Review “Bunny’s Book Club” (Lifeline Theatre): Hop to It!

Sunday, January 26, 2020 Permalink 0

Lifeline Theatre’s KidSeries presents BUNNY’S BOOK CLUB, based on the children’s book by Annie Silvestro; illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss. Adapter Aly Renee Amidei skillfully translates Silvestro’s learn-to-love-reading story. A bunny (played by u/s LaRose Washington at my performance) is encouraged by her woodland creature friends to find a hobby. They (Tyra Bullock -Mole, Jose M. Cervantes - Porcupine, & Matt Patrick -Bear) nudge ...

November and December Check-in!

Wednesday, January 1, 2020 Permalink 0

January 1st Today, I didn’t just celebrate the start of a new year and a new decade. I geeked out over new insurance kicking in…. employer-paid insurance!  It is one of the many perks in my newly employed state. Because of the job, I also benefitted from holiday pay on days I didn’t actually work ...

Review “Dance Nation” (Steppenwolf Theatre): Dreams. Hopes. Desires. Needs.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 Permalink 0

Reviewed by Kevin Porter Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents DANCE NATION. Dreams.  Hopes.  Desires.  Needs.  Is there ever a time where these concerns are of greater import than age 13? The required casting of actors all across the age spectrum in Dance Nation made me think Clare Barron believes these concerns are just as towering, dramatic, and exciting at each point of ...

Review “Tidings For Tap” (Chicago Tap Theatre): Dancing Out the Holidays!

Thursday, December 19, 2019 Permalink 0

Chicago Tap Theatre presented TIDINGS FOR TAP. For one performance only on December 15th, the holiday season was celebrated with joy, reverence and dance.TIDINGS FOR TAP split the show into four parts: winter, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Each segment paid tribute to its seasonal essences. Although the primary focus was tap, the talented Dasha ...

Review “The Ruffian’s Burning Bluebeard” (Porchlight Music Theatre): Magical!

Porchlight Music Theatre is proud to present THE RUFFIANS’ BURNING BLUEBEARD. I’ve enjoyed this whimsical show on a couple occasions (2014 , 2011 ). It’s magical! The subject matter doesn’t easily lend itself to an uplifting theatrical experience. The 1903 Chicago Iroquois Theatre fire killed 600 people, mostly women and children. Yet, Playwright Jay Torrence tells ...

Review “Nutcracker” (The House Theatre of Chicago): Pure Comfort and Joy!

The House Theatre of Chicago presents its yuletide tradition, NUTCRACKER. I love this show! In fact, it is my seventh time (2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2011,  2010 ) experiencing this innovative take on E.T.A. Hoffman's famous tale of a young girl's relationship with a nutcracker.  The creative team of Jake Minton, Phillip Klapperich, Kevin O'Donnell and Tommy Rapley took Hoffman's ...

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 ...