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“Red Velvet”

“Red Velvet”

Back in 2016, The Raven Theatre was host to the premiere of Lolita Chakrabarti’s “Red Velvet. This is a striking story of an African-American actor taking over the role of Othello, a role that was always played by White performers. I was unable to attend the [Read More]

“The Christmas Schooner”

“The Christmas Schooner”

One can certainly tell when it is the Holiday period in Chicago. Goodman brings out their “A Christmas Carol”, American Blues their “It’s A Wonderful Life” and of course The Mercury brings out its perennial “The Christmas Schooner”, [Read More]

“Gobsmacked” reviewed by Carol Moore

“Gobsmacked” reviewed by Carol Moore

Highly Recommended **** “Gobsmacked!” absolutely blew me away!  The show is a fast-moving musical revue, featuring high-energy a cappella harmonics with beatbox support by international star, Ball-Zee (aka Patrick Hirst).  While every member of the cast is a strong [Read More]

“Beautiful”

“Beautiful”

Some shows can come back year after year and still wow an audience. “Beautiful” The Carole King Musical about her early life and her career, is one of these pieces. With a book by Douglas McGrath and music and words by Gerry Goffin and Carole King along with [Read More]

“Altar Boyz”

“Altar Boyz”

Highly Recommended **** Whether a large -scale musical, brought down to “storefront” sizing, or a cabaret-type concert show, TheoUbique always finds just the right talent to make their shows perfect. They are still located in their home at No Exit Café in [Read More]

“A Christmas Carol” reviewed by Carol Moore

“A Christmas Carol”  reviewed by Carol Moore

 Highly Recommended ***** The Goodman Theatre’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol” remains essentially the same from year to year, which audiences seem to love.  “A Christmas Carol” is holiday tradition for many families, spanning generations.  The [Read More]

“The Nutcracker” : Joffrey Ballet

“The Nutcracker” : Joffrey Ballet

Highly Recommended ***** As the Holiday season grows even nearer, visions of things from our past awake in us. One of the things that has remained with me for over 20 years is the viewing of “The Nutcracker”. Two years ago, I brought my granddaughter [Read More]

“A Q Brothers Christmas Carol”

“A Q Brothers Christmas Carol”

Several years ago, after seeing one “holiday” ( I heard we are not supposed to refer to them as Christmas, hah, hah!) show, I wondered what it would be like to see a classic, but spoofed. Then, an amazing thing happened. Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier [Read More]

“It’s A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!” reviewed by Carol Moore

“It’s A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!”  reviewed by Carol Moore

Highly Recommended **** Take your family on a nostalgic trip into the past with American Blues Theater’s 16th annual production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!” in their new venue, Stage 773.  You ‘ll join a ‘live radio’ audience with a rare [Read More]

“Barney the Elf”

“Barney the Elf”

The Holiday season is here. Time to be “Merry” and “Gay”, and so theater companies such as Other Theatre, whose mission is to tell stories of persons or groups who are “othered” by systems of oppression, has brought back their sensational [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]