Review “As You Like It” (Chicago Shakes): As I Love IT!

Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents a Beatles inspired AS YOU LIKE IT.  Adapter and Director Daryl Cloran takes a1620’s comedy and infuses it with 1960’s music. The brilliant pairing, centuries in the making, is a poetic explosion of joy and words. Cloran, along with the Bard of the Beach Shakespeare Festival, conceived this unusual compilation. At first, ...

Review “A Recipe For Disaster” (Windy City Playhouse): Frothy Entertainment

Saturday, October 16, 2021 Permalink 0

Chef Rick Bayless and Windy City Playhouse present the World Premiere of A RECIPE FOR DISASTER. Chef Bayless brings his extensive knowledge of restaurant catastrophes to the stage. Bayless conceived the story and wrote it with the support of WCP Amy Rubenstein and Carl Menninger. They have created another Windy City Playhouse immersion experience. This one ...

Review “American Mariachi” (Goodman Theatre): It’s All About The Music!

Goodman Theatre, in conjunction with Dallas Theater Center, presents AMERICAN MARIACHI. The mere mention of the word ‘Mariachi’ cues up a familiar, upbeat tune in my head. It conjures up images of strolling musicians bringing colorful tradition to otherwise indistinguishable Mexican restaurants. The performers, however momentarily at a table, become the focal point of the evening’s ...

August Check-in

Saturday, September 4, 2021 Permalink 0

Mid-August, Chicago was hit with an indoors mask mandate. Illinois followed suit a week later.  The positivity rate was too high. Was it Lollapollooza or other festivals?  Who knows? I’m not mad at the Mayor or the Governor for inflicting a mask mandate. Masks have proven to stop the spread. I’ll wear one for the ...

July Check-in

Sunday, August 1, 2021 Permalink 0

Well, masks are back! The un-muzzling lasted about a month and a half. My office and my yoga studio re-initiated mandates. And at the CDC recommendation, I’m voluntarily wearing one indoors.   It makes me cranky! I’ve been living a limited life for 16 months. I’ve sheltered-in-place, worked from home, and gone without seeing friends and ...

June Check-In

Saturday, July 3, 2021 Permalink 0

July 3, 2021 Happy Independence Day!  Our freedom celebration is particularly relevant this year, especially to us vaccinated folk! After a year and half of self isolation, I’m back out in the world. Chicago opened up officially in early June. Restaurants are welcoming people back at full capacity. Masks are optional for the vaccinated. My condo restrictions ...

May Check-In

Saturday, June 5, 2021 Permalink 0

What a difference a month makes as a fully vaccinated person!!  May has been pretty damn glorious especially considering I spent May 2020 locked-down and primarily in isolation. I’m enjoying the unmasked big outdoors. And I have also been unmasked in family and friends indoor gatherings. I’m still masked inside public places, including; stores, restaurants, my ...

March and April 2021 Check-in

Saturday, May 1, 2021 Permalink 0

May 1, 2021 Yesterday, I took my walk outside without a mask. This is something I have not done in Chicago in over 410 days. I strolled past plenty of folks still wearing their masks outside. Although I had several twinges of guilt, I am following recent CDC guidelines. And it felt pretty damn great to ...

February Check-in

Monday, March 1, 2021 Permalink 0

March 1, 2021 Thank God February is a short month… because it was a rough one.  Here comes the venting….  The pandemic hit the 500,000 death milestone. Illinois was recognized as THE worst state for percentage population vaccinated. As coronavirus was ever looming in the background, centerstage I had three friends die. They were all gentlemen in their ...