Review “9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL” (Firebrand Theatre): Firebrand Working It!

Friday, April 13, 2018 Permalink

Firebrand Theatre presents 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL. The 1970s iconic movie "9 to 5" starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin incited the original #metoo campaign. Three women are patronized, harassed and demeaned by a male boss. They unite to teach him a lesson and shake up the workplace. Even if you haven't seen this ...

March: Check-in

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 Permalink

March madness is easily a term for on and off the courts. All month Chicago was in its winter woes. A bitter, cold wind off the lake was the usual norm. It's been gross and the dreary chill is predicted to dominate the beginning of April. I wrote down and worked on my March goals. Although ...

Review “Pretty Woman” (Broadway in Chicago): S’cute

Broadway in Chicago presents the world premiere of PRETTY WOMAN THE MUSICAL. The iconic movie starring Julia Roberts is reimagined as a staged musical. A hooker and a businessman enter into a contractual arrangement. The pact leads to transformation. She undergoes a makeover, shedding her street clothes for an upscale wardrobe. He addresses his emotional baggage ...

Review “The Next Big Thing” (Factory Theater): Heart-felt, Comedic Tribute to the 90s!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 Permalink

The Factory Theater presents the second production of its 25th anniversary season, the world premiere of The Next Big Thing. The 90s music scene pitted the grunge verses the coiffed. Playwright Carrie Sullivan plops us smack dab into the industry feud. Alex's (played by a formidable Mary Jo Bolduc) studio is in the camp of promoting independent singer/songwriters like ...

Review “On Your Feet” (Broadway in Chicago): True Love!

Broadway In Chicago presents ON YOUR FEET! The Emilio and Gloria Estefan Broadway Musical. A Cuban heatwave is melting Chicago winter woes. ON YOUR FEET! is back in Chicago for Spring break. The high energy musical is the true story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Gloria (played by a stunning Christie Prades) auditions for Emilio's (played ...

Review “A Story Told in Seven Fights” (The Neo-Futurists): Drama’s Artistic Expression

Friday, March 23, 2018 Permalink

The Neo-Futurists presents the World Premiere of A STORY TOLD IN SEVEN FIGHTS. Ensemble Member and Creator Trevor Dawkins is mad! Really mad!! So mad, he wants to punch someone in the face.  Instead, he decided to tell a story... about fighting. The premise of his play is the theatre riots and violence provoked by the ...

Review “The Brink! Or Nobody’s Been Kissed Like That…” (Walkabout Theatre): Poetic Musical Maze

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Permalink

Walkabout Theater Company and Links Hall present the U.S. Premiere of  "THE BRINK! or Nobody’s Ever Kissed Me Like That...". The Walkabout ensemble, Nigel Brown, McCambridge Dowd-Whipple, Cooper Forsman, Dana Murphy, Katie Mazzini, Thom Pasculli (also serves as director), and Alex Rodriguez, showcase a theatrical spectacle of movement and music. In Links Hall's vast space, Walkabout establishes a cafe ...

Review “Schiller’s Mary Stuart” (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): A Queen-sized Treat

Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents SCHILLER'S MARY STUART. The House of Tudor verses the House of Stuart! Although Americans fought for independence, we still allow ourselves to be ruled by British royals. Movies, TV shows, and plays feed us a steady majestic diet. Some of us ingest every detail of the sovereign, past and present. We absorb ...

Review “Time is on Our Side” (About Face Theatre): Inflections and Cadence of NPR

About Face Theatre presents the Midwest Premiere of TIME IS ON OUR SIDE. Two podcasters stumble on a mysterious diary. The diary was Annie's grandma. When it hints at a lesbian relationship, Annie (played by Maggie Scrantom) forcefully wants to keep her grandma's secrets private. An obsessed Curtis (played by Rashaad Hall) starts putting the story ...

February: Check In

Saturday, March 3, 2018 Permalink

It's February. I don't go out in February.   I tried this month to make that a thing. It seemed the perfect response to an invitation to go out. Blame my tired, non-social self on the time of year. #hibernationFebruary! All month at the end of the work day, I wanted to go home. Even though it's ...