Review “Hedwig and The Angry Inch” (Theo Ubique): Favorite HEDWIG Ever!

Monday, June 24, 2019 Permalink 0

Theo Ubique presents HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH. The creative team of John Cameron Mitchell (book) and Stephen Trask (music and lyrics) launched this completely one-of-a-kind trashy, rock musical in 1998. I’ve seen five productions, including a Broadway touring troupe, of HEDWIG. Of my five experiences, Theo Ubique’s show is my favorite for two reasons: venue ...

Review “Queen of the Mist” (Firebrand Theatre): Sensational Singing!

Firebrand Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of QUEEN OF THE MIST. Firebrand has quickly established itself as a competitive musical force in Chicago. Their newest production is another showcase of beautiful harmonies. Led by the always amazing Barbara E. Robertson, the talented ensemble (Maryam Abdi, Neala Barron, Liz Bollar, Brianna Buckley, Max J. Cervantes, Liz Chidester, Hannah Starr) is pitch perfection  (Musical ...

EXTENDED Thru July 28th “Emma” (Lifeline Theatre): Imaginative Spin on a Classic

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 Permalink 0

Lifeline Theatre presents an adaptation of Jane Austen’s EMMA. The creative team of Phil Timberlake (adapter) and Elise Kauzlaric (director) put an imaginative spin on Jane Austen’s tale of a plucky 19th century matchmaker. Emma is played by Emma Sipora Tyler. And the rest of the characters are played by Peter Gertas, Jeri Marshall, Madeline Pell, ...

May Check-in

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 Permalink 0

June 5th  April showers did bring May flowers… and also more showers. This month, the weather and my life mirrored each other. I landed a part-time consulting gig with a great organization and I have another budding possibility. I’m delighted! I’m ready for the intellectual exercise of managing projects. I was connected to both of these ...

Review “Volta” (Cirque du Soleil): Death-Defying, Razzle-Dazzle

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Permalink 0

Cirque du Soleil presents VOLTA. The Cirque has come to town! Chicago, again, is hosting the internationally acclaimed Cirque du Soleil. This year's show, VOLTA has all its signature death-defying, razzle-dazzle numbers. The feats are loosely strung together with the story of a boy wanting to become a daredevil biker. His dreams of joining the Cirque ...

EXTENDED Thru Aug 4th “SIX” (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): These Queens Rule!

Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents the North American Premiere production of SIX. Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived! The dynamic show starts with these six decisive words. The wives of Henry VIII announce how they became an ex. Each word stinging with assault and insult. The song’s dramatic pizzazz is reminiscent of Chicago’s “Cell Block Tango.” ...

Review “The Children” (Steppenwolf Theatre): Intriguing Story, Nonchalance Storytelling

Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere of THE CHILDREN. Playwright Lucy Kirkwood layers the intrigue in her play about the fallout from a disaster. The cautionary tale describes home life post nuclear explosion. Survivors are living in designated safe zones. Water, food, and electricity are valuable rations. Her doomsday scenario is palpable. Kirkwood drops us into a ...

Review “West Side Story” (Lyric Opera): Top-of-the-Line Staging Gleams and Dazzles

Reviewed by Tom Lawler Who should this see this: Fans of Broadway Classics, Leonard Bernstein and Doomed Teenage Love. What’s it all about: A revival of the Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim musical that transposes Shakespeare’s timeless Romeo and Juliet tragedy to a gritty 1950s New York City, replete with warring (and singing and dancing) Jets and Sharks. In ...

Check-in for March and April

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Permalink 0

May 1st  This is a two month check-in for March and April. It’s a little different than my monthly report but I was so busy that I needed to cram two months together.  My beautiful niece-in-law Kylie asked me to be a part of a surprise 30th birthday trip for her husband (my nephew) Joey. I joined ...

Review “Othello” (Babes with Blades): Passionate and Powerful!

Babes with Blades Theatre Company presents OTHELLO. Under the skillful direction of Mignon McPherson Stewart, the Babes mount an all-female cast for OTHELLO. William Shakespeare penned this tragedy play about jealousy, betrayal, revenge and redemption. The focal point of the story is the love between Othello (played by an outstanding Brianna Buckley) and Desdemonda (played by ...