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“Hamlet” at Oak Park Festival Theatre

“Hamlet” at Oak Park Festival Theatre

This is a richly talented cast made up of some very experienced Shakespearean actors and some bright new faces. The play is a classic, so we cannot blame Shakespeare for anything involving this deep tragedy that deals with family loyalties, codes of honor, and justice. I [Read More]

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

Directed by Scott Calcagno (who also did the musical staging) with musical direction by Ben Johnson, this is a young energetic cast that will astound you as they bring these six spellers alive. Led by their "leaders" Frances Limoncelli as Ms Peretti (a former champion) and [Read More]

“The Last Ship”

“The Last Ship”

The men decide to build just one last ship- one that will be a monument to their very existence and the history of their village and the families that have built ships since time began. Watching these townspeople share their dream of building a ship that will define their [Read More]

“Annapurna”

“Annapurna”

He is the reason for the split and the reason for them to meet again. Most of us are aware of stories where mother have left their husbands despite great love for them in order to keep their kids safe. In this story we are never really sure if Ulysses did the things that [Read More]

“Apes of Wrath” 2nd city etc’s 38th revue

“Apes of Wrath”  2nd city etc’s 38th revue

Whether it be performance artists doing their show at a prison, a robot "lover" ( Mujica shines at this as well with the adorable Brooke Breit, who also hits the spot with a skit about a company downsizing) or a ship going down where the captain must save the last passenger [Read More]

“Death and the Maiden”

“Death and the Maiden”

This is a taut play that deals with revenge, trauma and perhaps , even forgiveness, as we watch what happens to this woman who still bears the scars of her torture. Is this the man who rapes her? She says she recalls his voice clearly and then there is the music he played [Read More]

“ASSASSINS”

“ASSASSINS”

While I have seen "Assassins" many times, in various venues, it is today where it may be even more meaningful than productions of the past. The other day I heard a report that there have been 74 gun incidents in schools throughout the United States since Sandy Hill . That [Read More]

“Grounded”

“Grounded”

The audience watches very intently as Whiteside, the story teller takes us into this woman's life and opens our eyes to the assumptions that are brought to the floor by Brant under the direction of Portes. This is a beautiful production that has a somewhat surprising [Read More]

“Godspell”

“Godspell”

Some of the classic songs, such as "Day by Day" ( my favorite),"Light Of The World", "By My Side" are just a sample of the high spirited "Rock" music that inspired audiences during the heyday of the original. This is not a one of a kind, as there are other musicals that [Read More]

“Damn Yankees”

“Damn Yankees”

Applegate ( played with just the right touch by Artistic Director Rudy Hogenmiller, who brings a lot of spring to his step) offers Boyd ( Kirk Swenk) the opportunity to turn back the clock and become young Joe Boyd ( deftly played by Brian Acker) who can make the Senators [Read More]

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“The Shape of Things”

“The Shape of Things”

Recommended *** The newest production brought to the stage by the Eclectic Full Contact Theatre (I will make an effort [Read More]

“R + J : Martha’s Vineyard” review by Lawrence Riordan

“R + J : Martha’s Vineyard” review by Lawrence Riordan

Instinctually, I am a purist when it comes to Shakespeare, but if something truly innovative can be done that brings [Read More]

“American Buffalo”

“American Buffalo”

This is a hard review to write. Not because of the production, or in fact, anything to do with the sterling [Read More]

“The Explorers Club”

“The Explorers Club”

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Radio! Oh, the days when radio was not just music and talk, but in fact, real shows- what television calls variety [Read More]

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“Judy & Liza- Once in a Lifetime”

Highly Recommended ***** I just found a new spot in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. It is called the Uptown [Read More]

“Jeeves at Sea”

“Jeeves at Sea”

First Folio Theatre, that darling little company, in Oakbrook, is a treat when it comes to the offerings they bring to [Read More]