Review “Waitress” (Broadway in Chicago): Flavorful Morsel of True Americana

Waitress the Musical Broadway In Chicago presents WAITRESS. Big slices of hometown charm are being served at Joe's Pie Diner. The musical is inspired by Adrienne Shelly's film, Waitress. The creative team of Sara Bareilles (music and lyrics) and Jessie Nelson (book) tell the story of a master baker stuck in both a bad marriage and a humdrum diner. The ...

June Check-In

Saturday, June 30, 2018 Permalink

I have GREAT news! I reached Level 1115 on Candy Crush. I haven’t however found a new job. If you missed last month’s check-in, I resigned my NRS position on May 25th. The first half of June was tough. I prepared my work team for my departure. I organized projects. I prioritized future activities. I updated ...

Review “Mies Julie” (Victory Gardens): Miesed Connection

Friday, June 22, 2018 Permalink

Reviewed by Jay Worthington Victory Gardens Theater concludes its 43rd season with Mies Julie. On a remote farm in the South African desert, we meet John, a farm laborer, and Julie, the landowner’s daughter.  John and Julie grew up together under the tender care of John’s mother and Julie’s nanny, Christine.  The night we meet them is the celebration of ...

Review “Burnham’s Dream: The White City” (Lost and Found Productions): Less Dreamy, More Reality

Lost and Found Productions Presents the World Premiere of BURNHAM’S DREAM: THE WHITE CITY.  I was very excited about this show. I'm a huge fan of Chicago past, present and future. The World's Columbian Exposition was an amazing historical event. Chicago captivated the world in 1893. The creative team of June Finfer (book and lyrics) and Elizabeth ...

Review “Neverwhere” (Lifeline Theatre): A Fine Trip to London’s Underworld

Lifeline Theatre presents Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. Robert Kauzlaric’s adaptation of Neverwhere premiered at Lifeline in 2010. I saw it and loved it....hard!  The 2018 revisit to Neverwhere was a trip I highly anticipated taking since I heard mention of the reboot last year. Although Kauzlaric's impressing storytelling still has heaps of intrigue, humor and heart, Director Ilesa Duncan goes more theatrical ...

May Check-In

Friday, June 1, 2018 Permalink

I have some bad news. I didn't hit 900 in Candy Crush this month. I'm stuck on Level 894. Oh and I resigned my job of fourteen years. On Friday, May 25th at 5:20pm, the NRS' board chair let me know I wasn't being invited to interview for the position of Executive Director. I had been ...

Review “Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies” (Athenaeum Theatre): Bette is Back… and Bad-ass!

Thursday, May 31, 2018 Permalink

Jessica Sherr performs her loving tribute to the iconic Bette Davis. Sherr, also the creator, has previously performed her one woman show in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The St. James in London and even Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre last year. Following her 4-week run, the Athenaeum commissioned her to expand her show. Sherr is back... and ...

Review “Damascus” (Strawdog Theatre): What a Trip!

Strawdog Theatre presents the world premiere of DAMASCUS. Playwright Bennett Fisher takes us on a thrilling journey of perception. Lloyd (played by Sam Hubbard) begs Hassan (played by Terence Sims) to take him to Chicago to make his connecting flight to California. Lloyd's mother is sick. Hassan reluctantly agrees with the promise of hefty compensation. Fisher's ...