EXTENDED Thru March 5 …”Cabaret” (Porchlight Music Theatre): “Come to THIS Cabaret!”

Porchlight Music Theatre presents the Tony Award-winning musical CABARET. Berlin,1929: The Kit Kat Klub is lit! The girls are beautiful. The boys are beautiful. And everyone is Willkommen! Cliff, an American novelist, stumbles into the ongoing party at the cabaret. The nightclub is free-loving, high-spirited intoxication! There are no rules, no consequences and no boundaries. Cliff ...

Review “Bald Sisters” (Steppenwolf Theatre): More Sitcom Than Dramedy

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 Permalink 0

Steppenwolf Theatre presents the World Premiere of the BALD SISTERS. Two sisters clash over the funeral arrangements for their mother. It’s a likely scenario that has happened or will happen in many families. Playwright Vichet Chum uses a mother’s death to pile on the friction. The grieving sisters must confront their sibling rivalry, religious differences, and ...

DEAR EVAN HANSEN (Broadway in Chicago): Six-Time Tony Winner Still Brings the High-Tech Emo

Saturday, December 10, 2022 Permalink 0

Reviewed by Tom Lawler Set the scene:  DEAR EVAN HANSEN, a musical about a depressed high school student battling social anxiety, was a sensation with audiences and critics alike when it made its Broadway debut in 2016. It nabbed six Tonys — including for Best Musical, Best Book, Best Score and most notably, a Best Actor ...

Review “Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol” (Writers Theatre): A Unique Gift to Open NOW!

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 Permalink 0

In search of a unique gift? Writers has the ticket! Writers Theatre presents the World Premiere live production of MANUAL CINEMA’S CHRISTMAS CAROL.  Manual Cinema reimagines Charles Dickens’ holiday classic as a story within the story. Aunt Trudy (played by a dynamic LaKecia Harris) is grieving the loss of her husband Joe. In the past, Joe has ...

Review “Who’s Holiday” (Theater Wit): Cindy Lou Who Unplugged and Twisted

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 Permalink 0

Theater Wit presents WHO’S HOLIDAY! Dr. Seuss’ beloved holiday classic “The Grinch” gets an Adults Only epilogue. Playwright Matthew Lombardo imagines a what-ever-happened-to-Cindy-Lou-Who retrospective. Lombardo creates the tike’s dark comedic backstory about being ostracized from Whoville. The play has an older Cindy Lou reflecting on her tumultuous and twisted relationship with the Grinch. Although Lombardo’s script ...

Review “Disney’s The Lion King” (Broadway in Chicago): Transfixing Puppet Pageantry!

Saturday, November 19, 2022 Permalink 0

Broadway in Chicago presents Disney’s THE LION KING.  Nants ingonyama bagithi baba Gugwana Dlamini (Rafiki) chants the infamous words that kick off the show and cast a spell on the audience. Her birth announcement summons the animals to a celebration of life. The resulting wildlife promenade is nothing less than transfixing puppet pageantry. Giraffes appear as performers ...

Review “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” (Lookingglass Theatre): Pure Imagination!

Friday, November 18, 2022 Permalink 0

Lookingglass Theatre presents THE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER. Magic is back! And just in time for the holiday season. Creator and director Mary Zimmerman masterfully spins Hans Christian Andersen’s story of a broken toy into a tale of resilience. The discarded soldier (played by Adeoye) goes on a journey of discovery. He falls for a ballerina (played by ...

Review “Measure for Measure” (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Innovative Storytelling -Cuban Style

Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents MEASURE FOR MEASURE.  Upon arrival, the audience becomes barflies at a Cuban nightclub. Maracas are shaking. Showgirls are dancing. Drinks are pouring.The Havana vibe is sexy and fun. Before the play even begins, the debauchery is on full display. Cash is exchanged. Clothes are removed. Hook-ups are arranged.   Director Henry Godinez places ...

Review “The Twenty-Sided Tavern” (Broadway in Chicago): Let’s Play!

Saturday, November 5, 2022 Permalink 0

Broadway in Chicago and Session Zero presents THE TWENTY-SIDED TAVERN. Ale and well met, fellow adventurers! In the spirit of Dungeons and Dragons, THE TWENTY-SIDED TAVERN is an interactive role-playing adventure. Created by David Andrew Greener Laws aka DAGL and Sarah Davis Reynolds with David Carpenter, the game is larger than life with oversized dice, a backdrop ...

EXTENDED Thru Dec 11 “RENT” (Porchlight Music Theatre): Don’t forget to pay for RENT this month!!

Porchlight Music Theatre presents RENT. The late Jonathan Larson (music, lyrics, book) penned an award-winning rock opera. RENT is a modern-day spin on Puccini’s “La Boheme.” Puccini imagined the real  struggles of starving artists in 19th Century Paris. Larson sets his story in late 20th Century NYC. His bohemians are filmmakers, drummers, guitarists, erotic dancers, poets ...