Friday November 24th 2017

‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“Amarillo” a part of the Destino program

“Amarillo” a part of the Destino program

  We are blessed! That is what I would have to call the program that Chicago is involved in as part of the inaugural Chicago International Latino Theater Festival- Destinos.In addition to the plays, fully cast and solo performances, we are also seeing what I would have [Read More]

“Bewildered” review by Carol Moore

“Bewildered” review by Carol Moore

 Highly Recommended **** I loved Hell in a Handbag’s “Bewildered: A Bewitching New Musical”, a campy, laugh-out-loud musical parody of TV’s comedy hit “Bewitched”.   Although Hell in a Handbag did “Bette, Live at the Continental Baths”, in which Caitlin [Read More]

“Billy Elliot, the Musical”

“Billy Elliot, the Musical”

Tonight was a very special one. Porchlight Music Theatre, beginning its 23rd season in Chicago , opened its production of “Billy Elliot”, the amazing Elton John and Lee Halls inspirational story of a young boy who trades his boxing gloves for ballet shoes and [Read More]

“Hard Times”

“Hard Times”

Highly Recommended **** As Lookingglass Theatre embraces its 30 seasons of bringing quality theater to Chicago, they have taken a step back in order to once again bring back one of their previous success stories, “Hard Times”. Part of their magic is the pairing [Read More]

“”The Making of a Modern Folk Hero” reviewed by Carol Moore

“”The Making of a Modern Folk Hero” reviewed by Carol Moore

Recommended **** Other Theatre’s “The Making of a Modern Folk Hero” is a modern cautionary tale, a sharply satiric story involving a lousy actor looking for meaning in his life; a manipulative politician looking for a patsy, and a blogger. The story is funny, until [Read More]

“Dracula” The Hypocrites

“Dracula”   The Hypocrites

Somewhat Recommended ** Over the years (in fact 20 years), I have watched the work of Sean Graney and his Hypocrites Theater Company. Most of their work is ultra-exciting and extremely different, creating surprising and deeply engaging theater in its interpretations. Their [Read More]

Destinos -“Growing up Gonzales”

Destinos  -“Growing up Gonzales”

Highly Recommended **** The 1st Chicago International Latino Theater Festival is here! Unlike the Goodman Latinofest of recent years, the Festival brings us productions from far and wide, some “solo” performances, some full scale productions. The schedule for [Read More]

“Evening at The Talk House” reviewed by Jacob Davis

“Evening at The Talk House” reviewed by Jacob Davis

Highly Recommended ***** There may be people in troubled times who can uphold civic virtues and risk all for a better future, but Wallace Shawn’s Evening at the Talk House, now playing at A Red Orchid Theatre, isn’t about them. It sure is funny, though, until it [Read More]

“The Skin Of Our Teeth”

“The Skin Of Our Teeth”

Here I am, approaching 75 years of life, and reviewing a play that was first presented 75 years ago- Thornton Wilder’s “The Skin of Our Teeth”. This is a play that is seldom done, but one, despite all of its inane story-lines does have some heart and soul. [Read More]

“Rigoletto” reviewed by Jacob Davis

“Rigoletto” reviewed by Jacob Davis

Highly Recommended ***** Pretty much everyone who loves opera loves Rigoletto, and in the new-to-Chicago production directed by E. Loren Meeker now at the Lyric Opera, the characters’ vivacity matches that of Verdi’s dramatic, horn-heavy music. Quinn Kelsey and Rosa [Read More]

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“The Pearl Fishers”  reviewed by Jacob Davis

“The Pearl Fishers” reviewed by Jacob Davis

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“Hellcab” reviewed by  Jeffrey Leibham

“Hellcab” reviewed by Jeffrey Leibham

The Agency Theater Collective, a company that tends to focus on new or rarely produced plays, is currently presenting [Read More]

“White Christmas”

“White Christmas”

Highly Recommended **** It’s just a few days before “Turkey Day” and the “Holiday Shows” [Read More]

“The Minutes”

“The Minutes”

When I hear  that I will be seeing a Tracy Letts play, I anticipate having an evening where my brain will work harder [Read More]

“The Importance of Being Earnest”

“The Importance of Being Earnest”

Drawing Room comedies are difficult to pull off. Most theater companies avoid them completely as they require actors [Read More]

“I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile”

“I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile”

Highly Recommended **** Many of you are used to seeing glowing reviews from the productions at Redtwist Theatre, so [Read More]