Friday September 22nd 2017

‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“An Octoroon”

“An Octoroon”

Recommended *** Victory Gardens has added a new “resident Company” to its stable. The company is Definition Theatre Company (they print it as “def-i-ni-tion”), and they are committed to bringing high quality work to the Chicago community that [Read More]

“The God of Isaac”

“The God of Isaac”

“You don’t have to be Jewish”! That is the first thing I might say about James Sherman’s “The God of Isaac” now in a revival at the Piven Theatre in Evanston. Presented by Grippo Stage Company, this touching story takes place in Skokie [Read More]

“Madagascar” at Chicago Shakespeare with notes from 9 year old Lily Kienzle

“Madagascar” at Chicago Shakespeare with notes from 9 year old Lily Kienzle

Highly Recommended ***** This is evidently the year of Dream Works as Chicago Shakespeare Theater follows the footsteps of Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire bringing the musical adventure “Madagascar” on its stage. While I truly loved the Marriott production, [Read More]

Cirque Du Soleil- Luzia ( a Waking Dream of Mexico)

Cirque Du Soleil- Luzia ( a Waking Dream of Mexico)

Recommended *** Since 1984, we have been exposed to the art form known as “Cirque Du Soleil” which brings story-line and “under the big top” performance art to audiences of all ages. Performers from around the world are assembled to bring us some of [Read More]

“Little Fish” review by Carol Moore

“Little Fish” review by Carol Moore

Recommended *** In its essence, “Little Fish” is a story about a young woman’s struggle to quit smoking.  I could relate – as could almost anyone who has gone through nicotine withdrawal.  Self-loathing is just one of the emotions that desperately surly person [Read More]

“Spamilton” An American Parody

“Spamilton”  An American Parody

Recommended *** Back in time, theater-lovers watched parodies of their favorite Broadway shows in an intimate setting, on a small stage, known as “Forbidden Broadway”. Later, Monty Python brought us the amazing “Spamalot” which parodied [Read More]

“The School for Lies” reviewed by Carol Moore

“The School for Lies” reviewed by Carol Moore

Highly Recommended **** I loved The Artistic Home’s production of “The School for Lies”, a modern satire done in period costumes.  Moliere might be rolling over in his grave, but David Ives’ adaptation of “The Misanthrope” is brilliant – and he wrote it in [Read More]

“The Tin Woman”

“The Tin Woman”

Highly Recommended *****  Many of us take the ride to Munster ( just a hop, skip and jump from the “loop” for the wonderful musical productions they have been putting on since 1991, but they also do non-musical productions as well. Most often, they are comedies [Read More]

“The Nance” review by Carol Moore

“The Nance” review by Carol Moore

Recommended *** Pride Films and Plays production of “The Nance” takes us into the naughty world of burlesque in ‘40s New York City.  In “The Nance”, we not only see the skits and strips, we get to go backstage to see the company’s offstage camaraderie as [Read More]

“Beauty’s Daughter”

“Beauty’s Daughter”

    Highly Recommended **** For over 30 years, American Blues Theater Company has been bringing stories of “identity” to its stage(s). I say stage(s) because they do not have their “own” stage, but have been a partner to many different [Read More]

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“The Rembrandt”

“The Rembrandt”

Recommended ***  Have you ever thought about what might happen if you were to touch a museum work of art, just to see [Read More]

” A New Brain”

” A New Brain”

Highly Recommended ***** When asked how I come to rate a production, I try to explain that the beauty of a production [Read More]

“The 39 Steps” reviewed by Jacob Davis

“The 39 Steps” reviewed by Jacob Davis

Highly Recommended ***** You don’t need to know Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film The 39 Steps to find Patrick [Read More]

“Five Guys Named Moe” reviewed by Michael Horn

“Five Guys Named Moe” reviewed by Michael Horn

The Court Theatre opens its 63rd season with “Five Guys named Moe”; a lively musical tribute to the hit songs of [Read More]

“Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”

“Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”

in 1884, Mark Twain wrote a novel, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, bringing the South and its [Read More]

“Million Dollar Quartet”

“Million Dollar Quartet”

Highly Recommended ***** When I read that Paramount Theatre was planning to do “Million Dollar Quartet” as [Read More]

“90210:The Musical”  reviewed by Jeffrey Leibham

“90210:The Musical” reviewed by Jeffrey Leibham

Somewhat Recommended **   “90210: The Musical” is an unauthorized parody of the popular teen soap opera [Read More]