Review “Circolombia” (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Heart-Racing Stunner

Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents the North American debut of CIRCOLOMBIA. Wow! The circus has come to Chicago! And the experience is a heart-racing stunner! The Columbian circus troupe is performing for a limited engagement in Chicago Shakes’ The Yard. This new venue allows the troupe the space for its spectacular feats. The fifteen member crew includes singers, ...

Review “Hello, Dolly!” (Broadway in Chicago): Buckley Owns It!

Thursday, October 25, 2018 Permalink

Broadway in Chicago presents the four time Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival HELLO, DOLLY!. Hello, Betty!   Broadway legend Betty Buckley (Dolly) takes on the iconic roll first debuted by Carol Channing in 1964 and she owns it. From the moment she steps onstage to her final bow, Buckley has the audience mesmerized by her presence. She ...

Review “Eclipsed” (Pegasus Theatre): Eye-opening & Gut-punching!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 Permalink

Pegasus Theatre Chicago presents ECLIPSED. Playwright Danai Gurira drops us into a rebel camp during the second Liberian Civil War in 2003. Aja Singletary (#3/Bessie) is begging Maya V. Prentiss (#1/Helena) to comb out her hair. An exasperated Prentiss is trying to help Singletary while welcoming newcomer Sola Thompson. Except for addressing each other by numbers, ...

Review “Les Innocents” (rediscover Theatre): Creative Trip to the Crypt

Friday, October 19, 2018 Permalink

(re)discover Theatre presents the World Premiere of LES INNOCENTS/THE INNOCENTS. LES INNOCENTS takes place at the Preston Bradley Center. Upon arrival on the fourth floor, a greeter encourages you to pick between a ‘love’ or ‘loneliness’ button. On the staircase, a fortune teller is reading palms -above and a duo is singing songs - below. Audience ...

EXTENDED Thru 12/29 GYPSY (Porchlight Music Theatre): Butler is Tour de Force!!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Permalink

Porchlight Music Theatre presents GYPSY a musical fable. OH, MAMA!  E. Faye Butler (Mama Rose) owns this stage from the moment she steps on it. Her pipes, whether screaming for her way or lifting the rafters in song, are undeniably extraordinary. Butler is a tour de force in her non-stop, dynamic performance! Her commanding presence is palpable. ...

Review “Warrior Class” (The Comrades): Timely, Relevant Politics!

Monday, October 15, 2018 Permalink

The Comrades present the Midwest Premiere of WARRIOR CLASS. In between the Kavanaugh hearings and the midterm election, Chicago has the opportunity to experience the ugly realities behind politics. Playwright Kenneth Lin tells the tale of an aspiring councilman wanting to run for congress. The obstacle to his success is his ex-college girlfriend. Lin unravels the ...

Review “Witch” (Writers Theatre): Soulful Storytelling

Friday, October 12, 2018 Permalink

Writers Theatre presents the World Premiere of WITCH. Playwright Jen Silverman weaves an intriguing tale of one witch, one devil, and four poor souls. The play immediately engages in the very first three scenes. Silverman has a frustrated Elizabeth (played by a solid Audrey Francis) lamenting about the villagers’ treatment of her. They believe she’s a ...

EXTENDED “La Boheme” (Lyric Opera): Bohemian Love at Its Best!

Lyric Opera of Chicago, along with Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Teatro Real Madrid, presents LA BOHEME. LA BOHEME is one of my favorite operas. Puccini composed the perfect opera for falling in love and out of love… and in love again. His music captures everything from innocent flirtation to soulmate commitment to steamy seduction ...

Review “Nell Gwynn” (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Timely, Inspiring and Pure Entertainment!

Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents the North American premiere of Olivier Award-winning comedy NELL GWYNN. Playwright Jessica Swale imagines the details in the real-life rise of Nell Gwynn from nobody to leading lady on the London stage and in the King’s bed. Swale fills-in-the-gaps on the legend of Nell Gwynn. She writes a witty tribute to the ...

Review “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” (Broadway in Chicago): The Original Candy Crush!

Thursday, October 4, 2018 Permalink

Broadway in Chicago presents Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. This show is a trip down memory lane! I’m a huge fan of the 1971 film that introduced oompa loompas into my life. The staged musical version of Roald Dahl’s beloved story is both more beautiful and ugly than the movie. David Greig (book) makes ...