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‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“We Three” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

“We Three” reviewed by Lawrence Riordan

The last scene is, like so much of Side Project’s recent fare, is mythic, and it tells us nothing about what actually has happened, but it’s beautifully handled by Sobel, and symbolically acknowledges and legitimizes the pain and fear that these characters endure [Read More]

“Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale”

“Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale”

Is this a great theater experience? No, I cannot say that it is. I can say that you will have fun and you will have some laughs, but of greater importance, if you loved Snider in the old days, you will adore his Twisted Sister personality and high energy today. You will [Read More]

” A Christmas Carol” review by Lawrence Riordan

” A Christmas Carol” review by Lawrence Riordan

Perhaps it is Dickens anticipation of a celebration and understanding of Christmas that is more secular, even among the very religious, that makes it arguably the most recognizable and consumed of all Christmas stories outside The Nativity. Faced with this challenge of [Read More]

“Tell Me What You Remember”

“Tell Me What You Remember”

This play filled with snippets of life takes us to places where many of us might see things that will spark memories of our lives and one of the beautiful parts of this sterling production is the audience being able to take part in a discussion after the play as well as [Read More]

“Jet Black Chevrolet” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Jet Black Chevrolet” review by Lawrence Riordan

The mythic ending is reminiscent of a great deal of The Side Project recent shows, but it adds nothing to the story, and is poorly staged. That said, dialectally Barsotti’s play has its moments. It is at times darkly funny, and it does contain some dialogue that would be [Read More]

“Tamer of Horses”

“Tamer of Horses”

This is a heart warming story that shows the importance of education and how one man can reach out to another and change the course of his destiny. At the same time, doing thus, can make changes in his life as well (and that of his wife, too). This is a play that [Read More]

“Porgy and Bess” review by Michael Horn

“Porgy and Bess” review by Michael Horn

George Gershwin is considered America’s most eclectic musical genius, having composed hundreds of classical, popular, and jazz pieces. He was inspired by DuBose Heyward’s 1925 novel ”Porgy” to create what has become America’s Opera, Porgy and Bess. Gershwin called [Read More]

“Lookingglass Alice”

“Lookingglass Alice”

From the very start to the very end, you will find yourself and your loved ones enthralled with what they are watching and as we did, on the ride home, you will be talking about what you saw; the artistry, the chemistry, the mystery, the comedy and the delightful music and [Read More]

“It’s A Wonderful Life:Live In Chicago!”

“It’s A Wonderful Life:Live In Chicago!”

Many of the actors in this sterling, heart warming production have been around since its inception in 2002, but over the years, new ones have joined with seamless love and admiration for the story and the characters which they play. This is a Radio show, live, so many of [Read More]

“Wizard of Oz” with notes by Sarah and Adam Shaw

“Wizard of Oz” with notes by Sarah and Adam Shaw

"The Wizard of Oz", a remake and retake of the classic film into a one hour staged musical under the direction and choreography of Rachel Rockwell, who has made quite a name for herself as the "magician" of theatre for young people, this is 60 minutes of magical story [Read More]

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“The King and I”

“The King and I”

Highly Recommended ***** In the summer of 1961 I was hired at Herb Rodger’s Music Theater in Highland Park as a [Read More]

“The Lion In Winter” review by Lawrence Riordan

“The Lion In Winter” review by Lawrence Riordan

Highly Recommended ***** Despite seeing the superb cast listed on the press release, I was skeptical of Promethean [Read More]

Arlington Toyota Hosts a FREE Bike Clinic

Arlington Toyota Hosts a FREE Bike Clinic

What’s There to do at The Spring Community Bicycle Clinic? Featured guests at the spring community bicycle clinic [Read More]

“A Red Line Runs Through It”

“A Red Line Runs Through It”

Highly Recommended **** The numbers keep adding up. Second City E.T.C. is already on Revue number 40. Yes, this small [Read More]

“A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to The Forum”

“A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to The Forum”

Recommended *** Citadel Theatre has taken on some heavy work this year, bringing large- scale musicals to their tiny [Read More]

43rd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Award Nominations Announced

43rd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Award Nominations Announced

Tuesday, April 26, 2016-Chicago, IL. The Jeff Awards Committee today announced 121 nominations in 24 categories for the [Read More]

“The House of Blue Leaves”

“The House of Blue Leaves”

If you are seeking an escape from your everyday life, in hopes of putting it aside, and just having a great time, the [Read More]