Review “Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies” (Porchlight Music Theatre): The Duke’s Treasure!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 Permalink 0

Porchlight Music Theatre presents DUKE ELLINGTON’S SOPHISTICATED LADIES. Step into Porchlight Music Theatre, step into a different era. The design team (Angela Weber Miller - scenic and Denise Karczewski - lighting) have transformed the stage into a swank nightclub. Soft pink lighting illuminates art deco-style cut-outs. In between columns, long sweeping curtains line the backdrop. The ...

Review “Top Girls” (Remy Bumppo): Thought-provoking Tale of Girl Power

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 Permalink 0

Remy Bumppo Theatre presents TOP GIRLS. Playwright Caryl Churchill pens a quirky yet thought-provoking tale of girl power. Churchill tells her story in three acts. In the first act, Marlene (played by Linda Gillum) celebrates her recent promotion at a dinner party. The fantasy feast brings together women throughout history. They are drinking in each other’s ...

Review “Bunny’s Book Club” (Lifeline Theatre): Hop to It!

Sunday, January 26, 2020 Permalink 0

Lifeline Theatre’s KidSeries presents BUNNY’S BOOK CLUB, based on the children’s book by Annie Silvestro; illustrated by Tatjana Mai-Wyss. Adapter Aly Renee Amidei skillfully translates Silvestro’s learn-to-love-reading story. A bunny (played by u/s LaRose Washington at my performance) is encouraged by her woodland creature friends to find a hobby. They (Tyra Bullock -Mole, Jose M. Cervantes - Porcupine, & Matt Patrick -Bear) nudge ...

November and December Check-in!

Wednesday, January 1, 2020 Permalink 0

January 1st Today, I didn’t just celebrate the start of a new year and a new decade. I geeked out over new insurance kicking in…. employer-paid insurance!  It is one of the many perks in my newly employed state. Because of the job, I also benefitted from holiday pay on days I didn’t actually work ...

Review “Dance Nation” (Steppenwolf Theatre): Dreams. Hopes. Desires. Needs.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 Permalink 0

Reviewed by Kevin Porter Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents DANCE NATION. Dreams.  Hopes.  Desires.  Needs.  Is there ever a time where these concerns are of greater import than age 13? The required casting of actors all across the age spectrum in Dance Nation made me think Clare Barron believes these concerns are just as towering, dramatic, and exciting at each point of ...

Review “Tidings For Tap” (Chicago Tap Theatre): Dancing Out the Holidays!

Thursday, December 19, 2019 Permalink 0

Chicago Tap Theatre presented TIDINGS FOR TAP. For one performance only on December 15th, the holiday season was celebrated with joy, reverence and dance.TIDINGS FOR TAP split the show into four parts: winter, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Each segment paid tribute to its seasonal essences. Although the primary focus was tap, the talented Dasha ...

Review “The Ruffian’s Burning Bluebeard” (Porchlight Music Theatre): Magical!

Porchlight Music Theatre is proud to present THE RUFFIANS’ BURNING BLUEBEARD. I’ve enjoyed this whimsical show on a couple occasions (2014 , 2011 ). It’s magical! The subject matter doesn’t easily lend itself to an uplifting theatrical experience. The 1903 Chicago Iroquois Theatre fire killed 600 people, mostly women and children. Yet, Playwright Jay Torrence tells ...

Review “Nutcracker” (The House Theatre of Chicago): Pure Comfort and Joy!

The House Theatre of Chicago presents its yuletide tradition, NUTCRACKER. I love this show! In fact, it is my seventh time (2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2011,  2010 ) experiencing this innovative take on E.T.A. Hoffman's famous tale of a young girl's relationship with a nutcracker.  The creative team of Jake Minton, Phillip Klapperich, Kevin O'Donnell and Tommy Rapley took Hoffman's ...

Review “Do You Believe in Madness?” (The Second City): The Lunacy is Real!

Friday, November 8, 2019 Permalink 0

The Second City presents its 108th Mainstage Revue, DO YOU BELIEVE IN MADNESS? I do believe in madness. And I know we’ve been living in it for the last few years. A daily sh#tshow is originating from the White House. The constant ferocity is hitting Americans like a never-ending, category 6 hurricane. I preface the political ...