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 ...

July & August Check-In

Monday, September 2, 2019 Permalink 0

September 2nd Happy Labor Day! I took this picture at sister Jenny’s lake house on Friday morning. During my Wednesday and Thursday visit, it was very windy and the lake was choppy. Since wind is my favorite weather element, I loved it. When I woke up on Friday, the winds had subsided. The lake was still ...

Review “Into the Woods” (Writers Theatre): Superb Ensemble

Thursday, August 29, 2019 Permalink 0

Writers Theatre presents INTO THE WOODS. The creative team of Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and James Lapine (book) mash up familiar fairytales with equal parts of whimsy and snark.Their clever storytelling twists childlike musings into poignant life contemplations. The first act sends the characters ‘into the woods’ to find their happy endings. The second act ...

Review “LOVE, CHAOS & DINNER” (Teatro ZinZanni): Equally Posh, Farce and Astonishing!

Monday, July 29, 2019 Permalink 0

Teatro ZinZanni and Randolph Entertainment presents the Chicago premiere of LOVE, CHAOS & DINNER. This theatrical experience is an immediate adventure. You have probably passed Cambria Hotel hundreds of times and not noticed it. It’s west of the James Nederlander Theatre nestled between McDonalds and Garret Popcorn. And the lobby is fairly small. The show is ...