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“Low Down Dirty Blues”

“Low Down Dirty Blues”

Milwaukee's The Rep Theater, is where it takes place, and it is their tradition to showcase actor/musicians/vocalists, doing "their thing". The current production, "Low Down Dirty Blues" tells us about a group of musicians, gathering in their club, after hours, to swap [Read More]

“Les Miserables”

“Les Miserables”

Remember, this is a story of redemption and love as well as honor. These are people who are struggling through difficult times but who manage to find that special someone or something that they can believe in and that belief does change their lives. From the changes we see [Read More]

“Five Presidents” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

“Five Presidents” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

The dialogue is hilarious and laced with dramatic irony because we here about the past, but also the future. George W. H. Bush says that Junior has “found God” even if he doesn’t seem to be able to manage a baseball team, and Carter (Martin L’ Herault), Ford (Jeff [Read More]

“Angry Fags” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

“Angry Fags” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

The most interesting performance by far was Jude Hansen as the charming farm-boy Adam Lowell, a colleague of Bennett and new-love interest, who appears fresh, clean-shaven, gentle, and innocent, but becomes far more complicit in Bennett and Cooper’s bloody path of [Read More]

“Beauty and the Beast” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

“Beauty and the Beast” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

most of all by Ryan Everett Wood as the Beast who brought a tender, penitential suffering to the role. His punishment had not made him as wicked as one might expect and he is clearing struggling for his own redemption through terrible suffering during the course of the [Read More]

“Two Trains Running”

“Two Trains Running”

Directed by Chuck Smith who has a solid understanding of the poetic words written by Wilson, this cast of seven is very enjoyable to watch. Each character becomes very realistic and we the audience, develop a feeling for each.While we know that Sterling is a dreamer, we [Read More]

“Laundry & Bourbon-Lone Star”

“Laundry & Bourbon-Lone Star”

The actors they bring to their intimate stage, love what they do and it shows! While these are not true comedies or serious dramas, per se, there are funny moments in both and very realistic situations that will make you think about your own lives (at least a bit). There is [Read More]

“Antigonick” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Antigonick” review by Lawrence Riordan

Anne Carson is a poet, and she plays with language, pointing out when characters are inclined to excessive nouns and verbs in her translation, and continually makes puns on the word and name Nick. It can see it even in the idiosyncratic way she has chosen to translate the [Read More]

“The Full Monty”

“The Full Monty”

Forget that this is the first NON-Equity performance of this show in Chicago- this is as good as it gets! Glover knew he could take us on this journey and has done so with all the confidence that he shows in every production he brings to the stage. [Read More]

“The Illusionists”

“The Illusionists”

Adam watched closely as he is into magic, himself. From time to time as a trick began, primarily card tricks (his specialty; after all he is only ten) that he knew this one, but then these masters went one step further and he knew that he still had a lot to learn. This is [Read More]

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“The Chicago Dancing Festival” Reviewed by Carol Moore

***** Highly Recommended  The Chicago Dancing Festival, an entirely free celebration of dance, is one festival every [Read More]

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As we prepared to make our move from Deerfield to Glenview, one of the things that we found out is that many of the [Read More]

“The Tempest” reviewed by  Carol Moore

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 Chicago favorite, Nick Sandys, stars as Prospero in a whimsical, family-friendly production of “The [Read More]

“Theater Zuidpool’s Macbeth” reviewed by Mark Levine

“Theater Zuidpool’s Macbeth” reviewed by Mark Levine

The performers of Theater Zuidpool’s Macbeth are clearly talented.  Powerful vocals, intriguing phrasing, solid [Read More]

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“Mame”

It has been a long time since Chicago area theater audiences have been treated to a full production of [Read More]

“Bloodshot” reviewd by Mark Levine

“Bloodshot” reviewd by Mark Levine

Recommended ***The Premise: This one-man murder mystery follows down-and-out English photographer, Derek Eveleigh [Read More]

Mexican food that will warm your stomach and your heart!

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Highly Recommended **** Mexican food is truly one of my favorites. Perhaps it is all my years with LaRaza and TeleGuia [Read More]