doug Peck) re-imagined on the thrust stage of Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Many children have witnessed the animated version, and as many may have experienced the Broadway, full [Read More]

“We’re All In This Room Together”

“We’re All In This Room Together”

When the world has you down- the economy, job pressures, troubles at home, you can always count on any of The Second City venues to take you away from all that, at least for two hours ( PLUS). While known primarily for their ad-lib comedy, improv a sit used to be called, [Read More]

“39 Steps”

“39 Steps”

We all need escape, in one way or another, from time to time, and I can guarantee that if you are seeking a diversion, "39 Steps" will take you away from your hum-drum or pressure filled life for two hours of laughter and amazement as you see actors become character after [Read More]

“Three Sisters”

“Three Sisters”

While Shapiro has put together a marvelous cast of players to tell this version of the story, I must say it is not for everyone. It is a "talky" show a sit is about people and their situations, and being so, the 2 1/2 hour production is focused on the dialogue and the [Read More]

“A Steady Rain”

“A Steady Rain”

In New York's production, "name" actors were used instead of the two glorious actors who made this sterling drama come to life. Well, it is now back, where it started and with the original cast and the original crew and like a fine wine, this production is even stronger [Read More]

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“The Story of the Marvelettes”

“The Story of the Marvelettes”

This is a wonderful look at some history and it is done with some powerful flashbacks as two of the "Marvelettes" are [Read More]

“Merry Wives of Windsor” reviewed by Michael Horn

“Merry Wives of Windsor” reviewed by Michael Horn

Director Nick Sandys has balanced this production with the right amount of physical gags and jokes to establish a tone [Read More]

“The Qualms”

“The Qualms”

The evening ahead is a "party" of sorts, where as the evening progresses, couples will join with others in what they [Read More]

“Othello”

“Othello”

The Gift Theatre, that lovely little space in Jefferson Park has been around for over a dozen years, bringing us [Read More]

“Broadway at Ravinia” by Michael Horn

“Broadway at Ravinia” by Michael Horn

This was a wonderful evening of music at the best outdoor venue in America on a magnificent summer evening. It [Read More]

“The Beverly Hillbillies, the Musical”

“The Beverly Hillbillies, the Musical”

The music is nothing to hum on the way out the door, but it is fun to watch and hear and we all found ourselves [Read More]

“Seussical” the Musical at Navy Pier

“Seussical” the Musical at Navy Pier

This production, an energy packed 75 minutes (no intermission) is a joyful look at the famed stories that we all know [Read More]