Review “A Fine Feathered Murder” (Hell in a Handbag Productions): Mother Flocking Fun!

Hell in a Handbag Productions presents the World Premiere A FINE FEATHERED MURDER: A MISS MARBLED MYSTERY. As a long-standing fan of Hell in a Handbag, I enjoyed seeing Artistic Director and Playwright David Cerda’s latest creation in the location I experienced my first Handbag encounter. Many, many years (decades?) ago, I saw Cerda’s clever and ...

June 2022 Check-In

Monday, July 4, 2022 Permalink 0

Happy 4th of July!  Today, we celebrate almost 250 years as the United States of America. On this day in history, a group of men signed the Declaration of Independence. A piece of paper declared to the world that the USA would no longer be dictated by a monarchy. It would, instead, be governed by the ...

Review “It Came from Outer Space” (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Playful Hit Lands on Navy Pier

Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents the World Premiere IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE, A New Musical. The creative team of Kellen Blair (book and lyrics) and Joe Kinosian (book and music) reimagine a 1953 sci-fi flick as a musical comedy. Blair and Kinosian spoof the tale of a small town being invaded by aliens. Their parody is ...

Review “My Fair Lady” (Broadway in Chicago): It. Is. Loverly!

Broadway in Chicago presents Lincoln Center Theater’s Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY.   It. Is. Loverly!  Fans and newbies will delight in this newest production of flower girl turned lady transformation. The story, based on George Bernard Shaw’s 1913 play and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture “Pygmalion”, romanticizes a rags-to-riches makeover rooted in learning proper diction. A ...

Review “Life After” (Goodman Theatre): Inventive and Vivid Storytelling

Sunday, June 26, 2022 Permalink 0

GoodmanTheatre presents the Chicago premiere of the musical LIFE AFTER.   Today is her birthday! And Alice (played by an outstanding Samantha Williams) plans to crush the school debate and then celebrate with friends. When her dad (played by a charismatic Paul Alexander Nolan) shows up unexpectedly to take her to dinner, they quarrel. She storms ...

Review “Immersive Monet and the Impressionists” (Lighthouse Immersive): Intoxicating ‘Performing Art’

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 Permalink 0

Lighthouse Immersive presents IMMERSIVE MONET AND THE IMPRESSIONISTS. Claude Monet, August Renoir, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt and other impressionists are currently featured in an art show beyond their late 1800s’ imagination and comprehension. Their brushstrokes and images are no longer contained to a specific canvass. Their work no longer hangs in one stagnant place.Their masterpieces, individually ...

May 2022 Check-in

Saturday, June 4, 2022 Permalink 0

Finally, Spring is here! Although it’s weird it arrived in late May, we’ll take it! I’m thoroughly enjoying the breezy 70s weather. Despite the occasional 90 degree spikes and today being cloudy and 66, May blossomed! Flowers bloomed in colorful bounties. Trees budded and sprouted leaves. And now, the city is painted serenity green with ...

Review “Seagull” (Steppenwolf Theatre): Peyankov’s Adaptation Finds the Humor

Friday, May 13, 2022 Permalink 0

Steppenwolf Theatre presents Yasen Peyankov’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s SEAGULL.   Chekhov penned his dark comedy in 1895. The play focuses on a writer’s (played by Namir Smallwood) quest for love from his mother (played by Luisa Strus), his neighbor Nina (played by Caroline Neff) and his audience. At the onset of the show, Smallwood debuts his ...

April Check-in

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 Permalink 0

April showers ended up bringing May fl--showers… at least today. Chicago is being soaked by wind and rain. A foggy gloom blankets the city. The howling wind sends sheets of rain across the Drive. It’s your basic commuting nightmare especially on public transit.  As I sip my coffee in my pajamas, I am so grateful ...