From one public servant to another

Saturday, January 21, 2017 Permalink 0

Dear President Trump, You weren’t my choice but you are our President of the United States. I voted for my gal. She is the most qualified person in our nation’s history to be Commander in Chief. She won the popular vote but you won the electoral college. Her political camp neglected key states. Your team did ...

Review “Fable-ous” (Lifeline Theatre): Family-friendly, Fun-loving, Heart-warming Adventure!

Thursday, January 19, 2017 Permalink 0

Lifeline Theatre KidSeries presents the world premiere of FABLE-OUS! Lifeline's current show reminds me a lot of "Toy Story."  While the colorful shenanigans is kid-appealing, the sharp wit throughout amuses the adults.  Playwright Chris Hainsworth tells the inside story of the legendary race between tortoise and hare. The tale is told in reflection by Mollie Rehner (tortoise).  The ...

Review “Men on Boats” (American Theater Company): See Worthy Crafts!

American Theater Company presents the regional premiere of Jaclyn Backhaus’ MEN ON BOATS. New Artistic Director Will Davis begins his ATC tenure by rocking the boat... literally.  Davis' 'genderfluid cast of women and folks otherwise defined' are playing male explorers braving the rapids to map out the unknown, wild American West. Playwright Jaclyn Backhaus pens a ...

Review “The Christians” (Steppenwolf Theatre): Authentic Church Experience

Monday, January 9, 2017 Permalink 0

Steppenwolf Theatre presents THE CHRISTIANS. I attended the Church of Steppenwolf this weekend. I was greeted with the choir singing their souls out. They were praising the Lord with joyous voices, rhythmic clapping and broad smiles.  This was a united congregation assembled for spiritual guidance. The pastor, his wife and church leadership arrived into this Sunday-induced ...

My Unforgettable Shows of 2016

Friday, December 23, 2016 Permalink 0

It is my great fortune to live in a town that is bursting with so much theatrical talent.  About eight years ago, I stumbled into reviewing the Chicago theatre scene. Every show enhances my understanding of theatre and life.  I enjoy most every production for some aspect.  The stinkers have been a single digit percentage ...

5-3-5-3

Monday, December 19, 2016 Permalink 0

Today, my age matches my height.  I’m 53 and 5’3. That’s got to mean something, right? Maybe best year yet? Or perhaps a signal of a major epiphany headed my way? I know we have ‘golden birthdays’ when our age matches our birthdate.  But frankly, what the hell did I know at 19 on the ...

Review “Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth” (Lookingglass Theatre): Dynamic Duo!

Monday, December 19, 2016 Permalink 0

Lookingglass Theatre presents World Premiere of MR. AND MRS. PENNYWORTH. Get ready to be enchanted by Playwright and Director Doug Hara’s new play.  It’s a story about storytellers and the stories they tell. Hara masterfully spins a love story out of fairytales. He sprinkles in mystical time travel. He casts it to perfection with Lindsey Noel-Whiting ...

The Phantom of the Opera (Broadway in Chicago): The Music of the Night Still Enthralls

Sunday, December 18, 2016 Permalink 0

Reviewed by Tom Lawler Who should this see this: Anyone who hasn’t yet seen the standard all Broadway musicals are measured against. Anyone who wants to again experience Andrew Lloyd Webber’s (Evita, Cats) superbly-crafted opus in a gleaming new production that hasn’t lost its ability to astonish since making its debut 30 years ago.  What’s it all ...

Review “The Winner…of our Discontent” (The Second City): It’s all in the name!

Thursday, December 15, 2016 Permalink 0

The Second City presents the 105th Mainstage Revue THE WINNER... OF OUR DISCONTENT. The name of this show made me LOL... a few times. Shantira Jackson, Paul Jurewicz, Kelsey Kinney, Martin Morrow, Rashawn Nadine Scott, Jamison Webb (writers and performers) kick off their Trump tribute with a Chicago reflection.  They contrast the emotional roller coaster of ...