Review “Do You Believe in Madness?” (The Second City): The Lunacy is Real!

Friday, November 8, 2019 Permalink 0

The Second City presents its 108th Mainstage Revue, DO YOU BELIEVE IN MADNESS? I do believe in madness. And I know we’ve been living in it for the last few years. A daily sh#tshow is originating from the White House. The constant ferocity is hitting Americans like a never-ending, category 6 hurricane. I preface the political ...

September and October Check-In

Friday, November 1, 2019 Permalink 0

November 1st Happy Candy Hangover Day! Here’s the biggest treat I received last month: I will start my new position of Director of Grants Management and Development at AllianceChicago on November 18th. I’m so excited. I’ve met with several members of the team and was impressed and inspired by their passion and commitment. I’m honored ...

Review “Latin History for Morons” (Broadway in Chicago): A Clever Tutorial

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Permalink 0

Broadway in Chicago presents LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS.      John Leguizamo is a comedian, stage/movie/television actor and writer. From a “Foo Wong” drag queen to a diminutive “Moulin Rouge” artist to an “Ice Age” sloth, Leguizamo’s talents have been showcased in his broad and diverse portfolio. Currently, Leguizamo is performing in his Tony Award nominated ...

Review “Sunset Boulevard” (Porchlight Music Theatre): ‘With One Look’ Resnik Captivates!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Permalink 0

Porchlight Music Theatre presents SUNSET BOULEVARD.      Based on Billy Wilder’s Academy Award-winning film, the tale focuses on Norma Desmond, a silent movie icon. Although Norma has been out of the Hollywood spotlight for twenty years, she is ready to return to the screen, her fans and stardom. When Norma coerces a struggling screenwriter to ...

Review “The Silence in Harrow House” (Rough House Theatre): Disturbing!

Saturday, October 5, 2019 Permalink 0

Rough House Theatre presents THE SILENCE IN HARROW HOUSE. HARROW HOUSE is not a traditional or typical haunted house. It doesn’t rely on scaring its guests with familiar Halloween paranormal theatrics. Instead, HARROW HOUSE is more about the long fright. Guests are greeted in the bohemian-style lounge in Chopin Theatre’s lower level. Victor Adler, a life-size puppet, ...

Review “Bernhardt/Hamlet” (Goodman Theatre): Not the Divine Sarah I Anticipated

Thursday, October 3, 2019 Permalink 0

Goodman Theatre presents BERNHARDT/HAMLET. It is 1899. Legendary actress Sarah Bernhardt is producing “Hamlet” and casting herself in the lead. Playwright Theresa Rebeck imagines the complications of this moment in theatre history. Bernhardt is 55, struggling financially and forcing her married lover to adapt Shakespeare’s play. The real life story intrigues. A turn-of-the-century woman refusing to ...

Review “Equivocation” (Idle Muse Theatre Company): Compelling Introspective!

Saturday, September 28, 2019 Permalink 0

Idle Muse Theatre Company presents EQUIVOCATION. Playwright Bill Cain blurs the lines between fact and fiction, onstage and offstage, history and real time in this Shakespearean mash-up. The Bard has been royally commissioned to write a play about the powder keg assassination attempt on the King. The problem is this isn’t about history. The treasonous ...

Review “Whose Body?” (Lifeline Theatre): Heart, Humor and Murder!

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Permalink 0

Lifeline Theatre presents WHOSE BODY? When a dead body is found in a bathtub, the duchess (played by Katie McLean Hainsworth) relays the scandal to her son and amateur sleuth Lord Peter (played by William Anthony Sebastian Rose II). A mysterious murder entices Peter to skip the book sale and head to the crime scene. Author ...

Review “Oslo” (TimeLine Theatre): Prolific Peace Talks Disrupted by a 2019 Attention Span

TimeLine Theatre, in conjunction with Broadway in Chicago, presents the Chicago Premiere of OSLO. Playwright J.T. Rogers won the Tony for Best Play in 2017. Rogers chronicles the 1992-1993 secret peace talks. Norwegian diplomats facilitate discussions between Israel and the PLO. The tug and pull negotiations are illustrated through a series of meetings. Over conversations, cocktails ...

Review “Howard’s End” (Remy Bumppo): Depth and Charm!

Thursday, September 12, 2019 Permalink 0

Remy Bumppo presents HOWARD’S END. Howard’s End is a house in the English countryside. Its proper ownership comes under question when a handwritten will bequeaths it to a stranger, Margaret Schlegel. Although the Wilcox family ignores the wishes of the departed, their lives begin to get tangled up with the Schlegel sisters. Playwright Douglas Post skillfully ...