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‘Theatre Reviews’ Archives

“Duke Ellington’s Greatest Hits” reviewed by Jeffrey Leibham

“Duke Ellington’s Greatest Hits”  reviewed by Jeffrey Leibham

Highly Recommended ***** “Duke Ellington’s Greatest Hits” is, quite simply, what the title says that it is. Nearly 30 of the songs which Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington either wrote or co-wrote the music, lyrics or made popular as a bandleader [Read More]

“Saint Joan”

“Saint Joan”

“O God that madest this beautiful earth, when will it be ready to receive Thy saints? How long, O Lord, how long?” This is the question Joan of Arc asks of her 15th century world – a world dominated by men of higher class and status. Hundreds of years [Read More]

“Becky Shaw”

“Becky Shaw”

Recommended *** I have a granddaughter whose name is Rebecca Shaw! This may have made watching the current offering  of Windy City Playhouse, “Becky Shaw” written by Gina Gionfriddo more intriguing. This play deals with classes and people with deep secrets, although [Read More]

“Into The Woods”

“Into The Woods”

It has been awhile since I have enjoyed a production at The Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights, and to be honest, I went tonight, to see one of my VERY favorite Sondheim shows, “Into The Woods”, thinking I would be disappointed. Guess what? I [Read More]

“Quixote: On The Conquest of Self “

“Quixote: On The Conquest of Self “

Leave it to Writers Theatre to bring us a story or an interpretation of the story from the classic novel by Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote de la Mancha taking us across time periods. This is a 90 minute (no intermission) piece written by Monica Hoth and Claudio Valdes [Read More]

“Sylvester, or the Wicked Uncle” reviewed by Carol Moore

“Sylvester, or the Wicked Uncle” reviewed by Carol Moore

Recommended ***Back in the day, I read and enjoyed all of Georgette Heyer’s historical novels set in Regency England.  In fact, I still have many of them on my shelf including “Sylvester, or the Wicked Uncle”.  I was charmed by “Sylvester”, Christina Calvit’s [Read More]

“Choir Boy”

“Choir Boy”

Highly Recommended **** Raven Theatre, celebrates its 35th season by hosting the Chicago premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “Choir Boy”. This is quite the feather in its cap, as one would anticipate one of the “downtown” venues doing so. But, [Read More]

“A View From The Bridge” review by Carol Moore

“A View From The Bridge” review by Carol Moore

Recommended **** The Goodman Theatre pulled off something of a theatrical coup when they snagged the rights to Ivo van Hove’s stripped-down production of “A View from the Bridge”.  Without the burden of scenery, the viewer can concentrate on powerful performances by [Read More]

“Fun Home”

“Fun Home”

When “Fun Home”‘s Broadway touring Production came through town, I felt that the beauty of this Tony-Award winning musical based on the book by Alison Bechdel, a cartoonist, illustrator, would be better served in a more intimate space. The large theater [Read More]

“The Taming of The Shrew”

“The Taming of The Shrew”

Shakespeare, again? That is what Jane says every time we go to an opening at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier! What might one expect? But, her question is based on her belief that once you see a play, such as “The Taming of The Shrew” ( which is also the [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]