Review “Picnic” (American Theater Company): Making Something Old Very New Again

Reviewed by Tom Lawler Who should this see this: Fans of intimately staged, lushly realized theatrical experiences. Anyone curious to see how ATC’s young new artistic director, Will Davis, is putting his stamp on his first season with the company after arriving from New York late last year. What’s it all about: William Inge’s 1953 Pulitzer-winning drama ...

Review “Circus 1903” (Broadway in Chicago): Rare Experience of Being Taken Back in Time

Thursday, March 23, 2017 Permalink

Reviewed by Abby Simon Broadway in Chicago presents CIRCUS 1903 This show was a truly unique experience, being taken back to the golden age of the circus – when going to the circus was a town holiday. It was interesting to think that during this time, a circus coming into town was THE entertainment that entire towns ...

Review of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Season 39 Spring Series: Rhythmic & Enchanting

Sunday, March 19, 2017 Permalink

Reviewed by Abby Simon As a former dancer, seeing a well-executed dance can lift the spirits and leave you thinking about what you’ve seen over and over again. This spring series was no exception. This show opens with a slightly jarring, uneasy movement with dancers briskly walking across the stage with turtle necks pulled completely over ...

Review “The Naked Magicians” (Broadway in Chicago): Hot Aussies Leave Me Giggling, Blushing and Completely Speechless!

Thursday, March 16, 2017 Permalink

Reviewed by Abby Simon Broadway in Chicago presents THE NAKED MAGICIANS. The Naked Magicians, consisting of two exceptionally good looking Australians, Christopher Wayne and Mike Tyler, is a hilariously entertaining show full of fun magic tricks, plenty of R-Rated jokes, and a 90-minute strip tease. This show left me speechless, giggling, and red in the face for ...

Review “The Snare” (Jackalope Theatre): Divine Acting

Monday, March 13, 2017 Permalink

Jackalope Theatre presents the world premiere of THE SNARE. Indisputably, the acting in this show is divine.  Under the skillful direction of Elana Boulos, the terrific ensemble pulls us in from the very first scene.  Cyd Blakewell (Abigail), Caroline Heffernan (Ruth), Sam Blin (Caleb) and Joel Ewing (David) are praying before dinner. We are gawkers of ...

Review “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” (Broadway in Chicago): Raunchy, Soulful, Good Time!

Broadway in Chicago presents HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH for a limited two week engagement. In 1998, the creative team of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask debuted a unique gender-bending, rock and roll, award-winning musical. Mitchell originated the role of Hedwig, a songstress mourning the loss of her now famous boyfriend.  The play-within-a-rock-and-roll-concert has Hedwig ...

Review “Flanagan’s Wake” (Chicago Theater Works): BYOM, Bring Your Own Mourners!

Reviewed by Abby Simon Chicago Theater Works presents FLANAGAN'S WAKE.  Upon entering the theater for Flanagan’s Wake, it seems that there is a very lively party already going on. But upon further investigation, there is a very centralized casket made of old pallets up on the stage. Thus, the scene of an Irish wake, plenty of booze, ...

Review “Skin for Skin” (The Agency Theatre Collective): Scratches the Skin

The Agency Theatre Collective presents the world premiere of SKIN FOR SKIN. Following the success of their inaugural production, "Chagrin Falls", The Agency Theatre Collective tackles a world premiere. Playwright Paul Pasulka debuts his story about the military interrogation of a Muslim-American contractor suspected of aiding Al-Qaeda. Pasulka tells his tale from multiple angles. A psychologist ...

Review “A Wrinkle in Time” (Lifeline Theatre): Here’s the wrinkle…

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Permalink

Lifeline Theatre presents A WRINKLE IN TIME. Here's the wrinkle... Something unusual happened to me at Lifeline Theatre last night, I didn't enjoy myself. I've gotten used to being spoiled at Lifeline as I curl up with their latest adaptation. I'm typically fully engaged in their ability to bring page to stage. I settled in to be dazzled ...

Review “At The Table” (Broken Nose Theatre): Get A Seat ‘At The Table’!

Monday, February 27, 2017 Permalink

Broken Theatre presents the Midwest Premiere of AT THE TABLE. Worlds collide when a tight foursome invite outsiders into their weekend house party. Stuart (played by Evan Linder), Lauren (played by Echaka Agba), Nate (played by Adam Soule), and Elliott (played by David Weiss) met in college and have been friends for fifteen years. They retreat annually to ...