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“Jekyll & Hyde the musical”

“Jekyll & Hyde  the musical”

Being pre-Broadway, I am sure they will continue to look at scenes and songs as well as watch audience reactions. Chicago is a great theater city, so they are sure to learn from our audiences. Seeing people hail cabs at intermission is certainly not an indicator as often on [Read More]

“Fiddler on the Roof”

“Fiddler on the Roof”

Most everyone knows the story, and that the Russians make them leave but despite all the hardship these people have faced and the adjustments they are about to make, they do maintain their balance by keeping their faith and loving one another. No matter how many times you [Read More]

” An American Story for Actor and Orchestra”

” An American Story for Actor and Orchestra”

Unlike Mr. Felder's other stories, in this one, there is no piano on the stage, but rather a full orchestra behind some thin curtains and as he tells the story we are treated to the music of Stephen Foster ( "Beautiful Dreamer", "Oh Susanna" and " My Old Kentucky Home" as [Read More]

“A Body of Water”

“A Body of Water”

This is a story with many turns and twists as Wren does whatever she can to help these two, who lose their memory every day in to reality. She does so with fibs and lies, hoping that one of her little tricks will get these two back into normalcy. There are many moments that [Read More]

“How Long Will I Cry?:Voices of Youth Violence”

“How Long Will I Cry?:Voices of Youth Violence”

This is part of an initiative in the city designed to show how young people can make positive changes in their communities and hopefully put a stop to this trend of drive by shootings and killing for no reason at all.. "Now is the Time" and The Chicago Public Library in [Read More]

“From Doo Wop to Hip Hop”

“From Doo Wop to Hip Hop”

The stories, as I said earlier- about young love, old love, tired love, Black and White, "rapper" and younger sister. class differences are all there, even sub stories about a brother who gets shot in a drive-by and one of the neighbors who almost dies. Guess what? They are [Read More]

“See What I Wanna See” part of rep line-up at Steppenwolf Garage

“See What I Wanna See”  part of rep line-up at Steppenwolf Garage

This score, which combines many elements of music; Jazz, Pop,Classical with some intense Asian influences drives the story, almost like an opera of sorts and the actors in this strong piece are worthy of the ovation they get from the audience that has an opportunity to [Read More]

“Everything is Illuminated”

“Everything is Illuminated”

Directed by Devon de Mayo on a set designed by Grant Sabin that is filled with many treasures ( amazing props by Eileen Rozycki) this is a charmingly easy production to watch. The actors move the set pieces around as if choreographed and the use of the aisles fits [Read More]

“Improbable Frequency”

“Improbable Frequency”

For many, attending theater is a great diversion. No matter the stress of the day, or in fact, in life, attending a theatrical production can take you away from the “outside world” and for the two hours or so ( depending on show) you are in a different place, a [Read More]

“City of Dreadful Night”

“City of Dreadful Night”

The production is very tight and offers mystery fans a chance to start figuring out some clues that Nigro plants within the script. While tense, in most spots, there are some comical moments as we watch the characters intertwine with each other and start to understand just [Read More]

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