Sunday November 19th 2017

‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“180 Degree Rule”

“180 Degree Rule”

Recommended *** For those of you unaware of the company, Babes With Blades”, they are an intriguing theatrical troupe that uses stage combat to place women and their stories right up front, center stage! Through their choice of scripts, training and outreach, they [Read More]

“Don’t Make Me Over”

“Don’t Make Me Over”

Those of you familiar with Black Ensemble Theater and the work of Jackie Taylor know that some of the “books” that make up their musical bios is not in itself “Award Winning”! On the other hand the talent that this marvelous woman finds in Chicago is [Read More]

“A Number” review by Lawrence Riordan

“A Number” review by Lawrence Riordan

Caryll Churchill’s A Number can be a confusing play. The premise is that a son, Bernard (Owen Hickle Edwards), confronts his father (Stephen Fedo) over the fact that he has just seen someone identical to him on the street, leading to the secret that he was intended as a [Read More]

“Pygmalion” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Pygmalion”  review by Lawrence Riordan

Brave is the only word to describe Rogue Theatre’s return to the Chicago stage over the past year after a hiatus of almost a decade. The first play the company produced last year was Don Juan in Hell: an act usually excised from George Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman. [Read More]

“One-Man Star Wars Trilogy” reviewed by Carol Moore

“One-Man Star Wars Trilogy” reviewed by Carol Moore

Recommended **** “One-Man Star Wars Trilogy” has returned to Chicago for a short, short run at Broadway Playhouse.  If you’re a Star Wars fan, this show is a must-see!  Bring your kids and/or your grandkids, it’s family-friendly.  It made me laugh, so I give [Read More]

“The Producers”

“The Producers”

Over the last few years, we have watched The Mercury Theater start to find its audience. Under the direction of L.Walter Stearns, who has been involved in Chicago’s musical theater scene for many years, we have watched him do some oldies and some new shows. I must say [Read More]

“Othello- The Re-mix” review by Carol Moore

“Othello- The Re-mix” review by Carol Moore

Highly Recommended **** Although you might think Chicago Shakespeare Theatre would be stuffy and traditional in its approach to the Bard, you’d be wrong.  Definitive proof – the Q Brothers’ brilliantly-written “Othello: The Remix” is back!  “Othello: The [Read More]

“Evita”

“Evita”

Highly Recommended ***** There was a great deal of conversation, prior to tonight’s opening of “Evita” at Marriott Theatre, relative to the lack of Hispanics used in the production. As someone who is very involved with this community ( Spanish yellow pages [Read More]

“Carlyle” reviewed by Carol Moore

“Carlyle”  reviewed by Carol Moore

Recommended **** “Carlyle” is an intelligent, engaging and timely comedy about a charming young man who happens to be black and – oh, horrors! – a Republican.  Going in, I wasn’t sure whether “Carlyle” was going to be a tongue-in-cheek poke at the far right [Read More]

“Bullets Over Broadway”

“Bullets Over Broadway”

Highly Recommended ****  I love Woody Allen! Not the man himself, but the wonderful work he has brought to the screen. One of my favorites, “Bullets Over Broadway”, a 1984  film that I have seen over and over and one that made a name for Chazz Palminteri, has [Read More]

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“The Book of Will”

“The Book of Will”

Another Midwest premiere at Northlight! This one will have special meaning for the Shakespeare lovers out there. The [Read More]

“Crystal” Cirque Du Soleil

“Crystal” Cirque Du Soleil

While Cirque Du Soleil should be classified as “performance Art” as it is in fact, not a play, musical or [Read More]

“Lizzie”  reviewed by Jeffrey Leibham

“Lizzie” reviewed by Jeffrey Leibham

Firebrand Theatre, with its inaugural production of “Lizzie,” has put an indelible stamp on the local [Read More]

“Escape to Margaritaville…the Musical”

“Escape to Margaritaville…the Musical”

Highly Recommended **** With the great success of Abba and their “Mama Mia”, it was obvious that taking a [Read More]

“Woman of the Year”  revisited

“Woman of the Year” revisited

Highly Recommended ***** I love the concept that Porchlight  Musical Theatre has developed. They call it Porchlight [Read More]

“The Belle of Amherst”  reviewed by Michael Horn

“The Belle of Amherst” reviewed by Michael Horn

  Highly Recommended  ***** The Court Theatre continues its 63rd season with “The Belle of Amherst” by William [Read More]

” Fade”

” Fade”

Attending Tanya  Saracho’s latest play, “Fade”, made me think of an old Woody Allen story. Seems [Read More]