Review “The Crucible” (Steppenwolf Theatre): Uncomfortably Reflects a Modern Day Insensibility

Steppenwolf Theatre for Young Adults presents THE CRUCIBLE. Playwright Arthur Miller's ode to the 1692 Salem witch trials has eery hints to contemporary issues. Although Miller debuted his play in 1953, loud whispers to 2017 madness are present. The story boils down to using religion to justify killing non-christians. In this case, it's a group of ...

Review “A View from the Bridge”: One Man’s Obsession!

Monday, October 2, 2017 Permalink

Goodman Theatre presents A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE. Playwright Arthur Miller sets his love triangles on the 1950s Brooklyn docks. Eddie (played by the outstanding Ian Bedford) is overly-protective of his niece Catherine (played by Catherine Combs). When she starts dating Rodolpho (played by Daniel Abeles), Eddie is livid. His wife Beatrice (played by Andrus Nichols) ...

Review “The Taming of the Shrew” (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): WINNER!

Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents THE TAMING OF THE SHREW. Finally, a SHREW that is shrewd! Director Barbara Gaines has ingeniously placed Shakespeare's chauvinistic comedy into a female-defining moment in American history. Gaines creates a play within a play. It's 1919. A Chicago women's club is in final rehearsal for The Taming of the Shrew.  Inside and ...

Review “Orphée et Eurydice” (Lyric Opera): Dynamic Marriage

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Permalink

The Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Orphée et Eurydice . The Lyric, in collaboration with The Joffrey Ballet, opens its 2017/2018 season with a visual and audio stunner. The 3 powerhouse principals , accompanied by 60 chorus and 47 orchestra members, fill the theatre with the soulful melodies of love lost and found and remembered. And the 43 ...

Review “The Rembrandt” (Steppenwolf Theatre): Imitation of Art and Life

Friday, September 22, 2017 Permalink

Steppenwolf Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of THE REMBRANDT. A Rembrandt painting is the focal point of Playwright Jessica Dickey's tale. It's the portrait of Aristotle with his hand on a bust of Homer's head. Dickey attempts to connect life to art and art to life over centuries. She draws parallels between the admirers of the ...

How I spent my summer…

Friday, September 8, 2017 Permalink

My insensitive use of a word changed my summer plans. When people reacted to my horrible mistake by denouncing me publicly as a racist, I felt shocked, hurt, angry and defensive. My first impulse was to fight back. I wanted to prove I wasn’t a racist. I wanted to rattle off all the aspects in ...

Chicago Pride!

Sunday, June 25, 2017 Permalink

Dear President Trump, Since today is the Chicago Pride Parade, I am going to use this opportunity to draw your attention to: the Chicago community and LGBTQ community. Chicago is my hometown for twenty-three years now. It is the best city in the world! People associate us with the 2016 World Series Chicago Cubs, stuffed pizza and ...

A letter of contrition…

Monday, June 19, 2017 Permalink

It’s been 6 days since my horrible mistake regarding the use of an offensive word in a theatre review. If you aren’t aware of my blunder, this letter isn’t for you.  If you know exactly what I’m talking about, please take a moment to read this. I’ve spent a lot of time in contemplation of my ...