EXTENDED Thru June 17 “Lady X: The Musical” (Hell in a Handbag): Cat’s Meow… Still!

Hell in a Handbag Productions presents the world premiere  of the LADY X: THE MUSICAL. These are laugh lines. - Estelle Must have been one hell of a joke! - Scarlett     HILARIOUS!!! Playwright David Cerda premiered his spoof on melodrama films from the 1930's and 40's in 2010 (my full review). Seven years later, he brings it back ...

Review “Linda Vista” (Steppenwolf Theatre): Let(ts) Down

Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the world premiere production of LINDA VISTA. Scheduling conflicts postponed me from seeing the newest Tracy Letts' play until last night. I entered the theatre with heightened excitement. I'm a huge fan of Letts. Plus, this show has gotten terrific buzz! I was ready to enjoy Letts latest sardonic Americana dissection. The first act ...

I apologize for not writing sooner…

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Permalink

Dear President Trump, I’m sorry that I haven’t written in awhile. It’s not because you aren’t on my mind. It’s just the opposite. You see I work for a nonprofit funded by DHHS. Our contract ends on July 31st. We’ve been waiting since January for a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to begin the competitive bidding process. ...

Review “Threesome” (The Other Theatre Company): Compelling and Troubling

The Other Theatre Company (TOTC) announces the Chicago premiere of THREESOME. The show opens in a couple's bedroom. Demetrios Troy (Rashid) and  Suzan Faycurry (Leila) are preparing to invite a stranger into their bed. Instead of sexy and playful, the conversation is awkward and tense. The swingers' vibe is hugely absent. It's obvious that Troy is a reluctant ...

EXTENDED Thru June 18th “Shakespeare in Love” (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre): Enchanting!

Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE. I loved the movie.  I loved this play. Screenwriters Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard imagined Will Shakespeare's writing process in creating his masterpiece "Romeo and Juliet." The romantic comedy has the penniless playwright (played by the charismatic Nick Rehberger) struggling to tell a story. When he falls for the ...

EXTENDED Thru June 3 “Hookman” (Steep Theatre): Twisted Caricatures and Cruelty

Friday, April 21, 2017 Permalink

Steep Theatre presents HOOKMAN. Steep steps away from its traditional British angst for some pure campy Americana. Playwright Lauren Yee pens a gory thriller. Yee anchors her story with the urban legend of a homicidal manic with a hook for a hand.  A young gal named Lexi (played by Kiayla Ryann) has suffered personal trauma. Her ...

Review “Aladdin” (Broadway in Chicago): Summer Stay-cation Destination

Thursday, April 20, 2017 Permalink

Disney Theatrical Productions and Broadway In Chicago present the North American tour of DISNEY'S ALADDIN. Who did it better? Disney animators or Disney's creative team of Alan Menken (music), Howard Ashman (lyrics), Tim Rice (lyrics), Chad Beguelin (lyrics and book).  No contest!  This live production of the beloved cartoon has more of everything! More story, more music, more action, ...

Review “Marry Me a Little” (Porchlight Music Theatre): Entertain Me a Lot!

Porchlight Music Theatre presents MARRY ME A LITTLE. Austin Cook and Bethany Thomas star in this musical montage of a relationship.  We meet Cook and Thomas on a lonely Saturday night. They are both focusing on their passion:  his -the piano, hers- photography.  Their resignation to single-dom is interrupted by a chance meeting. This infrequently performed Stephen Sondheim ...

Review “For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday” (Shattered Globe): Missing Some Whimsy and Drama

Shattered Globe Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of FOR PETER PAN ON HER 70th BIRTHDAY. Live theatre provides its own unexpected moments of magic.  In last night's show, I sat in front of Playwright Sarah Ruhl as she watched her mom (Kathleen Ruhl) perform.  Sarah had penned this play based on an actual event in her mother's life. ...

Review “The? Unicorn? Hour?” (Neofuturists): YES!!!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 Permalink

The Neo-Futurists are proud to present a world premiere created and performed by Leah Urzendowski and Anthony Courser THE? UNICORN? HOUR? Are you feeling depressed?  Do you need a shot of joy?  Well, Urzendowski and Courser are offering up big buckets of shiny, sparkly pleasure.  As the creators and performers behind THE? UNICORN? HOUR?, Team U&C fabricate a womb ...