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‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“RED”

“RED”

"Red" is in fact an explosive story about an artists. Master expressionist Mark Rothko (an amazing performance by Brian Parry, who always brings 100% PLUS to every role he plays) as he takes on a young apprentice, Ken (deftly handled by Aaron Kirby), who as it turns out [Read More]

“The Addams Family-the Musical”

“The Addams Family-the Musical”

The music, conducted by Michael Kaish and his 5 musicians, made the score sound as if there were ten plus musicians bringing the music to the stage. Songs you will adore (at least I did) are "When You're an Addams", "Wednesday's Growing Up", "One Normal Night", "Full [Read More]

“La Cage aux Folles”

“La Cage aux Folles”

people who feel that Marriott has strayed from their path of bringing us solid wholesome family entertainment, should be glad that this venue likes to bring us variety, making it a true theater to experience. Let's face it, variety is the spice of life and Marriott Theatre [Read More]

“Short Shakespeare! Macbeth” reviewed by Carol Moore

“Short Shakespeare! Macbeth” reviewed by Carol Moore

Opening with a tightly choreographed battle, the action in this production never stops. After the victory, Macbeth (Chris Genebach) and Banquo (Michael Perez) are greeted by trio of otherworldly witches – Kevin Cox, Andrea San Miguel and Tiffany Yvonne Cox – wielding a [Read More]

“Frozen” Disney on Ice spectacular

“Frozen” Disney on Ice spectacular

this is great family fare and would be ideal to watch on a stage. I can imagine some of the dance numbers and special effects that would make for a Tony Award winning production that would be here for generations. [Read More]

“Accidentally, Like a Martyr”

“Accidentally, Like a Martyr”

shows us how these men, from different generations and lifestyles, true survivors, come to grips with the life changes they experience, aging itself and the changing of the times. They may not have a real family, but those that frequent this bar, are the family they thought [Read More]

“White Guy on the Bus”

“White Guy on the Bus”

one must pay very close attention or one might miss some of Graham's unique time sequences, which are key elements to the telling of this mysterious tale, dealing with revenge, moral ambiguity and racial biases. The play is powerful and the acting is amazing. There is a [Read More]

“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, but I would be remiss if I didn’t try even briefly: [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 "feminism" and Gwen (deftly handled by Karen Janes Woditsch) a wife and mother of two are in many ways like sisters, as they shared their lives in their [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 this show. In fact, there is a scene where she is confronted by Andrew's fiancee, Lydia (deftly handled by Whitney Morse) and I was hoping that they might [Read More]

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A NEW “IN” Spot in the city

A NEW “IN” Spot in the city

Highly Recommended **** Not being a part of the  “scene”, and having moved to the suburbs, we do not get [Read More]

The 60’s at Ravinia with The Commodores opening for Patti LaBelle- rocking night in Highland Park

The 60’s at Ravinia with The Commodores opening for Patti LaBelle- rocking night in Highland Park

Not only was the weather as near perfect as one would want in Ravinia tonight, but the performances we witnessed were a [Read More]

“Hamilton” Tickets

“Hamilton” Tickets

Tuesday, the 21st has come and gone, bringing a lot of busy computers and telephone lines as Chicago theater lovers [Read More]

“Northanger Abbey” reviewed by Carol Moore

“Northanger Abbey” reviewed by Carol Moore

 Highly Recommended *****  If you’ve never been to Lifeline Theatre, you’re missing something really special.  [Read More]

“Company”

“Company”

Highly Recommended **** My regular readers are aware that to me, Stephen Sondheim is the most magical wordsmith in his [Read More]

“The House That Will Not Stand” reviewed by Carol Moore

“The House That Will Not Stand” reviewed by Carol Moore

Recommended *** “The House That Will Not Stand” is a history play about free women of color in 1813 New Orleans.  [Read More]

“The SpongeBob Musical”

“The SpongeBob Musical”

Recommended *** Having eight grandkids, I have spent a great deal of time, sitting in front of a television set [Read More]