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“Orange Flower Water”

“Orange Flower Water”

Recommended***┬áChicago’s theater community continues to grow, in numbers, in talent and in production values. This is something we can be very proud of. There is a new “kid on the block”, !NTERROBANG Theatre Project, which has as it’s [Read More]

“Stella & Lou”

“Stella & Lou”

Lonliness is something that many people have to deal with as they age and their loved ones and friends pass on. In Bruce Graham’s World premiere ( now on the atge at Northlight Theatre in Skokie) we get a glimpse into the lives of two people, “Stella & [Read More]

” Henry VIII “

” Henry VIII “

each play she directs is pure thoroughbred ( Triple Crown Winners to use racing terms). She also, with her great understanding of the works of Shakespeare, finds the exact right actors to portray the characters in his plays. She is the master and all her players make taking [Read More]

“What a Glorious Feeling”

“What a Glorious Feeling”

Yes, the script is weak, but thank goodness for the powerful cast, who in this cases make silk out of a sow's ear: William Underwood ( the musical director) plays Kenny the pianist ( a fine job of creating some great music along with Jamie Martinez on the Bass)- they truly [Read More]

“Oklahoma”

“Oklahoma”

This year, the revival is of "Oklahoma", Rogers and Hammerstein's classic musical based on the novel, "Green Grows The Lilacs" by Lynn Riggs. The original production opened in New York, at the Saint James Theatre 70 years ago ( March 31, 1943) and this musical has been [Read More]

“Still Alice”

“Still Alice”

This play is the book brought to life, treating this problem with compassion and humanity. There are even some light moments as Alice and Herself ( playing the role this afternoon was Martie Sanders, who was astounding), a sort of alter-ego that represents Alice's mind [Read More]

“Enchanted April”

“Enchanted April”

The Citadel Theatre Company, in a lovely , intimate space located in Lake Forest. They have been around for ten years, and now will be one that I will visit on a regular basis. Their current production is "Enchanted April", a romantic English comedy written by Matthew [Read More]

“Creditors”

“Creditors”

They do not know each other, but Adolph opens up his heart and soul to this stranger. The majority of the discussion is about his wife and his jealousy over the way she flirts. Since there are some twists and turns in the story, I will not give them away, but Gustav [Read More]

“The Mother”

“The Mother”

Chicago is a great theater town! From our large Broadway In Chicago theaters, our regional show places and our outstanding suburban venuews, but when it gomes to the “gritty” theater, it is our “storefronts” that truly add to thedynamics that make us [Read More]

“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” by Mike Horn

“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”     by Mike Horn

Fun, Fun, Fun! Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, presented by the Big Noise Theatre Company, is an enjoyable and entertaining show, filled with clever songs and some very funny moments. Originally produced on Broadway in 2005 (Tony nominated) and based on the 1988 movie starring [Read More]

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