EXTENDED THRU March 17 “Merrily We Roll Along” (Porchlight Music Theatre): A Blast Backwards

Porchlight Music Theatre presents MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG. The creative team of Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and George Furth (book) cleverly start at the end and work backwards in this musical. We meet Franklin Shephard (played by Jim DeSelm) in present day. Although the perky ensemble is singing the title song Merrily we roll along, ...

2018: January Check-In

Friday, February 2, 2018 Permalink

I had a list of January goals to accomplish for optimizing my health, social, home and financial sectors. As is often the case, my results were a series of victories, defeats and meh. I hit all my training work outs but fell short on the yoga classes. I cut way back on the wine drinking ...

Review “The Humans” (Broadway in Chicago): I miss ATC!

Thursday, February 1, 2018 Permalink

The HumansSeattle Repertory TheatreSeattle, WashingtonNovember 28, 2017Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes Broadway in Chicago, along with Producers Scott Rudin and Barry Diller, present THE HUMANS, Best Play - 2016 Tony Award. I was fortunate to see the world premiere of THE HUMANS at American Theatre Company in 2015. I absolutely loved Stephen Karam's family portrait of love ...

Review “Hatfield and McCoy” (The House Theatre of Chicago): Epic Booze-Soaked, Blood-Bath

The House Theatre of Chicago presents an all-new production of Hatfield & McCoy. The Hatfields and McCoys was the infamous family feud from the 1800s. These families hated each other. Their bitter battle was fueled by moonshine and revenge. The House again brings the epic families' drama to the stage. When Rose Anna McCoy (played by Haley ...

Review “Traitor” (A Red Orchid Theatre): Small Town Showdown

Monday, January 29, 2018 Permalink

A Red Orchid Theatre presents the world premiere adaptation of Heinrich's Ibsen's An Enemy of the People, TRAITOR. The intimacy of their space. Their choices in scripts. The look and feel of their performances. A Red Orchid has a long history of putting the theatre goer 'in the room.' And their current offering of TRAITOR not only ...

Review “Five Mile Lake” (Shattered Globe): Dreaming Big, Living Wistfully

Shattered Globe presents FIVE MILE LAKE. Playwright Rachel Bonds puts her own spin on the familiar question 'Can you go home again?' Drew Schad (Danny) and Joseph Wiens(Rufus) have returned to their hometown. Each is retreating from complications of the real world. Their siblings, Daniela Colucci (Mary) and Steve Peebles (Jamie), never left home. They provide their siblings with the ...

Review “The Good Fight” (Babes with Blades Theatre Company): Inspiring Present-Day Gumption

Babes With Blades Theatre Company (BWBTC) continues its 20th Anniversary Season: “Origins” with the Chicago premiere of The Good Fight. Christabel Pankhurst, Emmeline Pankhurst, Gertrude Harding, Harriet Kerr, Grace Roe, Emily Wilding Davison were women suffragettes in London. Playwright Anne Bertram gives us a peek into the turbulent era that secured a woman's right to vote. Bertram starts her ...

Review “Turandot” (Lyric Opera of Chicago): Puccini, Pageantry, Performances to love!

11/27/17 6:31:58 PM Lyric Opera Chicago's production of Puccini's Turandot.©†Todd Rosenberg 2017 Lyric Opera’s new-to-Chicago production of Turandot.  Production Designer Allen Charles Klein provides an imaginative backdrop for Puccini's last opera. The focal point is an over-sized dragon lounging on his back. One claw serves as the pulpit for the Emperor. The other claw holds a mystical ...

Review “Lettin’ the Good Times Roll” (Kicky Productions): Faye, Felicia, Fabulous!

Sunday, December 31, 2017 Permalink

Steve Abrams & Kicky Productions presents E. Faye Butler & Felicia P. Fields in LETTIN' THE GOOD TIMES ROLL. This show was thirty-one years in the making. Butler and Fields met at The Wiz auditions over three decades ago. Their friendship started in mutual admiration and grew into sisterhood. In the LETTIN' THE GOOD TIMES ROLL, these ...