Wednesday January 28th 2015

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“Sunset Boulevard”

“Sunset Boulevard”

Directed by William Ostek, who has probably seen the film version hundreds of times, and may I suggest you also view the film before this marvelous production, knows the characters and feels what they feel, making him a better interpreter of what Wilder created. Tammy Mader [Read More]

“Sweet Charity”

“Sweet Charity”

as she sings "If They Could See Me Now", a solid dance number that really allows Ms Topol to "show her stuff".Her love interest as the first act ends becomes a nerdy type that she meets when an elevator breaks down, Oscar ( a break through role for Jarrod Zimmerman who is [Read More]

“Minsk,2011: A Reply to Kathy Acker”

“Minsk,2011: A Reply to Kathy Acker”

Their homeland, once a beautiful and wonderful place to grow up in has now become an ugly city. FYI: Kathy Acker , was a writer who inspired this company to get out and tell their story, and they do with great emotion. After all, this is not a script; this is not someone's [Read More]

“Rockin’ Ever After” by Adam Shaw

“Rockin’ Ever After”   by  Adam Shaw

The audience, filled with kids and grandparents left on a delightful note, having had an enjoyable theatrical experience, one that will be a great memory for years to come. But don't fear- Disney on Ice will be back again in the fall and another in January. These [Read More]

“Happy Now?”

“Happy Now?”

Here is where I am taking another stand. While the playwright is English and the director is English, the play itself and the story line created by Coxon is about as American as one can get, so why not set the story in New York, or perhaps, if we need a smaller town, [Read More]

“Born Yesterday” by Michael Horn

“Born Yesterday”  by Michael Horn

This is a fun show, very well directed by Catherine Davis with some wonderful performances. Justine Klein plays Billie and is terrific, bringing great timing and delivery to the role. She truly lets you see the depth of Billie, uneducated but not “dumb”, kept but not [Read More]

“The Whipping Man”

“The Whipping Man”

It isn't often that a play reveals a great deal about history that has somehow escaped most of our lives. In "The Whipping Man", by Matthew Lopez, now on stage at Northlight Theatre in Skokie, we are taken back to the end of the Civil War and a Jewish household where the [Read More]

“Cars and Quinceaneras”

“Cars and Quinceaneras”

The title of this play is only a part of what Lieberman is trying to express. This is a story about the Hispanic culture and the people who came to America to have better lives and educations. They are straddling two worlds, their culture and their new lives. They are also [Read More]

“Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West”

“Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West”

The actors on the other hand were solid- The Victorian woman ( a charming Rebecca Spence) goes with her husband on a business trip to Japan. She is fascinated by the new Camera, that allows people to hold and save images for their own pleasure, whenever they desire and a [Read More]

“Now & Forever; the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber”

“Now & Forever; the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber”

This is a very slick production with only one problem as I see it- because it is in the round, and some very special lighting effects have been placed in the show, there were a few times, where the actors walked from light to darkness while moving to the next spot. I would [Read More]

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“Top Girls” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Top Girls” review by Lawrence Riordan

Nothing I write can do justice to the depth, strength, and nuance with which each of these actresses tackles her role, [Read More]

“Rapture, Blister, Burn “

“Rapture, Blister, Burn “

The two main characters, Catherine (a powerful performance by Jennifer Coombs), an author and professor on the topic of [Read More]

Tween heaven for my grandkids

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The performers were delightful, posing with the kids in special ways and making them feel that they were just as [Read More]

“Spike Heels”

“Spike Heels”

and after getting to know this character, I doubt that she could ever have fallen in love with either of the men in [Read More]

“Red Bud”

“Red Bud”

This is their annual trip to "Red Bud", a championship Motocross Rave, somewhere in the rural countryside. While they [Read More]

“Spinning Into Butter” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Spinning Into Butter” review by Lawrence Riordan

focusing too much discourse ultimately interferes with human interaction, and shows that, at least in this play, that [Read More]

“West Side Story”

“West Side Story”

What we bear witness to, in this striking production ,under the slick direction of Rachel Rockwell, the magician of [Read More]