Review “Clyde’s” (Goodman Theatre): Unique, Razor-sharp, Feel Good Comedy! Order up!

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 Permalink 0

Goodman Theatre, in association with Center Theatre Group, presents The Second Stage Theater Production of CLYDE’S.   Playwright Lynn Nottage has penned a helluva comedy! Four ex-cons have struggled to find work after their incarceration. They each have landed a job at Clyde’s, a diner on the Interstate. The owner, Clyde, is an ex-felon and a ...

Review “Fiddler on the Roof” (Lyric Opera): Tradition meets Innovation… LOVED IT!

Monday, September 19, 2022 Permalink 0

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents the United States premiere of a production by Komische Oper Berlin FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.  Tradition. Tradition….. Tradition! A Jewish man grapples with religious customs, political oppression and the independence of his grown-up daughters. He asks God for guidance in making life decisions. The familiar story, based on Sholem Aleichem stories ...

Review “The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington” (Steppenwolf Theatre): Verdict is in… Must See!

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 Permalink 0

Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago premier of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright James Ijames’ fantastical play THE MOST SPECTACULARLY LAMENTABLE TRIAL OF MIZ MARTHA WASHINGTON. Ijames knows how to tell a story! His thoroughly entertaining tale imagines a fever delirious Martha Washington being confronted by her slaves. The underlying premise is the actual provision in George Washington’s will. ...

Review “Miss Holmes Returns” (Lifeline Theatre): Multi-layered, Cerebral-tickling, Amazing Storytelling!

Thursday, September 8, 2022 Permalink 0

Lifeline Theatre presents MISS HOLMES RETURNS. A pandemic, the Trump administration, and six years have passed since Playwright Christopher Walsh (no relation) premiered “Miss Holmes”. Walsh has a clever twist on the legendary characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He has made them female! Walsh imagines Sherlock and Watson as women detectives navigating their profession under the ...

Review “Richard III” (Babes with Blades): Bloody Race to the Crown!

Babes with Blades Theatre Company, in partnership with the University of Illinois Chicago’s Disability Cultural Center, presents RICHARD III.  The Babes take on William Shakespeare’s tale of one man’s bloody and ruthless climb to the throne. In BWBTC fashion, the show starts and ends with the 13-member ensemble battling it out. Fight director Maureen Yasko impressively ...

Review “Zorro the Musical” (Music Theater Works): Zesty with a Capital Z

Wednesday, August 17, 2022 Permalink 0

Music Theater Works presents ZORRO the Musical.  An anonymous sword fighter defends a village from the persecution of tyranny. The legend of Zorro, a black masked super hero, is well known. The actual backstory is less familiar. Isabel Allende’s pulp novel is the foundation for ZORRO the Musical. The creative team, Stephen Clark (book, lyrics), Helen ...

Review “Campaigns Inc” (Timeline Theatre): The Origins of ‘Fake News’

Thursday, August 11, 2022 Permalink 0

Timeline Theatre presents the World Premiere of CAMPAIGNS, INC.  Freedom of speech has long been a right cherished by Americans. For the last several years, this tenet has been scrutinized. Does this ‘freedom of speech’ extend to lies being told, tweeted and even broadcasted? Does it cover spreading false information about a global health crisis or ...

Review “The Devil Wears Prada the Musical” (Broadway in Chicago): Fun, Fashion Statement!

Broadway in Chicago presents the Pre-Broadway debut of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA the Musical.  Lauren Weisberger’s first job out of college lives on in a best selling novel (2003), blockbuster movie (2006) and now a staged musical (2022). Weisberger wrote about the escapades of an Ivy League struggling journalist taking an assistant position to a world ...

Review “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” (Mercury Theatre): An Aussie Extravaganza

Monday, August 1, 2022 Permalink 0

Mercury Theatre presents PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT the musical.  For those looking for a rocking, fun road trip without hefty gas prices, climb aboard PRISCILLA for a spectacle-inspired jaunt across the Outback. The 1994 film by Stephan Elliot has been reincarnated as a juke box musical. The creative team of Elliot and Allan Scott (book), along ...

Review “Jesus Christ Superstar” (Broadway in Chicago): A Blaring, Heart-Pounding Ride!

Thursday, July 21, 2022 Permalink 0

Broadway in Chicago, along with Work Light Productions, presents The Regent’s Park Theatre London Production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR on a 50 city tour over three years. This isn’t your mama’s “Jesus Christ Superstar.” The beloved rock opera gets a heavy metal-like makeover in this 50th Anniversary Production reimagined by The Regent Park Theatre London. The ...