Thursday February 22nd 2018

‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“Rose”

“Rose”

Last year, when The Greenhouse Theater Center was presenting its hit “SOLO” series, I missed one of the highly regarded shows. Thank the Lord,they have brought it back ! Yes, now all of you who heard about the one-woman show, “Rose” written by [Read More]

“For The Loyal” reviewed by Jeffrey Leibham

“For The Loyal” reviewed by Jeffrey Leibham

RECOMMENDED***              Lee Blessing’s play “For the Loyal” was completed in 2015, several years before the #MeToo Movement began.  But the piece, receiving its Chicago premiere as part of Interrobang Theatre Project’s RAW Series, [Read More]

“It’s My Penis and I’ll Cry If I Want To” reviewed by Jeffrey Leibham

“It’s My Penis and I’ll Cry If I Want To” reviewed by Jeffrey Leibham

RECOMMENDED***  Jamie Black, who recently stated that he completely dislikes having to create the titles for his work, has come up with a doozy for his latest: “IT’S MY PENIS AND I’LL CRY IF I WANT TO,” which is playing at The Buena as part of the [Read More]

” Cal In Camo”

” Cal In Camo”

Recommended *** Family! There are so many plays that deal with family life, positive and negative. Dysfunction in families is a major theme for both movies and plays, and probably the majority of television series that we watch as well. For those of you familiar with [Read More]

“Last of The Red Hot Lovers”

“Last of The Red Hot Lovers”

To most theater “buffs”, just hearing the name Neil Simon, brings a smile to their face. His great comedic touch was amazing in its time, and despite the years, some of the stories are still relevant in our very different world. While some of his plays have [Read More]

“Peter Pan”

“Peter Pan”

★★★★★ One of the hardest parts of reviewing plays is convincing my editors and my spouse that even though I have seen a particular play before, every production is new and often, very different. Yes, I have seen “Peter Pan” ( a musical based on the play by Sir [Read More]

“Sammy: A Tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.”

“Sammy: A Tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.”

One thing that can be said for attending a production at Black Ensemble Cultural Center/Theater: you always leave with a smile on your face and a song in your heart! Yes, there are times that the script is not one that makes you think about life, and there are even times [Read More]

“BLKS”

“BLKS”

    “S*** Happens! This is something that has been a mantra through many  generations. Each of our parents, grandparents, and for some of us, our kids and grandkids, have made this statement. In Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s World Premiere production of [Read More]

“They” reviewed by Jacob Davis

“They” reviewed by Jacob Davis

 Do you ever think that artists’ sniping at each other isn’t really helping them to become better at resisting totalitarianism? That certainly appears to be the case in They, the new adaptation by Trap Door Theatre artistic director Beata Pilch of a 1920 play by [Read More]

“Turandot” review by Jacob Davis

“Turandot” review by Jacob Davis

Highly Recommended **** Fairy tales are, by definition, stories that don’t follow the rules of the real world. That sounds obvious, but it creates a problem for an author who is used to naturalistic characters, such as Giacomo Puccini. The composer of La bohème and [Read More]

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“Cosi Fan Tutte” review by Jacob Davis

“Cosi Fan Tutte” review by Jacob Davis

★★★★★ Sublime music mismatched with fluffy subject matter—that’s the long-standing criticism of Wolfgang [Read More]

“The Wolves”

“The Wolves”

As someone who has spent many years around soccer, in particular, girl’s/women’s soccer, watching the [Read More]

“Southern Gothic”

“Southern Gothic”

★★★★★Let me preface my review of the latest production at Windy City Playhouse, by explaining that it is not [Read More]

“Surely Goodness and Mercy”

“Surely Goodness and Mercy”

Highly Recommended **** One of my favorite “storefront” theaters is Redtwist, a PURE storefront on Bryn [Read More]

“Breach”

“Breach”

The actual title of the play now onstage at The Victory Gardens Theater is “Breach: a manifesto on race in [Read More]

“Love Never Dies”

“Love Never Dies”

Recommended *** Chicago was the place for a special theatrical presentation tonight. In particular, the Cadillac Palace [Read More]

“A Moon For The Misbegotten”

“A Moon For The Misbegotten”

Doing the work of a master playwright  such as Eugene O’Neill, is not for every theater. In fact, until Writers [Read More]