Saturday November 29th 2014

‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“A Christmas Carol”

“A Christmas Carol”

each year, little changes take place; different actors take on different roles, little changes in the special lighting and effects as well as some change sin the music. The one constant of course if the wonderful work written by Charles Dickens, that tells the story of a [Read More]

“ANNIE”

“ANNIE”

While Broadway has a "new" revival of "Annie", the rags to riches musical that hits us in our current economic condition, we also have a new and very solid production of this comic strip character turned musical, with a book by Thomas Meehan,Music by Charles Strouse and [Read More]

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”

What makes this production, directed and choreographed by Matt Raftery with musical direction by Ryan Nelson so outstanding is their ability to find just the right talent to make it all come true. The prince is gallantly played by Brian Bohr with his mother played by [Read More]

“The Dead”

“The Dead”

This is a 90 minute plus ( no intermission) theatrical experience that allows us to look at Irish traditions and an "extended family" that has great knowledge of each other. They do, however, allow some new guests to join their annual outing, but each of them must have some [Read More]

“The Gifts of The Magi”

“The Gifts of The Magi”

The talent is there! I just felt that the script was a bit weak and needs a little work. But, you be the judge! If you are seeking something different for the holidays, something new that will entertain you and give meaning to the true spirit of the holiday season, you [Read More]

“Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter”

“Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter”

The characters in this play are indeed characters. Each one with a past but no future. Jenny has a secret, one that caused her to lose her leg, her spirit and her desire to go back to normalcy. While Lou represents the "person" who wants Jenny to feel that her country has [Read More]

“Potted Potter”

“Potted Potter”

This is truly a family orientated show that is written and performed by Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner ( formerly BBC TV hosts) that is performed on an almost bare stage with a great many props, adorable songs, some wild costumes, audience participation and a game of [Read More]

“Forever Plaid Tidings”

“Forever Plaid Tidings”

"Forever Plaid Tidings", now being revitalized at Theatre at the Center in Munster,Indiana ( just a hop skip and jump from downtown Chicago), these four men are prompted by Rosemary Clooney, they are transported back to perform a special holiday program for the world-weary [Read More]

“My One and Only”

“My One and Only”

choreography by Mader who proves to be a solid "tap" pro with one number that is close to 17 minutes to the title song , "My One and Only" as danced by Mr. Magic (Ted Louis Levy, an outstanding tap man) and our hero Captain Billy Buck Chandler, Marriott's answer to Gene [Read More]

Momentum” River North Dance by Graham Albachten

Momentum” River North Dance  by  Graham Albachten

The most exciting piece of the first half was a magnificent short solo Beat, which the program listed as “a structured improvisation shaped by: Ashley Roland.” Ahmed Simmons, the dancer, long-limbed and beautiful, has an absolutely enormous stage presence. Somehow, the [Read More]

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