Friday September 30th 2016

‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“HAIR”

“HAIR”

This production cannot work unless the cast is into it, and it was very evident that this fairly young cast understood the story and the music. That makes the show a much better experience for the audience as well as those onstage. [Read More]

“The Grown-Up” review by Carol Moore

“The Grown-Up” review by Carol Moore

Several boxy stools, strangely reminiscent of orange-crates, in the same neon colors used in the abstract, were arranged on either side of the platform. The cast of six, Bryan Bosque (Actor F), Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel (Actor D), Christina Gorman (Actor B), Kevin Viol (Actor [Read More]

“The American Clock..A Vaudeville”

“The American Clock..A Vaudeville”

While this is not classic Miller, it is solid theater and an experience that you should have if you enjoy unique theatrical productions. If you are a Miller lover, you might want to make sure this is one you see as you may never have another opportunity to do so [Read More]

“Soul Brother, Where Art Thou ?”

“Soul Brother, Where Art Thou ?”

the six talented performers to alter the script based on their audience and the response (or lack of) on the fly. Often, when they go off the script, we get to truly see the talents of the performers. Directed by Anthony LeBlanc with music by Alex Kilmer and video design by [Read More]

“Billy Elliot”

“Billy Elliot”

Powerful! That is probably the best word with which to begin this review. Last night’s opening night audience at Drury Lane Oakbrook’s “Billy Elliot” saw a production that was far superior to the original that opened in Chicago prior to Broadway. [Read More]

“Anything Goes”

“Anything Goes”

Two hours and fifteen minutes of solid escape from reality into a world of laughter, song and dance (Robin always makes sure that the dance numbers are memories. This is one that could earn a few Jeff Awards for Marriott. [Read More]

“Badfic Love” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Badfic Love” review by Lawrence Riordan

However, that may or may not be have been Pasen’s intention, and his dialogue, which convincingly balances camp with razor-sharp humor, in conjunction with Deziel’s disarmingly gorgeous scenic projections make the show well-worth seeing. [Read More]

“Look, we are breathing”

“Look, we are breathing”

The three women in Mike's life are forced to look at themselves and their roles in what took place on that fateful night. While we know that he was warned (at least three times) not to drive after drinking, we also see that despite the warnings, it was his choice to take [Read More]

“The Herd”

“The Herd”

the director is Frank Galati and one can always see his intensity and heart in a play that he is involved with. Look at the program: Molly Regan, Francis Guinan, Lois Smith and John Mahoney. The non-ensemble members are Cliff Chamberlain and Audrey Francis, making for a [Read More]

“Carousel”

“Carousel”

Highly Recommended ***** The Lyric Opera of Chicago, in its new tradition, is presenting a major musical theater presentation each season in addition to the operas presented. This new tradition has been a stunning addition to our “Musical Theater Scene”, and [Read More]

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“Hand To God”

“Hand To God”

Highly Recommended ***** It is not often that I will say a show is a MUST SEE, but, unless you have a problem with [Read More]

“The Last Wife”

“The Last Wife”

Highly Recommended **** Anyone familiar with the work of Timeline Theatre Company, now celebrating 20 years of [Read More]

“Thrones! The Musical Parody”  Reviewed by Carol Moore

“Thrones! The Musical Parody” Reviewed by Carol Moore

Recommended ***  An audience of enthusiasts was at the Apollo the other night to see “Thrones! The Musical [Read More]

“Piya Behrupiya”  Reviewed by Carol Moore

“Piya Behrupiya” Reviewed by Carol Moore

Highly Recommended ***** I was lucky enough to see Company Theatre Mumbai’s “Piya Behrupiya”, a Hindi translation [Read More]

“Fly by Night”

“Fly by Night”

Highly Recommended ***** Most everyone knows my love affair with that little storefront in Rogers Park, TheoUbique. In [Read More]

“Tug of War : Civil Strife” Reviewed by Jacob Davis

“Tug of War : Civil Strife” Reviewed by Jacob Davis

Highly Recommended *****. Nearly ten months into the Shakespeare 400 Festival, the second half of Chicago Shakespeare [Read More]

“The Bardy Bunch”

“The Bardy Bunch”

Recommended *** If you were around during the 1970’s and were one of those families that had to sit in front of [Read More]