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‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“The Princess and the Pea”

“The Princess and the Pea”

Marriott's slick production using a minimum of actors but all solid talents, tells of the epic story of Prince Wellington (who better for this adorable character than the adorable Alex Goodrich) who is becoming of age and must marry. His mother, Queen Evermean (Susan Moniz [Read More]

“Dear John Hughes”

“Dear John Hughes”

Great songs and solid talent- should have been at least ***, maybe even ****. All they needed was a better way of presenting it. You be the judge. I would love to hear from you on this one. [Read More]

“On Golden Pond” reviewed by Carol Moore

“On Golden Pond” reviewed by Carol Moore

When Chelsea arrives to pick up Billy, she spews her bitterness and anger over her relationship with her father, which she says was dismal. Ethel refuses to listen to Chelsea, basically telling her to grow up! Watching Ethel slap Chelsea = hard to accept [Read More]

“Dunsinane” reviewed by Carol Moore

“Dunsinane” reviewed by Carol Moore

If you think Macbeth’s death put an end to royal skullduggery in Scotland, you’ve got another think coming. Lady Macbeth didn’t go mad and/or die, she lived on, tormenting Malcolm and his British backers with her very existence. Not quite a ‘sequel’ to Macbeth, [Read More]

“The Diary of Anne Frank”

“The Diary of Anne Frank”

Of course, everyone knows the story and the outcome of this tale, but it is the way that this production relates it to us that is most impressive and should garner a few Jeff Awards. Every detail in this production is sheer perfection. All of the cast members are solid in [Read More]

“Endgame” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Endgame” review by Lawrence Riordan

its insistence on hope and comfort in the absence of a clear resolution of what its characters, at least, believe to be its narrative, can be very touching, and it is the play with which theater- goers are most likely to be familiar. It’s not nearly as clear what has [Read More]

“This is Modern Art” reviewed by Carol Moore

“This is Modern Art” reviewed by Carol Moore

Frustrated that their work isn’t recognized as art, the crew decides on huge target for their graffiti bomb, a granite wall, something like eighty-foot long, at the Art Institute. After their masterpiece makes TV news and goes viral on social media, they go into hiding [Read More]

“One Came Home” review by Carol Moore

“One Came Home” review by Carol Moore

Amy Timberlake’s coming-of-age novel won both the Newberry Medal and the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile; the operative word being juvenile. Now that I’ve seen Jessica Wright Buha’s powerful adaptation, I’m definitely going to read the novel. I can’t make a higher [Read More]

“The Book of Merman”

“The Book of Merman”

This show may not be for everyone, but I will say that the crowd at The Apollo tonight (many of whom saw the show at Mary's) were having a ball. The dazzling parody music and the talent of the three performers make this show work, exceeding my expectations. This is not a [Read More]

Thodos Dance review by Carol Moore

Thodos Dance review by Carol Moore

   “Chicago Inspired”, Thodos Dance Chicago’s 23rd Anniversary Winter Concert, was an exhilarating smorgasbord of contemporary dance. The company, all incredibly athletic and uber talented, must also be masters of endurance, since most participated in every piece. [Read More]

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“The Portrait” Reviewed by Mark Levine

“The Portrait” Reviewed by Mark Levine

The Premise: A solo performance, presented at Lincoln Park’s Greenhouse Theater, centers on Austrian painter, Gustav [Read More]

“The Odd Couple”  Review By Carol Moore

“The Odd Couple” Review By Carol Moore

 Highly Recommended **** Theatre at the Center’s production of “The Odd Couple” is a laugh riot.  Even though [Read More]

“Son of a Butcher” By WHISK

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“Second Annual Chicago Theater Memorial Bike Ride”

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About “We in the theatre, we love hard. We love each other fully, and as we like to say in show business, ‘If [Read More]

“War Paint”

“War Paint”

Recommended *** The long  anticipated opening has arrived. The Broadway bound musical, “War Paint” with a [Read More]

“Show And Tell”  Review by Sean Kugler

“Show And Tell” Review by Sean Kugler

It’s usually considered impolite for an audience member to speak to a performer during a show. This form of [Read More]

“As You Like It”  Reviewed by Mark Levine

“As You Like It” Reviewed by Mark Levine

A sunny afternoon at Touhy Park hosted Midsommer Flight’s pleasant but childish production of Shakespeare’s As You [Read More]