Review “Damascus” (Strawdog Theatre): What a Trip!

Strawdog Theatre presents the world premiere of DAMASCUS. Playwright Bennett Fisher takes us on a thrilling journey of perception. Lloyd (played by Sam Hubbard) begs Hassan (played by Terence Sims) to take him to Chicago to make his connecting flight to California. Lloyd's mother is sick. Hassan reluctantly agrees with the promise of hefty compensation. Fisher's ...

Review “Girl Found” (Idle Muse Theatre): Real People Desperate for Love

Idle Muse Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Girl Found. Playwright Barbara Lhota skillfully pulls us into a family's emotional reunion.  Eleven year old Sophia disappeared from her Detroit home and reappears six years later in Toronto. Her mysterious homecoming raises all kinds of questions as the family reconciles the past with the present. What happened during ...

Review “Macbeth” (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Solid Yet Conventional

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) presents Macbeth, adapted and directed by Teller (of Penn & Teller) and Aaron Posner—the celebrated creative duo behind CST’s The Tempest, winner of the Jeff Award for Best Production in 2015. I'm spoiled! I saw Teller & Posner's "The Tempest" . It was my favorite play in 2015! It was my favorite Chicago Shakespeare Theater play... ...

Review “To Catch a Fish” (Timeline Theatre): Baited, Hooked and Reeled In!

Timeline Theatre presents the world premiere of TO CATCH A FISH. Playwright Brett Neveu knows how to filet a fish tale. He cuts and exposes guts immediately. Neveu drops us into a conversation between Geno Walker (Terry) and Jay Worthington (Ike). An aggressive Worthington is trying to impress and dominate over an enthralled Walker. The combination of Worthington's ...

April Check-in!

Monday, April 30, 2018 Permalink

Since I took today as a vacation day, I'm writing my check-in on the eve of May. I'm sitting on the patio of the Clocktower Cafe overlooking a golf course and Lake Michigan. 70s with a light breeze... ideal weather. Although April is going out on a good note, Chicagoans won't quickly forget that April was ...

EXTENDED Thru June 16 “Memphis” (Porchlight Music Theatre): Your Musical Destination!

Porchlight Music Theatre presents MEMPHIS. I LOVED my trip to MEMPHIS!  This musical is a powerful tribute to race relations within our rock and roll roots. The story is based on a concept by George W. George and the real life of DJ Dewey Phillips.  The creative team of Joe DiPietro (book and lyrics) and David Bryan ...

Review “Grand Hotel” (Kokandy Productions): Grand!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Permalink

Kokandy Productions presents GRAND HOTEL. Flappers kicking it up. Guests lapping up the champagne. In 1928 Berlin, the Grand Hotel welcomes an aging prima ballerina, a wannabe actress, a sickly bookkeeper, a broke baron and other eccentrics to the fading, posh lifestyle. As depression and war threaten to change the world forever, Berlin holds on to hope ...

“The Doppelgänger” (Steppenwolf Theatre): Personality Conflict

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Permalink

Steppenwolf Presents the World Premiere Production of "The Doppelgänger (an international farce)". Fans of the TV comedy "The Office" get their Dwight Shrute fix in Steppenwolf's latest show. Rainn Wilson plays a wealthy British businessman, an American doofus and then the doofus pretending to be the Brit business guy. The Doppelgänger sounds like an ideal sitcom plot ...

Review “9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL” (Firebrand Theatre): Firebrand Working It!

Friday, April 13, 2018 Permalink

Firebrand Theatre presents 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL. The 1970s iconic movie "9 to 5" starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin incited the original #metoo campaign. Three women are patronized, harassed and demeaned by a male boss. They unite to teach him a lesson and shake up the workplace. Even if you haven't seen this ...

March: Check-in

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 Permalink

March madness is easily a term for on and off the courts. All month Chicago was in its winter woes. A bitter, cold wind off the lake was the usual norm. It's been gross and the dreary chill is predicted to dominate the beginning of April. I wrote down and worked on my March goals. Although ...