Monday September 1st 2014

‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“Dreamgirls”

“Dreamgirls”

There are so many wonderful moments it is difficult to tell you which is of greater import, but I will have to say that the closing number of the first act, Effie's "(And I'm Telling You) I'm Not Going" is one hell of a show stopper. The audience applauded for almost three [Read More]

“The Fall of the House of Usher”

“The Fall of the House of Usher”

What a perfect location for a play this dark and dreary- a basement theater that has the proper damp and dingy feeling that befits an old house set apart from all the others. Joey Wade's set is filled with wonderful old relics and the props by Maria DeFabo are marvelous. [Read More]

“Sweet and Sad”

“Sweet and Sad”

Nelson deals with the individual personalities of these people as we see each one open up to each other and learn that they need to listen with more than their ears, but with their inner beings as others express fears, confusion and emotions towards life, the country, [Read More]

“Idomeneus”

“Idomeneus”

I certainly don't want to put a damper on the skills of these actors, but unless you are into Greek Tragedy, you might want to look elsewhere for your theatrical experiences. I do think the ensemble is energetic and talented, but the story is not for everyone and there are [Read More]

“Marvin’s Room”

“Marvin’s Room”

after arriving and meeting their "family" we begin to see changes in their feeling and attitudes for each other. This is a touching story showing how one person's strength can be transferred to others as we watch these "strangers" become "family" again. We are unsure of the [Read More]

“Enfrascada(A Hoodoo Comedy of Jarring Proportions)” at Metropolis

“Enfrascada(A Hoodoo Comedy of Jarring Proportions)” at Metropolis

"Enfrascada" is a delightful little story that is filled with humor, but as in all of Saracho's plays, there is some deep meaning as we watch Alicia ( a finely tuned performance by Dana Cruz) deal with the emotions of losing her live-in boyfriend, Diego, to another woman. [Read More]

“Man of La Mancha”

“Man of La Mancha”

Highly Recommended**** To “Dream the Impossible Dream” is what the “Man of La Mancha” has always been about Now onstage at Cahn Auditorium on the campus of Northwester University, for a very limited run, you can have the opportunity to watch James [Read More]

“Ah,Wilderness !”

“Ah,Wilderness !”

Each year,Eclipse Theatre Company selects a playwright for their season. In this, their 20th season, the playwright is Eugene O’Neill and their current production is “Ah,Wilderness!”, a warm and fuzzy story about a family at the turn of the century and how [Read More]

“The Great American Trailer Park Musical”

“The Great American Trailer Park Musical”

Most Chicago area residents, in particular, those who are theater lovers, are unfamiliar with trailer parks of America and the people who are residents of these walled in areas filled with metal boxes that these people call home. In “The Great American Trailer Park [Read More]

“Adrift”

“Adrift”

Choices! We are all faced with difficult choices as we travel through life, and as we think back, we see that those we made may have changed the course of our lives. In David Alex’s, somewhat autobiographical “Adrift”, now on stage at The Greenhouse [Read More]

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This is an extreme adaptation of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" by Mikey Laird that played at The Den Theatre [Read More]