Saturday July 22nd 2017

‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“Jeeves at Sea”

“Jeeves at Sea”

First Folio Theatre, that darling little company, in Oakbrook, is a treat when it comes to the offerings they bring to their theater, whether in the reshaped chapel of the Mayslake Peabody Estate or during the summer months on the grounds of this same treasured spot. They [Read More]

“Mothers & Sons”

“Mothers & Sons”

Highly Recommended ***** How does one deal with the death of a child, many years later? In the story that is told by Terrance McNally in “Mothers & Sons”, now onstage at Northlight Theatre, we have such a case. Katherine ( played to perfection by Chicago [Read More]

” Vices and Virtues” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

” Vices and Virtues” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

Highly Recommended ****             Profiles Theatre is producing two series of one act plays on alternating nights under the titles “Vices and Virtues”, but there are plenty of both in each. That said, as a theme, Vice, or at the least potentiality [Read More]

“Estrella Cruz (The Junkyard Queen)

“Estrella Cruz (The Junkyard Queen)

Somewhat Recommended ** I am not sure how many people know about the Halcyon Theatre Company, a  ten year old company that has as its mission statement that they are “committed to making the stage as diverse as the City of Chicago, dedicated to presenting new voices [Read More]

“The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes”

“The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes”

Highly Recommended ***** A World Premiere Musical has opened at the Mercury Theater Chicago, that lovely gem of a theater on Southport. The newest of musicals to hit Chicago, is one that has taken a great deal of time and energy and patience on those involved to get to this [Read More]

“Satchmo at the Waldorf” reviewed by Carol moore


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Recommended **** I was absolutely fascinated watching Barry Shabaka Henley’s performance in the Court Theatre’s production of “Satchmo at the Waldorf”.  Although I was certainly aware of Louis Armstrong as a performer, I knew very little about him as a person.  [Read More]

“Another Word for Beauty”

“Another Word for Beauty”

Recommended *** There are times when giving a rating to a play that I have viewed is difficult. Do I rate the play on the script? On the acting? The direction? Or the entire production and its value? Tonight’s World Premiere of “Another Word for Beauty” , [Read More]

“The Gilded Age”

“The Gilded Age”

Recommended *** It has been awhile since I have read  or watched anything written by Mark Twain. In my college days, in particular in Literature class, much time was spent on one of our great American treasures. City Lit Theater, which is known for its “literate [Read More]

“Hairspray the Broadway Musical”

“Hairspray the Broadway Musical”

After recently reviewing the musical, “Bye Bye Birdie” a story about the relationship between teens and “Rock and Roll” during the 50’s and 60’s, it is even more amazing to watch the cult movie transformed to a hit musical, [Read More]

“Le Switch”

“Le Switch”

Highly Recommended **** About Face Theatre is known for its ability to create exceptional, innovative and adventurous plays in order to spread the word and open dialogue on sexual and gender identity while at the same time being able to educate and entertain its audiences. [Read More]

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“Spamilton”  An American Parody

“Spamilton” An American Parody

Recommended *** Back in time, theater-lovers watched parodies of their favorite Broadway shows in an intimate setting, [Read More]

“The School for Lies” reviewed by Carol Moore

“The School for Lies” reviewed by Carol Moore

Highly Recommended **** I loved The Artistic Home’s production of “The School for Lies”, a modern satire done in [Read More]

“The Tin Woman”

“The Tin Woman”

Highly Recommended *****  Many of us take the ride to Munster ( just a hop, skip and jump from the “loop” [Read More]

“A Gem in Ravenswood Manor”

“A Gem in Ravenswood Manor”

Driving along Montrose Avenue, one sees many types of signage along the way. If you start at the Lake, heading west, [Read More]

“The Nance” review by Carol Moore

“The Nance” review by Carol Moore

Recommended *** Pride Films and Plays production of “The Nance” takes us into the naughty world of burlesque in [Read More]

“Beauty’s Daughter”

“Beauty’s Daughter”

    Highly Recommended **** For over 30 years, American Blues Theater Company has been bringing stories of [Read More]

“My Son The Waiter : A Jewish Tragedy”

“My Son The Waiter : A Jewish Tragedy”

HEEEE’s BACK! Brad Zimmerman is back in the Chicago area doing his thing . . telling his story! As someone who [Read More]