Review “A Bronx Tale” (Broadway in Chicago): “Sopranos” Meets “West Side Story”

Friday, March 15, 2019 Permalink

Broadway in Chicago presents A BRONX TALE. It’s the Bronx 1960. Belmont Avenue is a close-knit Italian-American neighborhood of bakeries, bars and gangsters. Over on Webster Avenue, African-Americans have established their own community. Calogero (played by a charismatic Joey Barreiro) narrates his personal story about defying his father (played by Richard H. Blake). First, as as ...

Review “Little Shop of Horrors” (Mercury Theater): Hilarious American Horror Story

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Permalink

Mercury Theater Chicago presents LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS.  The residents of Skid Row want a better life. Seymour (played by Christopher Kale Jones) dreams of fame. Audrey (played by the amazing Dana Tretta) wishes for a home. Mr. Mushnik (played by Tommy Novak) wants a successful business. Dr. Orin (played by the hilarious David Sajewich) yearns ...

February Check-In

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Permalink

I’m heading into my ninth month of underemployment. The days go slow but the nine months has flown past. This nine month realization made me understand how important it is to have time for growth between conception and new baby. Much like parents-to-be, I’ve spent my ‘pregnancy’ researching, learning, contemplating, understanding, and transitioning into this ...

Review “The Man Who Was Thursday” (Lifeline Theatre): Madcap Mayhem

Saturday, March 2, 2019 Permalink

Lifeline Theatre presents THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY. Gabriel Syme (played by an outstanding Eduardo Xavier Curley-Carrillo) infiltrates an anarchist movement by going undercover. He becomes ‘Thursday’ in the group of sophisticated villains named after days of the week. As these anarchists unleash their reign of terror, the absurdity goes off the chain. Beards come off. ...

Review “An Inspector Calls” (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Intrigue from Story to Style

Friday, February 22, 2019 Permalink

Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents The National Theatre of Great Britian’s Landmark Production of JB Priestley’s Classic Thriller, AN INSPECTOR CALLS. This show is about the intrigue from story to style. It starts with a little boy ( played by a spunky Judah Abner Paul)running through the theatre. Once onstage, he attempts to raise the massive red ...