Review “Dear Evan Hansen” (Broadway in Chicago): Love Letter to Humanity

Friday, February 15, 2019 Permalink

Broadway in Chicago presents the Tony Award-winning musical DEAR EVAN HANSEN.   Dear Steven Levenson (book) and Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (music and lyrics),  This musical is amazing! You have brilliantly captured loneliness and isolation in this era of digital connectivity. And you tackled the desolation of this contemporary relevance with humor and hope. The stage (Designer ...

Review “A Doll’s House, Part 2” (Steppenwolf Theatre): Intellectual Sparring

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Permalink

Steppenwolf Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2. ‘What happened next?’ is a question pondered at the end of many stories. The ambitious Lucas Hnath decides to answer that question in his sequel to Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Ibsen ended his play with Nora, a nineteenth century wife and mother, walking ...

EXTENDED Thru 3/9 “Girl in the Red Corner” (Broken Nose Theatre): Inspiring the Fight Within

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Permalink

Broken Nose Theatre presents the Midwest premiere of GIRL IN THE RED CORNER. Elise Marie Davis (Halo) opens the show by confiding to the audience. Her address is controlled constraint. Her marriage is over. She quit her job. And she moved back in with her mom. Despite the series of unfortunate events, Davis doesn’t come off like ...

Review “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” (Porchlight Music Theatre): Bloody Brilliant!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 Permalink

Porchlight Music Theatre presents A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER. Is it more a comedy or a musical? It's an extraordinary combination of both. Robert L. Freedman (book and lyrics) and Steven Lutvak (music and lyrics) create a witty and clever killer’s confession. Based on Roy Horniman’s novel, Freedman and Lutvak tell the story of ...

January Check-In

Friday, February 1, 2019 Permalink

February 1st  January Report Card: Collin gave me this “Hamilton” pillow. I love it! It reminds me daily ‘not to throw away my shot.’ This is an inspiring mantra especially during a month anchored in a government shut-down and ending with a Chicago shut-in. This past week, temperatures of -25 coupled with -47 wind chill crippled ...

Review “How to Catch Creation” (Goodman Theatre): Captivating Storytelling!

Thursday, January 31, 2019 Permalink

Goodman Theatre presents the World Premiere of HOW TO CATCH CREATION.  This CREATION captivates upon arrival and enthralls through the ending! Set Designer Todd Rosenthal masterfully uses not one but two revolving platforms to provide multiple locations. Each room, on the spinning stages, is distinctly designed to reflect the different personalities. A stylish condo. An art professor’s ...

Review “Southern Gothic” (Windy City Playhouse): Stylish, Boozy Soap Opera

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 Permalink

Windy City Playhouse presents SOUTHERN GOTHIC.  WCP debuted its immersive theatre experience in 2018 at its main theatre. Following a wildly successful initial run and multiple extensions, SOUTHERN GOTHIC has been moved to a new location to satisfy an ongoing demand for tickets. After having to cancel reviewing the show last May, I was delighted to ...

Review “Us/Them” (Chicago Shakes): Powerful Yet Playful Storytelling

Friday, January 25, 2019 Permalink

Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Bronks, and Richard Jordan Productions with Theatre Royal Plymouth and Big in Belgium in association with Summerhall present Bronk’s US/THEM.   On September 1, 2004, terrorists invaded a school in Beslan, North Ossetia, Russia. 1,200 children and adults were held captive for three days. Caryl Wijis (playwright, director, co-creator) and Thomas Vantuycom (co-creator) ...