Review “Scarcity” (Redtwist Theatre): Authentically Disconcerting

Saturday, September 24, 2016 Permalink 0

Redtwist Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of SCARCITY. This family. Wow! Dysfunctional is inadequate to describe the layers of relational woe in this family.  Playwright Lucy Thurber disconcertingly illustrates the effects of alcoholism at home.  Dad is an out-of-work drunk.  Mom is a functional alcoholic with a string of mediocre jobs.  The teenager has a ...

“Wonderful Town” (Goodman Theatre): Homespun Goodness

Friday, September 23, 2016 Permalink 0

Goodman Theatre presents WONDERFUL TOWN. This IS your grandma’s musical. It has old-fashion charm, zany life hurdles and a guaranteed happy ending. The wholesome adventure brings two sisters from a small town in Ohio to big, flashy New York City. Ruth (played by Bri Sudia) wants to be a writer.  Eileen (played by Lauren Molina) wants ...

Review “Miss Holmes” (Lifeline Theatre): Encore! Series! What is next, my dear Walsh?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Permalink 0

Lifeline Theatre presents the World Premiere of MISS HOLMES. The twists start immediately in this gender-bender whodunit. The legendary Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are women. Playwright Christopher M. Walsh (no relation) pens an intriguing tale of murder. The mystery unravels as barely discernible clues are discovered by the dynamic duo. Walsh’s detective story is smart, ...

Review “In The Heights” (Porchlight Music Theatre): Community Anchored in Heart and Humor!

Porchlight Music Theatre presents the multi-Tony Award-winning IN THE HEIGHTS. Community!  This community is bursting with the loving ties of people joined together by their similarities as well as their differences. From the moment I sat down, I saw the community in the detailed streetscape by Scenic Designer Greg Pinsoneault. The two-level multiple-building structure showcases the struggling ...

Day 4 Vancouver: Walk over Canada

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Permalink 0

We started the day in our wharf hood, Steveston, by visiting the fishing canary museum.  The tour took us along the entire process from boat to can.  The fish production in the early 1900s sounded gross and intense.  These hard-working laborers worked to get the fish into cans before it spoiled. They were paid horribly ...

Day 3 Vancouver: Sidetrip to Whistler

Monday, September 12, 2016 Permalink 0

Our plan was to zipline today in Whistler. It's home to Whistler Blackcomb, one of the largest ski resorts in North America. Also, it is was a venue for the 2010 Winter Olympics.  Between a late start and a five hour-ish round-trip, we didn't get to zipline.  That bummer was balanced out by the incredible ...

Day 2 Vancouver: Going to Extremes

Sunday, September 11, 2016 Permalink 0

Today, we went to the extreme for Abby's birthday. First, we went to the Capilano Suspension Bridge.  It's this 460 foot bridge that is 230 feet above the Capilano River.  The bridge sways back and forth as people come and go.  I white knuckled it the entire way... both times.  On the other side of ...

Day 1 Vancouver: Cool, Clean, Lovely

Saturday, September 10, 2016 Permalink 0

After a direct 4 hour and 12 minute flight from Chicago to Vancouver, we (sister Jenny, niece Abby, and Abby's boyfriend Lucas) landed in a country where the place and the people are cool, clean and lovely.  We are staying in a 5 bedroom house in Richmond, a suburb of Vancouver. Our landlord met us ...

Review KINKY BOOTS (Broadway in Chicago): A Powerhouse Showstopper

Sunday, September 4, 2016 Permalink 0

Reviewed by Jennifer Benoit-Bryan This musical has all the essential elements: fabulous acting, songs that get stuck in your head, and choreography that looks effortless – all tied up together with a heartwarming story. I had high expectations given the many accolades that this musical has received including six Tony awards in 2013 and the Grammy ...

Review 1776 (E.D.G.E. Theatre): Our Humorous and Heartfelt Origin Story

Saturday, September 3, 2016 Permalink 1

E.D.G.E. Theatre presents the musical 1776. Hillary vs Trump in 2016.  John Adams vs the Congressional Congress in 1776.  E.D.G.E.’s timing is remarkable. As we are experiencing the country being torn apart, 1776 takes us back to our origin story of making America great... for the first time. In the theatrical tale, politicians are fighting over ...