Tuesday May 24th 2016

‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

” I and You”

” I and You”

There is some strong mystery in this story that I will not divulge, except to say that one must listen very closely to every word that Gunderson has written. If you concentrate and listen, clearly the surprise ending will make sense to each and every one in the audience. I [Read More]

“The Merry Widow”

“The Merry Widow”

"The Merry Widow" is filled with innuendos, mistaken identities and mishaps between men and women galore, but is a delightful experience. If more people were interested in this type of production, based on the overall production, this would probably be worthy of an extra [Read More]

“Sherlock Holmes and the Case of The Christmas Goose” review by Lawrence Riordan

“Sherlock Holmes and the Case of The Christmas Goose” review by Lawrence Riordan

Script-Writers Menedian and John Weagly have decided to embrace this reputation in their adaption, weaving in humorous allusions to characters from a “Christmas Carol:” the quintessential Holiday piece, and adding Christmas music to make the play more festive and [Read More]

“Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella”

“Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella”

It is a fresh take on the old story. A chambermaid (due to her father's remarriage and then death) become transformed into a princess. While the basics of the original story are kept, this Cinderella is more than just a pretty face who fits into a glass slipper, she is a [Read More]

“Newsies”

“Newsies”

The cast is highly energetic and extremely talented. For the most part, when we get a road tour it is of high quality, but I would have to say that this cast is probably the equivalent of what played on Broadway for over 1,000 performances. [Read More]

“Burning Bluebeard”

“Burning Bluebeard”

While I enjoyed last year's production, I found this one even stronger. Perhaps partly because of my prior experience or it could be that the female clown and her facial gestures along with the dialogue made more sense. Needless to say, it is a joy to watch so one must [Read More]

“Pericles”

“Pericles”

Such is the current production on the stage at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, "Pericles". I bet most of you have never even heard about this fantastical tale. Our hero, Pericles, The Prince of Tyre ( played to perfection by Ben Carlson, making a return visit to [Read More]

“The Nutcracker” with a review by Ellie Wise

“The Nutcracker” with a review by Ellie Wise

The Joffrey Ballet’s performance of the Nutcracker was a magical. It was my second time seeing this performance, third time of the Nutcracker, itself. Now that I am 12, and en pointe, I had much more appreciation for the show. My sister, who is 8 years old, saw it for the [Read More]

“Twist Your Dickens, or Scrooge You!”

“Twist Your Dickens, or Scrooge You!”

You will also see characters from "It's A Wonderful Life" pop in from time to time and of course a room full of gifts from "Christmas Presents Past" and in the real Ghost scenes, when the past is brought up, due to the audiences participation, we went back in time three [Read More]

“The Clean House”

“The Clean House”

This is an amazingly funny story about a love relationship between a husband and wife, both Doctors and how he finds a special love that "was meant to be" which changes all their lives. [Read More]

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“Johanna Faustus”  review by Emily Johnson

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“The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson,Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy:Discord” review by Carol Moore

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“The Body of an American”

“The Body of an American”

In 1993, a photojournalist, Paul Watson, took a photo of a dead American soldier being dragged through the streets of [Read More]

“Disenchanted”

“Disenchanted”

“They all lived Happily Ever After”! That is how almost every Fairy Tale ends, be it Grimm Brothers, Hans [Read More]

“The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window” review by Carol Moore

“The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window” review by Carol Moore

  Somewhat recommended ** The Goodman Theatre’s new production, “The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window”, is [Read More]