November Check-in

Thursday, December 2, 2021 Permalink 0

COVID, Delta, Omicron, ——— what’s next? This pandemic continues to live on. It mutates in unvaccinated hosts to survive and thrive as a new variant! It all makes me mad, cranky, disappointed and sad. I’ve got pandemic fatigue. If Americans refuse to listen to the science and get vaccinated, how can we expect for residents ...

Review “Christmas Carol” (Goodman Theatre): Merriment to Lift Our Spirits!

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 Permalink 0

Goodman Theatre presents CHRISTMAS CAROL. Larry Yando celebrates his 14th stint as Scrooge in Goodman’s 44th production of the Dickens’ holiday show. Yando owns this iconic miser role… in an almost unsettling way. He makes it impossible to hate the deplorable penny-pincher. His cruelty has biting humor. His curmudgeon stance has playful charm. Even before his ...

Review “Paradise Square” (Broadway in Chicago): Epic Tale, Endearing Relationships and DANCING!

Friday, November 19, 2021 Permalink 0

Broadway in Chicago presents the Pre-Broadway Musical PARADISE SQUARE. From the very first to the very last note, Joaquina Kalukango (Nellie) owns the bar, the stage, and the show. The phenomenal Kalukango welcomes the audience and patrons to her tavern with a rebel-rousing “Paradise Square.” Much later in the show, Kalukango belts out, literally and figuratively, ...

Review “Bug”(Steppenwolf Theatre): A Creepy-Crawly Demented Nightmare

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 Permalink 0

Steppenwolf Theatre presents BUG.  A woman battles loneliness. A man fights to be free. They both want to escape their pasts. They meet at a party and it changes their lives… forever. Playwright Tracy Letts twists a rom-com-like premise into a demented nightmare. Letts lets his paranoia run wild and wacky. He pulls the audience into ...

Review “Pump Boys and Dinettes” (Porchlight Music Theatre): Fun-Loving, Shoulder-Shimmying, Broad-Smiling (Mask-Wearing) Night Out!

Friday, November 5, 2021 Permalink 0

Porchlight Music Theatre  launches its 27th Mainstage season with Pump Boys & Dinettes. Just off Highway 57, the vibe is upbeat and casual! The premise of the show is a bus broke down. The stranded bus riders aka ‘the audience’ are greeted by the friendly staff at a random gas station and diner. The fourth wall completely ...

September and October Check-ins

Monday, November 1, 2021 Permalink 0

November 1, 2021 It’s a two month check-in! September was a whirlwind month of unexpected tragedies. Three of my close friends lost loved ones… a mother, a husband and a father-in-law. Although the three funerals brought unexpected touching reunions of Michigan, high school and Fort Wayne friends for me, the passage of life for my grieving ...

Review “What the Constitution Means to Me” (Broadway in Chicago): Eye Opening and Gut Punching!

Thursday, October 28, 2021 Permalink 0

Broadway in Chicago presents WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME. This show is politics as unusual! USA’s favorite 230+ year old document gets dusted off and dissected down. As a 15 year old, Playwright Heidi Schreck participated in constitutional debates. Schreck used these teenage competitions to win scholarship money for college. Her play starts by setting ...

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 ...