Review “Camelot” (Music Theater Works): ‘A Congenial Spot for Happily-ever-aftering’

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 Permalink 0

Music Theater Works presents Lerner and Lowe’s musical CAMELOT. CAMELOT is the 1960s award-winning Broadway musical and film. The love triangle story of King Arthur-Guenevere-Lancelot boasts a searing score by Alan Jay Lerner (lyrics and book) and Frederick Loewe (music). The fantasy musical imagines King Arthur’s very human struggle to lead by civility or jealousy.   From ...

Review “CLUE” (Mercury Theater): Homicide Hi-Jinx is Family-Friendly Fun!

Monday, October 24, 2022 Permalink 0

Mercury Theater presents CLUE. Parker Brothers made murder a popular game. They introduced color-coded characters, an array of weaponry and a mansion of rooms to die in. Figuring out the right killer combo was the objective to win. In 1985, the board game became an iconic comedy boasting a star-studded cast led by Tim Curry and ...

Review “Swing State” (Goodman Theatre): Delivering Human Imperfection Perfectly!

Saturday, October 22, 2022 Permalink 0

Goodman Theatre presents SWING STATE. Playwright Rebecca Gillman pens an intriguing tale of pandemic wreckage. Gillman sets her story in rural Wisconsin in 2021. The show opens in palpable silence as Mary Beth Fisher (Peg) cracks eggs into a bowl. She methodically beats in the flour. The ordinariness of her actions are momentarily interrupted by the ...

Review “The Notebook” (Chicago Shakespeare Theater): Get Ready to Fall in Love!

Chicago Shakespeare Theater presents the World Premiere of the musical, THE NOTEBOOK. An old woman has Alzheimers. Her husband faithfully reads to her daily from a notebook. It describes the love story of their life. His hope is the words and memories will bring her back to him.  Nicholas Sparks wrote the best selling novel in ...

Review “Wicked” (Broadway in Chicago): The Witches are Back… Thank Goodness!

Friday, September 30, 2022 Permalink 0

Broadway in Chicago, in conjunction with Marc Platt * Universal Stage Productions * The Araca Group * Jon B. Platt * David Stone, present the Tony Award-winning WICKED.   ‘Good news! Good news! Look there is Glinda’… and Elphaba! The witches of Oz are back in Chicago! And ‘Thank Goodness’!  These witches were first introduced by L. ...

Review “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (Idle Muse Theatre): Intriguing Twists on a Familiar Tale

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 Permalink 0

Idle Muse Theatre presents the World Premiere of THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE.  Playwright Michael Dalberg reimagines and expands on the familiar story of a mild-mannered doctor transforming into a raging monster. Dalberg’s tale has all the same characters. Yet, in this version, Dr. Jekyll (played by an impressive Brandi Jiminez Lee) ...

EXTENDED “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 ...